How to used an Android device with a shattered screen

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This screen is not just cracked, it’s devastated. We can all agree that you’re not going to be carrying this around with you anymore, but it might still be useful in other endeavors. [Mr Westie] wanted to use it for the camera which is undamaged. The issue is how do you control an Android device with a broken screen?

He knew there are apps out there that let you control your device remotely. But these still depend on you being able to install and launch the program. He found he could get the image from the screen on his computer using a package called Screencast. It runs on your computer and doesn’t need to be installed on the phone, but it will require a rooted phone and the user must click to authorize root access. He got around that hangup by pushing keypress commands to the phone via ADB. The only problem left is if debugging mode is not enable.

Comments

  1. Florin Fecioru says:

    Pst… correct the title of the article.

  2. I encountered a similar problem. I have an Atrix with a broken screen (OK digitizer) with a LapDock that a friend gave me. I factory-restored it but then it needed on-screen prompts to set up. I ended up finding a bypass for the setup, and did it blindly by taping an image of the keyboard over the phone. It worked! Link to my endeavors: http://forum.xda-developers.com/member.php?u=529087

    I still dunno what I’ll do with such a wonky setup. It’s unrooted, and the performance of the screen rendered on the lapdock isn’t good (fullscreening the phone preview makes The Impossible Game go half speed and out of sync for example), and while I have a sort of tablet sized Android device, it’s really just the phone’s screen (and huge interface) stretched (not rendered at) to 1366×768 without any touch capability.

  3. it is so much easier to change the screen :))) and get the device control

    • chango says:

      Throwing money at a problem isn’t a hack.

      • Andrew says:

        The previous poster didn’t say they were throwing money at it to get someone else to fix it, they said it’s easier to just replace it and I agree. Amazon carries most brands and it’s not tough for someone with a little skill to swap the screen, digitizer & LCD on a phone. I had an obliterated IPhone and for about $30 including tax & shipping I got the parts. It only took a couple of hours to disassemble, clean & repair it and its been good for about a year now.

    • Hirudinea says:

      I busted the screen on my phone once, and a replacement screen would have cost more than I paid for the entire phone, so I just bought a new phone.

  4. KiDD says:

    I have a nice tablet with a broken screen my friend gave me…. too bad dev mode wasn’t enabled

  5. Destate9 says:

    “When he said he was going to crack my phone I thought me meant rooting it!”

  6. Been doing this for a long time with an old g1 with a shattered digitizer at Quelab. we use it as a occupency detection remote device, and also as our dyndns client. and occasionally as an mp3 player.

  7. Aaron says:

    If the touch screen still works and you just want a way to install something you can then remote control, a lot of android phones support HDMI output via a USB (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_High-Definition_Link).

  8. simplifyituk says:

    am i correct in thinking that USB HID work on android? if so then a teensy programmed with the series of commands to get you into ADB.

  9. kotaKat says:

    I had this happen with a Captivate. Cracked LCD and glass. Got it for free, screen replacement will be ~$100!

    One thing I remember trying to get ADB enabled was to set persist.service.adb.enable=1 somehow. I believe I was able to flash a custom recovery, get into ADB Shell from Recovery, and push the flag to the device somehow and boot up to ADB.

  10. Matt says:

    This might be of interest:

    They installed a window manager, but if your screen is toast, you wouldn’t have to do that. Without android hogging resources, you essentially have a turbo charged RasPi

  11. xorpunk says:

    It’s still of little use because of code signing and the most probable scenarios where the VNC type software either won’t run or can’t autorun…

    Mobile devices, like gaming consoles, while efficient at what they do, are useless implementations of good hardware with pure focus on marketing and vendor lock…

  12. Thiago says:

    About the having to have ADB enabled, one could use this:

    @14:15

  13. navesthiago says:

    About the having to have ADB enabled, one could use this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UmJLLTr2gg
    @14:15

  14. Web Design says:

    how to used? LOL

  15. Ambery says:

    After using ADB and Screencast, I still couldn’t clear the lock code, but MyPhoneExplorer by FJ software was amazing simple to use. Thanks for all the information!

  16. leathan says:

    Hey man you seem liek a smart guy. So this may not help you. BUT IT WILL HELP OTHERS.

    Thisis how to take a phone with ABSALUTELY NO DISPLAY and turn it into a working server/computer/whatever.

    http://www.juliospinelli.com/AxE/yay.txt

    Prereqs: Rooted & adb on (THIS SHOULD BE THE FIRST THING YOU DO ON EVERY SINGLE PHONE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE IF YOU DIDNT YOU CAN DO IT WITHOUT THE SCREEN BY FLASHING AN SBF. single binary files are not dangerous at all… not at all……………………….. but making one or finding can be very hard. Next time root your device and dont stop untill you acheive that. tptb cant beat hackers because root access is inherent to hard access. (hard access=you can touch the device physically)

    http://www.juliospinelli.com/AxE/yay.txt

  17. Petes says:

    OTG cable.

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