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How to Use iPhone without Touch Screen?

May 23, 2024 • Filed to: Latest News & Tactics • Proven solutions

We are all so used to swiping and tapping that we take the iPhone’s Touch Screen for granted. Yet without it, it would be very difficult to control the device. Most people find out the hard way when their iPhone Touch Screen breaks. So, what do you when your iPhone’s touchscreen is unresponsive? Other than find a way to get it fixed, your first thought would be for the data on the device, and you may want to be able to operate the device long enough to back up your data.

So, can you use an iPhone without the Touch Screen? It turns out there are ways that you can use the iPhone even if the screen is unresponsive. This article will take a look at some of the best options.

Part 1. Can I Use the iPhone without Touching it?

You might think that the only option you have to use your iPhone without touching the screen is Siri. But with the iOS 13 update, Apple introduced the Voice Control feature, allowing you to use your iPhone without touching it. While this feature is aimed at enabling disabled people to use their devices without much difficulty, it can also come in handy when your screen is broken or unresponsive.

But to use the Voice Control feature, you must have enabled it in the Settings before the screen became unresponsive. To enable Voice Control, go to Settings > Accessibility and the turn-on Voice Control.

If you hadn’t enabled the Voice Control on your device, the following are some of the other options that you have.

Part 2. How to Use iPhone without Touch Screen by QuickTime

If you have a Mac, you can easily use QuickTime to use an iPhone without touching the screen. This freely accessible and very easy to use media player has numerous features, including the ability to capture screenshots and record the screen. But the feature that will be useful to you, in this case, is QuickTime’s ability to mirror your iPhone to your Mac.

You don’t need to install any software on the computer to mirror the device’s data on the device to your Mac using QuickTime. In this way, it is a simple to use and completely free solution.

Here’s how to use an iPhone without Touch Screen using QuickTime;

  • Step 1: Open QuickTime on your Mac and then connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables.
  • Step 2: When prompted to Trust this Computer, click “Trust”. But since you might not be able to do this on a device with an unresponsive screen, connect the device to a Bluetooth keyboard, open iTunes and then press the Space bar or Enter. If you don’t have a Bluetooth keyboard, turn on “Voice Over” using Siri,
  • Step 3: Once the device is connected, go to QuickTime and then click on File. In the dropdown menu next to “New Movie Recording” select the iPhone. This will automatically allow QuickTime to mirror the device.

This method will however only allow you to view the files on the iPhone, and it is not a way to control the device.

Part 3. How to Use iPhone without Touch Screen by Lightning OTG Cable

If your iPhone’s screen is broken, you can still connect the device to your computer and make a backup of the data on the device. But if you have never connected the device to the computer, you will need to enter the passcode to “Trust” the computer, something that can be difficult when you can’t touch the screen.

You should however know that if a small section of the screen still works; you should be able to use that section to activate the VoiceOver mode using Siri. With VoiceOver enabled, you can use the portion of the screen that is still responsive to tap where the cursor is. Even if you are unable to see the screen, this method should be able to help, since Siri will read each button text.

To enter the passcode on a cracked iPhone Screen, follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: Tap and hold on the Home button to activate Siri, and then say “Turn on VoiceOver”.
  • Step 2: Then press the Home button twice to open the passcode screen. One newer iPhone model may open Apple Pay instead. If this happens, swipe you normally but leave your finger there until you hear Siri say “Lift for Home”.
  • Step 3: You can then use the potion of your screen that is responsive to swipe left and right, which will move and then move the VoiceOver cursor to different passcode numbers. When you heat the passcode number you need, double-tap to select the number.
  • Step 4: Once the device unlocks, use VoiceOver again to tap “Trust” in the dialogue box that appears when you connect the device to your computer.
  • Step 5: Now you can click “Back up Now” in iTunes or Finder to back up the data on your device.
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You can turn off VoiceOver by asking Siri to “Turn off VoiceOver”.

But if the screen is not working at all, you can do the following;

  • Step 1: Take a Lightning-to-USB adapter and use it to connect the device to a simple USB keyboard.
  • Step 2: Then, use the keyboard to enter the device’s passcode to unlock it.

Once the device is unlocked, you can then use VoiceOver as detailed in the steps above to access the data you require on the device.

It can be difficult to try to use an iPhone when the screen is unresponsive or broken. With the above solutions, you should be able to check the data on the device or even go one step further and backup all the data on the device to your computer. In this way, you can save the data on your device before repairing the device, a process that has been known to cause data loss. Let us know if any of the solutions above work for you in the comments section below.

Part 4: Use iPhone without Touch Screen with the most recommended Tool

Here is the next and the easiest way that can help you use your iPhone without the need for a touch screen. Introducing Wondershare Dr.Fone - a tool that gives you the benefit of mirroring your device and controls it through your PC. It works for Android and iOS both phones, so if you are an Android owner, there is no need to worry. You can simply take screenshots through PC or connect your device with PC with Wi-Fi and you are good to go. Following are the steps that will help you use the iPhone without a touch screen.

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  • Step 1: Install the Dr.Fone on your PC and ensure that both your iPhone and PC are connected to the same Wi-Fi.
  • Step 2: Swipe up the Control Center and select “Screen Mirror”.
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  • Step 3: You will be redirected to a new screen to establish the mirroring connection.
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