Mobile Unlocked receives many emails every day from customers asking different aspects of unlocking mobile devices. Of late, we have been receiving lots of emails asking the difference between Factory Reset Protection (FRP) Lock and Samsung Reactivation Lock. These two aspects of unlocking phones confuse many customers who want their mobile devices unlocked.

In the recent past, most of the devices running on the Android platform including Samsung, Sony, HTC et al can hang at the activation step requesting a password and ID from the user. Other cellphones or tablets ask for the reactivation passcode and ID so that right device owners can be identified as in the iCloud lock method used in Apple products.

In this article, my aim to clarify the difference between the two.

Factory Reset Protection Lock

An Android FRP lock as it commonly referred to is a new security feature that runs on Android 5.1 or higher. It’s critical to protecting your phone from people who would try to access your information.

Factory Reset Protection Lock will enable you to set up your device in a way that anyone who factory resets your phone won’t be able to use it. In an unfortunate event that your phone is stolen or lost, and data is wiped clean or flashed, only a person with your Google account details can perform a factory reset on your cell phone or tablet.

When you factory reset a device, you won’t be able to use it unless the Google account details associated with the phone (hard reset) or lock screen details (resetting at the settings menu) are entered and validated by the phone.

It’s advisable for you to set up a Google account to use with the FRP. Also, it’s important for you have a secure and safe screen lock on your mobile device.

What is a Samsung Reactivation Lock?

The Samsung Reactivation Lock works the same way as the FRP. It prevents others from reactivating your device if it’s stolen or is lost. Once the Samsung Reactivation Lock is turned on, you will be required to enter your Samsung log in details (sCloud) before factoring resetting the Samsung device.

Note: Set up easy to remember login credentials. Remember, your Samsung log in details is as important as your ATM card pin.

For more information on Reactivation Lock, you can check the Official Samsung Page.