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 killed a touch screen on my wife’s 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 a solution.


However, the only lower part of the touch-screen worked, so I couldn’t unlock the phone and confirm pairing with the PC to simply download data.
Also, the 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 wife’s 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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