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photo retrieval from cracked Android?

sunny

Grammar Civil Patrol
Jul 2, 2004
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Hi all,

It's been a long time since I've posted anywhere.... but I have a question and I know if anyone can help me, you guys can.

The inevitable happened and I cracked my Android phone beyond any help (after two years of dropping it, might I add - it's really quite robust!).

I have photos I really want to retrieve, but have no clue how I would go about it. I cannot activate the phone with a fingerswipe at all.

Any suggestions? Give up on photos?

Thanks in advance for any assistance. :)

-sunny
 

jonKranked

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Nov 10, 2005
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When I connect my android phone to my computer, it comes up as a mass storage device without me doing anything on the phone. I can then access any pictures I took on the phone.
this would be my second option.

does your phone have an SD card? pull that because that's where they should be stored.

also, hi sunny!! :cheers:
 

jonKranked

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When I connect my android phone to my computer, it comes up as a mass storage device without me doing anything on the phone. I can then access any pictures I took on the phone.
also, that might depend on the model. all android phones have this capability, but i don't believe all of them do it by default. it's more likely for older phones.

but it's absolutely worth a shot.

laura - what model is it?
 

sunny

Grammar Civil Patrol
Jul 2, 2004
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Sandy Eggo, CA
Hey guys,

Thanks!

I'd connected to the computer before and browsed just by using the PC window, but hadn't tried it since the screen cracked. I figured I wouldn't be able to. My husband said he tried that and it didn't work. He's more technically inclined than me, so I figured he would know better than me how to proceed.

Curious, I just now plugged the phone in to my computer, and right away it connected and I could see the DCIM folder on the computer on the computer screen. Wow. Easier than I thought...

But the Nexus screen flashed and said Welcome and then asked me for a language preference.... I am not sure what my husband did to try to recover data, but I think he wiped the phone clean. The DCIM folder is completely empty.

There's no SD card in this one.

So... it's a loss.

Thanks anyway. I've learned the hard way to back up my stuff.

-sunny
 

syadasti

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Apr 15, 2002
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If you have google+ or flickr installed on your phone it will automatically backup your photos as you take them. I think the facebook app also has a similar feature too.
 

HardtailHack

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If it will still sync with the computer download Recuva they have a free version that works better than any of the paid versions I have used. Just make sure you restore the files to a drive other than the phone, computer drive is the easiest.

http://www.piriform.com/recuva
 

syadasti

i heart mac
Apr 15, 2002
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that's an opt-in feature, aka, not on by default
Of course, they want to save money with opt-in (and some might want to choose Wifi-only vs Wifi+cellular for the impact on their data plan) but i think with at least G+ it asks you on installation so you don't have to know where it is in the app settings to enable it. Flickr has a splash screen that also mentions "New auto upload" opt-in. Facebook's Sync feature is buried in a menu and kind blows because it only syncs the last 2GB of content for posting.
 
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HardtailHack

used an iron once
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I just use cloning software to back my phone up, it's coz I'm old and don't trust these clouds.