Photo recovery is a booming business because we snap more pictures than ever.
We also drop, kick, smash, and drown our phones at an astounding rate.
Smartphones are wonderful things.
They enable us to have the sum total of human knowledge at our fingertips to make use of whenever we want.
You use these mind-bogglingly intelligent inventions to take selfies, play games, text our friends.
You even watch videos that make us laugh, and even, on occasion, make phone calls.
While this may not be the very wisest possible use of our phones, it is undoubtedly something that we all enjoy.
All of us will continue to do for the foreseeable future.
It is obvious, then, that in time, we are bound to accumulate a large amount of data stored on our phones.
Loosing that data follows and Photo Recovery is paramount within those needs.
Our phones hold our contact lists, our financial and social lives.
Even our schedules, appointments, and important dates, and most of all, our pictures.
What do we do, then, when a phone is damaged beyond repair.
Worse case you have not saved any of our precious pictures to a hard drive or a cloud storage device.
How do you access those stored pictures and transfer them to either a new phone or a data storage device of some type?
The answer to that depends on several factors.
First what type of phone you have.
Second what caused the damage to the phone.
Third how bad the damage is.
Fourth how you respond immediately to the damage.
Photo Recovery & Water Damage
There are several different ways that your phone can be damaged.
Water is probably the worst one to cope with, but a smashed phone can be almost as difficult.
If your phone is wet, immediately remove the battery, and dry the phone out.
This can be done using a blow dryer if you set it on “cold”.
Heat can damage the SIM card and the SD card.
You must remember that whatever method you use to dry your phone out, it must not involve heating the unit up.
Putting your phone and your battery into a bowl or bag of dry rice for 24 hours can also help.
Doing this allows the rice absorbs the water out of the phone.
If your phone is smashed beyond use, then you may be able to remove the SIM card and the SD card.
Connect them with a new phone, and transfer the data to the new phone.
Should the broken phone is still somewhat usable, you may be able to connect it to your PC using a USB cable.
If the files are not corrupted, you will be able to see the Internal Storage file for your phone. Select that file.
It should open and give you several options.
Choose the Pictures option, and then transfer the data to your PC. You can do this with other files, such as Music or Contacts as well.
Corrupted Data Files
When you connect your phone but the files appear to be too corrupted to transfer, there is one more thing you can try.
You can download software that is designed to recover data from your smartphone in circumstances such as this.
Make sure that the software you download is offered by a reputable company.
There are software programs out there that look very much like genuine data recovery programs but instead they install a virus on your computer.
Some even capture all the data you’ve just given them access to and use it for very bad purposes.
You definitely want to avoid this, so make sure to invest some time and careful research into choosing a program.
Owners of iPhones can use specialized programs to recover their data.
Iphone Recovery is essentially the same method as that described above.
The difference with iPhones is that the data recovery programs are specifically designed for the different models of iPhone.
This makes it somewhat easier to recover the data.
Data from iPhones can also be backed up by iTunes, making it easy to create and update your backup files.
Check your SIM Card
The absolute best way to recover your pictures is to go to the storage device where you have created your backup.
You are so very clever to have created a Backup.
Creating regular backups of your data is crucial, since no phone or tablet or computer of any sort works forever.
The one thing that you can say for sure about your smart phone is that you will need a new one eventually.
So creating backups before it dies is the only sensible thing to do.
It saves a lot of time, trouble, expense, and aggravation if you can simply go to your data storage and open the file.
Your Backup file needs to contain your pictures and you can transfer them to a new phone.
Make it a habit to update your stored files regularly – every six months is usually optimal.
You will never have to worry about permanently losing more than a few of your most recent pictures.
And if you have a hard time remembering to update your backups, you can always set a reminder on your phone!
Many people have started using the Cloud Storage methods for our Data storage needs.
There is always going to be some data that is not on the cloud and we need to figure out a great plan to backup and secure this Data.
Read our Main Article on Data Backup & Recovery to understand your options and limitations.