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How to Access A Locked Android Phone via USB

author Carrie Murray
date Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Screen lock is designed to protect your Android phone from unauthorized access. However, when you forget the password, pin, pattern and need to access a locked phone, the screen lock becomes your worst nightmare. Fortunately, there are still ways to access a locked Android phone, recover data (photos, contacts, videos, etc.) from the locked device, and even unlock the Android device.

Is it Possible to Access and Recover Data from Locked Android?

There are many situations that you want to access a locked Android phone to get back important data. For example:

  • You have no way to bypass the Android lock screen password, passcode, pattern and just want to extract data from the locked handset.
  • You want to unlock the phone without losing data and thus need to backup data from the locked android phone before factory reset.
  • You need to get back photos, contacts or other data from the locked Android phone with broken screen.

Locked Android Phone

Since we can't enable USB debugging on locked Android phones, many users wonder if it is possible to access and recover data from the locked Android phone via USB. Actually, data recovery from the locked Android phone is possible if you have Broken Android Data Extraction on your computer.

As its name suggests, Broken Android Data Extraction (opens new window) is a tool to extract data from the Android phone with the locked screen, broken screen, black/broken screen. It can access your locked handset, such as locked Galaxy S6/S5/S4, to extract photos, contacts, videos, messages, WhatsApp messages, messages attachments, call logs, audio, documents. Just follow to following steps to access a locked Android phone via USB.

Steps to Access and Recover Data from Locked Android

Step 1. Download Broken Android Data Extraction on your computer.

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Step 2. Choose Broken Android Data Extraction > click Start.

Choose Extract Data

Step 3. Choose the device name and model of your locked Android phone. If you are not sure, click question mark beside to get instruction. Once you have selected the correct information of your device, click Confirm to continue.

Select Device Name and Model

Step 4. Follow the guide on the software to put your Android phone in Download mode with Volume Down + Power + Home buttons.

Enter Download Mode

Step 5. The program will begin to access your locked device and scan out the data. Please wait patiently until all data on your device are displayed.

Step 6. Tick the photos, contacts, videos, messages or other data that you need and click Recover to save the data on your computer.

Recover Photos from Locked Phone

Four Ways to Unlock Android Phone

Now that you have got pictures/contacts off the locked phone and have a backup on your computer, you can unlock the phone, such as Samsung Galaxy, LG, Nexus, Pixel, Huawei, without data loss. Here are four ways to unlock an Android phone when you forget pin, password or pattern.

  • If you have added Google account on your device, you can unlock the phone with Google account.
  • Use ADB to remove the password of your Android phone.
  • Visit Android Device Manager site, log in with your Google account and erase everything on your phone, including the password and pattern.
  • Factory reset your locked Android phone.

For specific steps to bypass Android lock screen, please read:

What to Do If You Forget Android Screen Lock Pattern (opens new window)

Forget the Password of Android? Here is What You Should Do (opens new window)

Any question about bypassing and accessing the locked Android phone? Leave your comments below.