Recovering Data from Samsung phone?
So my sister is a klutz, but this is a doozy even for her, she lost her phone, while she was in the middle of buying a new one gets a call that her old one was found, but it had been run over by (probably many) vehicles.
The screen is totally shot, but the phone seems to be functional otherwise. When I charge it up, push the power button, it comes on, does the little buzz, and the soft keys light up but the screen does nothing.
I have already removed the microSD card and luckily her photos were there and I was able to recover them, but she wasn't saving her contacts to Google, so they are still on the inside of the phone. This is the only other piece of data that she really wants.
Is there any free or really cheap ways to recover the contacts from the phone? It has been a long time since I've been mirroring an android screen to my laptop and it doesn't seem to work like it used to.
Details on her phone: Samsung S7, verizon model, debugging mode is not turned on, I have zero knowledge of what version of android is on her device, I'm hoping she actually kept the auto-updates on.
Whyyyyy wouldn't you sync your contacts in Google WHY
This data is unrecoverable.
Is the phone recognized by a PC if you plug it in using a USB cord? There are programs out there that can pull this data from the phone. I know Samsung has a data transfer program on the phone, but I think that requires both phones to be working.
Check if the contacts were sync'd to the SIM card or Verizon.
Samsung and Verizon BOTH intercept contact sync when you first set up a phone.
As @drasnor said, it's possible her contacts were sync'd to Verizon through their cloud backup whatever thing, but that's also being phased out because surprise nobody used it intentionally.
Since it's a Samsung, it's also possible she created a Samsung account, which would have sync'd that stuff as well.
Ok, then at least I was able to save her photos (basic ones hadn't been backed up like our other sisters wedding 2 years ago and her first international trip last year ) Every time she gets a new phone I turn on all of the backup and auto update things for her and everytime something happens she somehow has managed to turn it all off
Technical competency is a forever curse. I have not enjoyed a family function without fixing a piece of tech, or two, or five....