How to Retrieve Data from a Unresponsive/Bricked Device

Having an unresponsive device and losing your data is no joke. Owning a 500$ paperweight of an Android phone or tablet can be quite disheartening, but it doesn’t have to be so. After retrieving your bricked device contents, not only will you retrieve your data but you could also attempt restoring your device.

Flashing a wrong kernel or a buggy update could lead to a bricked device but your data is still salvageable. Even if you have cracked your screen you can still retrieve your data using your device’s recovery mode. If simply connecting your device to your PC to backup data does not work use the method mentioned below.

While this method does use your device’s recovery mode and a few adb commands it will not void your warranty. Operating a command window may seem challenging but this quick and simple guide will prove usable by all.

Prerequisites for this method

  1. A PC.
  2. A USB cable to connect your device to the aforementioned PC.
  3. Device battery charge to be at 40% minimum.
  4. Device should have a working recovery mode.
  5. Minimal adb and fastboot drivers.
  6. Pre-installed USB drivers.

Steps to retrieve your data from a bricked device

  1. Download and install minimal adb and fastboot from the link above.
  2. Boot your device into recovery mode by holding power+volume up or down button depending on your device.
  3. Connect your device to your PC.
  4. Within the minimal adb folder (“C:\Program Files (x86)\Minimal ADB and Fastboot” by default) open a command window using¬†cmd-here.exe.Open Command Window
  5. Entering adb devices¬†into your command window will check if your device is detected. A list of attached devices will be shown and if your device is detected it should look like this.Check Bricked DeviceDownload the USB drivers for your device from the manufacturer’s website if your device is not detected.
  6. Now to retrieve your data type in adb pull /sdcard/ C:\Users\%Your_Username_Here\Desktop to retrieve all contents from your internal storage. If successful it should begin building the file list and transferring the data to your desktop or any desired folder.adb pull execution for data retrieval
  7. You can safely eject your device after the transfer is complete.

And that concludes our guide on how to retrieve your data from a bricked/unresponsive Android device, we hope this guide helped you save your valuable storage contents.

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