You don't have to continue working blindly, you can use Droid@Screen: it shows the screen of a real or emulated Android device on a computer running Windows, Mac OS or Linux.
Droid@Screen is a stand-alone Java Swing GUI application that shows the screen of an Android device on a computer. Its author says that its typical usage is showing an app demo or ...
Had exactly the same problem recently (on a friend's Nexus S running stock Android 4.0 with a completely broken screen & digitizer and adb switched off):
Get a recovery system running with adb enabled. Then use adb console to access the device's data and create a backup. On Nexus S you cannot use the sdcard to get the data off the device, so you need to ...
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 in computer and go to platform-tools/. type
and enter ./adb devices to check if the device is connected in
Now type ./adb shell mount data and ./...
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 was able to follow personne3000's answer in order to mount my pattern-encrypted userdata partition.
I'm running Ubuntu 15.04 x64 and had to apt-get install ...
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. To install adbcontrol do:
Now edit config.properties and change:
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 ...
Not a full-fledged answer, as even an excerpt would make it a rather long post, but here are some things you could try:
An XDA article describes How To Backup and Restore using tar on adb shell. The article holds complete scripts for both. Still you should not execute them straight ahead as they are, but first use e.g. the mount command (without parameters) ...
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 ...
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 your device is supported by TWRP recovery:
Download the TWRP image (2.8.7 worked for me)
Boot into fastboot (power + vol. down on Nexus 4)
Start the recovery, ...
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 ...
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 phone was connected to WiFi or Data when the screen broke the below method can work(I've tested it myself multiple times).
Head to play.google.com(From your 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 tried it with Nexus 4, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean emulator.
And, actually, I'm currently the maintainer of the project, so if you got any questions or issues - ...
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 card. Mine wouldn't work at all until I did so - random phone smasher
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 ...
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 in /data/misc/adb/adb_keys. Your private key is saved in computer. In Linux the directory location is $HOME/.android/. On Windows that usually translates to %...
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
Press and hold volume-down and the power button for 20
seconds, then release.
Press and release the power button once.
This procedure is demonstrated in a you tube video https://youtu.be/...
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/
fastboot flash recovery twrp.img
fastboot reboot (while holding the volume down key see note)
Then I booted the recovery image
adb with root permissions detected ...
YES That worked for me!!!
I've broken my screen, and after removing the SIM to another phone, the avast alarm starts louder every time I turn on.
Let the KIES waiting the screen unlock
Log in @ http://findmymobile.samsung.com/
Ensure choose the correct device, unlock the screen.
I did without the SIM card
Thanks to the beautiful hint above from eldarerathis, I just do
echo 'select address,body from sms;' | ./sqlite3 -csv $DB
to read my SMSes from my root prompt.
Since I didn't have sqlite3, I first had to download it with
chmod a+x sqlite3
Welcome to the Android Enthusiasts, Majk! We support end-users with Android-specific issues, but cannot help you setting up a Linux server on a device, though it was running Android before. Still, some helpful hints:
There are means to control your device even with a broken screen. We've got several issues reported where people wanted to do exactly that. ...
The simple way to factory reset for unrooted phone is to perform a factory reset via pc companion.
Download PC COMPANION and install
Open up PC companion and click on Software Repair
Optional: If your screen is locked and you can't unlock it, check the "I can't start my device"-checkbox in the lower left corner. Click "Next".
It will say could not find ...
Finally found solution via editing /data/data/com.android.providers.settings/databases/settings.db file via sqlite3. Just adb pull that file to your computer, if you use stock recovery you must mount userdata partition manually, in that case see Android ADB Shell Recovery Mounting for hints. Also you can't just pull the file directly but copy it inside adb ...
If your phone is like mine, this option does not exist in any of the Settings menus. First, connect your phone to your PC via the USB cable. (If it is already attached, remove and reattach). Watch your Notifications bar at the top of your screen and you will see a USB symbol appear. Pull down the Notifications and viola, there is the option to change it ...
If the device itself works as you suggest you might be able to access the recovery mode, enable USB and then download the files you need. However this will not be a USB sync access, instead it can be a fastboot or ADB access.
To do so take your Desire which have to powered off and press and hold Volume Down. Now start it up by pressing Power.
In the ...
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...