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How to Recover Data from A Broken iPhone or Android Phone

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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 November 25, 2021

          How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

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          How to Make Private Browsing on Safari Truly Private

          There comes a time when we may be searching online and don’t want the browser to remember our footsteps. The reasons don’t always have to be what we obviously think of as the main reason; for example, sometimes, you may not want Safari to remember your passwords or prompt you to enter your password when surfing the web.

          Whatever the reason, we may think that we are totally in the clear with Private Browsing on Safari and the other browsers on a Mac. However, a quick Terminal command can bring up every website you’ve visited. How do you do this? Also, how do you clear your tracks for good? We will provide both answers and more today.

            What Does Private Browsing Do?

            When activated, Private Browsing on Safari prevents your browsing history from being kept in the history tab of the application. Along with this, it doesn’t autofill information that you have saved in the browser. In this mode, you essentially become incognito and any references of previous use is essentially hidden when you are in private mode.

            For example: if you are on Facebook or filling out a form and some information or your login is already filled in in the spaces provided, this is called autofill. It’s activated by simply clicking Safari next to the Apple symbol in the menubar and selecting Private Browsing, then clicking “OK” to the prompt.

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            The reasons behind private mode differ for each individual. While we won’t go into all of those reasons, one thing that is  important to remember is that private browsing doesn’t forget the websites you visit. As we will see later on, Macs keep a second copy of the websites you visit in either mode. If you are in frantic mode looking for a solution to this, look no further.

            The Terminal Archive

            While Safari does a good job of keeping your search history out of prying eyes in the history tab, there is a less-than-obvious way to view a full list of visited websites on Mac. This is done in Terminal; the command-line emulator that allows you to make changes to your Mac.

            Terminal is located in the Utilities folder on your Mac. Once activated, simply add the command:

            dscacheutil -cachedump -entries Host

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            Once you hit “enter”, a list of the visited sites appear. Showing only the domains, the sites appear in a format of:

            Key: h_name :(website domain)ipv4 :1

            However, there’s no need to fear—there is a way you can clear this information from Terminal with a command that’s just as simple.

            Clearing Your Tracks

            Just as simply as you were able to enter the command to view the websites, you can clear the cache that Terminal showed you with the comamnd:

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            dscacheutil -flushcache

            As the command denotes, this literally “flushes” the domains from Terminal. This does not prevent the record from continuing to be recorded for future sites, however, so if that’s an issue for you, repeat this process regularly.

            Other Browsers and Private Browsing

            Other browsers have this form of privacy mode for their service. They promise many of the same things as Safari, but they do not have the same Terminal issue due to how this command only presents websites visited on Safari (the browser Macs come shipped with).

            If you use Firefox, you’ll notice that its private mode is also known as Private Browsing. Chrome calls private mode Incognito, while Internet Explorer refers to it as InPrivate Browsing. Opera is the newest to the scene, denoting it as Private Tab. Safari is the oldest well-known browser with this feature.

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            As you can see, despite Private Browsing not being 100% private, Terminal allows for your browser to be. In what ways has Terminal helped your life or allowed you to become more productive? Let us know in the comments below.

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