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[Tips and Tutorials] [FIX MI BUNNY] Cracked Your Screen? How to Use Your Phone Without Touch

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This post was edited by jenz1 at 10:36, Aug-13-2015

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Fix Mi Bunny is back with another topic for all of you good people of MiLandia.

But this time, something a little bit different. Just a little background: My beloved carrot themed Mi3's top glass cracked when I accidentally dropped it  from 4 feet high some 2 weeks ago. The LCD was fine but sadly, the capacitive buttons where dead and touchscreen was not responding. I was heart-broken. The nearest service center was 6 hours away and would surely burn a hole in my pocket.

But then it hit me! This would be the perfect excuse to find out how far I can go using my beloved Mi3 without using touch!


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So lets do this!
Solution 1: USB OTG and Wireless Mouse Combo!

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What you need:
USB OTG cable and Wireless mouse (preferably a three-button scroll mouse)


So using a mouse, you can navigate and click anywhere on the screen much the same way you use your fingers to touch the screen.
Navigating is fairly easy, right click SELECTs items, left click work as a BACK button and middle click works as HOME key.
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Some draw backs though:
- Typing is hell while using the mouse as you'd be clicking on each letter (unless you're using Swype keyboard or something similar, then typing becomes bearable)
- No multi-touch gestures here. Just plain, good 'ol fashion mouse swiping action.

Solution 2: Use a Mi-Key
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Oooops! Sorry. Wrong Mikey


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Ahhh... there we go...

What you need:
- Mi-Key and Mi-Click app

Download Latest English Mi-Click App here: http://d-h.st/zwXg
So assuming you have a mi-key and MiClick installed, you can use the mi-key to simulate hardware keys or open/launch an application. here I used Mi-Key as a control panel/capacitive button. Then used the other clicks to open apps i usually use an need.

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(Note: set your phone to go directly to homescreen from lock state. It'll save you the trouble of hooking up your mouse just to "swipe up to unlock")

You CAN'T do much with the Mi-Key alone though. it's very limited. but at least you have the power to open apps like the camera and shoot some pictures. or select the music player and entertain yourself to get your mind off your broken phone hehe.

Solution 3: Easy Touch

Download Easy Touch from here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.shere.easytouch.holo

My phone's touchscreen wasn't totally useless as there's still a small part that responded to touch. (mark with the yellow "X") So I tried to find a way i can use that small real estate of touch, went to Google play and there I discovered Easy-Touch.
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Easy touch is somewhat like the Assistive Touch found on iOS, but takes it a step further by giving you full customization.
Here i set it up to have the same layout  as the phone's capacitive buttons. I also placed an Apps and Settings shortcut in case i need to access both.

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You can really do a lot of things with Easy Touch and its customization is superb. I recommend you try it even if your phone is working perfectly. You might just like it.

BTW, you need ROOT access for some function of Easy Touch to work. You also have to set permission for pop up notification to "ALLOW"
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Solution 4: MiPhone Manager

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What you need:
- A PC (Windows XP or higher)
- A USB cable and MiPhone Manager
Download the latest English MiPhone Manager here: http://en.miui.com/thread-55321-1-1.html


Did you know that Mi Phone Manager comes with an emulator (or remote play window or an I-use-it-but-I-don't-know-what's-it-called-thingy) where you can control you're phone with your PC's mouse and keyboard?

Just install Mi Phone manager and connect your phone to your computer. Then just click on the "Play" below the image of the phone in MiPhone Manager. Wait for it to load and viola! You can now completely control your phone.

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The good thing about this setup is you wont have any trouble with typing, since you're using a full keyboard and the mouse just makes navigating your phone a breeze! Of course there are cons to this setup too, such as you can't remove it from the PC while your using it or the PC's screen is not so high resolution compared to your phone so pictures or images you view onscreen are a bit blurry.

There are still other ways you can control your phone without the need for touch but I didn't get to try. Like connecting a bluetooth keyboard and mouse or if your capacitive buttons are functional and a part of your screen is still functioning, use One Hand Mode.

You can try to combine any of the Solution I mentioned above and see what works for you. But ultimately you would have to choose to have it fixed or replaced.

I really hope you guys wont come to the point where you'd suffer the same fate as my Mi3, but if you do, then you know you can still use your phone even without touch. Always remember the saying:


An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure

So don't skimp on protection such as protective case and tempered glass. It just might save your phone's life!


Do you have any solution for controlling your phone without touch? Did you find this thread interesting or helpful? Sound off below. This is Fix Mi Bunny, always Hop-py to help!


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Thanks to ingbrzy of xiaomi.eu for the mi-key app link, @magdag for the English MiPhone Manager and to Mi Philippines for getting me and my Mi3 on our feet again.

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Very helpful, maybe I'll try this later. thanks for sharing

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searjohn replied at 2017-4-26 20:23
thank you
but i have a serious problem
my phone half screen is not working and i have not turn on  ...

Try to auto rotate the screen, the button that you mentioned might fall to the working part of the screen.

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It might come handy someday for me, and I already knew some of what is said in this thread, accidents do happen, our fully protected phone with protective case and tempered glass can be damaged by accident..

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        1.  This helped a lot, thank you

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20:23, Apr-26-2017 | From PC
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thank you
but i have a serious problem
my phone half screen is not working and i have not turn on usb debugging
i flashed a custom rom before it was broke
and had not set the language and other initial settings
when turning on it show button to press but at that place touch dosent works
my otg function is also not working
ANYONE CAN HELP IN THIS ISSUE
THANK YOU FOR READING AND HELPING ME ALL  GENIUS PEOPLE.

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But brother what is the BEST PREVENTION, having suffered badly due to this basic flaw in a rather one of the best features phone from Mi

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