recover data from broken nexus 6P

Nexus 6P is still considered one of the best Android phone. Users can experience pure Android on it with latest operating system that gets monthly updates from the Google itself. Accidents never ask before coming if you have broken Nexus 6P, here is how you can recover data from it. All the data present inside internal storage of your phone can be retrieved using this guide.

Its really hard to believe that people don’t keep their pictures synced with Google Photos as it is a free cloud service to upload as many pictures you want. And if you sync contacts with your gmail account, you can easily retrieve them by logging on to your gmail account on your PC or some other device. But mostly people don’t bother syncing or backing up their data. If they did, there wouldn’t be much problem if your phone ever end up broken or stolen.

Easy things first. I assume you have already tried to get back your data using a data cable and connecting with your PC and you can’t access the files because your phone is locked.

Recover data from Broken Nexus 6P

The following method works but you will have to try your luck and it might take some time but in the end you will end up unlocking your phone. After that you can easily recover data from broken Nexus 6P. There is just one condition for this guide to work. The screen is broken, even the phone is broken but it does turn on. If it turns on then you can recover data. If it doesn’t even turns on after the fall then I am sorry this guide wont help to recover data.

Following guide will take some time and some material that is stated below:

  • USB OTG Cable (If you dont have any clue about what it is, then read about it here)
  • USB Mouse.
  • USB Keyboard (optional).
  • Paper and Pencil

After you have got all the stuff mentioned above proceed with the guide below. Let me give you an overview about what we are going to do in order to unlock your phone. We know that screen is not working. Using USB mouse we will enter the passcode on your phone to unlock it. When you connect USB Mouse to your phone, a cursor or you may call it pointer appears on the screen on your phone which can be used to click on buttons instead of tapping.

Optional Scenario to practice use of mouse on Nexus 6P without seeing cursor on screen:

First of all you will need a working Nexus 6P (you can borrow phone with working screen from friend or someone) to practice use of mouse and memorise location on button on the screen. Connect OTG cable and mouse on your Nexus 6P. You will see pointer on the screen.

  • While moving the cursor on the screen move it to top left corner or any corner and then determine the distance you have to travel to get to specific key. Concentrate on speed of mouse and direction of pointer. This is to get idea about moving cursor on screen on broken phone.
  • Another option: This one is help you define the interface of your phone. Take a very thing paper, like tissue paper. Put it on screen of working Nexus 6P. Now go to lock screen. You will be able to see the keyboard underneath it. Draw it on paper. Now you can put this paper on your broken Nexus 6P. In order to estimate the location of each letter or alphabet.recover data from broken nexus 6P
  • Recommended Option: Put mouse on a piece of paper. Reach to a specific key on your phone using cursor. Now mark that path on paper and name it to that specific letter. This is to mark the route that you will have to take to reach a specific key when you wont be able to see anything on broken Nexus 6P.

Once you are pro in using mouse without looking at the screen. Proceed forward now we are going to use our skills like a blind man.

Following steps are to unlock broken nexus 6p to recover data from it:

  1. Connect OTG cable on your Nexus 6P and on the other end of OTG cable connect USB mouse.
  2. Once mouse is connected to your phone. Now there will be a cursor on the broken screen of nexus 6P which we won’t be able to see.On your broken phone, put the paper on which you made pattern of keys using the working phone.
  3. Now press power button so your phone gets to lock screen. (If you are unsure and can’t decide if the phone is already on the lockscreen or not, then wait for a minute. It will auto lock). Then try again
  4. Move the cursor to far end of any corner. Now with concentration and skills you practiced above reach to the first letter of your passcode. Once you have entered it. You might get audio signal from the phone if you enabled key sound.
  5. Once done move the cursor again to far end and bring it back to the next key. Enter whole passcode using this technique. If you are lucky your will unlock your phone in 3-4 attempts.
  6. If you somehow messed up while driving cursor to key, or you think you entered wrong key. Then use power key to lock it again. Wait for 2-3 seconds and then press the power key again and start from beginning.
  7. DONT lose hope. It is a frustrating process but the result is worth it. You will get to access the pictures and data of whatsapp and other applications present in your phone.
  8. After you have successfully unlocked your Nexus 6P by entering the right keys with so much hard work. You will get sound of unlocking screen, keep your ear open. Now it is the time to get the data.
  9. To get the data. After you have passed the lock screen. Use USB data transfer cable to connect your phone to your PC or MAC. You will see all the files present in your phone on your PC.

Remember phone automatically locks after 30 seconds or one minute of inactivity. So to prevent it from locking again. Use volume keys constantly, like after every 10 seconds increase or decrease the volume. Also when the data transfer between phone and PC starts don’t worry if the phone gets locked again the data transfer will continue.

After recovering data and before sending your phone for replacement or selling it. Use this guide to erase all the data present in it remotely. So that no one else can access the data present inside your phone

I hope this guide worked out for you guys and you were successful in recovering data from broken Nexus 6P. Phones are very vulnerable to damage. So to save yourself from ending up in the above mentioned situation. Make sure you backup all your data on cloud or your PC. Use this guide to make backup of your phone Keep a backup in cloud or PC at all times. You never know when these electronic devices choose to give up on you. Also use screen protectors and bumpers to minimise damage in case of fall.

Also that if we helped you out do give us feedback in the comments. It would really cheer me up. After recovering data you can send your phone for replacement

4 COMMENTS

  1. That’s great, but in my case, I need to select an option for file sharing. I can unlock my phone just fine, (using the fingerprint scanner) but then I also need to drag down the top menu and select USB sharing options, then press “File transfers”.

    It’s too hard to do without being able to see the screen.

    I have

    • I feel you man, same thing just happened to me! Did you ever get it resolved? My screen is black and unresponsive so I can unlock my phone but I can’t access the files via my PC.

      • My screen is unresponsive too. But in its entirety! I can’t even unlock the phone. The screen is so shattered that glass splinters come off of it.

  2. My screen is so shattered that little pieces of glass are falling off and the screen visibility is 100% nule, black. Not a chance to see or even imagine what’s on the phone screen.

    Is there still a chance for me to back it up somehow?

    Thanks for your help!

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