I'm not looking to recover data, I'm looking to play around with it by controlling it from my PC. Last I remember, the phone is running a Cyanogenmod OS (I don't think LineageOS was around at that time) with either TWRP or CWM recovery, but I'd bet on TWRP.
Now: the device reaches the OS properly, I can tell because if I try to turn the ringing sound up it gives me an audio feedback.
If I connect it to a PC from the OS:
- the phone shows up in Windows Explorer as "SM-G900F"
- Device Manager shows me a "SAMSUNG Mobile USB Composite Device" under Universal Serial Bus controllers
However I cannot access any files (Windows Explorer shows the device as empty), and if I attempt to 'adb devices' in the console it shows me an empty devices list.
Now, I suspect that USB debugging might be off. So I also tried connecting it to a PC from recovery and the exact same thing as above can be observed, PLUS:
- Device manager also shows me a "SAMSUNG Android Phone" list which can be expanded to show me one entry called "SAMSUNG Android ADB Interface"
However it's the same as before, no files available and 'adb devices' shows an empty list.
Now I heard that I can theoretically enable USB debugging through ADB, by writing to a config file. That would allow me to enable USB debugging and try something like Vysor in order to control the phone from my PC.
However that's a moot point until I can figure out why the ADB service on my PC isn't seeing the device. Any help would be greatly appreciated, and if you need more info I can provide it.
- I installed Samsung USB drivers at some point while trying to make it work
- Windows Explorer shows a phone icon for this device, and if I recall correctly that's what happens when it's connected through MTP (Mass Storage should show it like a memory card)