How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone

Updated to iPhone Data Recovery Tips by Verbanic on Apr 15, 2022

In today’s world, we bring our cellphones or iPhones everywhere; to work, to our vacations, around the house, and even in our bathrooms! And because of this, sometimes our mobiles would have some unfortunate moments – it might get stolen, drop from our hands or high places or maybe drop into the water. And we all know that water and electronics are not an ideal combination. This will damage your precious gadget and you may not be able to recover your valuable pictures, messages, and other data. Let’s face it, cellphones nowadays are a very big part of us, and we cannot just disregard the important and valuable things that are inside our phones.

If this happens, what we can do is to make sure to get all the water out of our phones. There are a couple of hacks to do this. You can pat to dry it, turn it off, and remove the batteries (if applicable) and sim card. Some people use the hair blower to make sure that it dries the liquid inside the phone. You might have heard that putting your iPhone in a big bucket of uncooked rice would sometimes work. The easiest and safest way is to go to a reputable cellphone repair shop and let the professional handle it. Whatever process you chose, it is very important to recover those valuable data on our phones. May it be pictures of our dogs, a video pranking our little sisters or those stressful work emails; we need to recover data from water damaged iPhone.

How to File Recovery from iPhone After Water Damaged

It’s a good thing that iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery, a very reliable, safe and powerful data recovery system can still get your phone’s data even when it is badly damaged by water. It is able to recover data from your water damaged iPhone by scanning your devices. It can also get lost or deleted data from your iCloud and iTunes backups. So, it can definitely data recovery from your water damaged iPhone.

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Method #1. How to Recover data from water damaged iPhone by Scanning It

After drying your iPhone and making sure all the water has been drained out, you can recover deleted iPhone’s photos, videos, music files, messages by using iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery.

1. Install and run the software on your computer. Using a USB, connect your phone to the computer. Once it is connected properly (allow the computer to access your iPhone), go to and select "Recover from iOS Device", click "Scan". The APP will start scanning your iPhone.

2. There will be a directory of categories on the left side of the computer screen. It is the list of the files on your phone. Select all of the files you want to save and then click "Recover" which is found on the right lower corner of the screen. It saves it on the computer.

Method #2. How to Extract Water Damaged iPhone Data from iCloud Backup

This iPhone data recovery for Mac or Windows is able to extract useful data from the iCloud backup package, saving your needed data as you like. Here are the simple steps:

Step 1. Click the download button to install the latest version of the damaged iPhone recovery software on your either Mac or Windows PC. Just pick up the right version according to your computer operating system.

Step 2. Select "Recover from iCloud" and sign in with your iCloud account. The software does not connect any of your iCloud information but needs to detect the backup from your iCloud account. When it shows the iCloud backup files, please select the one that contains all the data you need from the water damaged iPhone and click "Scan".

Step 3. When the files are all extracted from the iCloud backup file, you can see they are categorized in the left panel. The filter needed files by selecting the file type in the left panel, and preview the details on the right panel. When finding the right files, select them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

Method#3. How to Extract Water Damaged iPhone Data from iTunes Backup

If you have backed up your iPhone to iTunes before the water damage, you can try the feature "Recover from iTunes" in iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery as well.

Step 1.Install the software on the computer where you had backed up your water damaged iPhone. And click "". After then, you can see the software begins to detect the iTunes backup files for you.

Step 2. Select the iTunes backup file from the backup list and click "Scan". When the data recovery the from damaged iPhone finished, you can see all backed up files are extracted from the iTunes backup package. You can choose any of them and click "Recover" to save them on your computer.

Method #4. How to Recover data from water damaged iPhone from iCloud backup

Apple phones have a feature (if properly set up on the iPhone) that automatically saves all your data from your phone to iCloud. You can access iCloud using another device.

Access the new device. (iPad, MacBook, even PC products. Just as long as you can access the iCloud). Click "Settings" and click "General". From there, choose "Reset", next, select "Erase All Content and Settings".

When it finished, a new pop-up will ask you to set up your iPhone. You can choose "Restore from iCloud backup", sign in with your iCloud account and restore the data from the water damaged iPhone to the new devices.

Method #5. How to Recover data from water damaged iPhone by from iTunes backup

The same thing with the iCloud, Apple phones can also automatically backup data through iTunes. Just make sure that the phone is properly set up to do this task.

Download the iTunes application from the Apple website and double-click the file to install it on your computer.

Open iTunes and click "Store" Select "Authorize This Computer". Then enter your Apple ID and password.

Click "Authorize" to sync a purchased item on your current computer. This will transfer all your phone data that has been backup by iTunes.

If you have backed up the water damaged to iTunes, you can try to restore the water damaged iPhone data to another iPhone as well. Connect another iPhone with the computer, launch iTunes and click "Restore". Next, follow the wizard to choose the old backup to restore the new iPhone.

Tips for how to backup water damaged iPhone to iTunes

This may be the first time to know that you can use iTunes to backup not only your music but also your other data. If you want to use this option you can set up iTunes to back up your files, you can follow these steps:

Connect your iPhone to your computer. Make sure to sync it properly. Once it is sync properly, open iTunes.

Click on the device icon which is next to the category drop-down menu on the left side.

Select Summary on the left side of the screen. On the right side, look for "This Computer", tick "Encrypt local backup".

Further right, click on "Back Up Now".

Click "Done" which is on the lower right side.