With cellular phones having established themselves as a standard item in virtually everyone’s pocket, most people have experienced the distress of a broken device. In most cases, you will have to shell out money to buy a new phone or at least fix the old broken phone somehow. There’s also the horrible realization that all your data could potentially be lost.
Losing photos, old text messages and contact lists can be extremely distressing and it is hard not to panic. Thankfully, there are many options for recovering data from a broken phone and chances are that one of them will work for you. Here are seven ways for how to recover data from a broken phone:
1. Recover data by connecting your broken phone to a PC
There are various programs available to download that are designed to assist you in recovering data. Depending on the type of phone you have, select an appropriate program and download it to your computer. These programs have the capacity to extract data like contacts, SMS, call logs, photos, music, WhatsApp info, and videos from your phone.
2. Select the proper recovery mode for the issue you’re experiencing
Depending on the type of issue you’ve encountered, the program will operate differently. After you’ve installed the program, you need to read the instructions carefully and select the proper mode. For example, if you encounter a black screen/cracked screen, or you can’t touch on your screen, etc., there will be “start” button that you can click on to proceed. You will then match your device info with the appropriate program and enter the download mode to make the data is scannable.
3. Recover data with a cable and mouse
On an Android device you can recover data from a phone with a broken screen, that you can still turn on and see the display, with an OTG USB cable and a mouse. Using this method you will be able to extract files from your Android phone wirelessly. Before you get started using this approach, make sure that your Android phone is equipped with OTG feature. Then you simply connect an OTG adaptor to your phone, link a mouse to the OTG adaptor and turn it on.
You should then be able to use the mouse to unlock your device. Following this, you can connect a Wi-Fi network or switch on the Bluetooth function. You will then be able to transfer files from your phone to the cloud services or a computer.
4. Recover data using iTunes
If you have an iPhone and you have synced with iTunes before, it is likely that the backup will automatically contain the contents of deleted data. To use iTunes to restore lost data simply connect your phone to iTunes, right-click on the iOS device and select “Restore from Backup. When launching the program, you’ll be led to the “Recover from iOS Device” mode (the default mode). Then go ahead and select “Recover from iTunes Backup File” and follow the prompts.
5. Recover data by extracting iCloud backup
Similarly, if you have synced your iPhone to iCloud before, you should be able to use iCloud to restore lost iOS device data using the following steps. To begin with, click “Settings” then “General” then the “Reset” tab, proceed to “Erase All Content and Settings.” You should then see pop up which will prompt you to “Erase iPhone.” After your iOS device restart, click on the “Set Up iPhone” tab, then click on “Restore from iCloud Backup.”
You can then simply sign into your iCloud account, choose a backup containing the deleted data and click on the “Restore” tab. After a few minutes, the lost data should be back on your iOS device.
6. Recover data from a phone you dropped in water
If you drop your phone in water, it is important to act as quickly as possible to remove the gadget from the liquid and immediately switch off the power. Then proceed to gently remove the outer cases or covers and use a cloth to dry the gadget thoroughly. When dealing with water damage it is probably best to take the gadget to a professional so they can recover your data.
Keep in mind that if your gadget’s power was on when it got wet, there’s a chance its internal electrical board experienced some shorts. A professional should be able to repair those shorts and fix the water damage.
7. Always backup your devices
Of course, the best way to avoid stressing out about data loss is to be diligent about always backing up your devices. You don’t have to worry about how to recover data from a broken phone if the data is backed up on a regular basis. It is always a good idea to create a backup of all the essential data from phone and be sure to stay up to date with any existing upgrades. Doing this will make the data from your phone is safe and will help you to deal with any kind of unexpected data loss situation.