People and businesses rely on smartphones more than computers these days. But what happens when things go wrong?
It happens to all of us at some point, no matter how careful we are with our smartphones. You might drop the phone and smash the screen. You may have gone “all thumbs” and watched as your phone tumbled into the toilet.
When things go wrong, there is some good news. There are ways to recover data from your broken Android or iPhone.
Ways Smartphones Can Be Damaged
Two types of smartphone damages can occur to your phone – hardware damage and software damage. Hardware damage occurs when you drop your phone, run over it, step on it, crack the screen, etc.
Software damage occurs when there is a problem with the operating system (OS). For example, the OS hasn’t been updated recently, or the OS is corrupted in some manner.
Recovering Data from Water Damaged Phones
There are a few critical steps to follow when your phone has water damage to have a chance of recovering data.
- Remove the phone from the water.
- Take off any outer cases, covers, and sim card immediately.
- Carefully dry off the phone as best as you can.
- Wait a few days to allow water that gets inside the phone to dry out.
- Power on the phone.
If the phone powers on, perform a backup of your data immediately. If the phone will not power on, or if the phone’s power was on when it hit the water, and it shorted out, you still want to dry the phone out as best as possible. Once the phone is dry, you will want to contact a professional data recovery service for assistance.
Putting the phone in rice does not fix any electrical shorts that occurred when the phone hit the water. A professional data recovery service knows how to fix any shortages in the electrical board to make data recovery possible.
If you have an Android phone and an SD card and saved data to the SD card by default, recovering your data is as easy as plugging the SD card into a laptop or desktop computer, provided it did not short out too.
Recovering Data from Phones with Smashed Screens
Smashed screens are not the end of the world since the phone’s software typically still works. The easiest fix is to get a new screen and have it installed. Once it is, you should be back in business.
If the phone was run over by a car or stepped on, the internal hardware could have been damaged too. In this case, then you will want to contact a professional data recovery service.
Since accidents are not predictable, it is highly recommended to back up your data regularly. That way, when things go wrong, you will have access to most of your data.