Q. I accidentally dropped my iPhone in swimming pool and now it does not turn on anymore. How can I fix my water damaged phone? Is there any way I can recover photos and videos from my water damaged iPhone
A. To fix a water damaged iPhone, try to dry it completely while to recover your lost photos and videos you have two options:
This article guides you in detail, how to fix such water-damaged iPhone and recover lost photos and videos when the device is not turning on. The damage caused by water or any other liquid on iPhones is unpredictable. Your iPhone may or may not turn on and there is a high possibility of losing your data including photos and videos on it. Even if your iPhone is under the one-year warranty, Apple does not cover liquid damages to iPhone. So now you are in a crazy situation of double loss, of owning a faulty device and losing precious photos and videos stored in it. First, a piece of advice: Stay calm. Before trying to retrieve lost photos through any method follow the essential dos and don’ts to fix your iPhone and avoid further loss.
DOs for Water Damaged iPhone
Try drying Remove excess water off the iPhone by rubbing it dry on a towel. Gently shake it to clear the water in the sockets and ports of the phone.
Do not plug it in or turn it on Do not plug or turn on the wet iPhone as this can cause a short circuit. Even if it turns on, it will stop working forever after sometime. If the iPhone is in Power on or Sleep Mode, switch it off completely and leave it to dry for at least two days.
Remove the SIM card Take out the SIM card from the iPhone to avoid damage to key components and rub it dry on a clean cotton cloth.
Dry with silica gel sachets Use silica gel packets to dry your wet iPhone and leave it for at least 48 hours.
DON’Ts for Water Damaged iPhone
Do not press any buttons of wet iPhone
Do not try to switch on your iPhone to avoid short circuit
Do not use a hairdryer or other drying tools to dry your phone
Do not place your iPhone in raw rice to avoid foreign particles entering inside
How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone
After doing above essential hacks, once you power on your water damaged iPhone, there are two possibilities, either your phone starts working but you have lost your data or iPhone does not switch on at all! Do not panic, as in either case, you can recover your lost photos and videos from a water damaged iPhone via two methods
Method 1: Recover from iCloud and iTunes backup Apple has this remarkable feature in which all iPhone data is automatically saved in iCloud and iTunes backup. You just you need to sign in to iCloud or iTunes through your Apple ID on the new iOS device. Next, select and transfer the desired files to the new device from the list of available backups in iCloud/iTunes.
Method 2: Recover from third-party application In case you are unable to restore photos from the iCloud and iTunes backup files or have deleted your desired files from the backup, opt for a third-party application to recover photos or videos from your water damaged iPhone. From a plethora of iPhone data recovery software available in the market, experts recommend to pick only the trusted and secure data recovery tool, specially designed for the iOS device.
Use iPhone Data Recovery Software by Stellar One of the commonly used third-party data recovery software is Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone. The easy-to-use interface and 100% safe download makes it a popular choice among iPhone users.
If your iPhone is synchronized with iCloud and iTunes backup, you can retrieve lost photos and videos from water damaged iPhone using Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone. In the situation when your iPhone is not detected by the system or do not switch on at all, after it is damaged due to water, the software offers two ways to recover photos and videos:
Recovery from iCloud Backup
Recovery from iTunes Backup
Step-by-step: Recovery from iCloud Backup Step 1: Install and Run Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone and select “Recover from iCloud Backup” from the main menu.
Figure 1: Illustrates the main screen
Step 2: Enter the Apple ID and password to sign in to iCloud.
Figure 2: Illustrates the credential screen
Step 3: After entering the credentials, the software displays the list of all backup files. Select the desired files and click Scan
Figure 4: Illustrates backup files list
Step 4: Preview the selected files and press Save. You can save recovered photos or videos at the desired location.
Figure 5: Illustrates the preview of the files
Step-by-step: Recovery from iTunes Backup Step 1: Select “Recover from iTunes Backup” option on the main screen
Step 2: The software displays all iTunes backup files. From the Tree view, select the file categories from which you want to recover photos/videos. it will list all files under that category.
Figure 6: Illustrates the backup files list
Step 3: Preview the existing and/or deleted files
Figure 7: Illustrates the Preview of files under the selected category
Step 4: Click ‘Save’ to recover the file. You can either choose to save all or a few files by selecting the checkboxes.
Figure 8: Illustrates the file saving process
Conclusion The safest way to recover lost photos and videos from water damaged iPhone is through a secure third-party tool. The easy-to-use interface along with scanning and recovery precision makes iPhone Photo Recovery Software by Stellar most sought by iPhone users. It comes as a blessing, especially when the iTunes and iCloud backup files become inaccessible or unreadable.
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