Have a situation where your phone suddenly stopped working and then you are miffed with the fact that you have a lot of stored data hidden in the phone?
Yes, that can be tad annoying.
But common, you’ve got us as we are going to guide you on ways to move that precious data from your damaged Smartphone, whether it’s an android or iPhone to a new one.
Here are some easy guides below:
Be Smart To Forestall An Eventuality; Do This On Your Current Phone Now!
A stitch in time they say saves your dime!
If you are the type that regularly back up your phone data to a Google account or iCloud, you are in tune. If you haven’t been doing so, begin to do so now.
Backing up your data, despite the initial stress will save your time and money.
Have you done so? Great if you have as you have no fear of data loss in the eventuality of your phone getting damaged.
You can easily move your phone data from your damaged phone easily but then there is a step to take.
Follow the normal set-up prompt on your smartphone (Android or iPhone), sign in with your Google or Apple account ID, click restore form your cloud backup and voom, your most cherished data is back right on your new phone!
What If I Fail To Backup Data On My Damaged Phone, Any Hope?
But oh, there is a possibility that you may have either by sheer carelessness or forgetfulness fail to have a data backup on your damaged phone, do not fret just yet, there is another way.
Take a look below:
You can retrieve your phone data in what we dub as the ‘wire-ful way’. But then this process can work in three situations but they all require an external device at some point, hardware of some sort, we will analyse the situations below.
a. Phone is damaged but the touchscreen still functions
This scenario can suffice in many cases. An example is when after your phone lands on the concrete or tiles and the screen cracks but the touch screen still works either fully or partially. It could also be when water touches the screen and it misbehaves and it’s hard to access information on it, but in a way its partially usable to access some functions like your call log but not your data.
In these stated scenarios, all you have to do is, connect your damaged phone to a computer with the use of a Universal Serial Bus (USB) cable cord, wait till the PC reads your device and once it can access it, transfer all your phone files to the PC.
If you can successfully get to these processes, you can now move the backed data from the old phone where you find your data earlier inaccessible to the new smartphone you have just got.
b. Your phone screen is partially working but the touchscreen is totally spoilt
There is this situation of your phone screen getting affected partially but the touchscreen is damaged beyond repair. You can still see some screen images, blurry as they may be but you cannot access your phone data as the touchscreen function is completely spoilt
To recover your data here, you will need the following tools:
- A computer
- USB cord
- A USB mouse (your cord should be able to connect to this, if it can’t, use an OTG)
- USB splitter cable, OR
- USB Hub with HDMI
Note: The splitter cable is less expensive than the HDMI hub, even though they look alike as shown in the picture below:
After getting all the aforementioned tools, here is all you need to do.
- Plug the USB Hub/Splitter cable into your phone
- Connect the mouse to the Hub/Splitter cable.
- In the eventuality of your phone being locked with a password, the mouse can be used to input your password or phone lock pattern. You will have to keep practicing this to get it right.
- Immediately you succeed in getting the phone unlocked, connect the phone to the Hub/Splitter cable
- After connecting, it will show the usual file transfer prompt, use the mouse to give it permission
- Under your computer’s My Computer or This PC, the phone storage will appear, proceed to copy and paste the data you want restored there and there you go!
c. The Phone entire screen is blank, nothing can be seen whatsoever?
Your phone screen is totally blank, you can hear when a notification comes in but you can’t see anything on the phone screen. This appears tough and hard to handle but don’t you worry, there is a way round it. You just have to be attentive to master the following.
- Ensure the phone is switched on. You can find out by calling it with another phone to be sure the number is reachable.
- Use a USB cord to connect your phone with a PC. But make sure the computer gives you a notification that a phone has been connected.
- And here is the somewhat tricky part: You must guess rightly where the file transfer prompt normally appear on your phone once it’s connected to the PC and tap it. Peradventure you find it extremely difficult to get the exact position of the file transfer prompt on your phone, you can look for a similar phone and connect it and find the exact place on the screen to master.
Once you get the prompt and you grant the PC permission to access the device, the PC shows your phone storage and then you can begin to access your data, you know how it rolls, copy and paste.
What If The Phone Is Completely Dead?
Your phone is not connecting to the PC, not showing any life at all, not making prompt on a third party device, we can safely assume it’s in a comatose state. You may try charging it and thereafter connect it to the laptop cord and you may well be fortunate for the laptop to recognize it without permission with a feature called the Autoplay. If all these proved to be abortive, it is better to take it to the nearest phone repairer shop. .
But then we hope our methods work before that.