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Guide to Dry out Wet iPhone And Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone

Q: recover data from water damage iphone?

My iphone now just working on wall charger for 5 minutes then restarting again
I try to fix it but every one tells me no chance, anyway i have bought new one

All what i need is ( how to recover my data on my old iphone )
It is not working if i charge it with my laptop ( apple logo flashing )
but it work on wall charger !
By the way no wifi no bluetooth no gsm on my old one after waterdamge

Any help or idea will be thankful

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Have you ever encountered the same situation? Have you ever accidentally dropped your cell phone in the sink, or even worse - the toilet? How did you solve it? Or you haven't found the right way to recover data from water damaged iPhone yet! Now, no matter whether your problem has been solved or not, you are advised to read this post since it not only offers effective solutions for water damaged iPhone data recovery but also provides some other information about this issue like how to dry out water damaged iPhone.

Dropped iPhone in Water Accidentally

recover data from water damaged iphone Now, almost everyone has a cellphone in the information age, and many people like using iPhone because of its excellent performance and secure iOS system. However, according to a survey, people accidentally dropping their iPhone in water such as in toilet, in the bathtub or in any liquid containing water is not an uncommon occurrence.

Therefore, what should you do if you drop your iPhone into water by mistake? Please keep calm, and follow these steps to dry out iPhone at first. If you are lucky, you may get iPhone back in working order soon.

6 Things to Do if iPhone Has Water Contact

1: Take the iPhone out of the water as soon as possible.
2: Turn the iPhone off by holding down the power button until it shuts off, and this part is critical.
3: Remove the SIM card if your iPhone has one.
4: Remove all other peripherals such as ear buds, as well as protective covers.
5: Dry out the iPhone with a towel.

note Important Note: Remember not to dry it off with a blow dryer as this could melt the circuit board and other parts.

6: Put iPhone into a rice bag (or a bag of silica gel packets, if you happen to have a bunch of those), as shown below.
Tip: Leave the device in the rice for at least 24 hours and preferably 48 hours.

Put iPhone into a rice bag

For more tips on saving iPhone from water damage, you can see this How to Save a Wet Cell Phone post.

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In some cases, the iPhone can escape water damage and you can continue using the device as normal. However, what if the iPhone is completely dead and beyond repair?

And now, you might be wondering:

Is it possible to access data saved in water damaged iPhone?”

As a matter of fact, if the wet iPhone cannot be used as normal after drying out it, you don't need to feel panic since there are a number of ways to rescue water damaged iPhone data.

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Let's start with a real-life example on how to restore your precious data stored on the wet iPhone.

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“I went swimming with my son yesterday, unfortunately, I accidentally dropped my iPhone into the water, I turned off it immediately, however, it's can't turn on any more, there are so many important data inside my iPhone, is it possible to save my iPhone or recover the lost data from my water damaged iPhone? Help!!!!!!!!!”

To be honest, if you accidentally dropped your iPhone in the sink or the toilet, there's no huge need to panic right away since MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS can help you restore iPhone data after a water incident.

Before using the program, download the free versions below for your Windows or Mac.

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After downloading, install it on computer and then launch it to get its main interface as follows. There are 3 modules for you to choose, and you should give priority to “Recover from iTunes Backup File” or “Recover from iCloud Backup File” if the lost important data are included in your previous iTunes backup or iCloud backup. (Note: here, we take Windows for example.)

main interface

Recover Lost Data from iTunes Backup Files

Step 1: In the main interface of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS, you should select the second module "Recover from iTunes Backup File" to detect all backup files in the computer. After that, the backup files will be shown in the list. Next, you can pick out the needed backup through "Name", "Latest Backup Date" or "Serial Number".
Tip: If the backup files are stored into a special location, you are able to click "Select" button to find them out. Finally, with a click on "Add", the specified data will be added to the list.


Step 2: Select the specified backup files, and then click "Scan" button to scanning it. After scanning, all found data will be listed here in the following window.

1: the scanning time is determined by the capacity of iTunes backup, please wait patiently.
2: if the selected iTunes backup file is encrypted, you should enter the password to unlock it. (picture below)

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Step 3: Check all desired data and then click on "Recover" button to start the restoration job.

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Note: in this window, you can find out the wanted files in a short time through classification list or search box. To be specific,

  • Show all files: Photos & Videos are shown by default.
  • View by date: this is a sorting button. After it was clicked, the files will be classified by date. And it's convenient for you to find the data you need according to date.
  • View folders: this function is used to show pictures according to folder. Categories include: Albums, Photos, Recently Deleted, Panoramas and Photo Stream. You can quickly find the data you need according to the certain image category.

