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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by cas5nq, May 17, 2013.

  1. cas5nq

    cas5nq New Member
    Thread Starter

    May 17, 2013
    My LCD display is broken and I want to resell my phone. I can fetch a decent price for it, but I am worried about data security. I have removed the SIM card, but the hard drive is still intact. How can I reset the harddrive without a working display? Can I connect it to a computer and wire in? Is there a button on the harddrive to reset? Thanks!


  2. Welcome to the forums, cas5nq.

    To hard reset the device, you will have to have a display present, even with the button combo:

    Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S3. Now press and hold Volume Up+ Home + Power buttons simultaneously while turning the device On.
    Just select the option that reads wipe data/ factory reset.

    The selection of the right option would be guess work with the menu not visible, then, once you've done that, there is a confirmation screen with several "no" in a row before the "yes, erase my phone" or some such wording.

    I'd first get the screen repaired, then do the factory data reset. ;)
  3. rcsrich

    rcsrich Well-Known Member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Proudly working for the Man since 2001
    Virginia, USA
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  4. broken888

    broken888 New Member

    May 13, 2013
    After many attempts to factory reset with a broken screen I had the utterly brilliant idea (read: I came across this brilliant idea online) to simply use the Android device manager to erase the phone.


    It's the best option.
  5. marcus33

    marcus33 Well-Known Member

    Jan 6, 2014
    Electrician (again!)
    Harrow (England)
    When the display failed on my S2 the touchscreen still worked perfectly so I was able to use MoboRobo (a really handy bit of software for PC's) to see what was on the screen.

    Does your touchscreen still work?

    If so then download MoboRobo from here and install to your PC. Connect the phone to your PC via USB. Once the phone is connected you will be able to see what the screen should be displaying in the main window. Just refresh the image each time you change something or select auto refresh (two of the buttons under the display representation on the Moborobo home screen).
    As long as your touchscreen still works you can do a Factory Data Reset from:

    Accounts > Settings > Backup and reset

    Of course if you already have device manager set up then that is probably the easier way to go.
  6. pnote_2000

    pnote_2000 New Member

    Aug 8, 2014
    This was the easiest solution I saw to reset a phone with a broken display> Worked great for me. Thanks!
  7. petersith

    petersith New Member

    Apr 15, 2015
    I would counter that by saying suggesting you buy a female USB to microUSB adapter.


    This way you can plug in a wireless mouse & keyboard receiver into your phone, it will pair instantly on booting the phone, then you can move around your screen like it was a computer. From there you can access settings, data resets, and whatever else your phone was once useful for!

    I'm pretty excited to have discovered this simple method in the last 5 minutes!

    You seem to have fixed your issues, and if not then I'd love to hear how you've been coping with a non-functional phone for the past 6 months! Hah, well I hope this help someone.


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