Unfortunately, you broken your Android device screen when you found this article, actually it’s fairly common on our life. And if it just happened to you, it’s may not be the worst, we are not done yet. Follow the tips below to see whether they could rescue your data.
The screen is broken but still can be touched.
If it was in this case, luckily enough, you can save almost everything from your Android device. You can follow this tutorial to backup your data on your broken Android device. When you fixed the broken one or switched to a new device, you can simply restore the backup file to your new device.
Your screen is broken but you can still see the display
If you’ve broken your touchscreen but the display is still working (you can see it), you can fix this by using a USB OTG (On The Go) and a mouse connected to your device. A USB OTG connects mobile devices to other devices. Basically, your Android device has a mini-USB port and you need to connect this to a mouse that has a USB port. The USB OTG links these two together.
Once you have connected the mouse, you can unlock your device regardless of whether you have a pattern, PIN or password. We recommend using passwords anyways because they are highly secure.
Now that your phone is unlocked, you can connect it to your computer and either transfer the data you need to your microSD memory or connect it directly to your PC and transfer the files there.
How to unlock your screen when the display is broken
Happily, there are a few options available when you find yourself in this position. That said, it’s important to note that these are temporary measures; to ensure that you can continue to use your device you will ultimately need to repair the screen.
The simplest method is to use your PC. Go to the “Android Device Manager” website and sign in with your Google account. If you have GPS enabled on your device, it can be detected by the web tool. In most cases your smartphone is already registered, but you can always pair your phone with your Google account if you haven’t already done so. Click on “Lock” and select “Unlock”. Even with a broken display, you’ll be able to access your device. Once you connect your smartphone to the PC you’ll be able to transfer and back up the data on your smartphone.
How to recover data if your screen is off
If you can’t see your screen, you might need to get a VNC program. There are plenty of these on the market but make sure you pick one that’s safe and free. These programs move your Android interface to your PC so you can control it from there.
In order to use these programs, you’ll need to download the program to your PC but also on your Android device. There are some paid programs out there too but they usually include more features than this. So if you’re looking for a more extensive tool, you can grab one of these instead.
If you still can’t get your data
Another solution for getting your data off your phone is to take it to a shop that can fix it. Yes, this option costs money but you’ll not only have your data but also have a fixed phone.