My nexus 5 screens LCD had broken so I ordered a new one and installed it, it's not the first time I have done it, and for some reason, it won't display anything to the screen, I know my phone is working because the LED is on and sounds play. I don't believe that I can get the screen to work, I'm assuming there's an issue with the board since it seemed to be doing the same thing after I broke the previous screen. My concern at this point is that I would like to recover the data on my phone but I'm not sure how to go about it, The power button on it has been broken for a long time so I've just been using the Android SDK to turn my phone on but i cant figure out how to recover anything. Any ideas?

  • Just plugging it should allow you to get your data, if you mean the application data, that’s going to be extremely tough. I suggest using your choice of professional data recover service – Ramhound Mar 26 '18 at 0:04
  • Maybe you want to connect a screen using HDMI. There are dongles allowing that. – davidbaumann Mar 26 '18 at 14:28

If you have adb working, you could just pull everything from the /sdcard directory which is either your internal storage if no actual SD card is installed or the actual SD card that is installed (/sdcard is an alias)

Anyways you can use adb and the pull command:

adb pull /sdcard .

That will pull everything on the /sdcard which could be a lot.

Some common file locations:


adb pull /sdcard/Pictures/Screenshots .

Pictures & videos taken with the camera:

adb pull /sdcard/DCIM/Camera . 

Downloads folder:

adb pull /sdcard/Download

Also you could create a backup of your device, but you'd need to enter some information and tap a button to continue:

adb backup -apk -shared -all

So that's probably not for you...

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