In my mind, if Android is well known for one thing it’s workarounds. If you don’t find an official way to do something, there’s bound to be an alternative that gets you the same results, albeit with a bit of work involved. And while this applies to everyday actions, it can certainly be the case for the times when something goes wrong. Case in point: when the display isn’t responding to touch and you still want to unlock the phone.

If you’ll ever find yourself in this situation, the best thing to do if you’re not experienced with fixing electronics is to take your phone into an authorized service shop and get it fixed by professionals. But the first thing you should and can do is to back up the data you have on your phone, and here’s how you can do it in just a couple of simple steps:

#1: Make sure your phone supports USB OTG. The USB OThe Go standard is supported by most modern phones, and it allows them to connect other devices through a USB cable. Googling your phone model and “USB OTG” will confirm this – but again, most modern phones already have this enabled. So if you’re rocking a Nexus 5X or even an older device from a couple of years ago, chances are that it supports USB OTG.

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#2: Get a USB OTG cable (they’re cheap and can be found at most electronics stores) and connect it to your phone.

#3: Using the USB OTG cable connect any USB mouse.

#4: Use the mouse just like you would use it on your computer and bypass the touchscreen!

And that’s it! Here’s a video of this whole process in action:

Fun fact: this also works as a neat trick even if your phone is working.

Have you ever had screen issues? How was your experience with using a mouse to control your phone? Let us know in the comment section below!

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