How can I recover text messages off a broken phone?

Episode 1370 (1:49:43)

Bill from California

Bill broke his phone screen and wants to know how he can get his text messages off it? Leo says that if it's an Android phone, he can connect a USB cable to it and it will act as a drive so he can get the data off it. Here's an option from But if he doesn't have screen access, it could be hard. has an article on how to do this. ADB is a software development tool for Windows that will enable him to access his phone and enable USB debugging, which will then allow him to download the contents on the data drive. They also have a program called Android Data Recovery that will enable him to get it off without enabling USB debugging.