[Can’t Missed] How to Enable USB Debugging on Android with Broken Screen

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If your phone’s screen is broken and unresponsive, it is almost close to impossible to change any settings, including enabling USB Debugging. This is even more frustrating if you want to transfer some of your valuable files to another device such as a computer. If this is the situation you are in, this article is for you.

I will take you through the different ways how to enable USB debugging on android with broken screen. In addition to enabling USB Debugging, I will also discuss how you can restore data on your device after you have enabled USB debugging. But first, let’s first learn what USB debugging is and why it is important.

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What Is USB Debugging?

USB Debugging is a developer mode in Android devices that enables your computer to read all the files on your device, including internal logs. Once this mode is enabled, you can easily transfer all kinds of files from your phone to the computer and vice versa. USB Debugging also makes it possible for newly programmed apps to be transferred to another device (such as a pc) for testing.

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Why Should You Enable USB Debugging on Android with Broken Screen?

The main reason for enabling USB Debugging on a phone with a broken screen is to give your computer full access to the data on the phone. Even if you intend to fix the screen, there might be some crucial files on your device that you may want to access immediately. The only way to access such files is by enabling USB Debugging and restoring these files using a reliable data recovery tool.

How to Enable USB Debugging on Android with Broken Screen

Here are some of the ways how to enable USB debugging on android with black screen or broken screen.

1. Use OTG to Enable USB Debugging on Android with Black Screen

If your phone has USB OTG support, you can use a computer mouse to control it and enable USB Debugging mode even if the screen is broken and unresponsive. Follow the steps below to use this method.

Connect the mouse to your phone using the OTG. You may need to mirror your phone to a computer if the screen is totally black.

To enable USB Debugging mode, first head to your Settings > About phone > Developer Options and click the build number seven times to enable Developer Options.

Go back to the previous screen in Settings and you will now see Developer Options. Click on Developer Options, then USB Debugging and enable it.

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2. Use ADB Command to Enable USB Debugging on Android with Black Screen

There are commands that you can use with the ADB toolkit to turn USB Debugging. However, you will need a computer to use this method. Follow the steps below to enable USB Debugging using the ADB command.

Start by downloading the ADB toolkit and extracting its files to your PC.

Boot your phone into recovery mode by pressing and holding the power and volume-up buttons. This method could be different depending on the kind of device you have.

Connect your phone to your pc and open a command prompt window within the ADB folder you extracted. Type in the command adb devices. Your device should be among the listed devices.

Now type the command to backup data from the phone: 

adb pull / data / media / clockworkmod / backup ~ / Desktop / Android-up.

Restart your device using the adb reboot command. It should now boot with USB Debugging enabled.

3. Use MTP USB Drivers to Enable USB Debugging on Android with Broken Screen

Media Transfer Protocol (MTP) drivers make it possible to transfer files between your android device and your computer. However, you will need to have USB Debugging mode enabled if you want to access all the files on your device. You can use any of the above methods to enable USB debugging to get started copying files from your device.

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4. [Easiest] Recover Data on Android with Broken Screen

Once you have enabled USB Debugging, you can restore all the files from your device using a professional data recovery tool like Anyrecover (Android). Anyrecover is one of the most reliable applications you can use to recover files (even those you deleted) from your Android device with a broken screen. This tool can be used to recover all kinds of data from your device.

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Anyrecover (Android) core features:

  • Supports over 11 data types, including photos, messages, WhatsApp, and more.
  • It is intuitive and easy to use.
  • It is compatible with almost every device on the market
  • No backups are required when recovering deleted data
  • It recovers data from phones with a broken screens and those damaged by water

Steps to use Anyrecover (Android) to recover data from broken screen

Install AnyRecover on your PC. Open it and  choose Recover Data from Broken Phone from the screen.

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Select the device information for the device you want to recover data from. This allows Anyrecover to download the correct data package needed to recover your files.

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Connect your device, the program will prompt you to put it in downloading mode. Follow the onscreen steps in the app to do this.

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Select the files you want to recover and click Next. Then the software will scan your device and show you all the discovered files. Choose the files you want to recover and click Recover to PC/Recover to Device. All your files will be saved to your computer.

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Conclusion

We have discussed all the possible methods of how to enable USB Debugging on Android with broken screen. Once, you have enabled USB Debugging, you can now use Anyrecover (Android) to restore any type of file from your phone to the computer. Anyrecover will restore all the files, including those you had deleted (if you need them) to your PC. The good news is that Anyrecover gives you the option to preview and select the files you want to recover. So, you don’t necessarily have to recover everything.

Install Anyrecover (Android) now to start restoring your valuable files from an Android device with a broken screen.

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By Alva Doris , to Android Data Recovery

Updated: Nov 18, 2022