How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone

Common Symptoms 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 symptoms together.

* Power and startup issues: unable to turn on, retart immediately after turning on, or white screen of death.
* Hardware failure: speaker doesn't work, microphone is disabled, or your iPhone is overheating.
* 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.
* 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.

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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 iPhoe 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 containter of uncooked rice for a few days to dry it, or take it to the repair store.

Note: When you plan to get your water damaged iPhone repaired, there is a full list for you to choose the best way for your iPhone.

#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.

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Backup your iPhone with Dr.Fone for iOS

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 Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS, 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.

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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 Dr.Fone for iOS. 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.

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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 red) from your iPhone.

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#4. Recover Data from iTunes/iCloud 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 or iCloud backup, you still can get your previous data, even you don't plan to purchase a new iPhone. How? Wondershare Dr.Fone for iOS is still useful. It lets you extract all data from the backup file and you can selectively preview and export whatever you want.

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Recover iPhone data from iTunes backup

Step 1. Choose "Recover from iTunes Backup Files" after launching Dr.Fone for iOS.
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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Recover iPhone data from iCloud backup

Step 1. Turn to "Recover from iCloud Backup Files" on the top of the program's window.
Step 2. Log in your iCloud account and choose the backup for your iPhone. Then download it.
Step 3. After the download, you can scan to extract it, and then preview and recover whatever you want from the backup to your computer.

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Selena
To repair your iPhone, you need to send it to Apple support center. If you just want to recover data from it, you can download a Dr.Fone to retrieve data from its iTunes backup file.
ameryedwards11
last week i bought a iphone,but suddenly thew fall in the water due to my mistake,now i'm really upset or seriously don't know what to do ..So please just tell me the solution if you have..
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