I have a fairly common issue: a screen damaged android phone. These devices are highly vulnerable to broken screens (this particular phone, the samsung galaxy note 3, had 2 replacement screens before this one) I refuse to purchase another to simply get my data.
As I read about it I am disgusted at the attitude of the data thieves at google: (I make no bones about it, it is laughable to call it "security" - it is simply deliberate data theft in the guise of obscurity - and I know this because I write systems that do much more security for far less damage)
But forget the disgust, for the purposes of this question just ignore it, just don't try to defend it, or censor that I wrote it. I know what I am talking about.
As I say, I am a developer on Android so I already had adb installed on my pc and already had usb debugging enabled:
First I tried this: 1) Since my Google Account was set up on the phone I went to Google "remote locking" service http:www.android.com devicemanager only to discover that while this service LOCKS phones it does not UNLOCK them (...?) (x ANDROID FAIL)
Secondly I tried to : 2) use adb to
adb shell rm /data/system/gesture.key but it is permission denied (x ANDROID FAIL)
Thirdly I tried to root the phone so I could use adb: 3) However even though I have now rooted the phone, I rooted it with the lock screen locked, so I cannot get the initial gesture unlock, to work to "confirm click" the root: (x ANDROID FAIL)
Fourthly I tried : 4) the tool "Android Control.exe" http: android-control.software.informer.com/ seems to show the most promise but it only replicates gestures in on gesture vector, i.e. if your unlock gesture changes direction (as mine does) then h will not work - i.e. more than a single direction in a swipe and you have no way in: (x ANDROID FAIL)
Fifthly I learnt : 5) I could use a VNC if I had installed the server on the phone before hand (x ANDROID FAIL)
So, my question is, while locked out of my property by a bunch of slack idiots who are paid far too much, can anyone suggest a way out other than the five ridiculous android fails tried and the with I want to wait to try:
Options 6) is to buy a [micro usb hdmi/ usb mouse dongle] but it is a lot of money for a device that I need to use only once to swipe only once