My Screen is broken and I would like to access my pictures. My computer recognises my device but MobileGo cannot access it as it asks me to "enable USB debugging". I can't do this as my screen is not visible.... is there any way to get around this?
You do not need USB debugging enabled to move your pictures, as long as your PC is able recognize your device, and your device is unlocked or can be unlocked you should be able to move your photo's directly from your phone through Windows or Mac.
In this guide I will walk you through the steps of locating and moving your photo's through Windows. I will also add how to enable USB debugging without the screen in case you are still after that solution as well.
Hopefully this solves your issues
Connect your device to your PC or Mac via USB cable
Open up 'Computer' on your PC and look for your device.
Search through your device for a folder called DCIM, this folder will contain all your photo's taken via camera, if you have any other images saved from external sources such as the internet, there will be a folder called downloads. Continue to search through the device until you find all your images/files.
If you would still like to turn USB debugging on without the screen enabled, you need to boot your device into fastboot mode, to do this, turn the phone off. Then boot it into recovery mode by holding volume up + power.
Connect your device to your PC.
This is the hard part, you will use ADB through command prompt in Windows.
Open a command prompt window
mount -o remount,rw /system
echo "persist.service.adb.enable=1" >> default.prop
echo "persist.service.debuggable=1" >> default.prop
echo "persist.sys.usb.config=mtp,adb" >> default.prop
echo "persist.service.adb.enable=1" >> /system/build.prop
echo "persist.service.debuggable=1" >> /system/build.prop
echo "persist.sys.usb.config=mtp,adb" >> /system/build.prop
You can now leave the command prompt.
You are done!
Now reboot your device. USB debugging should now be functional and you may be able to connect normally and recover your data.
- Taking your phone to a data recovery expert is another option if you are very serious about recovering your images and no other method seems to be working. Keep in mind that these can be expensive
- You can also use ADB to turn off the lock screen in order to access your photo's as mentioned in the first method.
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