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How to Recover Data from A Broken iPhone or Android Phone

How to Recover Data from A Broken iPhone or Android Phone

It happens to the best of us, it happens to the worst of us.

If you have a broken phone, a smashed screen or even a phone that went swimming in the toilet, do not worry, my friend, no one is exempt from smartphone damage. There are, however, some good news for you during this difficult time. There is a way for you to recover data from your broken iPhone or Android device. Read on to see how you can do this.

Types of Smartphone Damage

There are two ways in which your mobile phone can suffer damage: software damage and hardware damage. Software damage can occur if your phone is dropped into water (unless you have a water-breathing Sony Xperia), if your phone has not received an update in awhile, or if your OS has been corrupted.

Hardware damage can occur when your phone is dropped, smashed, watered, thrown or stomped. It can bring a wealth of problems from cracked screens and rough scratches to broken home buttons (they are the worst!).

Splash!

There are ways to rescue a phone that has dropped into water, no matter how miserable the situation looks! Here are the steps you need to take if you have a wet phone on your hands (both iPhones and Androids apply):

  1. Switch phone off – Immediately
  2. Remove phone from water – Quickly
  3. If possible take off any outer cases/covers/sim card – Delicately
  4. Towel off phone – Thoroughly
  5. Take to a professional – Promptly
  6. Access your data – Easily

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    Unfortunately, the popular rice trick will not fix any internal shorts in your phone caused by the water. If your phone was powered on when it hit the liquid, it’s likely that the water would have hit the electrical board inside and caused a few shorts.

    Taking your phone to a professional, or repairing the internals yourself is the only way to truly fix a water damaged phone.

    You can access data from a water damaged phone in quite a few ways.

    With an Android phone, you can take the SD card out, plug it into a laptop or computer to save your data. You can find out how to do this by typing ‘remove SD card from [phone model]’ into Google. Providing that you saved data here, there is a chance that you can still access it.

    Smash!

    Cracked screens aren’t as bad a fix as water damage or ongoing OS problems.

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      However, you won’t feel this way if you’re the one trying to read messages through what looks like a crystallised spiderweb! To fix this problem you can send the phone to a professional from an Apple genius bar or the Geek Squad. Alternatively if you’re feeling handy, you can do a DIY job with tutorials from ifixit.com.

      If the touchscreen on your Android has become unresponsive due to the damage, you may wish to use a USB OTG cable. This cable, when attached to your smartphone will enable you to connect other devices to it, even a computer mouse.

      Connecting a mouse to your phone will allow you to manoeuvre around the phone and access your data. You can find out if your phone is compatible with a USB OTG by checking the packaging it came in, or you can find the answer from Google.

      Click!

      IPhone touchscreens rarely lose their function after the phone screen is cracked.

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        However sometimes the home button will stop working. You can still access all areas on your iPhone if your home button is broken, by enabling AssistiveTouch.

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        The accessibility feature called AssistiveTouch will allow you manoeuvre around your iPhone if you’re having difficulty with the home button, or your swipe actions. Give it a try. Here’s how to enable AssistiveTouch on your iPhone:

        1. Open Settings
        2. Go to General
        3. Select Accessibility
        4. Under Interaction, tap AssistiveTouch
        5. Switch AssistiveTouch ON

        The AssistiveTouch menu will give you a touch home button and will also help you access the Notification and Control centres.

        Other Ways of Recovering Your Phone’s Data

        If none of the above options have helped you to recover your phone’s data, there is one more option you can try. You can retrieve data from your mobile through a smartphone data recovery program. Smartphone data recovery, put simply, is the process of scanning a mobile device with software to retrieve data from it.

        A highly recommended data recovery software that I have personally used for iPhones, my friends Android devices and even my SD cards is Enigma Recovery. Similar to downloading iTunes, Chrome or AVG Antivirus, Enigma Recovery is a desktop software that you can download to desktop and use at your leisure.

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          Existing and Deleted data

          Enigma Recovery and other smartphone recovery programs like Dr Fone and iMobie are skilled at retrieving data from mobile phones. The software can scan your phone’s internal database and copy its data to your computer.

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          Everytime you delete files like messages, contacts and calls from your phone, these items remain on the phone’s database until they are overwritten with new data. The program above can extract these hidden bits of data from your phone and help you restore them. Accidentally deleted texts, WhatsApp data, contacts and more can be recovered through this method.

          iPhone Data

          To recover data from an iPhone you can either scan the device itself, or you can scan an iTunes backup of your phone, contained on your computer or laptop. You will have a backup of your iPhone located on your PC or laptop if you have ever synced the phone to iTunes.

          Android Data

          In order to recover data from an Android, your phone will need to be rooted.

          Rooting an Android device is a very similar concept to jailbreaking an iPhone. It effectively allows access to the phone’s entire operating system. Once this is done you will be able to connect your device to a computer and recover your data, but you may first need to check with the phone’s manufacturer, to see if this will void your warranty.

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          Last Updated on February 15, 2019

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

          Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

          Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

          Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

          So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

          Joe’s Goals

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            Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

            Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

            Daytum

              Daytum

              is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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              Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

              Excel or Numbers

                If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

                What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

                Evernote

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                  I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

                  Evernote is free with a premium version available.

                  Access or Bento

                    If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

                    Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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                    You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

                    Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

                    All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

                    Conclusion

                    I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

                    What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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