How to Get Data off a Phone With a Dead Battery

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If your cell phone happens to die, you can still retrieve data that is stored on it. Many cell phones contain a Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) card. This miniature card stores your personal information, contacts and text messages. If you need to get the data off of your phone, you can use something called a SIM card reader. This allows you to retrieve your texts or your contacts, especially if you need to switch phones. Purchase a SIM card reader at your nearest electronic retailer or wireless center.

Things You'll Need

  • SIM card
  • SIM card reader software
  • SIM card reader
  • Install the SIM card reader software on your computer. Read the terms of agreement and click "Accept." Save the software to your computer's hard drive.

  • Turn off your phone and flip it over. Remove the battery cover and battery. Locate the SIM card, which looks similar to a microchip. Remove it with your fingernail and place it in the SIM card reader.

  • Insert the SIM card reader into your computer's available USB port. Wait for a "Device Detected" message in the right lower corner of your computer screen. Click the message to install the drivers to your computer.

  • Double click the software's icon. Wait for it to detect your cell phone's SIM card. The data will load on the screen. Click "Archive" to back it up to the software.

Tips & Warnings

  • Consult the user's manual for your phone to find out what SIM card reader and software it may be compatible with.
  • Consider purchasing a SIM card reader that allows synchronization of pictures, songs and files. You may also want one that erases or backs up your data.
  • If you do not feel comfortable doing this on your own, have a trained mobile technician help you with this process.
  • If you are not careful with following the steps, you may erase your phone's data.

References

  • Photo Credit George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images
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