I recently dropped my phone in water, it worked okay for a few minutes after and then the screen started flickering and then it went black.

I tried leaving the phone under the sun and in rice but none seemed to work, searched on Google found that when Huawei phones are dropped in water they seem to experience what they described as: "the black screen of death" which can only be fixed by replacing the screen. The phone otherwise seems to work perfectly, it vibrates, receives notifications, connects and displays to the computer.

The thing is there is some very important data on that phone that I don't want to lose, since I can't use the touchscreen or see what's on the screen to unlock the phone and enable USB transfer I went and googled: "how to extract data from a locked phone", however unfortunately all software solutions were only for samsung devices, so I am kinda lost.

I know the password and the gmail account credentials linked to the phone, it's just that I cannot use them, any ideas?

I tried to get it a phone repair shop, but they wanted to charge me over 200€ and they weren't even sure if it was gonna be successful, so I can't do that.

The data I need to recover is mostly pics and vids.

Thanks in advance :)

Edit: My phone has a USB-C port

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    Is the phone protected with a pattern/pin/password? As workaround for the dead touch screen you can connect an USB keyboard via USB OTG android should be usable via keyboard, just learn the required keys. And for the display you can make screen shots via key combination, transfer the screen shot files to the PC and see the current display state. This in combination with the keyboard you can navigate to the Developer menu and activate ADB. Afterwards you can use scrcpy to remote control the phone from the PC. – Robert Jul 25 '20 at 15:10
  • it is protected by a pin, but the keyboard doesn't type any numbers on the lockscreen – EpicDragon 68 Jul 25 '20 at 15:19
  • The only hardware that can interact with the lock screen is the mouse – EpicDragon 68 Jul 25 '20 at 15:20
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    How do you know the keyboard does not work but the mouse does? If the mouse works but not the keyboard it may be a power problem, use a simple keyboard without integrated hub, lights and so on. Additionally you may have to press tab or some other keys before you can enter the pin. – Robert Jul 25 '20 at 19:08
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    @EpicDragon68 The original Android system was developed for non-touch devices. That was before Apple launched the first iPhone and before Google bought the company that has developed Android originally. Therefore Android is pretty well usable via keyboard. Just "bold keyboards" with many additional functionality often make problems. Or if the manufacturer has changed too much on the base system, removing certain keyboard navigation elements. – Robert Jul 26 '20 at 9:48

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