There are a number of ways a phone can be damaged, and for most of them, there is a repair solution. Here are the most common ways a phone can be destroyed, as documented in the song I Dropped My Phone.
Awww crud! You dropped your phone. The screen is chipped, it looks like a spider-on-crack spun out all over it. You weren’t being reckless or anything, but accidents happen, and your phone lost its vision.
Phone fell in the toilet
Ok, maybe your phone fell into “a lake” or “the bathtub”. Wherever it splashed, it wasn’t supposed to happen. Phones don’t play well with water. A wet phone is probably a dead phone. Cell Phone insurance usually doesn’t cover water damage (does toilet water count), and there is usually an indicator inside to tattle on you if you dunked your phone. There may be hope, but don’t count on it.
Sometimes, you can put your wet phone in a bag of dry rice grains and hope that the moisture gets absorbed into the rice from inside your phone. The truth is, some of that moisture can be difficult to extract. In this case, you are probably best off evaluating if your phone is worth the diagnostic of a phone repair center. If the phone cost is less than $100, you more than likely should just replace the phone. If there are precious pictures that reside solely on the phone, a repair center might be able to get the pictures, even if they can’t “save” the phone.
Phone got ran over
Wait,…like ran over by a car? I want to hear this story!
Seriously though, this happens. We know of multiple real-life stories of this happening. If your phone has been crushed sufficiently, it is as good as gone. But there is a possibility that you can still restore some of the data (pictures, music, contacts) on the phone.
Rubber tires distribute the vehicle’s weight much better than a metal or hard rubber wheel would. So, while your screen may be destroyed, your phone’s internals might still hold that valuable data.
Even if your phone won’t turn on, you should still try connecting it to your computer via the appropriate cable. Your phone might be discovered as a Mass Storage Device or even recognized normally. The screen may not work, but the rest of the phone may still operate.