No matter how much the smartphones manufacturing companies try to work on durability of phones, you never know when bad luck strikes and leaves you with a broken phone. Accidents don’t ask before coming and one of the worst case is ending up with a broken phone. In this case, we are particularly talking about how to recover data from Note 4 broken screen. Firstly, I would recommend you to use precautionary measures in the form of side covers and tempered screen protectors. If you have spent a lot of money in buying an expensive Note 4, then you should also spend some amount for protecting it against the mishaps.
Now moving on to the guide. If you have a Note 4 with broken screen and you want to recover data before you dispose it or send it for fixing or claiming its insurance.
First of all use the easy methods like Recover data from connecting phone to PC via Data cable or KIES. If you have already tried it and still you are unable to access your Note 4 broken screen, because you had a passcode on it and now you can’t enter the passcode to unlock the screen.
Now let’s move on to the trick which can help you to recover data from note 4 broken screen. It’s not a hard trick, its just unknown by the masses. Using it you can recover everything from your smartphone, including pictures, contacts and videos.
Note: It’s good to always keep a backup of your smartphone data on either the cloud or your PC.
Recover Data from Note 4 Broken Screen:
The guide on how to recover data is very easy, just few steps and you get access to your smartphone and then you can copy all your personal belongings residing in your note 4 broken screen onto your computer.
To take benefit from this trick, you have to have a Samsung account. If you already have registered with the Samsung services, then there is no problem recovering data.
If you don’t have samsung account, may be this guide can help you out but it requires taking off the damaged screen and replacing it with a working one to copy the data.
Now If your device is registered with Samsung Account. Move on to following steps in order to recover data from Note 4 broken screen.
- First step is to login from your samsung account onto this useful service named as Samsung Find my Mobile. Its same like Apple’s service “Find my iPhone“.
- After you have logged in, you will see list of actions you can perform on your smartphone remotely from this page. Samsung offer a lot of services on your smartphone remotely.
- Now select the option of “Remotely unlock my phone”.
- It will unlock your phone and you can now access data present inside it.
- Connect your smartphone with the computer using data cable. Transfer your files onto your computer, or use KIES or SmartSwitch to access the contacts and messages.
If this method didn’t work out for you and you were not able to recover data from note 4 broken screen. Then use the method below. Although the method below is time consuming and frustrating but in the end you will be able to recover data from Note 4 broken screen.
2nd Method to Recover Data from Note 4 Broken Screen
If previous method didn’t work for you as it has number for privacy constraints. Use the method below as many people have reported that they are able to recover data from Note 4 broken using the method below:
- This method is a bit time consuming. But in the end, you will be able to unlock recover data from Note 5 broken screen.
- This method will work even if your screen and digitizer isn’t working. but the rest of phone should be functional and also it should be powered on.
- OTG CABLE
- USB mouse
- Pencil and a Paper
- USB DATA transfer Cable
At one end of the OTG cable, there is a female USB port where you can connect mouse and the other end of OTG cable connects your NOTE 4
OPTIONAL SCENARIO TO PRACTICE USE OF MOUSE ON WORKING NOTE 4 TO PREPARE FOR ENTERING PASSCODE WITHOUT SEEING ANYTHING ON SCREEN.
After you have got mouse and OTG cable. You might also need a note 4 from a friend. This is to practice using the mouse with no visual aid.
- Connect mouse to a working Note 4 and practice use of mouse to move around the screen till you have mastered this skill.
- Another Option is that you put a thin paper like tissue paper on the screen on working Note 4 while the phone is at lock screen. You will be able to see the keys through the paper. Draw the keys on the paper. When you will be entering password on your broken Note 4 to recover data, this paper will help you to draw estimate location of each key.
- Recommended Option:
- Draw a square on paper
- Move the cursor to any corner of screen
- Put the mouse in middle of paper
- Reach to specific key on your phone using the mouse.
- Draw the route that you used to reach specific key on paper
- Mark it with letter of alphabet
- You can also draw whole scenario of entering passcode on paper. Once you have made the pattern to enter passcode on paper. This paper will be used in next part of this guide to enter passcode on NOTE 4.
Now move forward to actual guide to recover data from Note 4 broken screen:
- First connect OTG to your phone and connect USB mouse to other end of OTG cable.
- Now that you have connected mouse on your phone, a cursor will be present on the interface but you won’t be able to see it. Now use skill you learned before of using phone with no visual aid
- The lock screen pattern you made on tissue paper. Put it on display screen of broken note 4 and you can also use the pattern that you made putting mouse on paper for directions to reach specific key.
- Increase the volume full using the volume keys.
- Press the power button to take your phone to lock screen. (If you are not sure whether the phone is at lock screen or not wait for a minute. Your phone will go to sleep, now press the power button to take it back to lock screen).
- Now move the cursor to far end of your screen. Now visualize the location of cursor and keypad in your mind and gradually take the cursor to the first letter or alphabet of your password.
- Move the cursor to far end and bring it back to next letter or alphabet of your password. You will be able to unlock your password. (you might be able to unlock in 3-5 attempts)
- Using the same technique you have to enter your whole password. You will get audio signal from phone after entering each key.
- Once the phone is unlocked.
- Remove the OTG cable and connect your phone to PC or laptop using USB data transfer cable.
- Now you will be able to access data.
- If you messed up the route to get specific key then use power button to put phone to sleep and wait for few seconds then press power button again to get back to lock screen.
- Your phone locks after 30 sec or 1 min. so use volume button after every 10 sec to keep it awake.
- Once you have recovered data from your broken screen Note 4. It is recommended that you wipe your phone remotely. So that when you sale it or send it for replacement. No stranger can get his hands on your personal data. Use this guide to erase all the contents of your phone remotely.
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