I have an Android 5-based smartphone that I like a lot but it's an old phone and the touchscreen is damaged. The screen works perfectly but there's no user input available. The battery was changed recently and I suppose the technician did a good job fixing the backing side but broke the front part containing the touchscreen.

Is there an option to access it somehow and make it controllable remotely? If I use a USB cable, is possible to install TeamViewer or some other remote control software to still use it?

The phone has no other remote control software preinstalled. Its touchscreen broke before I was able to install anything for remote control.

The point is to use its camera and mic functionality, and still use its sensors to do something useful like a remote camera or something similar.

4 Answers 4


Use an OTG mouse and keyboard.

From a thread:

I can confirm that using an USB OTG adapter a wireless Logitech mouse and keyboard combo works for me without problem using Fairphone Open OS 17.03 (Android 5.1).

  • Nice idea, do you know if it works even if you want to attempt in flash rom environment? I was thinking to upgrade also the phone to a new cooked rom android 9 or similar. Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 10:50
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    @user3450548 please don't ask off-topic. flashing requires usb connection, you can't use OTG simultaneously
    – alecxs
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 11:44
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    @alecxs is alway right. However, there is this splitter cable you can use. I cannot confirm if it will work for Android 5, or as the matter in concern, for flashing (because the title says power cable which means it might not be a data cable) dl.flipkart.com/s/UaIyHguuuN
    – 44yu5h
    Commented Apr 29, 2023 at 13:37

If you can manage to get usb debugging working, try scrcpy.

Its features include:

  • audio forwarding (Android >= 11)
  • recording
  • mirroring with Android device screen off
  • copy-paste in both directions
  • configurable quality
  • Android device screen as a webcam (V4L2) (Linux-only)
  • physical keyboard/mouse simulation (HID)
  • OTG mode
  • and more…

(from its README)

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    Except that you need to interact with the UI to grant the adb permissions in the first place :) so you will have to use otg anyway
    – 44yu5h
    Commented Apr 30, 2023 at 19:35

If you want to use it connected to a computer, you can use Vysor. It's a program that lets you view and interact with your device from your desktop. It looks like the minimum Android version required for it is 4.4, so you should be good to go with Android 5.


If you have accessibility mode configured and enabled, you could use Google's Voice Access. It works similarly to the Assistant app, except it also offers simulated screen touches (by gridding up the screen into numbered cells), as well as greater access rights than the traditional assistant (i.e., lock screen access, turning on network toggles, etc). The application itself might not be bundled with your device out-of-box, so you'll likely have to do some searching.

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