What to Do with Your Cracked Cell Phone Screen Until Repair

What to Do with Your Cracked Cell Phone Screen Until Repair

December 4, 2018

It happens—you drop your phone and the screen shatters. It’s a huge pain to have to deal with a cracked screen, and when this situation arises, you have to consider whether you’ll take the phone in for repair or simply get a new one. If you have a protection plan on your phone, you’ll fortunately be covered in such a scenario. But regardless, you are still going to have a need for your phone until you can either get it repaired or replaced, so how do you use it while the screen is cracked?

Here are a few tips for using a cracked phone screen until you have the opportunity to schedule an appointment for smartphone screen repair in Tucson, AZ.


If you have a cracked iPhone screen, your first step is going to be to disable USB restricted mode. You should still be able to access the device using Touch ID. Hopefully, depending on how the cracking occurred, you should be able to pull up the Settings app.

What you can also do is hold down the Home button and ask Siri to turn on VoiceOver, after which you can type in a pin if Touch ID doesn’t work or was never set up. This will let you get into your device and back up files as needed.

Disabling USB restricted mode allows you to plug your phone into your computer and rip important files off of the device. VoiceOver will make it easier for you to allow a new computer to see your phone and its files, in case you have to use a computer or laptop you have not used previously.

Obviously, this all becomes a bit more difficult if your screen doesn’t work at all. In such a case, you’ll need a lightning-to-USB adapter to connect a simple USB keyboard to the phone, which should allow you to put in the passcode for your phone and turn on VoiceOver to navigate through the phone.


With the proper converter, you can use the same keyboard trick for an Android phone that you can with an iPhone. Simply plug a USB keyboard into your phone, and you’ll be able to type in a PIN code that unlocks your device, if you did not have a Touch to Open feature that is usable. You can also use a Bluetooth mouse to connect to your phone.

Another option is to set up MTP mode on your phone so you can more easily transfer files off of it. Do a quick Google search to ensure you follow all the proper steps for your specific type of device—there’s much more variance among Android phones.

For more information about the various steps you can take to use your phone after the screen has been cracked, we encourage you to contact our professionals at Gadget Geeks to discuss what we can do for your cracked phone screen in Tucson, AZ. We look forward to answering any questions you have for us!

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