I want to sell the remainings of my broken S7 Edge, but before I want to wipe all the data. The phone had been lying around dead for over a year as I hoped that repair would become cheaper, but I eventually realized that it will come much cheaper for me to just buy cheap smartphones (as I tend to break them very soon, I miss the old times where you could smash your phone several times a week to the floor and it would work for years still :-/ ) The device is already opened, glass, backcover and display are already removed.

I already discovered findmymobile.samsung.com on which I set up a factory reset, but this will only take place once the phone is connected to a network. Problem: It doesn't connect if I put my unlocked SIM in it...

I don't think I can use androids device manager as it doesn't show up there. Don't recall if I had registered it there.

  • USB-debugging is off
  • The phone is not rooted
  • display is completely removed
  • physical buttons are responsive

I can't really figure out in which state it is at which time, but it can be powered on and it stays on for a long enough time.

I installed adb on my linux, but the device is not listed. -> How to make it show up?

I even consider a physical removement of the hard disk, but I do not know where it is located and if that makes the device completely worthless.

Fixing the display is no option.

  • "To use adb with a device connected over USB, you must enable USB debugging" developer.android.com/studio/command-line/adb ... alternatively, while adb might work from fastboot it might not offer a solution there either. I would say look up the bootloader button presses for your device and get an image or text in order of it as this may offer a way to factory reset/wipe the device. But if you want to be on the safe side I suggest removing the battery and smashing it with a hammer =) – CmosBattery Mar 20 at 5:33
  • yeah i am waiting for the device to turn off since i wrote this post, unfortunately the battery seems to be working very fine ;D i will try to get into recovery mode/fastboot as soon as the device turns off.... – Melissa Loos Mar 20 at 9:19
  • You should be able to force it off or into a reboot. When a battery is not removable there's normally a way to force this gadgetguideonline.com/s7/sasmung-galaxy-s7-how-to-guides/… – CmosBattery Mar 21 at 0:24
  • forcing it off did work. i am not sure though if I ever entered recovery mode as the phone did respond to the keys with vibration, but didn't show any other visual signs of being on. I guess I might need to experiment a little more with it.^^' – Melissa Loos Mar 22 at 18:26

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