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.

Joy Taylor Last Updated: May. 28, 2021

In all these scenarios below people think their phones were dead and there is little chance to get the data back:

“While I was browsing the web, I just clicked on a link, and my phone suddenly turned off and it wouldn’t run anymore. ”

“My phone fell down the stairs and the screen was totally damaged. I couldn’t get it to turn on again.”

“When I was installing an App, my phone was stuck in download mode and the motherboard didn’t work.”

Failed to power up your phone is a common thing in daily life, but how do you know that it is in a dead condition? In this guide, we will help you figure out the ins and outs of it, and provide you with two simple solutions to recover data from dead phone internal memory according to your specific conditions.

Is It Possible to Retrieve Data from a Dead Phone?

Before talking about retrieving data from a dead phone, let’s take a look at what is a dead phone?

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. So if you want to recover data from your inaccessible Android device, you need to confirm which kind of damage that your phone got and choose a proper method that fits you.

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.

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.

How to Recover Data from Dead Phone Internal Memory

Nowadays, an increasing number of people tend to sync and back up their phone data on Google drive, Samsung Cloud, Microsoft OneDrive. etc. All of these methods make it so simple and straightforward to recover data from dead phone internal memory. So if you are one of those who have saved contacts, videos, photos, and documents on these cloud storage platforms, you can recover them without any hassle. Even without backup, it is still possible!

Method 1. Recover from Samsung Cloud Backup

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.

Method 2. Recover from 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

Method 3. Recover from SD Card via SD Card Reader

Apart from Android Backup, another comprehensive way to get your data back is to extract the information from SD Card. 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.

The Bottom Line

What’s done is done, but a dead phone won’t end up with anything. With all these methods mentioned above, you have a high possibility to get your data back from phone internal memory. If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the tutorial, don’t be hesitate to leave comments or contact us by email. We will reply to you as soon as possible.

Joy Taylor

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