How To Unlock And Access Your Files On Cell Phone With A Broken Display Screen

I recently had a dilemma where my Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus had a broken screen and I could not unlock it or even power it off. Naturally I wanted to get my data off the phone and reset it before selling it or donating it to a repair center.

I’m happy to report – specifically for Samsung Phones, but possibly for others too – there is a solution!

Samsung has a feature called DeX built into their phones which allows you to plug a monitor and keyboard/mouse into it via the USB charging port! See demo and explanation here:
https://insights.samsung.com/2021/01/14/the-beginners-guide-to-samsung-dex-6/
Other phones may at least benefit from being unlocked by use of a keyboard which Android supports natively across nearly all their smartphones.

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I ordered this QGeeM 7-in-1 USB C Hub to HDMI 4k, 3 USB 3.0 Ports adapter…
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…which accomodates ALL the aforementioned required accessories, essentially turning my phone into a desktop computer, and it worked PERFECTLY! I was able to see the lock-screen on my monitor, enter the passcode from the keyboard and navigate the entire phone using my mouse. Brilliant!

See the source image
Samsung Dex Turns Your Phone Into A Desktop Computer With Monitor, Keyboard and Mouse – Phone Screen Not Required!


The only thing this approach does NOT allow one to do is to hard (factory) reset the phone (Dex blocks it by design), but I was able to recover my data by pushing it up into Google’s DRIVE platform, which gives everyone with a Google account 1 terabyte of storage for free.

THANK YOU Samsung, for such a BRILLIANT feature on your most excellent smartphones!

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