1. AC Question's Avatar
    I have a Galaxy S3 with a broken LCD. The screen is completely black and my phone has a pattern lock to it. I upgraded to an S5 and put my SIM card in to realize none of my contacts were backed up to my Google Account or my SIM card. I am not very good at computers so could someone please give me clear instruction on how I could retrieve my old contacts?
    09-28-2014 09:11 PM
  2. B. Diddy's Avatar
    Welcome to Android Central! That's going to be very difficult, perhaps impossible. There are ways to use an OTG cable and a USB mouse to get past your pattern unlock, but you'd still have to access your Contacts/People app in order to export the contacts to a file that can be subsequently imported into Google. I'm not sure how you could do this without actually seeing the screen. Contacts aren't stored in a discrete file that you can easily move over.

    You could try using the Kies program, but I don't have direct experience with it: How do I Back Up and Restore my device using Kies 3? : Cell Phones | Samsung
    09-29-2014 12:08 AM
  3. Rukbat's Avatar
    You'd still probably need the screen to use Kies (at least to tell the phone to allow Kies to connect).

    If you're friendly with a good repair shop, they may have a used S3 screen they could plug into your phone long enough for you to export your contacts to your SD card. (This is why ALL contacts should be Google contacts.)
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    09-29-2014 12:14 AM

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