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How to get info off phone with broken screen?

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29th August 2014, 12:18 AM   |  #1  
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Hey all,

I am searching furiously but I thought it might be a good idea to ask directly too.

So i smashed my phone today. Touch does not work, but I can see it. I think getting a replacement won't be difficult, but until then, I have files both in storage and app data that I would like to recover. Since I have TWRP, the recovery is touch and I can't access anything in it. I cant unlock the phone, so I can't get stuff off of the storage either. I think Droid Explorer can help with that, but do I need USB debugging? I am pretty sure I turned it off for some stupid reason. How could I use ADB to extract the app data files?

Thanks! I'll keep on searching and post an answer if I find one!
29th August 2014, 07:10 PM   |  #2  
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Try booting into download/bootloader mode or whatever it is called (sorry, I have had so many brands of android. They all call it something different.) And try flashing a clockworkmod based recovery. Then you can use the buttons to navigate the the storage / access ADB through recovery.

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3rd September 2014, 06:08 AM   |  #3  
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Thank you for the help. I do already have a recovery on it, TeamWin whatever-it-is 2.6.3, it's touch based
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4th September 2014, 11:12 PM   |  #4  
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Thank you for the help. I do already have a recovery on it, TeamWin whatever-it-is 2.6.3, it's touch based

You can still flash over that, if you can get into download mode, then replace it with CWM. No screen needed.

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You can still flash over that, if you can get into download mode, then replace it with CWM. No screen needed.

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Duh! I feel stupid. I didn't think of that.

I don't think I'm familiar with the recovery via download mode? I have done a lot with the phone but can't recall if I've used download mode for that (just for installing BINs). I'll look around, thanks!
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Duh! I feel stupid. I didn't think of that.

I don't think I'm familiar with the recovery via download mode? I have done a lot with the phone but can't recall if I've used download mode for that (just for installing BINs). I'll look around, thanks!

In case anyone's curious, I got confused myself. it isn't Download Mode you need, it's fastboot. Then use the fastboot program in the Android SDK to flash a non-touch CWM. Thanks again for the advice!

PS I can't seem to egt Droid Explorer to work (it installs, I tell it where the sdk folder is, but then when i run it it says it can't find it). I'm going to try to update my sdk and see if that helps, but I should be able to use ADB to transfer too, i think? How would I save data from the "data" partition 9app data vs. storage data)?
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