Galaxy S8 and S8 Plus are the most famous addition of the Samsung Galaxy series. They are unarguably the most good looking phones ever manufactured. After the catastrophe for Samsung in the name of Note 7. All eyes and hopes are on Galaxy S8. In design and looks it is peerless. The more exotic it looks, the more vulnerable it is to damage. So if you broke your Galaxy S8 somehow. It fell down or something fell on it and it is no longer working. We can help you recover data from broken Galaxy S8 without the use of any third party software. What I have in this post is just a trick, it has its limitations, but if you are lucky enough. You will be able to get back all your data.
Samsung Galaxy S8 comes with a 5.8-inch display screen and Galaxy S8+ has a display screen of 6.2 Inch with 2960 x 1440 resolution. The front camera is 8 MegaPixels. The rear camera is 12 megapixels. There are two variants, one comes with Snapdragon 835 and the other one comes with Exynos 8895 processor. Running on Android Nougat, Galaxy S8 has 3000 mAh battery with wireless charging support and fast charging. They support SD-card up to 256 GB
Recover Data from Broken Galaxy S8:
Smartphones these days store each and every memory of our lives. All your pictures of special events like birthdays, anniversaries. All the golden moments of our lives are saved onto our phone in the form of pictures or videos. There are also important memos and notes. Along with that, there are important contacts and texts that you can’t afford to lose. In the guide below, we will try our best to recover all these important things from your broken S8 or Galaxy S8+.
First things first, I hope you guys have already tried to connect your phone to your computer using USB type-C cable to recover data from broken Galaxy S8. But you can’t access the files as your S8 is locked with a passcode or pattern.
Recover Photos, contacts, and Notes from Broken Galaxy S8:
If you were using Google Photos on your Galaxy S8 instead of stock gallery app. Then you can go to the website of Google photos. Log in using the same email address that you used to set up your Galaxy S8 and access all the pictures and videos they will be uploaded to the cloud.
Same is the case with notes and contacts. If your Google/Gmail account was synced. All your contacts can be accessed by opening Gmail account. On the top left of the Gmail screen under the text Google you will see Gmail. Click on it and select contacts.
If you want to retrieve notes from your broken S8, in your Gmail account under the “Compose” tab. You will see “Notes“. You can recover all your notes from there.
How to Recover Data from Broken Galaxy S8 or S8+ using Samsung Find my Mobile:
The trick that I have got up my sleeve to recover data from broken Galaxy S8 can only be handy for you if you have a Samsung account and you have used it on your phone. If you ever logged into any of Samsung’s service like Galaxy Apps, or Galaxy Games. Then you don’t have to worry. You must have made a Samsung account to use the apps.
In this guide, we will make use of Samsung’s Find My Mobile service to unlock your Galaxy S8 remotely. You will need your email or phone number that was registered with Samsung account. After it is unlocked you can connect your phone to your computer and copy all the data from your phone to your computer.
- First of all, go to Samsung Find my Mobile.
- Click on Find.
- Log in using your Samsung Account. If you don’t remember your username or password. Use “forget your ID or password” option to get back your credentials.
- Once logged in you will get to perform a number of features on your broken Galaxy S8 remotely. Like in the screenshot below.
- Select the “Unlock My Device” option.
- Once unlocked. connect your Galaxy S8 to your PC using a data cable and transfer data to your PC using copy/paste or KIES or SmartSwitch. You can also use the smart switch to backup all your data to your PC.
You have to know that this method has its limitations. When you connect your phone to your computer for the very first time. You have to give permission on your phone to allow the computer to access the files on your phone. So if it’s your first time you are connecting your phone to a computer. You won’t be able to access the files even when you unlock your Galaxy S8 remotely. As it will ask for permission, and you won’t be able to give permission with a broken screen.
Wipe Data before Replacement or Insurance claim of broken Galaxy S8:
Also, once you have recovered all the data present on your phone and before you send your phone for replacement or repair. Make sure you use “Wipe my Phone” option from above to completely erase all the information and data from your phone.
Limitation of the above guide on how to recover data from broken Galaxy S8:
There are limitations in this matter. If it is really necessary to recover all the data present in your S8. All the features of your phone are working it is turning on but not showing anything. The screen is blacked out. There are two options, you can either use the OTG adapter to project your phone screen on TV or something to unlock your device. The other way is to get a working screen, exchange the working screen with your phone’s screen. Copy all the required data. These methods are explained in more detailed in this guide.
That’s all. If you have any questions or confusion. Feel free to ask me in the comments. If you have any other method to recover data from broken Galaxy S8. Feel free to share with us. I hope this guide was helpful. Do give us feedback if you managed to get back all your data from Galaxy S8 broken screen.