Top 3 Solutions to Retrieve Data from Water Damaged iPhone XS/XR/X/8/7/6

Data loss always happens unexpectedly, and one of the most common scenarios is lost due to water damage. You may drop iPhone into the swimming pool, or knock your cup over and split tea on iPhone by accident, etc. What would you do if your iPhone is unfortunately dropped into water and consequently some important data is gone? How to recover data from water damaged iPhone that won't turn on? In this article, we'll give you some practical solutions to save your water damaged iPhone and recover its data as well.

Part 1. How to Check If Your iPhone Is Water Damaged

All iPhone devices are equipped with their own Liquid Contact Indicators (LCIs) to help users identify whether the iPhone is damaged by water or not. Normally the color of liquid damage indicator is white or silver, and it will not be affected by humidity. But when your phone is exposed to any forms of liquid, it will turn red. The liquid damage sticker is in different location depending on the model you use. For iPhone 4, 4s, the indicator is in the charging port; for iPhone 5, 5s, 6, 6s, 7, 7 Plus, 8, 8 Plus, X, and the latest Xs, Xs Max, the indictor is in the SIM card tray slot. Once your iPhone is dropped into water, you can check the LCI to confirm whether it is water damaged or not.

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See more: Find out if Liquid Damaged Your iPhone

Part 2. How to Save Your Water Damaged iPhone

What will you do after dropping iPhone into water accidentally? I suppose most people will get it out from water immediately and then dry it. Do not try to power it on, or you may damage the internal electronic components. You'd better dry the wet iPhone with a clean cloth, and then put it in a dry cool place, or wrap it with uncooked rice, or dry it with silica gel. Don't dry it with a hair dryer, otherwise it may push the internal liquid forward. Afterwards, you can check whether your phone is liquid damaged by following the aforementioned method. If so, we suggest you should take it to the Apple store to repair it. But remember to back up your water damaged iPhone data before taking it to any repair store.

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See more: 10 Tips to Fix a Water Damaged iPhone

Part 3. How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone: 3 Ways

If your iPhone is confirmed to be damaged by water, the data in it is very likely to be lost. To recover lost data from water damaged iPhone, the only effective solution is to get assistance from a third-party data recovery tool. Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery is just such a powerful and reliable utility for you.

This professional program can help users recover data from water damage iPhone 6/7/8/X/Xr/Xs, etc and also supports all iOS versions including the latest iOS 12. No matter you have made a backup in advance or not, Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery can bring the lost data back from iDevice, iTunes or iCloud backup. Additionally, it is capable of restoring lost iPhone photos, videos, contacts, call history, text messages, calendars, notes, WhatsApp, Kik, Viber data and many others. You're also allowed to preview the data before recovery and choose the important ones to recover as you like.

Key Features of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:

Restore more than 20 types of lost files quickly

Support three kinds of smart recovery modes

Fully compatible with all iPhone models and iOS version

Retrieve missing encrypted data from water damaged iPhone

recover lost iphone data with joyoshare

Option 1. Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone Without Backup

If your iPhone is damaged by liquid, but it still can be recognized by Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery on the computer, then it is still possible to directly scan and recover lost data from water damaged iPhone even though you have no any backup.

  • Step 1 Connect iPhone to computer

    connect iphone to computer

    Simply connect your device to the computer by using an original USB cable. Then launch Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery app on the desktop and it will detect the iPhone automatically.

  • Step 2 Choose data types and begin to scan

    choose to recover from ios device

    Once your iPhone is recognized by Joyoshare, you will enter the interface of "Recover from iDevice" mode, where you can the basic info of the iPhone and the data types you'd like to recover. You can choose the ones you want, or just keep them ticked by default, and then click the "Scan" button to scan all lost data from iPhone.

  • Step 3 Preview and recover lost data

    preview and select to recover lost files

    Wait a while until the scanning process is completed. All recoverable files will be displayed orderly on the sidebar. You can preview them one by one and pick the most important ones to recover or select all to export them to the local folder of your computer after clicking the "Recover" button.

Option 2. Retrieve Water Damaged iPhone Data from iTunes Backup

If your water damaged iPhone cannot be recognized by Joyoshare, you will not be able to recover lost data from iPhone straightly. But you still have a chance to restore data from an iTunes backup on the premise that you have a backup file.

  • Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and choose a recovery mode

    choose to recover from itunes

    Run Joyoshare first and switch to the "Recover from iTunes" mode from the top menu bar. All iTunes backup files will be listed here.

  • Step 2 Scan iTunes backup

    scan itunes backup file

    Find an iTunes backup that may contain your lost data and press the Gear icon gear icon to select the types of files you want to recover. Next hit the "Scan" button to order Joyoshare to scan the lost files from iTunes backup.

  • Step 3 Recover data via iTunes backup

    start to recover data from itunes

    When the scanning is finished, you'll see all files classified in categories. Now it's your time to preview these recoverable files and tick the ones you really need. Then click the "Recover" button to save them to your computer.

Option 3. Recover Water Damaged iPhone Data by Extracting iCloud Backup

Similarly, if you have an iCloud backup, you can also get all data from water damaged iPhone by restoring your iCloud backup file.

  • Step 1 Open Joyoshare and log into iCloud

    choose to recover from icloud

    Now let's move to the "Recover from iCloud" option after running Joyoshare app. Sign in your iCloud account with the correct Apple ID and passcode.

    See also: 4 Solutions to Reset iCloud Password If Forgotten

  • Step 2 Download iCloud backup

    extract icloud backup files

    When you enter iCloud account, Joyoshare will detect all the iCloud backup files. You can select the latest one and hit the "Download" button to download it. Then choose the data types for scanning, and click the "Scan" button to start to analyze it.

  • Step 3 Restore data from iCloud backup

    recover data from icloud

    After the scanning comes to an end, you can choose the files according to your need. Preview them to confirm whether you need them. Next click the "Recover" button to export and save them to your computer.


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