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Can I access my existing messages even with a broken phone screen?


So basically, I broke my phone screen, but the software is working perfectly. Is it possible to pull up the screen on a computer? Or send the existing messages to my email account? I know there are quite a few messages, some important, because if I press my screen it will flicker and I can see for a few seconds. I don't want to change my phone screen because the repair is more than the cost of my tab, and I want to get the iPhone 6 anyway.

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If you're talking about text messages then it may be possible to send them to a Gmail account. Install SMS backup + through the play store on your computer. Since you can briefly see the screen you'll have to work quickly to configure and start the backup process. This app creates a label in your Gmail and backs up your SMS to your Gmail. Good luck.
Chad Burr wrote:

If you're talking about text messages then it may be possible to send them to a Gmail account. ...

Firstly, thanks for the quick reply. Does this method involve interacting with my screen at all? Because I can't do that.
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Chad Burr wrote:

If you're talking about text messages then it may be possible to send them to a Gmail account. ...

Unfortunately, yes it does
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Chad Burr wrote:

If you're talking about text messages then it may be possible to send them to a Gmail account. ...

Unfortunately, yes it does
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What phone do you have? It may be feasible to have the screen replaced.
Ivan wrote:

What phone do you have? It may be feasible to have the screen replaced.

A nexus 5, but the screen replacement would cost more than my current tab. So if I'm just getting a new phone, is it worth spending the extra $200-$300?
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It may be possible to fool the device into thinking that the screen is intact by attaching a USB OTG adapter cable (available at computer shops for about $10) and attaching either a wired mouse or wireless dongle for a wireless mouse. One end of the USB OTG adapter gets plugged into the charging port of your phone, while the other end will accept a wired mouse or wireless dongle for a wireless mouse. Once everything is connected, you'll see a small arrow pointer appear on screen that should allow you to navigate through menus and prevent the screen from turning off. Example of USB OTG adapter cable

rikkster wrote:

It may be possible to fool the device into thinking that the screen is intact by attaching a USB ...

I can't see my screen at all though, I supposed I didn't mention that in the original question. It's basically black with blue and red lines all cross it. Is there a way to connect it to a computer or something, and pull the screen up that way?
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rikkster wrote:

It may be possible to fool the device into thinking that the screen is intact by attaching a USB ...

Unfortunately, no. I also did a little research on some data retrieval applications that would work from your PC, but that would entail screen interaction and placing your N5 in Developer mode, which you cannot do. You'll have to weigh your options and decide whether those text messages are really that important or cut your losses and get the iPhone 6.
rikkster wrote:

It may be possible to fool the device into thinking that the screen is intact by attaching a USB ...

Okay thank you! I really do appreciate it! I'm going to go ahead and assume that since my phones been broken awhile, people haven't been texting me anyway! Thanks again!
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rikkster wrote:

It may be possible to fool the device into thinking that the screen is intact by attaching a USB ...

You're very welcome. Just to add, your friends and contacts may be wondering why you're not replying to their texts, especially if they're not aware that your phone is broken. The text messages may still be getting sent to your phone, problem is you have no way of retrieving or replying to them. Hope you get that iPhone 6 asap.

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