Humph is a good friend of mine. While his phone did not explode, it contained a wealth of crucial information that we could not access because of its damage. Humph required his data to be transferred to a new phone as soon as possible.
If you’ve ever been in Humph’s shoes, you know how aggravating it is to risk losing all of your data when your phone breaks.
But what if I told you there was a way to transfer data from a broken smartphone (android and iPhone) to a new one without paying a fortune to a repairman?
Yes, it’s conceivable. Let us show you how to do it.
A stitch in time can save you money.
Do you back up your data to your Google or iCloud account regularly? Then kudos to you for saving time and money. You can quickly transfer data from your old phone to your new one.
Simply follow the on-screen prompts to set up your new Android or iPhone, login in with your Google or Apple account ID, select restore from cloud backup, and your data will be returned to you.
There is another option to recover files from a broken phone if you don’t have a backup of your files. Read how to sign up for the Abeg account.
Retrieving data in a wire-free manner
This method works in three scenarios, each of which causes the use of some hardware. We’ll have a look at them in the sections below.
The touchscreen of the phone is damaged, but it still functions.
This can occur in a variety of circumstances. When your screen fractures after a fall but the touchscreen still functions, for example. Or when a small amount of water gets into the screen but it is still usable.
You’ll need to use a USB cord to connect your broken phone to a computer. Make sure your PC can access your device before transferring your files to it.
After that, you can freely transfer your backed-up data from your broken phone to your new smartphone.
The screen is operational, however, the touchscreen function is not.
Your phone’s screen is destroyed in this circumstance. Your touchscreen is no longer functional, even if you may see hazy images on the screen.
Gentle readers, we’ll need a variety of tools for our next stunt:
- A USB cable for your computer
- A USB mouse (you should be able to connect your cord to this; if not, use an OTG)
- A USB splitter cable or a USB hub with HDMI are both options.
Note: The HDMI splitter cable is less expensive than an HDMI hub. They both have the same appearance.
Here’s what you’re going to do.
- Connect your phone to the USB Hub/Splitter cable.
- The mouse should then be connected to the Hub/Splitter cable.
- If your phone is password-protected, you can type in your password or sketch a pattern with the mouse (this will take some practice)
- Connect your smartphone to the Hub/Splitter cable once it’s been unlocked.
- It will display the standard file transfer dialog; provide permission with your mouse.
- Copy and paste what you want from your phone’s storage into My Computer or This PC.
What happens if my phone dies completely?
There isn’t much you can do if your phone isn’t exhibiting any indications of life other than taking it to a repair shop. You can try charging it and attaching it to your laptop using your regular wire.