How to Access Android Phone Without Screen

Joel Mason

Android, Tutorials

If you find yourself in a situation where your Android phone’s screen is not responding or broken, you might be wondering how to access your device and retrieve important data. Don’t worry, there are several methods you can try to gain access to your Android phone without using the screen. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to help you accomplish this.

Method 1: Using USB OTG Adapter

One of the easiest ways to access your Android phone without a working screen is by using a USB OTG (On-The-Go) adapter. This adapter allows you to connect external devices such as a mouse or keyboard to your Android phone.


  • A USB OTG adapter
  • A USB mouse or keyboard
  • An HDMI cable (optional)

Step 1: Connect the USB OTG Adapter

First, connect the USB OTG adapter to your Android phone’s charging port. The adapter should have a female USB port where you can connect external devices.

Step 2: Connect the Mouse or Keyboard

Next, connect either a USB mouse or keyboard to the USB OTG adapter. If you’re using a mouse, you will see a cursor on your screen that can be controlled by moving the mouse. If you’re using a keyboard, it should work as usual.

Method 2: Using ADB Commands

Another method for accessing an Android phone without a functioning screen is by using ADB (Android Debug Bridge) commands. This method requires some technical knowledge and the use of a computer.


  • A computer with ADB installed
  • A USB cable
  • The necessary device drivers for your Android phone

Step 1: Connect Your Android Phone to the Computer

Connect your Android phone to your computer using a USB cable. Make sure that USB debugging is enabled on your phone.

If you haven’t enabled it before, you can follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Go to “Settings” on your phone.
  • Step 2: Scroll down and tap on “About Phone” or “About Device”.
  • Step 3: Find the “Build Number” and tap on it multiple times until a message appears saying you are now a developer.
  • Step 4: Go back to the main settings menu and scroll down to find “Developer Options”. Tap on it.
  • Step 5: Enable USB debugging by toggling the switch or checking the box.

Step 2: Open Command Prompt or Terminal

Open Command Prompt (Windows) or Terminal (Mac/Linux) on your computer. Navigate to the folder where ADB is installed. If ADB is properly installed, you should be able to run ADB commands.

Step 3: Execute ADB Commands

To access your Android phone’s screen using ADB commands, you can use the following command:

$ adb shell input keyevent

Replace “” with specific key codes such as “26” for the power button, “82” for the menu button, or “66” for the enter button. These key codes allow you to navigate through your device and perform actions without using the screen.

Keep in mind that the key codes may vary depending on your Android device. You can find a list of key codes by searching online or referring to the Android documentation.


Losing access to your Android phone’s screen can be frustrating, but with the help of USB OTG adapters and ADB commands, you can still retrieve important data and perform necessary actions. Remember to exercise caution and follow the instructions carefully.

Hopefully, this tutorial has provided you with the necessary guidance to access your Android phone without a working screen.

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