How to recover data from phone with broken display

How to recover data, photos and videos if the screen has broken? Since the display of all smartphones covers most of the front area, it is not at all difficult to break the display of a phone. We are not just talking about the visual aspect (which in itself is rather sad), but also about the tactile response.

Usually when a smartphone falls, the membrane of the touchscreen loses control or is completely damaged. This means that it will be impossible to control the device as we have always done.

So if you have broken the display, how to recover data from your mobile phone? If you can not access the settings as you normally would?

Pay attention to the following article, as we will teach you how to recover data from your mobile phone with the broken display. Below are some suggestions to recover data from a mobile phone with a broken screen.

The easiest and fastest way to recover data is to extract the micro SD memory card. If you do not keep it, or if you also want to recover data from the internal memory, read on.

How to recover data with the broken display

Using another screen to recover data

We can think of connecting our Android device to a TV for example. In this way, we can use technologies like SlimPort or MHL to mirror our TV and then be able to recover what we want.

But, as is logical, it will be limited to those people who have actually implemented one of these technologies on their device. Go ahead if your device does not have any of these options installed on your device.

Using ADB

Another alternative is to use ADB on our computer. This option allows us to use Android Debug Bridge to connect to our mobile phone remotely, having our device connected to the computer via the USB cable.

Suppose you have already installed  ADB  (if you do not have it, you can download the SDK ) and drivers of your device. To copy the files on our PC we can use the adb pull commandFor example, let’s see how we can transfer files from a Nexus camera to a local folder on our computer:

adb pull / storage / emulated / 0 / DCIM / Camera / * C: / photos

When we do not know the directory we want to copy, we can always use adb shell to browse through the Android directory tree. You can always check all the command files available with the adb -help command.

Using Droid @ Screen

If something can boast Android, it’s the community behind it. In this case, a user of xda-developers has developed an application that allows us, very intuitively and thanks to ADB, to control our Android device via mouse and keyboard.

To do this, we have to download the program from here and start it with our device connected via USB to the computer.

From there, we can see the screen of our device and check it from the same program. This program allows us to start ADB commands in the background, but from a graphical interface, making it more intuitive for the user.

Take it to a service center

If we talk about data or sensitive files, the best way to recover data is to go to a  technical assistance center and explain what happened. This will be necessary as they will have to perform certain procedures on the device that require programming skills.

The most used “advanced” method is access to the device via a  Micro USB cable and the SDK program. Subsequently, some commands are executed to access the locked device and then be able to access even the files stored in the internal memory.

Other methods to recover data from mobile phone with damaged screen

Another method that has become very popular is the use of a  mouse, connected to the device via a USB OTG cable. This will bring the pointer of the mouse on the screen of your device. Therefore, it is possible to unblock it and/or recover the necessary data.

We have seen that having your broken phone’s screen does not necessarily mean losing all your data. So do not despair without first trying the suggestions above. Once the data is recovered, you can also restore WhatsApp chats.

Last tip

Current mobile phones have the ability to store hundreds of files of all types (images, video, audio …).

Personal information, memories or music that depend, even if sometimes we forget, from the proper functioning of our device, which like any other device can break and make us “lose everything”.

In this case it can be traumatic for the user if he does not have a backup copy of the files.

What can you do?

There are several programs to recover files on Android and iOS devices.

If the device does not work properly or we think it’s broken, a good solution is to connect it to the computer and try a series of useful programs for file recovery.

Some of the most popular programs for this are Remo Recover, Wondershare MobileGo Android and Recuva.

With Wondershare MobileGo Android and Remo Recover, simply connect the terminal to the computer, select the data storage path and then the files you want to transfer and wait for the transfer to complete.

Recuva is more powerful and the process requires another step: select the type of file to restore and the folder to search for files.

Then, select the data to be recovered from the damaged drive and reset to start the operation.

USB debugging mode

Not everything could be perfect. Although we have discussed alternatives to save data, these have limitations.

In the first case we saw that our device must have implemented a technology that allows us to see the display of our phone on a TV or a computer.

But what happens in the other two cases?

Very simple: the only way to be able to use ADB is that our device has the mode of active USB debugging  (for which we must have active options dedicated to developers).

Otherwise, these two alternatives are not protectable, because when we run the adb devices command we will not see our device connected to the computer (at best it will appear as offline ).


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