How to Unlock iPhone or Android Phone with Broken Screen

How to Unlock iPhone or Android Phone with Broken Screen

Oh! Is your phone’s screen broken? It hurts, I know. We all have been there! Broken or cracked mobile screen is truly a nightmare for everyone. Without proper touch screen you cannot navigate, swipe, send texts or perform any task on your phone. This is exactly the situation especially when touch screen feature has been completely destroyed. However, this is not the worse part!

The scenario is your device is locked with PIN or Pattern and now it’s not responding when you enter the password. No matter if you have decided to replace the screen or buy a new phone, the most important thing is to unlock it and create a backup of all files.

Fortunately, we came up with some useful tricks that’ll help you to bypass lock screen password when the screen in broken.

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How to Access Android Phone with Broken Screen?

If your phone is not responding to your swipes because of a broken screen or maybe due to some unknown reasons. You should follow this guide “How to Access Android Phone with Broken Screen” to make it work again. Here’ we are discussing two methods that will surely help you to deal with your broken phone screen.

METHOD 1: Via Android Debug Bridge (ADB)

For readers who are unaware of what Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is, it’s a command line tool that helps users to communicate with your phone through your system. The tool is mostly used by advanced users.

Things You Need:

  1. A Computer
  2. USB Cable
  3. Android SDK
  4. And most essential, an enabled USB Debugging option on your Android phone
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If USB Debugging is already turned on your device, then you’re good to go. But if it’s disabled then this method won’t work.

Step 1- Download a compatible Android SDK file. Click here to find the correct one for you.

Note: In case you have a 32-bit machine, go for 32-bit item otherwise download 64 bits.

Step 2- Connect your phone with PC via USB cable, and launch Command Prompt. (Go to Search Menu > Type Cmd > Hit Enter)

Step 3- Now you have to change the directory to where SDK files are located. Most probably the location would be platform tools in Android folder. So, enter the following into the command prompt:

Cd C:/android/platform-tools

Step 4- Keep typing ‘adb devices’ command and hit Enter.

Step 5- Once your device has been recognized, you will be displayed some numbers on the CMD Window.

Step 6- Type few more commands and execute them immediately one after another.

adb shell input text 1234

shell input keyevent 66

Note: In the above command you have to replace “1234” with your phone password!

Access Android Phone with Broken Screen
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If in case you have locked your phone with a pattern, then you have to take a few more steps to unlock broken screen Android.

adb shell



sqlite3 settings. db

update system set value =0 where

name= ‘lock_pattern_autolock;

update system set value=0 where




adb reboot

Executing the aforementioned command will help you to reset the pattern passcode. If not, then try entering the last command:

adb shell rm



That’s it!

If this method is performed correctly, your phone would be unlocked immediately! Hence, you can start taking backups!

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METHOD 2: With the Help of USB Mouse

What if you don’t have USB Debugging option enabled? Don’t get disheartened here’s a fix for you to unlock broken screen Android.

Things You Need:

  1. OTG Cable
  2. And that’s all!

Before proceeding with the steps, make sure you have a phone that by default supports USB OTG if it doesn’t then this method won’t help you.

With the Help of USB Mouse
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Step 1- Attach an OTG Cable into the micro USB port on your phone.

Step 2- Now plug the USB mouse to the other part of the cable. When your mouse and phone is successfully connected, you will observe a mouse pointer under broken stripes of your screen.

Step 3- Use your mouse to draw the pattern to unlock your device.

Now start creating backups of all your important stuff and restore them on your new smartphone!

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How to Access iPhone with Broken Screen?

To access your iPhone with a broken screen, you need to first bypass the lock screen. And to do so:

Step 1-  Long hold the Home button to enable Siri. Once the personal assistant pops up to say “Turn on VoiceOver”

Step 2 – Hit the Home button twice to get the password screen.

Step 3 – Now use the part of your screen that is responding to touch, swipe left and right to move the VoiceOver cursor. In case you are unable to see the screen, don’t worry the VoiceOver will say the button is selected.

Step 4 – When the cursor is on next passcode number, tap twice to ‘tap’ the selected password number.

Step 5 – Once the correct passcode is entered, your iPhone would be unlocked > connect it to your computer and use VoiceOver to tap “Trust” in the dialog box that pops up.

Step 6 – Create your media backups to iTunes!

Hope this process has helped to retrieve data from broken iPhone.

Bottom Line

Broken or cracked phones should be handled very carefully so that you don’t damage it further. We hope you find these methods super-easy to use so that you can transfer all files and data for future restoration.

Happy Unlocking! 🙂

Mansi Vijay is a content writer with Systweak Software. Being a Mass Communication graduate, her knowledge is not restricted to only Content Writing. She loves to experiment with Software and holds interest in Graphic Designing as well. She enjoys little things in life & in her free time, loves to swing on the beats of music!

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