My Nexus 6 has a completely broken screen, but other parts of the phone seem to work fine. It is rooted, CWM recovery installed and USB debug enabled. Now I want to copy some of my old data to my new phone. The problem is:

  • I cannot unlock the screen since the screen is broken, so booting normally doesn't work. adb devices -l shows nothing since the phone is screen locked.

  • CMW recovery has a touch interface, so I cannot use that either.

  • I managed to enter the stock recovery mode and I can pull data using adb. But I can't run adb backup because it asks for confirmation on the screen.

Does anyone have any idea what should I do? Is there a way to backup without using "adb backup"?

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    CWM does have a touch interface but volume keys should also be available, which you can use to mount /data. ADB access should also be there by default - just plug in.
    – Andy Yan
    Commented Oct 28, 2016 at 6:48

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Copying data/data did work. But it seems that copying the files to my new phone caused some permission issues. I fixed this by backing up and then restoring in Titanium Backup.

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