How to Backup Android Phone with Broken Screen

By Carrie Murray, Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It is frustrating to deal with an Android phone with broken screen. The phone is not completely dead but with screen cracked/broken, it doesn't response to your taps. Before getting a new phone, you may want to recover data from the screen-broken phone and make a backup. This post will show you two different solutions to back up Android phone with partially broken screen and completely unresponsive screen. You can retrieve photos, videos, contacts, messages, etc. from the broken phone. 

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Part 1: Is it Possible to Backup Android Phone With Broken Screen?

To get data off an screen-broken Android phone and make a backup, many users will try to connect the phone to a PC and move photos/videos/files to PC. It seems workable until users find that they need to enable USB debugging on the phone so that the PC can access the phone data. So does it mean that we can not access our phone data when the touch screen is not working? 

Not necessarily. With a powerful third-party data recovery tool, it still possible to backup your Android phone even if its touch screen is completely broken. And if you check your phone very carefully, you may find that some parts of your phone screen still response to your taps and you can even manage to back up your Android phone to Google account


Part 2: Part of Android Phone Screen Not Work: Backup Data to Cloud Storage

Even though an Android phone screen is badly cracked or shattered, there is still hope that some parts of the phone screen are still working. Before giving up on your broken phone, please make sure that you have tapped every part of the phone screen. If you are lucky, you may find that some parts of the screen still function and allow you to access the phone. If so, try to perform a backup to cloud storage using Google account

  1. Go to Settings > Backup & Reset.

  2. If you haven't set up a Google account, tap Backup account to add a Google account;

  3. If you have added a Google account on your Android, toggle on Back up my data.

    Backup Android to Google Account

  4. Google's Android Backup Service will back up your photos, contacts, emails, docs, system settings, purchased apps, Chrome browser history of your broken Android phone;

  5. When you get a new Android phone, add your Google account to the phone and it will prompt you to restore the backup. 

For Samsung phone with a Samsung account, you can also backup the broken phone to Samsung account. 

  1. Go to Apps > Settings > Accounts > Samsung Account > Backup;

  2. Tap Auto back up to automatically back up your call logs, messages, wallpaper, priority senders, spam addresses and filter;

  3. If you have another Samsung phone, add the Samsung account and you can restore the backup to the phone.

Backup Data to Samsung Phone


Part 3: Android Screen is Completely Unresponsive: Recover Data to PC

Backing up android with broken screen to Google/Samsung account leave out important data that you may need (videos, audios, books, etc.) Moreover, this is not an option for you if your phone screen is completely unresponsive. 

Luckily, you can use a third-party recovery tool named FonePaw Broken Android Data Extraction to recover data from the screen-broken device to your PC. The tool can perform data recovery for Samsung Galaxy S6/S5/S4/Note 5/Note 4/Note 3/ Tab 10.1 with broken screen. Your photos, videos, audios, messages, contacts, WhatsApp messages, documents, call history can all be retrieved and backed up to PC. 

Step 1. Click Download to get Broken Android Data Extraction on your PC. 

Windows Version Download

Step 2. Launch the program on your PC and choose Broken Android Data Extraction. Connect your Android phone to the PC and click Start. 

Choose Broken Android Data Extraction

(Fix Device option is for fixing Android devices back to normal, for example, restarting phones that get stuck at download mode/black screen/boot screen.) 

Step 3. Select the device name and model of your Android phone. If you are not sure what it is, click question mark for further instruction. After you have selected the right name and model, click Confirm.

Select Device Name and Model

Step 4. You'll need to put the phone in Download mode by pressing Volume Down + Power + Home buttons. Click Start to follow the instruction to enter Download mode. 

Step 5. When the phone is under Download mode, the program will begin to download package and recover data from the phone. 

Recover Data From Broken Android

Step 6. Wait till the scanning is completed. You can view the recovered data and click Recover to make a backup of the data on your PC. 

Backup of Broken Android on PC

Now you have a backup of the screen-broken Android phone on your PC. When you get a new phone, you can move the data to your new phone.

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