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My android phone's screen is damaged and only shows a white pixelated background and does not recognise any touch input (although it does recognise when I swipe on the initial lock screen after I restart the phone, I know this because I can hear the audio feedback). However everything seems intact internally, as I can charge it normally, pull out the battery and put it back in and restart it, the audio feedback when I put in the charger and pull it out work, and I can browse the internal memory by connecting it to the computer.

However, a big problem is that the phone is unrooted. I cannot connect the phone using adb either, since I cannot see the adb authorization dialog box, and just guessing where the OK button should be and pressing there is not working either. Since I can still the internal memory from computer, I have taken most of the basic data backup (pictures, audio recordings, etc) but I am not sure what to do about the contacts.

Is there any way to recover the contacts file from this phone, given that it is not rooted? The contacts are not backed up in google. The phone is Samsung Galaxy S4 with Android 4.4

  • Did you sync the contacts with a Google account? You may be able to recover them from there. – Firelord Oct 14 at 4:47
  • no the contacts were completely on the phone only, except for may be viber contacts which also used to show up on the phone contact list somehow (not sure how exactly that works) – user17915 Oct 14 at 4:48
  • Is the device encrypted? I don't know how this works but some tutorials inspire confidence that a custom recovery can be flashed in an S4 without deleting any data. If you can manage to flash a custom recovery without wiping user data partition in process you can have root access with adb enabled in recovery mode. Than you can pull contacts file into your PC. See google.com/… // This is risky because I still do not know whether user data would survive in recovery flashing – Firelord Oct 14 at 4:57
  • no it is not encrypted, but I cannot even go to firmware download mode (that is, I cannot be sure whether the phone properly reached firmware download mode or not) because of the broken screen – user17915 Oct 14 at 5:06
  • Your only option is trial and error. – Firelord Oct 14 at 5:12
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There is a possibility that the contacts would have been saved on your sim.

Try putting the sim on another phone and importing.

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