The topic of data recovery from broken phones seems to be a prime target from SEO optimised blogspam so I'm posting here in hopes that someone had a similar issue in the past and may be able to help me out.
I am tasked with restoring some photos from a Huawei P30 that has a broken screen/touchpad. The photos were stored on the device directly, unfortunately not on an SD card or on a cloud provider. The phone does still turn on (it vibrates when plugged into a power outlet and shows up on Windows). However, it's only showing an installer for HiSuite (which did not help), not the file system. USB debugging is enabled.
Things I tried so far and didn't work:
- shining a flashlight at the screen to see if only the backlight is broken (it seems the whole screen is done for)
- eyeballing it and trying to blindly enter the passcode
- connecting phone to external monitor and keyboard via USB-C -> HDMI (monitor stays black)
Is there anything that may still have a chance of working short of replacing the screen to unlock the phone? Thanks and happy holidays.