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Android phone with a broken USB port...is there anyone to aquire an image?

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(@jacktripp)
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I have a Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (my own actually), that I am trying to acquire an image of. Unfortunately, the USB port does not work on this phone. Is there any methods I could use to acquire an image of this phone "over-the-air", so to speak? I see Oxygen can acquire an image over WiFi via their Android agent, but I am more interested in pulling a physical image or at the very least a full file system.

Besides repairing the port (which is next on my list of things to do but not something I'll have time to put aside for for the foreseeable future), are there any other options I am overlooking?

Thanks!

 

Jack

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Posted : 06/03/2024 7:05 am
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Your best bet is to replace the USB port...though if it's damaged I'm curious how you plan on charging it. If it charges but you can't get your computer to recognize it, you might be missing a driver or (more likely) the cord is bad.

It has a weird port, but they do still sell those cables for external hard drives. A regular micro-USB cable that is rated for both charge and data transfer should work as well.

I have an S5 (G900AZ). They shipped with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) and was upgradable to Android 6.0 (Marshmallow).

Unfortunately adb-over-WiFi was not introduced until Android 11 (Red Velvet Cake).

That being said, once you're done with the forensics, there's is a TWRP recovery available and rooting with Magisk is an easy process. If you get froggy, you can try installing a custom operating system.

I'm running LineageOS 14 (basically a light version of Android 7.1 Nougat you can customize) on mine, but...it looks like they're no longer maintaining repositories. The Lineage website claims there was a working build of LineageOS 18 (Android 11) though and gives instructions on how to do it yourself. 

 
Posted : 15/03/2024 7:26 am
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