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How to unlock your Android phone when the phone or screen is broken or damaged

Here's a quick quiz to show you what this article is about. You drop your phone. When you pick it up, you will notice that you have unfortunately broken the screen and your reactions will certainly be that you will use unkind words to express your disappointment with your foolishness and certainly you will feel some regret that the phone cannot recognize your fingerprint or unlock the phone by recognizing your face.

Think about how to access the contents of your phone, as now you cannot use the screen and this is an urgent option because you may not have enough funds to buy a new phone instead of the damaged current one.

It's not fun to smash your phone screen for sure. Although you probably won't feel the possibility of losing access to your existing data and files if you are good at an action Phone backupHowever, I suspect that many people don't back up content such as their text messages unless their phones do it for them. Until then, do you just backup texts, or do you back up photos and videos as well?

How to Use a Broken Android Phone: The Easiest Way Ever!

There are two obvious ways to access the files stored on your broken phone no matter what you did on the screen. Before writing this article, we tested the following method and it did the trick, although you will likely need to go to the nearest phone accessories store in order to purchase a few simple things.

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Here's what to do: Look at your phone's connector. You'll want to get an adapter that plugs into this port. You'll need a USB Type-C cable if you're using an Android phone, and either USB-C or Lightning if you have an iPhone. In your case, you'll need a USB-C (pegged) cable and a USB-A (pegged) port, which looks a bit like this:


You'll connect that to your phone, then plug a regular computer mouse directly into the open end.

Once you do that, your phone should immediately recognize the mouse as an input device. You will then be able to use it just as much as you would with your finger. You can now enter the phone's passcode and do anything else that you would normally do on your phone.

my advice? Use it to email yourself with all the important data and files you need.

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You can do this, or make a strong backup of your device, remember to save any photos or videos separately, or use an app that can backup texts and media while you think about what to do with your broken device.

If you have multiple USB-C cables with multiple USB-A ports, you can connect both a mouse and a keyboard to make this process easier.

How to access the contents of that backup is a whole extra process that we will prepare a separate article in order to explain in full, but at least you will have all the data you need at your fingertips.

Honestly, making sure your phone is always backed up via Google tools/services is probably your best bet. And of course, make sure you always have a backup of anything you store on your Android phone. You never know when your phone might fall to the ground and sustain serious damage.

You can also follow more explanations in the section Technical explanations On Review Plus.

Muhammad Hamed

A BA in English Literature and a Diploma in Translation from AUC University, I have been working as a smartphone reviewer since 2018 until now, specializing in mobile testing and reviewing, and I am currently working on (Pro Specifications) and (Review Plus).
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