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Samsung's flagship phone, the Galaxy S8. Released in April 2017.

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Is it possible to extract the internal memory of the phone and read it

Hi, I was wondering if it is possible to take out the memory of my galaxy s8 and read that information somehow. My phone was water damaged and I think the insurance will replace it so I want to have all my pictures and other information with me.

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Have you looked into the water damage? There are basic steps you can do to see without opening the device. I have had some people who had water damage devices but when inspecting water barely goes into the device, which is something I find interesting with the newer samsungs.

Basic Inspection.

  • Sim Tray- pop it open and remove the tray, look around for a White or Red marker (its a sticker inside the phone.) if you see Red, then water went inside the phone. If it’s white or white with purple marks, most likely minimal to no water went inside the phone.
  • Inspect the charging port - this one may be a bit more difficult if you don’t have a magnifying glass or sharp eyes. Get a light and inspect for Greenish debris/residue. If you see this, you can simply clean it with 99% alcohol, tooth brush, cloth, and a hair dryer on standby. Apple to the brush but not to the point where it’s dripping. just a small amount. Hold the device upright and brush it (literally like brushing teeth). Pat it dry and apply some heat to dry the alcohol. Inspect and see if the residue is not gone and the gold contacts are visible and clean. After drying the alcohol let it sit for 5-10 mins. Do a test charge and see if it will charge.

This should at least help connect to the computer, then you can use samsung smart switch application to transfer everything to the computer.

I hope this helps!

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Unfortunately from my experience there is not. You can take it to a data recovery specialist and they will have tools to extract the data but this will be quite expensive and is not guaranteed to work. I’d suggest next time to back up the phone regularly or use apps like Google Photos to store images only.

If you saved data to the SD card, you can remove this and put it in your new phone (it will probably be fine after water damage)

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