My nexus 5's screen just went black :( ... In the past days I noticed a bit of flickering and was planning to do a full phone backup, but didn't get to it on time.

Luckily, I removed the passcode (just in case) and that allowed me to connect the phone to my mac and back up basically everything using Android File Transfer.

The only thing I haven't got to are the text messages and images stored in the Hangouts app. I know I could use something like this, bud sadly my phone's screen is completely black.

I can't seem to find them in the filesystem, enter image description here and the SMSBackupRestore is from a previous backup.

Is there a way to get all of the texts and images directly to my mac using Android File Transfer?

I found online a bunch of links (listed below), but they all seem to require to install a program on the mac (which I most definitively do not want to do):

  • Afraid not, as the relevant data are stored in the app's private area you only can access with root powers. With a totally blank screen, adb backup is out of the question as you'd have to confirm that on your device's screen. – Izzy Dec 19 '16 at 11:28
  • @Izzy - Thanks for your reply. Have you ever heard or used any of the recommended programs i listed in the question? – Matteo Dec 19 '16 at 12:03
  • I'm not a Mac guy; but recovery-android.com links often turned up as spam here. Got the same feeling about wondershare, but cannot tell for sure. The others I've not even heard of. – Izzy Dec 19 '16 at 13:52
  • Unless I am completely off-base here, doesn't using Hangouts for SMS/IM's back that up on Google's end anyways, so if you get a new/replacement device and login to Google/Hangouts, everything should be there already? – DukeSilversJazz Dec 19 '16 at 14:11
  • @RMarkwald - I'm not sure, are you suggesting that all the conversations would be loaded automatically by syncing my gmail account to the new device? I know this happens for contacts but not aware of hangouts. Can anyone confirm? – Matteo Dec 19 '16 at 23:02

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