How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone

Common situation of iPhone Water Damage
Water and other liquids can damage your iPhone easily. Unfortunately, Apple’s warranty doesn’t cover liquid damage. That’s to say, you’re responsible for it when your iPhone is damaged by water or other liquids. Then how much your iPhone can be damaged by water on earth? Next, let’s see some common situation.

1、 Power and start-up issues: unable to turn on, restart immediately after turning on, or white screen of death.
2、 Hardware failure: speaker doesn’t work, microphone is disabled, or your iPhone is overheating.
3、 Warning messages: you may get one or more error messages when you use the iPhone, like “This accessory is not made to work with iPhone” or “Charging is not supported with this accessory.”, etc.
4、 Application issues: Safari browser, email and other programs opening and closing spontaneously.

How to Check If Your iPhone Is Water Damaged Or Not?

Is your iPhone really water damaged? If you’re not sure about it, you can check it by yourself in fact – by checking your iPhone’s liquid indicators. You can check them in the places as shown in the picture below. When your iPhone has been exposed to water, you’ll see a red dot. If not, congratulations! Your iPhone is not water damaged.

Note: Do remember to turn off your iPhone when you’re check the liquid indicators on your iPhone.

What You Can Do With A Water Damaged iPhone?

#1. Power off your iPhone immediately
When your iPhone was water damaged, don’t use it as normal, it may get your iPhone overheating later and damage your iPhone’s hardware. Just get your iPhone away from the water and power it off immediately.

#2. Do not dry it with a hair dryer
Don’t try to dry your water damaged iPhone with a hair dryer or other external drying machine. This can force water deeper into your iPhone. You can choose to put it in a container of uncooked rice for a few days to dry it, or take it to the repair store.

#3. Backup your iPhone data

When your iPhone is dried, the first thing you need to do is backing up the data on your iPhone. If you can use iTunes or iCloud to get it backed up, just do it before you do a full examination on your iPhone. You’ll never know what will happen in the future.

Backup your iPhone via iTunes: Connect your iPhone and run iTunes. Then right click on your iPhone’s name and choose “Backup”. iTunes can backup your iPhone in a few minutes.

Backup your iPhone via iCloud: Go to Settings > iCloud (sign in here if you’re out) > Back Up Now.

Backup your iPhone with iFonebox

If you can’t backup your water damaged iPhone with iTunes or iCloud, don’t be panic. It’s normal. Sometimes, the iPhone needs a restore to do self-protection. Under this situation, you can try iFonebox, which allows you to directly scan your iPhone to get all data out of it. There is such a chance. Why not have a try? The trial version below is free.


Step 1. Connect your iPhone and scan it
First, exit iTunes if you’re running it on your computer. Then connect your iPhone to the computer and run iFonebox. When your iPhone is detected, you’ll see the window as shown on the right.

Note: If this doesn’t work, for iPhone 4 and iPhone 3GS users, you can try to use the “Advanced Mode” through the button at the bottom of the window. It offers you another way to get your iPhone scanned, even when your iPhone is powered off.

Step 2. Preview and recover data from your water damaged iPhone
When the scan is complete, you can preview all data found on it one by one in the scan result. Then choose any item you want to keep, and click on the “Recover” button to save them all on your computer with one click.

Note: Not only existing data on your water damaged iPhone, it also can find lost data (shown in orange) from your iPhone.

#4. Recover Data from iTunes Backup

Consider the worst result: the water damaged iPhone can’t be repaired and you can’t get the data on it. What can we do? If you’ve ever had iTunes backup, you still can get your previous data, even you don’t plan to purchase a new iPhone. How? iFonebox is still useful. It lets you extract all data from the backup file and you can selectively preview and export whatever you want.

Step 1. Choose “Recover from iTunes Backup” after launching iFonebox.
Step 2. You’ll see all iTunes backup files on your computer here. Choose the one for your iPhone and click on the “Start Scan” button to get it extracted.
Step 3. When extracting is over, you can preview all data and selectively recover any you want to your computer.

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