Step 4: Click on "Browse" button to choose a trusty place, and then click “Recover” button to store recovered data.

itunes browse

After all operations are done, you have finished recovering lost data from water damaged iPhone.

"The Recover from iTunes Backup File module proves to be useful for me to recover almost all lost data. And I think it will perfectly help you…"

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Recover Lost Data from iCloud Backup Files

On the other hand, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS is able to rescue water damaged iPhone data from iCloud backup. Detailed steps are displayed here.

Step 1: Please choose "Recover from iCloud Backup File" in the main window of this professional freeware, and then you can see the following login window.

icloud file

Step 2: Type your iCloud account and password to sign in to iCloud. Then, the program will download and list all backup information under the iCloud account automatically. Note: This may take some time, and it depends on how many data you backed up and how large these data are.

Step 3: When all backup information has been listed, you are supposed to select the backup you want to recover data by viewing the name, size, date, etc. of the backup, and then click "DownLoad" button. Afterwards, a window for choosing file types will be shown, as shown below.

select needed files icloud

Step 4: At this time, you can choose the type of files you want to download, which will reduce downloading time, and then click "Confirm". After these operations, the program will start downloading iCloud backup files. After successful downloading, the program will scan and classify files automatically.

Tip: apart from real data, the backup contains many other types of information, like applications and data related to those apps. Therefore, users had better choose specified files types to download rather than download all. In addition, data you select to recover had better be less than 1GB. If they are larger than 1GB, download them in batches.

Step 5: With choosing specified types of files to scan or searching appointed file, you can locate the lost data quickly. So, check all needed data and then click "Recover" button. Note: although the program will give a default place to store them, you had better click "Browse" button to choose a save path in accordance with actual demands. After confirmation, all checked data will be saved to the appointed location.

Note: due to the limitations of iCloud, currently MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS does not support recovering iCloud backup data from devices running iOS 9.0 or above.

That's all. The task of restoring iPhone data after a water incident via using the “Recover from iCloud Backup File” has been successfully finished.

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Bottom Line

If you accidentally dropped your iPhone or other iOS devices in the water, you don't need to worry too much about it since MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS can help you to recover lost data easily and quickly. In general, in addition to iTunes or iCloud backup files recovery, this tool provides another powerful module “Recover from iOS Device”, which can help to recover various kinds of deleted data including messages, contacts, call histories, WhatsApp, notes, calendar, reminders and bookmarks, and more from iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch directly. And, this software supports exporting contacts to CSV and VCF files. Besides, this tool not only can help to recover data from water damaged iPhone, but also can recover lost iPhone data caused by accidental deletion, iOS upgrade, jailbreak failure, system crash, device lost, virus attack, and more. What's more, this easy-to-use iPhone data recovery tool supports various devices including iPhone 6S Plus/6S/6 Plus/6/5S/5C/5/4S/4/3GS, iPod Touch 5/4, iPad 2/1, and iPad mini.

note Note: the free edition of MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS can only allow you recover little data. (The previous post Functional Limitations in MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS will tell you more information.) Therefore, if you need to recover more data, please choose full version.

Useful Tips on Protecting Data in iPhone

1: Backup Your iPhone Data with iTunes or iCloud

Backup Your iPhone Data with iTunes or iCloud In the information age, it is recommended to backup data since data loss is inevitable, like death. If you back up your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, you'll have a copy of your information to use in case your device is ever replaced, lost, or damaged.

You can check this post How to back up your iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to find detailed steps and more information

2: Protect Your iPhone from Water Damage

Nobody likes to admit to it, but water damage happens to the most of us. You take your iPhone to the beach and the tide grabs it. You forget it in your pockets and wash it in the washing machine by mistake. Now, you can try using the following methods to protect your iPhone against water damage.

a) On rainy days, keep it in your pocket, put it in your bag, do whatever you can to keep it covered and resist taking it out to check when the rain will stop.
b) Keep your iPhone well away from food or beverages when they are involved in your activities. If you're out at the time, consider leaving it in a pocket. At home, leave it in your room (in case you spill water on yourself).
c) Please don't keep phones on bathroom for a long time.
d) Use a waterproof case. If you need to use iPhone while swimming, you had better use a waterproof case to protect your device.

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After seeing the above simple introduction, you would know how to dry out a wet, iPhone, and how to recover data from water damaged iPhone. As a matter of fact, MiniTool Mobile Recovery for iOS not only can help to restore iPhone data after a water incident, but also can recover data after restoring factory resetting, recover lost files after iOS update, and more. If you have any question or good suggestion about saving a wet iPhone or rescuing water damaged iPhone data, please leave it in the below comment. Much appreciated!