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3 Ways to Recover Data from an Android Phone with a Broken Screen

Broke your phone’s display? There’s no need to fret. Try these simple methods to recover data from the device.

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If you accidentally broke your Android phone’s screen, you have more problems to deal with other than replacing the display. If you take your smartphone to the manufacturer’s official repair centre, you are at risk of losing all the personal data stored on the device. You may also not want to splurge extra cash on a new display. If you own an old smartphone, it is better to invest in a new device. If you don’t want to lose your personal data, there are a bunch of methods you can try in order to retrieve it. In this article, we bring you the top 3 ways to revolver data from an Android phone with a broken screen.

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Recover data from a phone with a partially broken screen


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Recover data from an Android phone with a broken display and a faulty touchscreen

In the most common cases, broken screens create black blots on the display, making it almost impossible to navigate the phone. In order to recover your data from the device, all you need to do is unlock the phone. It goes without saying but your phone’s screen should be able to register touches for this option to work. Even if the display isn’t visible, you can trace the pattern based on muscle memory alone (surprisingly, it works!). You can also try unlocking the phone using face unlock or the fingerprint scanner.

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Once the phone is unlocked, connect it to your PC or laptop using a USB cable. You will be able to access the phone’s internal memory and copy all your personal data on the PC. If you want to back up your WhatsApp conversations as well, check out the next method.

Recover data from an Android phone with a broken display and a faulty touchscreen

Recover data from an Android phone with a broken display and a faulty touchscreen

The real problem arises when your Android smartphone does not register any touches. Retrieving the data can seem impossible in this scenario. Luckily, there is one thing you can try. For this method to work, you will need a USB hub for your phone, an external mouse, a TV, and an HDMI cable.

Step 1: Make sure your phone is fully charged.

Step 2: Plug the USB hub into your phone’s USB port.

Step 3: Connect the USB end of the HDMI cable to the hub and the HDMI end to the TV.

Step 4: Connect the external mouse to the USB hub.

Step 5: Select HDMI input from your TV.

Step 6: You can now view your phone’s interface on your TV’s display. Use the external mouse to navigate your phone and back up all the files. You can also go to individual apps and messengers to back up your app data and chat history.

Use a temporary display

Use a temporary display

This is how phone repair professionals recover data from a phone with a broken screen. If you want to save the additional cost of repair, you can try this method at home. For this method, you will need an additional display unit for your smartphone. If you don’t want to splurge on an original display, you can get an off-brand unit for your device. Next, you will need to disassemble the broken display and install the temporary unit. There are tons of videos on YouTube that will walk you through this process. Once that’s done, use the newly installed display to navigate your phone and back up all your stuff. 

Ideally, we wouldn’t suggest this method due to the cost of procuring a temporary display and repair tools alone. If you’ve never taken apart a display unit before, you may encounter some complications your first time. However, if you have enough patience to go through with this method, it can be a fun activity.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I recover data from my Android phone with a broken screen?

If the touchscreen still works partially, connect your unlocked smartphone to a PC to access its internal memory. If the screen is completely broken, connect the phone to a TV and a mouse with the help of a USB hub. Back up all your data using the mirrored display on your TV screen.

Can we recover data from a broken phone?

Recovering data from a broken mobile is possible but it will require some effort. You can use your PC to retrieve the data only if the phone is unlocked. If not, you will have to cast the phone’s display to a TV using an HDMI cable and control it with an external mouse.

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These are the best ways to recover personal data from an Android phone with a broken screen. Third-party apps like AirDroid, Team Viewer, and RemoDroid can also help you recover data from a phone with a broken display. These apps work on the same principle of screen sharing that is mentioned in this article. On top of that, some of the third-party apps may require USB debugging to be enabled before they begin the recovery process. If USB debugging isn’t already enabled on your phone, it can be a near-impossible task to enable it with a broken display.

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