Quick post about broken smartphone screen

... or how not to pay for deleting your photos

Quick story

Another short post. This time, not so retro but it might be handy for some of you ;)

Recently, my son have killed a touch screen on my wifes smartphone for the second time. When he did it last time, I didn't have much time to figure out how to recover photos and other data from it so I simply sent it to repairs.Obviously, they do a factory reset so all data is lost during a process.

This time, I badly wanted to recover data so I quickly started to look for the solution.

However, only lower part of touch-screen worked, so I couldn't unlock a phone and confirm pairing with PC to simply download data.
Also, USB debugging mode was turned off, so no chance to play with FB-ADB.

The Solution

... and then suddenly I've found one ! and I was like ...

I didn't explore this topic in depth and to be honest, I didn't know that it actually works. It turns out that my wifes old Xperia Z has a USB connector with On-The-Go support.
Below is a poor quality video with a solution :>

Broken touchscreen - fix pattern lock ;) from pit on Vimeo.

Yup, all you need is a simple OTG-Cable with a USB mouse connected to it.
You'll simply get a mouse pointer like on a PC so it boils down to navigating it.
For those not familiar with OTG-Cable, here is an example photo.

Mission complete - data recovered ;)


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