Yesterday, I accidentally dropped my phone to the toilet.
I was not panic, what I did was washing it, washing it and washing it. Like I washed GoPro before.
However, I found it did not work well after that, the screen behave weird, it goes to black randomly.
What I did after
I did some researching online to find what is a good way to get the water out of the phone.
I did have rice, but in my mind, I thought it should be fine, so I leave it and put my phone close the dehumidifier, the phone and the case both looked very dry after about 1 hour. I can turn on the phone then, but the screen goes off randomly. 😂
So I left the phone there for a whole night, until the morning alarm (the alarm wakes the phone up automatically). It did not get better, and I knew I should buy a new phone.
Buy a Phone in New Zealand
Lineage OS is my favorite, so my options are limited.
- Not buy the newest, new phones are not always well officially supported from Lineage OS.
- Not the phones hard to unlock
If I have time, I prefer buying a cheap phone (lineage OS compatible)on aliexpress, and wait for about 20 days. But I do not have time for 20 days’ waiting.
I did researching again, where can I get a phone as soon as possible in New Zealand during lock-down. New Zealand is not like US and China, you can go to the shop and pick the phone you like, because it is a small market, the brands and models are much less than US and China. The other problem is the Covid-19, shops are closed. I can only get stuff online. There are often two options.
- Local online shop
- Trademe / Facebook Market
There is a good phone One Plus 6 from dicksmith, the price is OK, but I have to wait for a week if I buy there. So I find some on TradeMe second-hand phones.
Transfer Your Data
adb backup -apk -shared -all -f <filepath>/backup.ab
adb restore <filepath>/backup.ab
This does not help, the reason is that apk is not installed event the apk are backed up.
I know Ti Backup can do this well, but it is too expensive for me, so I picked the open source options, OAndBackupX.
- Backup through OAndBackupX, all apps including system app.
adb pull /sdcard/* ./sdcard/at the old phone
adb push ./sdcard/* /sdcard/at the new phone
When problem which is quite serious is that I cannot type enter (because of the water inside of the phone).
There are two options to solve the problem.
- How to unlock android phone through ADB unlock throuhg adb.
- Use OTG cable + mouse 😅
Well documented, a lot of tutorials, but this still takes me a lot of time. Keep your phone at the dry place. 😀
After all this, I made a decision, encrypt and backup all these files pulled from my old phone to AWS s3 into S3 Deep Glacier. Pay a few dollars a year to keep the data safe.
- Use Rice to Dry Out Your Phone
- Dick Smith One Plus 6T
- Trademe a magic online market which sold nuclear fusion reactor
- Lineage OS Devices Wiki
- How to fully backup and restore your Android device without root
I delete the S3 backup recently to reduce the AWS cost from S3, it was encrypted and uploaded to free personal cloud storage. 🙂