How Do I Unlock My Android Phone If the Screen Is Shattered?

 
Many a times we have seen our mobile screen getting shattered and we are not able to unlock our mobile phone. So today I will share trick to unlock android phone if the screen is shattered.
 

Using your Android through its shattered screen: The easy way

 

There are two obvious methods to access your Android no matter what you did to the screen. I just tested the first (and easiest), and it worked like a charm, though you’ll probably need to run to your favorite local retailer (or Amazon) to pick up a small piece of equipment.
 
Here’s what you have to do: Look at your phone’s connector. You’re going to want to get an adapter that plugs into that connector—USB of some sort if you’re on Android, and either USB-C or Lightening on iPhone. In your case, you’ll need a USB-C (male) to USB-A (female) adapter, which looks a little something like this:


 
You’ll plug that into your phone, and then plug a regular ol’ computer mouse directly in the open end. (Yes, using the “male” and “female” naming conventions feels incredibly outdated.) 

Once you’ve done that, your phone should immediately recognize your mouse as an input device. You’ll then be able to use it much as you would your finger—pulling up your PIN input, clicking on the numbers, and doing everything else you would normally do on your Android. My advice? Use it to email yourself whatever you might want to access on your phone.
 
If you happen to have a USB-C hub with multiple USB-A ports, you can plug in both a mouse and keyboard to make this process even easier.

Using your Android through its shattered screen: The hard way

 
If you want to have an even more fun time, you can “break into” your phone using your computer, assuming you’ve previously enabled a fun little setting called USB Debugging. 
 
To do so on my Pixel, you’d need to pull up Settings > About phone, then scroll down and tap on Build number a lot to unlock Developer options. Then head back to the main Settings screen, tap System, tap Advanced, tap Developer options, and scroll down a little until you can enable USB Debugging. The exact steps may vary for your Android.



From there, find the right ADB drivers for your device from its manufacturer’s website—something you’ll probably want to just go ahead and Google. (To save you time, here are LG’s drivers. I have a Pixel, so I’ll need the SDK Platform Tools, and possibly the Google USB driver.)

Install them on your system. Pull up a Command Prompt or Terminal, and navigate to whatever folder houses adb.exe. (I don’t have an LG phone, so I can’t test this out for you. For what it’s worth, the adb.exe file can be easily found after unzipping the SDK Platform Tools.)
 
From there, try entering adb reboot and pressing Enter. Nothing will happen unless you’ve already authorized ADB to be able to access your phone. That’s something you’ll need to do on the unlocked phone itself, which means you will need to have already done it for this unlocking trick to work at all.
 
Assuming you’ve previously jumped through all these hoops—I did say this was the hard way—you’ll then be able to use these commands to unlock your device:
 
adb shell input keyevent 26
adb shell input touchscreen swipe 930 880 930 000
adb shell input text XXXX
adb shell input keyevent 66
 
Obviously, replace “XXXX” with your PIN code. If you want an easier way to do this, just copy and paste this entire line:
 
adb shell input keyevent 26 && adb shell input touchscreen swipe 930 880 930 000 && adb shell input text XXXX && adb shell input keyevent 66 
 
That said, there’s so much you have to do with a working screen before this method can help you out, that I think the keyboard/mouse technique—the “Easy Way”—is probably best. However, you might want to preemptively go through the steps to enable ADB access from your computer for your, well, new phone. That way, should disaster ever strike again, you can also use ADB to make a backup of your device. 
 
How to access the contents of that backup is a whole additional process, but at least you’ll have... something? Honestly, making sure your phone is always backed up via Google’s tools/services is probably your best bet. And, of course, make sure you always have copies of anything you store on your Android. You never know when your phone might next want to take a leap of faith right onto the floor.

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