Water Damaged iPhone! How to Recover Photos from It

Q: I dropped my newly bought iPhone XS into water by accident, and then turned it on after a few hours. Then when I connected to my computer and found all my pictures were missing. Is there any way to recover my photos from iPhone? They were really important to me. And making the phone to work is in the second place. I need someone to help me! - Gerald Paul from Ars Technica Forum

It really sucks when your iPhone was suddenly dropped into the water, yet I suppose what makes you get crazy may not the phone itself, but the most precious photos and other data in it. Isn't it? If you're also looking for methods to recover all the lost data including images from an iPhone damaged by water, just like Gerald, you can check on the article here. In this post, we're going to present you with top 3 solutions to recover photos from water damaged iPhone 6/SE/7/8/X/XR/XS successfully and also tell you what to do and what to avoid doing when your iPhone suddenly dropped into water.

Part 1: How to Recover Photos from Water Damaged iPhone: 3 Methods

To help you retrieve pictures from a water damaged iPhone, a professional and smart iPhone data recovery program is of great help. There are so many different iOS data recovery tools in the market, and one of the most dependable ones is Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.

Joyoshare iPhone Photo Recovery software enables you to restore any lost data including photos from water damages iPhone XS, XR, X, 8, 7, 6, etc with highest success rate. It allows you to recover missing data from the iOS device directly, iTunes and iCloud backup. Besides photos, it supports more than 20 kinds of lost files for recovery such as contacts, text messages, videos, notes, WhatsApp messages and attachments, and many more. Other reasons that lead to data loss can also be retrieved such as accidental deletion, system crash, broken devices, iOS upgrade, etc.

Highlights of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery:

Recover photos from iPhone damaged by water instantly

Get lost photos back from iDevice, iCloud backup and iTunes backup

Compatible with a wide range of iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

Restore lost encrypted data with ease

Available for both Windows and Mac systems

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Method 1. Recover Pictures from Water Damaged iPhone Without Backup

With the help of Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery, you can recover photos from your damaged iPhone, as long as it still can be recognized by the computer. Follow the steps below to learn how to recover them with ease.

  • Step 1 Connect iPhone with computer and run Joyoshare

    connect iphone to computer

    First of all, connect your iPhone to the PC or Mac with a USB cable. Then go to the download page of Joyoshare and choose iPhone Data Recovery to download and install it on the computer. Launch Joyoshare and it will recognize your iPhone automatically.

  • Step 2 Scan iPhone for lost data

    choose to recover from ios device

    After Joyoshare detected your device successfully, it enters the "Recover from iDevice" mode by default. Generally, all the recoverable files are ticked. You can click the "Scan" button to scan them all, or just tick the "Photos" under the "Existing Data on the Device" column for scanning.

  • Step 3 Preview and recover pictures on water damaged iPhone

    preview and select to recover lost files

    When the scanning is done, select the "Photos" under the "Media & Docs" menu. Preview them and choose the ones you want to recover. Next click the "Recover" button to restore and save them on your computer.

Method 2. Recover Photos on Water Damaged iPhone from iTunes Backup

Once the computer failed to recognize your water damaged iPhone, then you cannot recover lost photos from the device directly. Yet it is still possible to recover data from iTunes backup file. The following part is the specific steps to recover data from water damaged iPhone, with no need of connecting the device to computer.

  • Step 1 Open Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery

    choose to recover from itunes

    Launch Joyoshare iPhone Photo Recovery app and then go to the "Recover from iTunes" solution on the top menu bar. You'll see all the iTunes backup files you have here.

  • Step 2 Scan iTunes backup for missing pictures

    scan itunes backup file

    Select the latest backup file and then hit the Gear icon gear icon to choose the data types to recover. Then click the "Scan" button to ask Joyoshare to scan all data from the backup file.

  • Step 3 Recover lost photos from iTunes backup

    start to recover photos from itunes

    Wait a second until the scanning is completed. You can see all recoverable data including the missing photos. Preview and choose all or some of them as you like, and then press the "Recover" button to restore them to the local folder of your computer.

Method 3. Recover Photos from Water Damaged iPhone via iCloud Backup

If you have turned on iCloud backup on your iPhone, iCloud will automatically back up your data whenever connecting to WiFi. So, even if your iPhone is damaged, you can still recover data from iCloud backup file. Now let's see how to recover them step by step.

  • Step 1 Launch Joyoshare and sign into iCloud

    choose to recover from icloud

    Run Joyoshare first, and switch to the "Recover from iCloud" recovery mode. Then enter your username and password to log into the iCloud account. Joyoshare will never keep any of your private info.

  • Step 2 Extract a backup file for scanning

    extract icloud backup files

    After you logged in, all the iCloud backup files will be orderly listed here. Choose the latest iCloud backup file and press the "Download" button to extract it.

  • Step 3 Restore missing iPhone images from iCloud backup

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    After the downloading is done, all recoverable data will be shown for you. Tick the "Photos" box, preview them one by one or select them all. Then hit the "Recover" button and export them to your computer.

Part 2: Things to Do and Not to Do When iPhone Is Damaged by Water

If you think your iPhone was water damaged, don't panic, and just follow these to-do and not-to-do list to salvage your wet iPhone.

  • #1 Power down your iPhone without delay

    When your iPhone dropped the water unfortunately, get it out from water immediately and use a dry clean cloth to wipe the liquid of the phone. Then power it off by pressing and holding the "Power" button, which will increase the recovery chance if you do so. Do not try to switch it on, you may short circuit electric components inside.

  • #2 Don't press any button

    If you press the buttons, you might force the water further into the phone. If your iPhone is still on, you might make the button contacts short circuit.

  • #3 Don't shake your iPhone

    Shaking may also push the water further inside and cause the short circuit, so please do not do it.

  • #4 Don't dry your iPhone with a hair dryer

    Any kind of drying devices such as hairdryer, electric oven, or hot air gun, etc cannot be used to dry the phone. The heat from these dryers may lead to additional damage to your phone.

  • #5 Take it to a repair store

    If your iPhone is still in the status of repairing coverage, you can take it directly to Apple store for replacement or repair. Otherwise, please take your iPhone to a reputable professional repair store.

    Note: To avoid your iPhone data loss in a sudden situation, we suggest that you should regularly back up your precious iPhone data via iTunes app or iCloud. So, you can hopefully retrieve your important data from iPhone from iTunes or iCloud backup directly or with a useful iPhone data recovery tool like Joyoshare iPhone Data Recovery.

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