The day the phone died

in #technology2 years ago

Last Friday, about an hour before I was due to leave the house for a busy weekend away working, my phone died.
And it wasn’t the battery.

I mean, it proper crapped itself to death. In an uncompromising display of abandon

Repeating Apple logo - restore screen. Bollocks.

I had to plug it in, try and reboot, not no avail through iTunes.


It was getting late and I had to go.
Sweating with a throbbing headache, rushing about like a clumsy dickhead, stuffing the things I might need to fix my phone hastily in to my bag.

That night before the filming job I had to buy some (cheap) software to restart it. Worth a punt. It was late and I was very tired after a long drive.


For fucks sake.
There’s never a good time for a phone to stop functioning, but this really wasn’t the ideal time.

Luckily I had a spare iPhone SE, which took my SIM and I could send some adhoc messages in between sweating profusely and punching myself.

But sadly, my phone proper died.

My data was unrecoverable. It required a factory reset.
Oh and did I mention I never backed up my phone?
Yeah that.

Photos? Gone.
Contacts? Gone
Apps? Gone
Notes? Gone
Audio recordings? Gone.
Drunk text messages? Gone

I stay clear of iCloud generally, so there wasn’t even a backup on there. The whole thing was (and still is) a mess.

I missed having the @ecency app for a few days (got it back now on this other phone) but I kept up to date with the incredible ATH price rises. Exciting times to be a builder on Hive! ❤️

Anyway, I know I lost everything on my phone.

However, if there’s a silver lining from all this headache.


I’ve take away the realisation that I didn’t really need all that crap on my phone.
We tend to get so attached to our phones.
So sentimental about small things like last conversations.
All our messages. Our notes. Our apps. Our layouts. Our routines. Our old contacts.
Why do we keep that shit anyway?

Sometimes it’s a blessing in disguise to have it all taken away. I like how the decision was made FOR me.

I miss the photos, sure - but I have access to those in various places like WhatsApp and Messenger etc

But I’m at peace with losing everything.

Plus, I’ve treated myself to a new phone, delivered tomorrow.

Will I back this one up? Who knows.

Cheers for reading.
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That really sucks. It seems like anytime anyone has an issue with their phone, it's an iPhone. Maybe it's just because my wife has an iPhone and she is constantly having issues with the battery draining prematurely or having to buy a new charger because they keep crapping out on her. The phone's only a year and a half old and the battery doesn't last 6 hours and she has replaced the charger 3 times now because they just stop working. Meanwhile I'm using a 5 year old charger from my previous phone with exposed wires and it's working great. My previous phone (5 years old now) still holds a charge for at least 14 hours of heavy use as well so why hers doesn't seem to last more that 4 hours is beyond me.

Can you tell that I don't like iPhones? Hahaha 😆. I guess I just get tired of the same complaints at home, over and over again. She keeps buying iPhone and keeps having the same issues each time.

Is this the first issue you had with the phone, has it been good other than this one experience?

Oh man, sounds like she’s a had a terrible run of bad phones!!
I’ve always used iPhone, bar some HTC handsets at the start of the smart-era, and I’ve never had problems like this before to be honest.
Sure the battery life can be terrible with some handsets. I always buy refurbished too, but this last one was from a very good trusted friend who kept it in mint condition. I’ve been using it well over a year with no issues… but just suddenly went off. A software issue it seems.
I’ve got it working again to regular condition, so I can at least sell it. Probably get £200 for it.
But still, the headache of losing data sucks hard.

What handset do you use?
Sounds like a proper workhorse!

That's good that the phone has been mostly trouble free for you. I just get tired of of hearing the same complaints over and over again from my wife lol. A month ago she was like

Wife: "can you bring your phone to dinner, I'm afraid mine will die on us and we might need to use Google Maps to get back to the hotel."
Me: "what's your battery at?"
Wife: "62%"
Me: "62%!??! Mines currently at 40% because we listened to 5 hours of podcasts driving here, I've been taking photos all day and I used "maps" to find the downtown from the hotel. If I don't plug my phone in tonight I'll still be 15% by noon tomorrow. You're telling me your phone is going to die in 2 hours because you used maps for 25 minutes? That makes no sense!"

That's an actual conversation we had and I wasn't kidding about the birds nest of fallen charging cables. It drives me crazy.

I'm using a Samsung galaxy. I'm not advocating Samsung or trying to make it sound like I'm a hero because of my phone or anything haha just saying that if she needs to carry around an external battery pack to get through 6 hours of use, then there's a problem with the phone. Lol

Haha oh man, I’ve had the same convo with my wife… except in my instance I was the wife!
Always lugging an external battery charger around!😬

I’ve been curious about Samsung for a while. But I do like the iPhone eco system and interface (when it works)

My new phone arrived just this morning, can’t wait to get it going!

But I do like the iPhone eco system and interface

That's what she says as well.

That's awesome that the new phone arrived. It's always exciting when you get a new phone. So shiny! Lol

Yay! 🤗
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Drunk text messages? Gone

you can never get those back. some time ago i found a backup of sms from some 15 years ago, i must say they were cringe but fun :D