Recovering from a smashed smartphone Access


Set Up Nearby Device


The worst thing in life is being punished for doing a
good deed. I spent most of four days last week stripping
wallpaper and painting my mother-in-law’s bathroom. Listening
to Radio Paradise on my smartphone, it fell by itself five feet
from the window ledge onto the ceramic tile floor below,
smashing its Gorilla 3 glass spectacularly. 

I found that the UMI Super phone and its display still
worked; only the touch aspect was gone — plus the glass
featuring dozens of cracks. Why did the glass smash — even
though it had an extra protective glass overlay? I had a case
for it, but it did not extend to the front of the phone, so
there was no bumper action to protect the glass. The Super is
thicker than most phones, due to its 4000mA battery.

It was irritating, but not a horrible loss. My
mother-in-law gave me her Motorola G, which she never used
 (and we were getting her a flip phone replacement anyhow,
which she now loves). I had a spare UMI Super back home, which
I would now employ.

Touching a Touchless Phone

I needed to get all my files off the broken phone, so I
connected it to my laptop. From file manager, I accessed all
its files, and copied them over

TIP: It is much faster to copy each
folder, one by one, than to copy all folders in one action. For
some reason, copying all stalled something, causing Windows to
proclaim the process would take 23 hours. When I copied the
files folder by folder, it took just ten minutes over the USB3

But there were still other files to copy, once I made
back ups from inside individual apps. How to use the phone when
the screen no longer responded to touch?

To control the phone, I plugged in a USB-C to USB-A
adapter, and then plugged in the wireless transmitter plug that
Logitech provides with its wireless keyboards. (See figure 1.)
I probably could have used a wired keyboard, but I keep a
couple of spare Logitech K400 keyboards around, because they
include a trackpad (for mouse usage).


Figure 1
At bottom right, an adapter allows the wireless transmitter to
be attached to the smartphone

Android recognizes the mouse/trackpad as if you were
touching the phone’s screen, but there are some differences.
For example, it shows a…

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