Charging a phone with a broken port

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  1. jezx74 macrumors newbie

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    So I had an iphone 5c and recently the charging port broke and it died, I brought it into the shop and they said I needed to replace the entire phone. Got a new phone and it turns out I didn't have my old contacts saved to the cloud (idk why, I guess I'm dumb). Is there a way to get my old phone power so I can back up my contacts? I really don't want to have to start over so I'm willing to try pretty much anything.
     
  2. Newtons Apple Suspended

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    The problem is that the charging connector is directly connected to circuit board and it sounds like it separated from same board. You could take it to a repair shop and have the open it up and connect power directly to the battery to charge it enough where you could recover your information.

    Just a thought.
     
  3. jezx74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, I'll try that.
     
  4. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    Did you get another one of the same phones? You could try charging up your new phone, then swap the batteries. Doesn't look terribly fun, but what the heck... You could also ask the repair shop if you can get them to swap in a charged battery to let you get your stuff off.

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  5. jezx74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply. I got an iphone 6, don't know if they have the same battery. Probably not, right?
     
  6. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    The 6 doesn't even have the same battery as the 6s, so most likely not.

    Can you call the shop and ask them to install a charged battery for you? Give you enough juice to get your stuff off?

    Where were all your contacts stored? Even if you didn't have a backup saved to iCloud, shouldn't your contacts be available in your iCloud account by default? I don't use iCloud for much, so I'm not sure how it works that way...

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  7. jezx74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah I think I'll try calling the shop. And you'd think that but I even contacted apple support about it and apparently they weren't stored anywhere except on my phone, because I had the option to save contacts turned off.
     
  8. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

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    The 5c lightning port assembly is something you can buy and replace yourself but it's not the easiest thing to do.
     
  9. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

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    I take it you've changed that already? :)

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  10. nickchallis92 macrumors 6502a

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    Can't you use wireless charging? Oh wait, that's the iPhone 12s
     
  11. jezx74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply, so was the person at the store I took it to just lying when he said it couldn't be repaired and I had to buy an entire new phone? Or is it just really hard?
     
  12. jezx74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha yes, not making that mistake again!
     
  13. flopticalcube macrumors G4

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    ifixit.com does a teardown. Its a $5 part from ebay.
     
  14. jezx74 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Might have to try that if I can't get it repaired or charged at a shop.
     
  15. Eau Rouge macrumors regular

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    It's tedious. Lots of small screws of different sizes and lengths. Compared to swapping in a battery, it's more involved. If you're unsure of DIY, maybe look into a different repair place that's willing to do it or get the part yourself and get a quote for the labor? Depends how much your contacts are worth to you, I suppose.
     

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