To recover or transfer data on an Android device with third-party development tools, you need to connect your Android phone or tablet to the PC or laptop and have the device recognized by these tools. Here are the detailed instructions for the operation.
1. Connect Android to PC in USB mode
- Connect your Android device to your computer with a USB cable. You can use the same cable used to charge it.
- Tap the “USB” option from the Notifications panel on the Android device, then select the “MTP” mode.
- Wait for the driver to be installed, then open “Computer/This PC”, you will find your Android device.
The procedure described above is a normal connection between the Android device and the PC. If something abnormal occurs during the operation, you can try the advice in part 4. Keep in mind that there is still another step before the transfer and recovery tool can recognize your device. Simply follow the steps in parts 2 and 3 to continue.
2. Enable USB debugging on different versions of the Android operating system
Only when USB debugging is enabled can develop tools to recognize the Android phone. The main function of this is to facilitate a connection between an Android device and a computer with the Android SDK (Software Development Kit). Phones running on different versions of the Android operating system have different ways to enable USB debugging mode. First, check the Android version of your phone: Settings => About phone => Android version.
Detailed steps on how to enable USB debugging on different versions of Android:
For Android 4.2 and later:
Go to Settings => About phone => go to build number => tap build number seven times. Then, you will see a message informing you that you are now a developer.
Back to top Settings => Developer options => check USB debugging => tap OK to allow USB debugging.
For Android 4.1 and 4.0:
Go to Settings => Developer options => enable => USB debugging => allow USB debugging.
For Android 2.3 and earlier versions:
Go to Settings => Applications => Development => check USB debugging. That’s all
3. Enable USB debugging on Android with a broken screen
Once USB debugging is enabled, the development tool must recognize your Android device. What happens if the phone screen is broken? Is it possible to enable USB debugging with a broken screen? Don’t worry, you can buy an OTG adapter to connect your phone and USB mouse, then use the mouse to perform actions on the phone to enable USB debugging.
4. Fix the Android phone does not connect to the computer
- Instead, replace another USB cable. Some USB cables may not work properly if they are broken or internal quality.
- Check the USB port of your Android device and computer to see if both can work normally. USB ports are subject to breakage due to abnormal ejection and insertion.
- Remove the other USB devices connected to the computer, as they may conflict with the device you want to connect to.
- Install the USB driver for your Android device. If you are sure that the USB cable and ports are correct, you may need to download the appropriate USB driver based on the make and model of the device.
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