Backup android phone without using the screen
January 5, 2012 7:21 AM   Subscribe

Can I do a full backup of my Samsung Vibrant without being able to see the screen?

Phone was dropped, hit the corner and broke the screen. It's rooted and I can kinda see it's operating just fine but I can't see a thing. Is there anyway I can get a full backup of it via USB?
posted by zeoslap to Technology (9 answers total)
Three ideas:

1. Boot into the recovery console and activate usb mass storage. Connect to a PC and copy files from phone.

2. Connect to a PC without the recovery console.

3. Install a "stolen phone" app using that will do the backup for you.
posted by devnull at 7:27 AM on January 5, 2012

You could try this tool and see if you can run a nandroid backup, assuming you're on CWM/R. Obviously it may be different for a different recovery tool if that's what you use.
posted by zombieflanders at 7:46 AM on January 5, 2012

That looked really promising zombieflanders but I can't get it to connect - not sure if I have adb debugging enabled.
posted by zeoslap at 7:57 AM on January 5, 2012

Not sure what you mean here, as I'm under the impression that adb is entirely dependent on the computer and not the phone. Are you on a Mac, or do you not have up-to-date drivers for the phone or android packages?
posted by zombieflanders at 8:05 AM on January 5, 2012

Sorry I meant USB debugging - thought that was needed for asb to work.

I think my real issue is that when I plug the USB cable in the phone will show three options - Mass Storage, Kies and something else. I'm unable to select USB so I'm unable to connect to it.
posted by zeoslap at 8:24 AM on January 5, 2012

Is there USB debug option in the phone's settings? In any event, you may want to bring this question to the smart folks over at XDA-Developers, either in the thread I linked to or in their Vibrant-specific forums.
posted by zombieflanders at 9:27 AM on January 5, 2012

I'm not familiar with your phone in particular, but there should be a key combination when you turn it on that allows you to boot into bootloader, which will, I believe, automatically put it into USB connection mode.
posted by nosila at 10:09 AM on January 5, 2012

@nosila - interesting I'll try and figure it out.
posted by zeoslap at 1:32 PM on January 5, 2012

You can go to the Android Market on the computer and push install this app to your phone? I hope it works. Good luck!
posted by thatguyryan at 6:45 PM on January 5, 2012

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