My phones digitizer seems to have gone bad (after 5hrs of few app updates and 3hrs of a fall, working twice after that for 10minutes). It doesn't seems that the USB Debugging option is enabled on the phone, due to which I can't access phone using ADB.

I intend to install a VNC server app on my phone and use it to control the phone through my Laptop. Then try and isolate the apps to rule out if the apps caused the issue.

Is it possible to install an app in my case**?**

There are no passwords or screen locks set. Also just the power and volume buttons are working. I can go to Fasboot & Recovery mode but can't select any option. :(

Please note: No data connection is turned on. So I can't install any remote app using Google Play store.

  • Which phone do you have?
    – RRD
    Jul 24, 2014 at 8:41
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    Micromax A116 with Android 4.1.x
    – Jay
    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:47
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    This link has commands to connect but it uses Linux with installed uudecode. I have Win7. android.stackexchange.com/questions/12834/…
    – Jay
    Jul 24, 2014 at 9:53

3 Answers 3


Check if you can connect a mouse (or Keyboard) through USB OTG port (and microUSB-to-USB converter cable)...

I'm not sure whether your device supports OTG or not... Just give a try...

  • (Also, a keyboard if you really don't have an USB mouse around)
    – domen
    Jul 24, 2014 at 12:01
  • @domen Yeah. That's right!
    – Keshava GN
    Jul 24, 2014 at 12:41

Yes, if the phone is connected to the internet, you can install apps from the Google Play web interface](https://play.google.com/store/apps) without touching the phone.

Starting the app is a different matter, though: you may need to find an app that's specifically designed for this situation, so it can be triggered without needing to open it from the launcher, or use a USB gamepad (or a Bluetooth one, if it's already paired) to control the launcher without using the touchscreen.

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    No data connection ON. :( Or I would have installed VNC server app till now and gotten out of this mess.
    – Jay
    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:22
  • @Jay You need to add this information to your question.
    – Dan Hulme
    Jul 24, 2014 at 10:28
  • Sorry, my bad...
    – Jay
    Jul 24, 2014 at 20:36

Try with shell using a keyboard

pm install [path_to_apk]
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    So how do you get a shell in the first place without the touchscreen or ADB?
    – Dan Hulme
    Jul 24, 2014 at 14:17

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