How to Recover Data from Dead Android Phone

Dying to know how to recover data from dead Android phone? Lighten up! This article has your back and will show you efficient and practical ways to retrieve data from your broken device.

Author Avatar Joy Taylor Last Updated: Sep. 27, 2021

When your phone is dead, you may find that the touch screen is unresponsive, home key, volume keys, or wake-up key are not responding. You can not unlock your phone and access all the data on it. Therefore, you may lose many valuable photos, videos, notes, and lovely memories, if there are no backups. Worsely, many dead phones can not be charged anymore till powerless.

How to recover (internal data from) completely dead/powerless phone? Here in this post, we are trying to figure out what is a dead phone like, and introduce some possibles ways to recover data from a dead phone.

What is a Dead Phone?

A phone may fail to turn on, be bricked, be on but the screen is black, be frozen, etc. when the following scenarios happen:

  • The phone fell down the stairs and the screen was totally damaged. I couldn’t get it to turn on again.
  • The phone got software broken after rooted, or be attacked by a virus.
  • After a factory reset on the mobile phone, the back keys are not working at all.
  • The phone was stuck in download mode when installing an App, and the motherboard didn’t work.

In a word, the most typical features of a dead phone are that the phone turns off by itself or you can’t turn it on, or worse, it won’t charge anymore and remain unresponsive even after the forced reboot procedure. When that happens, there is something wrong with the hardware, software, or both. Although you can first try to get your dead phone charged to check if it works after getting power, actually it’s more technical.

Is it Possible to Retrieve Data from a Dead Phone?

Although the answer is YES, you need to confirm which kind of damage that your phone got and choose a proper method that fits your situation.

  1. Physical damage includes but is not limited to: liquid damage, for instance, your phone gets wet or is exposed to water; cracks and screen broken which typically result from dropping from a great height or on some hard surface.
  2. A virus attack is one of the most typical scenarios where your phone gets systematically damaged. Sometimes it happens when you’re browsing some compromised web or downloading unsafe or incompatible Apps. Factory resetting, rooting your device, and SD card data reading errors may also end up with systematical damage.

Therefore, if your dead phone is caused by software problems, you can first use a data extraction tool without backup and no USB debugging. It also provides you a way to restore from Google backup and external SIM card.

Also, If you already synced and backed up phone data on Google drive, Samsung Cloud, OneDrive. etc. It is simple to recover data from dead phone internal memory, no matter your phone is software dead or physical dead. These cloud backups have saved your contacts, videos, photos, and documents, you can recover them without any hassle and transfer to a new phone.

How to Recover Data from a Dead Phone without USB Debugging

For many users, recovering from cloud backup or SD card may be the first choice for a dead phone. However, DroidKit is a complete Android solution that provides you broken Samsung data recovery tool to recover data from most system crashed phones that we mentioned above. 13 types of essential data are supported to extract at once.

  • No matter your phone is suffering black screen, frozen, bricked, or other system problems like being stuck in safe mode, frozen on startup screen, apps keep stopping, etc., DroidKit will fix and recover important data from your phone.
  • Now, DroidKit supports Samsung data recovery from a dead phone, including all broken Samsung phones and tablets. Besides, you can choose extract from Google account or SIM card.
  • What’s more, flashing firmware is possible to fix dead software. So, you can get more solutions from a DroidKit full toolkit, for example, flash and reinstall Android OS to fix a dead phone, clear system junks in one click, etc.

Here are the steps to recover data from broken Samsung:

Step 1. Download DroidKit hereLaunch the software and connect your broken phone via a USB cable. Go to Extract Needed Data and choose From System Crashed Device.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Select Extract from System Crashed Device

Select Extract from System Crashed Device

Step 2. Choose the data you want to recover from a dead phone. Here we take Photos as an example.

Select Photos and Start

Select Photos and Start

Step 3. Put your device into recovery mode > Find the PAD code and enter it. Then you can click Download Firmware.

Enter PAD Code

Enter PAD Code

Step 4. Once you got the matching firmware package for your device, click Fix Now button.

Firmware Downloaded and Click Fix Now

Firmware Downloaded and Click Fix Now

Step 5. Next, you need to put your device in Dwonload Mode.

Put your Device in Download Mode

Put your Device in Download Mode

Step 6. After that, crashed system will be fixed as below. Click Complete button, DroidKit will confirm that your device is connected again.

Crashed System Fixed Successfully

Crashed System Fixed Successfully

Step 7. Now, you can check and view the data from the dead phone. Select the photos you want to recover and click To Device or To PC.

Select the Data to Recover from Crashed Phone

Select the Data to Recover from Crashed Phone

You Maybe Interested: Where Do Deleted Files Go on Android Phone >

Recover Data from Dead Phone via Samsung Cloud

If you are a Samsung Galaxy user, and you have used the storage options on your Galaxy device to back up your content before, then you can get an easy and seamless recovery from your dead phone with Samsung Cloud. Let’s walk through the process below.

Step 1. From Settings, tap Accounts and backup, scroll down, and select Restore data under Samsung Cloud.

Step 2. Select your desired device from the drop-down at the top, and then select the content you want to restore.

Step 3. Then tap Restore to get the backed data to your Samsung phone.

Select Data from Samsung Cloud to Restore

Select Data from Samsung Cloud to Restore

Please note that all data stored in Samsung Cloud will be deleted if it has not been used for more than 12 months. So act quickly if you want to recover as many as you can.

Restore Data from Dead Phone with Google Account

To retrieve data from Google Account, you just head over to the Google Drive page to download the data. There you can restore data including images, audios, videos, documents, contacts, calendar wallpapers and more.

Step 1: Go to Google official website > Sign into your Google account.

Step 2: Click on the Backup entry > Select the data you want to retrieve > Download the Google backup.

Enter Backup in Google Account and Get Data Back

Enter Backup in Google Account and Get Data Back

Get Data off a Dead Phone from SD Card

Apart from Android Backup, another comprehensive way to get your data back is SD Card data recovery. Of course, the premise is that your SD card remains intact. You may not be able to recover all the files from a damaged or corrupted SD card directly.

Step 1. Remove SD card from your broken phone with an ejector tool and then connect it to your PC via an SD card reader. Make sure the SD card is correctly inserted so that it can be recognized.

Step 2. After your SD card has been detected, find and double click your SD card to access it > copy the files you’d like to recover and paste them into your PC.

Also Read: How to Recover Contacts from SIM Card >

The Bottom Line

With all these methods mentioned above, you have a high possibility to get your data back from phone internal memory. And if you have no backups available, you can try DroidKit to recover data from a dead phone. It provides you multiple ways to retrieve data and fix a dead phone. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding retrieve information from a broken phone, don’t be hesitate to leave comments or contact us by email. We will reply to you as soon as possible.

Free Download

Free Download

* 100% Clean & Safe

Free Download * 100% Clean & Safe

Author Avatar
Joy Taylor Twitter Share Facebook Share

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.

Back to Top Icon