How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone (with or without Backup)


Although iPhone 7 and newer iPhone models have increased water resistance, there is the possibility of causing damages, such as data loss, dead buttons, etc., if your device is exposed to water for a long time. Things may be worse for an older iPhone model like iPhone 6.

If, unfortunately, you have lost data like photos or videos on your water damaged iPhone. You may wonder: Can data be recovered from water damaged iPhone? The answer is yes. This complete guide teaches you how to save iPhone from water damage and recover data from water damaged iPhone with or without backup.

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Part 1: How to Save an iPhone from Water Damage
Part 2: How to Recover Data from Wet iPhone from iTunes Backup
Part 3: Recover Photos or Other Data from Water Damaged iPhone from iCloud Backup
Part 4: How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone Directly

Part 1: How to Save an iPhone from Water Damage

Dropping your iPhone in water is a depressing experience. When that happens, you should keep calm and take some effective measures to avoid further loss.

Below are the dos and don'ts for water damaged iPhone. Go through these essential steps before you try to recover data from a wet iPhone.

What to do:

* Switch it off immediately

After getting your iPhone out of water, turn it off entirely as soon as possible. Do not turn it back on or plug it into power; otherwise, your iPhone may suffer permanent water damage.

* Dry your iPhone

Remove any accessories from your iPhone, including your case or the screen protector. Then, use a lint-free cloth (or t-shirt) to rub the water on the outside of your iPhone. Shake your iPhone gently to clear the water in the sockets and ports.

* Remove the SIM card

As soon as the outside of iPhone is dry, eject the SIM tray of your device and remove the SIM card, then dry the SIM card off carefully. Also, leave the SIM tray out of your device.

* Wait for your iPhone to dry

Place your iPhone in a dry, open, and well-ventilated space and leave it for at least 48 hours. To speed up the process, you can place some silica gel packs around your iPhone.

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What to Avoid Doing:

* Do not press any buttons on wet iPhone

Pressing the buttons may push the water further inside.

* Do not turn on your iPhone

This will cause a short circuit on your iPhone. Wait patiently till your iPhone is completely dry.

* Do not use any drying tools to dry your iPhone

Drying your iPhone with a hairdryer or radiator could cause additional damage to your iPhone.

* Do not stick your iPhone in raw rice

Placing the wet iPhone in raw rice to absorb water is not a workable solution. The particles of rice will cause more harm to your iPhone. If you want, you can use silica gel packs instead.

To learn more about how to fix an iPhone that fell in water, you can refer to the article: What to Do If You Dropped iPhone in Water >>

Additional tip: How to tell if iPhone damaged by water?

Apple has introduced the Liquid Contact Indicator (LCI) to help users check if iPhone has water damage.

Here's how to check: After removing the SIM tray, look inside the SIM card slot. If you see red color, that means the LCI has been activated, and your iPhone is water-damaged.

You can head to Apple's website for more information.

Part 2: Recover Data from Wet iPhone from iTunes Backup

Option 1: Recover data from Wet iPhone via iTunes Backup Selectively

If you can not turn on your water damaged iPhone, your greatest chance to get back the lost data is through the previous iTunes backup. Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery, an easy yet effective program, is what you need to extract files from iTunes backup.

Main features of Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery:

  • Retrieve files from iTunes backup without erasing iOS data.
  • Recover data from iPhone/iPad/iPod directly.
  • Get back deleted data including text messages, SMS attachments, and contacts.
  • Export data like photos, call logs, notes, Safari, calendars, etc., from iOS device or iTunes backup to computer.
  • Works on the latest iPhone 14/13/12/11/XR, etc.

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With Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery, you can easily preview the iTunes backup and extract the items you want from iTunes backup files.

Step 1: Run the tool on your computer and click Recover from iTunes Backup File from the interface. The software will automatically scan and display the iTunes backup files on your PC. You can select the required one and click Start Scan for more details.

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Step 2: After quick scanning, you can view the iTunes backup files in different folders. Select the file you wish to extract and then click the Recover to Computer button to save them on your computer.

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Here's another guide to get pictures off water damaged iPhone by extracting photos from iTunes backup.

How can you get your deleted voice memos back without backup? This guide will help you.

Option 2: Restoring iTunes Backup to Another iPhone

You can also try the official way to restore backup from iTunes. But you will need another iPhone to do the job if your water damaged iPhone is not working. And after restoring, the existing data on your iPhone will be erased and replaced by the iTunes backup.

Here's how:

Step 1: Connect your new iPhone to computer and launch iTunes.

Step 2: Click the device icon and then go to the Summary tab.

Step 3: Click Restore backup to restore the iTunes backup to your new iPhone.

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Part 3: Recover Photos or Other Data from Water Damaged iPhone from iCloud Backup

If you enabled the iCloud backup feature on your iPhone, it is possible to recover photos or other data from a wet iPhone from iCloud backup.

You can go to iCloud.com to see if there are files you want to restore.

Here's how to recover photos from iPhone that got wet from iCloud website:

Step 1: Visit iCloud.com on a computer and sign in to it with your Apple ID and password.

Step 2: Click the Photos option.

Step 3: Download the wanted items on your computer.

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Part 4: How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone Directly

Can iPhone data be recovered after water damage? The answer is yes, retrieving data from water damaged iPhone is possible.

After your iPhone is completely dry, if it still works and can be detected by your computer, you can use iPhone Data Recovery to recover the lost data from iPhone directly without backup.

iPhone Data Recovery is one of the best iPhone recovery software to recover data from water damaged iPhone. It supports recovering lost photos, videos, contacts, call logs, SMS, iMessages, and more. Apart from recovering data from iPhone itself, it also enables you to restore iCloud and iTunes backup files quickly.

Top features of iPhone Data Recovery:

  • 3 modes available: Recover from iOS devices, Recover from iTunes backup, and Recover from iCloud backup.
  • Multiple file types supported: messages, contacts, call history, voicemail, photos, app photos, notes, calendar, reminders, voice memos, safari bookmarks, WhatsApp/Line/Viber/Kik/Facebook data.
  • Save iPhone from various scenarios: Water damage, accidental deletion, lost/broken iPhone, system crash, device stuck, iOS upgrade failure, jailbreak failure, etc.
  • Easy and safe to use.
  • Wide compatibility. iPhone 14 & iOS 16 supported.

Download this tool on your computer and use it to do the iPhone data recovery after water damage.

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How to recover data from water damaged iPhone 6/7/8/11/12 or other iPhone models:

Step 1: Open the software on your computer and click the Recover from iOS Device mode from the left menu. Connect your iPhone to the computer using a USB cable.

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Step 2: After connecting, click the Start Scan button to scan all your iPhone data. When the scanning is complete, you will see all the lost and existing iPhone files from the screen.

Step 3: To recover photos from water damaged iPhone, tick Camera Roll from the left menu, view and select the items you want to recover, then click the Recover button to save the files on PC.

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Tip: How to recover data from water damaged iPhone that won't turn on?

If your iPhone is totally damaged and can not be detected by the software, you can disconnect your iPhone from PC and try the other two modes: Recover from iCloud backup & Recover from iTunes backup, to retrieve data. The detailed guides are listed in the following parts.

To Sum Up

That's all about how to recover data from water damaged iPhone. If your iPhone in contact with water, stay calm and follow the steps above to avoid further damage. To get back the lost data, Coolmuster iPhone Data Recovery and iPhone Data Recovery are both solid choices.

If you have any problems using the software, leave a comment below to let us know.

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