How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone 12/11/Xs Max/X/8/7/6?
"Hi, I accidentally dropped my iPhone into the river, and now it won't turn on. I called Apple. They said it would not work anymore. But I have photos inside, and there are hundreds of them. Is there any way that can recover data from water damaged iPhone?" -- from Apple Support Communities
iPhone accidentally falls into the water, resulting in a dead Home button. What's worse, the device coming in contact with liquid adds the possibility of data missing. So, to avoid further loss, retrieving data from water-damaged iPhone can be a top priority.
You know, Apple won't tell you how to recover photos, contacts, etc., from iPhone that got wet. In the following, we will explore the answer to this question and present some useful tips for a water-damaged iPhone.
Many folks may be concerned about how to save an iPhone from water damage. Well, without further ado, here are the matters that need attention:
What to Do?
- Take the iPhone out of the water with the least possible delay.
- Wipe the water from the outside and crevices of the iPhone with a paper towel or cloth.
- Remove the SIM card.
- Remove earbuds and protective covers, if any.
- Dry the phone with silica gel sachets.
- Send the iPhone to a reputable repair store for repair.
What to Avoid Doing?
- Do not turn it on.
- Do not press any buttons.
- Do not plug it into any device with its USB cable.
- Do not shake your phone.
- Do not dry your mobile with a hairdryer.
- Do not put it into uncooked rice (important) or cat litter.
Now, can iPhone data be recovered after water damage? This isn't difficult. We will figure out the issue by offering three easy ways below.
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Do you know how to recover data from water damaged iPhone that won't turn on via backup? Assuming you have previously synced your iPhone with iCloud, you can try to make water damage recovery for iPhone with this service. But please note that:
- Firstly, you can restore the iCloud backup to another iPhone, for the damaged iPhone won't turn on.
- Secondly, you should use the Apple ID linked to the water-damaged iPhone on another device.
- Thirdly, after the restore, the iCloud backup will cover all your current on the working iPhone.
How to recover data from wet iPhone 6/7/8/X/XR/Xs/11/12 with iCloud backup?
- Go to Settings > General > Reset (on another iPhone).
- Tap "Erase All Content and Settings".
- Go through the setup screen until you reach the Apps & Data screen.
- Hit "Restore from iCloud Backup".
- Sign in with your iCloud account you use on the water-damaged iPhone.
- Proceed to "Choose backup".
- Select the backup you want from the incoming list.
Files like photos, music, apps may continue to restore in the background for the next several hours. Thus, keep your iPhone turned on and ensure a stable WiFi network is connected to the device.
If you have a backup on iTunes other than iCloud, you can also perform iPhone data recovery after water damage easily. And the three notes mentioned in Part 2 apply to this method, too.
How to recover data from water damaged iPhone via iTunes backup?
- Run iTunes on your computer where you have backed up your iPhone data.
- Link the functioning iPhone to the computer with a USB cable.
- Trust this computer on the phone if requested.
- Select your device's icon when it appears in iTunes.
- Go to "Summary" from the left panel.
- Under the Backup tab, click "Restore backup".
- Choose the most relevant backup file.
- Tap "Restore" to recover data from the water-damaged iPhone. (If asked, enter the password to encrypt the backup).
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Often, you find your device is malfunctioning damaged by water. Can data be recovered from water damaged iPhone without backup? Certainly! iPhone Data Recovery is right here to get your back. As long as your iPhone can still be recognized by the computer, this full-fledged software can access and recover lost data in scenarios like accidental deletion, password forgotten, iPhone stuck in boot loop, device smashed, and many more. And if you have made the backup of iPhone on iCloud/iTunes before it gets damaged, it also lets you retrieve the data with minimum effort.
Brief overview of iPhone Data Recovery:
- Recover data from water damaged or well-functioning iPhone without backup.
- Retrieve iPhone content from iTunes and iCloud without overwriting current data on the iPhone.
- The supported data types: contacts, call records, text messages, iMessages, photos, WhatsApp/Kik/Line/Viber/Facebook messenger files, notes, and so on.
- Easy to handle, totally clean & safe, etc.
- Work well on various iDevices, such as iPhone 12/12 Pro (Max)/12 mini, iPhone 11/11 Pro/11 Pro Max, iPhone X/XR/Xs/Xs Max, iPhone 8/8 Plus, iPhone 7/7 Plus, iPhone 6/6S/6 Plus, iPod, iPad, etc.
- It doesn't give away your privacy.
iPhone Data Recovery can recover various data from the iPhone that got wet. And here, we take photo recovery as an example to see how to recover pictures/photos from a water-damaged iPhone with this program.
Step 1. Connect the water damaged iPhone to a computer
Open the utility on your computer. Select "Recover from iOS Device" and link your drenched iPhone to the computer via a USB cable. Then, have the device identified by the on-screen hints and click "Start Scan".
To ease the data recovery, you can choose either "Recover from iTunes Backup File" or "Recover from iCloud Backup File" to recover water-damaged iPhone from the backup file. For details, just refer to this page: how to recover iPhone data from iTunes/iCloud backups.
Step 2. Preview your desired pictures
Now, you'll get the main screen of the program. Tap Camera Roll/Photo Stream/Photo Library/App Photos from the left penal to load and view the iPhone pictures on this computer.
Step 3. Recover photos from water damaged iPhone
Handpick what you want from the right column and tap "Recover" to get pictures off water damaged iPhone in one click.
Words in the End
So, have you got the hang of how to recover data from water damaged iPhone?
In short, if you have an iTunes or iCloud backup, you can try to recover data directly from the backup. However, if you encounter any of the following situations:
- You don't have another functioning iPhone.
- The Apple ID you use on another iPhone is different from the ID on the drenched device.
- You are worried the recovered content covers the existing iPhone data.
- You had not made any backup of your water-damaged iPhone.
At this juncture, iPhone Data Recovery is a must for you. Finally, do remember to go over the precautions to take care of your wet iPhone before file recovery.