I just broke the screen of my (unrooted) Galaxy S.
How do I get back my SMS and contacts?
PS: I tried Kies but it won't detect my phone for some reason. (Kies works fine with another Galaxy I possess but not this one)
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All of the solutions above require USB Debugging to be on. If it is not and you are using Android 4.0 then you can press power and volume down buttons simultaneously to obtain screenshot. If USB is not connected it will be placed somewhere on the SD card (e.g.
\Pictures\Screenshots). Then you can connect USB to see the screenshot, then disconnect, navigate further and so on till you navigate yourself to enabling USB Debugging.
When USB Debugging enabled it is all easy as pie.
I understand this is very late and hardly helps OP, but I hope it helps someone else lurking here for the way to save data, like me.
Does your device has HDMI or TV out facility? If so, you can connect it to another display device (monitor/TV) and install applications to backup your stuffs.
Another solution you could try is to install an app called Remote phone access via adb and control your device through PC. But the catch here would be that if have to configure the app for remote access, then you are in trouble as you cannot see what is happening as your screen is dead.
These are located in
Edit: I couldn't get
adb pull working (requires root, can't remember how to call
adb pull with root) but I just opened
adb shell and used
cp as root to copy it to /sdcard.
Edit2: I found this thread and it looks like your directories might be different.
I had the same problem with my S3 (broken screen, locked phone, Kies doesn't let me access it, etc).
Solution: Get another working S3 from a friend, take off the backs of both phones, take off some screws, take the motherboard out, put your motherboard in the phone, turn it on, back up, done). Your data is saved on the motherboard, so you can just put it in another phone and back up from there.
Just go to youtube and type
Galaxy S3 board swap. It's easy and works.
I had the same problem trying to get contacts off my Galaxy S3 with a broken screen. The solution was a program called "My Phone Explorer" from http://www.fjsoft.at/en/ It's free. You DON'T have to be rooted, modded, or anything to use it. I had tried everything I could find on the web, plus the people at my Verizon store, but couldn't find a solution that worked for retrieving contacts AND SMS messages from a phone with a broken screen.
Have you not thought of considering using DroidExplorer as the alternative to using Kies instead? It might help you pull in the contacts?
Using Kies can be quite obnoxious and not exactly on-the-ball...
In my case, debugging was not enabled on the phone. MAKE SURE THE PHONE IS ON AND PLUGGED IN!!!
You have to make sure that the driver is installed and that there is not an exclamation mark next to the device in device manager:
If there is an exclamation mark next to your phone:
From this app, read the help file and sync!!! It's very easy to use.