Broken screen Android Phone – How to recover data Easily


Mobiles often fall from hand even if you take lot of care 99.9 percentages of time mobiles survive without any problem but some unfortunate people end up with a broken screen phone. Most of the times you may have some data, pictures, videos or SMS which you have not backed up. Things get worse if the data is on internal phone memory and not on memory card or if you have a mobile without SD card support.  In most of the cases the touch panel shatters but the LCD works. For people with real bad time both touch and LCD panel breaks and nothing is shown in the screen. Let’s see what you can do to recover data from broken screen mobiles.

Connect your broken screen phone to a PC or Laptop

You can connect your broken screen phone to a PC or Laptop and check whether your phone’s internal drive is showing up. If you are able to access the files from internal memory the problems are over. You can just drag and drop the files to your PC or laptop. But most of the times especially phones running on marshmallow and higher won’t give you access to the files as phone gets connected in charging mode  and the files are not accessible in that mode.  You have to change the mode to file transfer in phone which you cannot do because of the broken screen.

Recovering data from broken screen phone  If LCD is ok and only touch is not working.

Get a USB OTG cable and USB mouse. Connect the mouse to phone using OTG cable. You will get a pointer in screen just like a desktop. Now you can navigate around with the mouse. You can change the mode to file transfer and access the files in phone.   Backup the files to any cloud service like Google drive or Dropbox if you have access to net. If web access is not possible get a USB hub and connect the hub to OTG cable .Connect a mouse and a pen drive to this hub and  backup the data to pen drive.

Recovering data If both touch and LCD is shattered.

This is the worst scenario. You won’t be able to change the USB charging mode to file transfer mode. But if you have enabled USB debugging on your mobile you can connect mobile to pc and extract files by following this tutorial. It’s better to keep USB debugging on as you won’t be able to turn on the debugging mode from PC.

Some other precautions you can take.

1.Use a good quality tempered glass on your screen. This will protect your screen from most of the falls. Always buy a good quality tempered glass as they have many protective layers. Buy one with an opening for front camera . Applying a glass in front of the camera may degrade the image quality of selfies especially if your phone  has a front flash.

2.Take a cell phone protection plan or insurance. Most of the cell phone manufactures offer this and it may cost less if purchased with the mobile. Like MI protect for MI phones where they offer protection against water damage and  screen cracks . This can save lots of money as screen replacements are very costly.

3.Always backup your phone periodically, copy images and video to your computer in regular intervals. Use a cloud service like Google photos or dropbox to backup images and videos instantly to cloude .

4.Keep the Data sensitive apps , settings and files locked. When you send the phone for servicing they can access your apps if  not locked. For example if  you have not locked your Gmail someone in the service centre can read the mails. So it’s better to lock the apps with some app locking applications .Do a remote logout from Gmail, Twitter etc and change your password from desktop.

5.Use Google service to remotely wipe out your phone. Go to android device manager and  log in with your Google account connected to your phone and do a remote wipe out of the data. This works only if the phone gets connected to net.


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