Unlock Android Broken Cracked Screen
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How to Unlock an Android Device with a Broken/Cracked Screen?

Oh! Was your Android phone’s screen broken? It hurts, I know. As the touch screen is the only way to control your phone, it’s like a world-ending-feeling for you. Still a question remains unanswered. Why do you want to unlock the phone with a broken screen? Obviously, it’s for backing up the data on it.

You might have banged your head many times for breaking the phone’s screen. Anyway, it’s gone. So, we need a method to unlock the phone for backing up the saved data.

Don’t worry, I am here with two simple ways to unlock an Android device with a cracked or broken screen. Are you ready to secure your data? Here we go.

Method One: Using Android Debug Bridge

Android Debug Bridge is a command line tool, which lets you communicate with your phone through a computer. It’s commonly used by developers. You need a computer, micro USB cable and Android SDK to proceed with this. Most importantly, USB Debugging option on your phone should already be turned on. This method will not work with this option turned off.

Step 1 : At first, visit this link to download Android SDK files. Make sure to download the correct file that is compatible with your computer. (If you have a 32- bit machine, download 32- bit item or else go with 64- bit).


Step 2 : Connect your Android device with the computer using a Micro USB cable. And, open command prompt (Ctrl+ R > type CMD > Enter). Change the directory to where the SDK files located. Most probably the location is platform tools in Android folder. So, the command should be,

cd C:/android/platform-tools

Step 3 : Type the following command and press Enter. If your device gets detected, you will see some numbers on the command prompt window.

adb devices

Step 4: Again, enter the following two commands to the window. You have to type the second immediately after the first one. And, replace 6789 with the phone password (if you use password as a locking option).

adb shell input text 6789
shell input keyevent 66

If this process gets succeeded, your phone will be unlocked at once. Hurray! You can start taking backups now.

Method Two : Using a Mouse

Oops! What if the above method will not work for you? Or, what if USB Debugging on your phone is not turned on?

Then, you have only one option left. That’s to use a mouse. This method only works with the devices supporting USB OTG. (That means, you have to check if your device supports USB OTG by default and you need an OTG cable).

Step 1 : Plug in an OTG cable into the micro USB port on your device. (OTG cable is too cheap, that you can get one for even $5).

Step 2 : Insert a USB mouse into the other part of the cable. If your device supports USB OTG, you will surely see a mouse pointer under the broken stripes of your screen. Use the same to unlock your phone. That’s all. If you don’t have both mouse and OTG cable, borrow them from your friend or relative.

Wrapping Up

Maybe your phone has no problems now. But it does not guarantee that the same will not fall ever. Prevention is better than cure. So, turn on the USB Debugging option on your Android device. That’s a small precaution to recover and unlock your Android device if the screen gets broken or cracked! Do it right now, yeah NOW!

Also, use gadgets with utmost care. Always, put them in safe places. Don’t place it carelessly at the edge of tables or chairs. Why because the above- given methods may not work with your device. So, it’s important to avoid getting your phone screen broken. And you may buy a tempered glass screen guard for your phone, which can help your phone’s screen withstand some hard drops.

Most of all, Handle your gadgets gently.

One comment

  1. Hi,
    What if you enter ADB devices and your phone is not recognized? How do you fix the device not found error? Thanks.

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