Backup phone

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  1. JetBlack7 macrumors 68020

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    Hey,

    I wanted to ask if it is harmful or should be avoided to have a backup phone fully charged and not use it. I have an Android (where my current iPhone used to be) stored as a backup phone in case my current iPhone has a problem or I sell it. I fully charged it and only plan to use it in that case scenario.

    Is is a problem to leave it untouched for a long time if my iPhone never ceases to work?

    Thank you in advance :)
     
  2. Septembersrain Contributor

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    If it's an Android that can have the battery removed, I'd remove it. Keep it outside of the phone until you want to use it. I recommend that if you intend to have it sitting for longer periods of time.
     
  3. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Could it hurt the phone?
     
  4. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    No, and I agree about pulling the battery out of the phone if you're not going to be using it for a long time (and have a phone where you CAN pull the battery out).
     
  5. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Fortunately it's a Galaxy S3, so yeah the battery comes off.
     
  6. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

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    Yay for that. Not a fan of all these sealed batteries :-/
     
  7. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Honestly, the battery can leak and damage the phone. That or it can go dead and just get fully drained by the device even when it's off.
     
  8. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Hmmm, good to know. Thank you all for the help! :)
     
  9. PNutts macrumors 601

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    iBackupBot allows you to browse your iTunes backups and view / extract from it. If your iTunes backup is encrypted then you will need to use that password for iBackupBot to unencrypt the files.
     
  10. gaanee macrumors 6502a

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    Even if you remove the battery, wouldn't it still self discharge over a period of time?
     
  11. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Yes. However it will not damage the phone if it corroded/leaked. A battery is pretty cheap to buy, a phone is a tad bit more.
     
  12. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    The only thing I needed now but since I'm a complete noob regarding Android is rooting it. Afraid to mess up.
     
  13. Septembersrain Contributor

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    I felt that way, until I read though multiple threads. Then I realized just how easy it was. Rooting is the easiest part, it's everything you do after that can mess it up.
     
  14. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Could I ask you to help me do it? It's better to have someone who knows about it instead of trying to do it. :)
     
  15. Septembersrain Contributor

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    I'll help as much as I can. I work a lot but I'm usually lurking on here. What type of phone did you have again?
     
  16. JetBlack7 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Samsung Galaxy S3 and wanted to root it without messing up.
     

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