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Can I enable USB debugging using adb?

I got it to work :) NOTE: This requires unlocked bootloader. Connect the device to Mac or PC in recovery mode. (I had to map the process in my mind as the screen was broken). Now open terminal/CMD ...
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Mount Android encrypted data partition on PC

I can confirm with 100% certainty that the numbers are indeed 1-9 for the pattern unlock. My Nexus 4 met the same unfortunate end (except on concrete) and after some Googling, I found this post and ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

Looks like these days the best solution for controlling an Android phone from a PC is scrcpy. It is being actively maintained, has very high performance (framerate, latency), is available cross-...
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Mount Android encrypted data partition on PC

Apparently there is no tool on PC to decrypt Android's encryption at the moment, but the TWRP recovery can be used on the device to decrypt everything... Even with a broken touchscreen, as long as ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

adbcontrol can do this. It opens a window containing the phone screen on your computer, so you can use it when the phone screen is broken, and you can click and type in the window to control the phone....
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How do I erase all the data on Galaxy S4 if the screen is broken?

Assuming you ever registered a gmail address on your google play account(which you have to, to download apps), your phone will be registered in Google's Device Manager on play.google.com. If your ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

One word: Vysor Using the vysor to control my Xperia Z2. See the state of my phone, but Vysor came to the rescue. *if phone reboots and won't connect after plugging in, try removing the micro sd ...
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Can I enable USB debugging using adb?

For the RSA verification that you asked to bypass, I don't know whether it would work in your device, but it worked in my little experiment. In Lollipop, the ADB keys (after authorization) are saved ...
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Android interfacing with phone with a broken screen

If you have a working adb connection you can use scrcpy to mirror the phone screen to a connected PC or Mac. Scrcpy is an open source tool. The only problem that can arise is that typical scrcpy ...
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Control Android with broken screen from PC

You could try to use AndroidScreenCast for you purposes - it's maintainable version of original androidscreencast. It requires only Java and ADB, no phone client, so just run it and use it. I've just ...
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How to power-off Motorola phone without screen

I can't be sure that this is the optimal way to power-off the phone, but it seems to work. Press and hold power until it buzzes or about 15 seconds, then release. Press and hold volume-down and the ...
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How to power-off Motorola phone without screen

Came upon this when I was looking for a way to shut down my Moto Z with a broken screen and the method described by Dale (thank you) almost worked, but then I figured out it required one extra step. I ...
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Enabling ADB on Nexus 6 with dead screen

I followed this guide I went into fastboot mode by holding down the power button (force restart) and the volume down key (recovery mode) I downloaded a twrop image from: https://dl.twrp.me/shamu/ ...
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Change MTP/PTP for a Galaxy S4 w/ a Broken Screen

i know you have probably fixed this by now but if not try typing *#0808# into your phone this will bring up a menu where you can select mtp
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Exporting contacts via adb

The contacts database can be queried using the ADB shell: adb shell content query --uri content://com.android.contacts/data The command will dump all the content of the database only if the shell ...
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How to disable PIN lock in android device without touching it

So when you say broken screen, but then "everything is working except touch", does the display work? Below I've written a solution that'll work with a broken display and touch, if your display does ...
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Solution for "ghost touches" - Procedure to disable a small portion of the screen from being sensitive to touch?

Connect your phone to a PC via ADB and use this command: adb shell wm overscan left,top,right,bottom where left, top, right and bottom are the coordinates upto which your screen works properly. For ...
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Is there a way to turn my phone to landscape mode in the lock screen?

Your device seems to support USB OTG functionality. Given that, you can buy an OTG cable and use a mouse (any mouse would work) to control the device, just like you control a computer using a mouse. ...
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How to fully back up a phone's content to a PC, possibly for restoring on a similar phone

LG provides different Software (or maybe just different names) - LG-Bridge - LG PC Suite - LG Mobile Switch - LG ANDROID BACKUP For experts also there is LGUP flash tool which may shipped with ...
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Recovering Phone Data after Hardware Failure

Copying data from a phone which is not detected by adb and has no screen info to tell what is happening is not going to take you very far from where you are. Either try to get it to show on system ...
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How to backup broken screen phone when USB debugging IS NOT enabled?

FOUND A FIX!!!!! Hi Everyone, I just experienced the same thing: my Samsung Galaxy Note 3 was dropped and the LCD stopped working. However, the phone would turn on. I could not receive calls or call ...
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How can I do adb backup without a visible screen?

(For later Android versions) You may want to try ways to mirror the screen. (Method 2 involves mirroring over WiFi) Or narrate the screen. With a totally blank screen, you can: # enable USB debugging (...
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Change MTP/PTP for a Galaxy S4 w/ a Broken Screen

Change the cable. I had a noname cable and did not worked, it only charged and the phone was not available as storage. After replacing cable with a trusted one (BB or Samsung i tried) it worked.
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How to do a factory reset on Xperia Z with broken screen?

See whether your phone supports OTG. If so, use an OTG cable and then connect the mouse to your phone. In place of touch you can now use the mouse and then reset it via normal way.
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Change MTP/PTP for a Galaxy S4 w/ a Broken Screen

try typing the following into your Samsung phone to get access to a hidden USB connection menu *#0808#
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Factory reset Samsung Galaxy S3 without screen

You could use recovery mode and guess the controls from resources available online or you could use adb if u had developer options enabled and type: adb shell --wipe_data EDIT: I read the comments ...
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Is it possible to wipe data from ADB without turning on USB debugging?

To my knowledge if you do not have USB debugging ADB is not running and any tools that rely on ADB will fail to work.
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Is it possible to wipe data from ADB without turning on USB debugging?

Could try downloading a custom recovery, such as Clockworkmod for the device and flash it via odin. I think Clockwork mod has adb shell built into it. Then you can run the commands that way. And as ...
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Disable touchscreen area (root available)

you can use wm size (WIDTH)x(HEIGHT) the difference between size and overscan is that any input outside the screen area will be ignored if you use size to change the display resolution first you have ...
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Mount Android encrypted data partition on PC

A much simpler version: Connect a USB mouse (or keyboard, but that didn’t work in my case), using a standard USB-OTG (OnTheGo) cable, and use the appearing pointer like a finger, to tap in things. ...

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