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    How to Fix & Retrieve Pictures/Videos From a Water Damaged iPhone That Won’t Turn on

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      Summary: Spilled water on your iPhone? This article guides you in detail, how to fix water-damaged iPhone and do's to avoid further damage. Also learn ways to recover lost photos and videos when your iPhone is not turning on due to the damage.

      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:

      1. Recover from Apple iCloud and iTunes backup
      2. If, backup files are not accessible or deleted, recover using third-party software

      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.

      Download for Windows Download for Mac

      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:

      1. Recovery from iCloud Backup
      2. 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.Stellar

      Figure 1: Illustrates the main screen

      Step 2: Enter the Apple ID and password to sign in to iCloud.

      StellarFigure 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.

      StellarFigure 8: Illustrates the file saving process

      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.

      Download for Windows Download for Mac

      Try the Free Demo Version of the software to recover your lost and deleted pictures/videos in Mac or in Windows.


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      Sumona is a tech blogger, avid photographer, & technogeek with vast experience in writing about media file recovery tips and tutorials. She has over 10 years of experience in media file recovery/media file repair technology. She is passionate about Photography, Creative Designing, Music, and Exploring lesser-known destinations.


      1. Hey, I recently got water splashed on my iPhone. After going through your blog I was able to retrieve my data. Thank you so much for sharing this.

      2. I dropped my iphone in water 2 days back. I was so worried that what should I do now since i have a lot of memories in my iphone. But after landing on your blog I was able to recover everything on my iphone. Thank you so much.

      3. Hi. I rinsed my phone X under tap but the pressure was weak however, my phone is dead. I went to the iService but they don’t know yet if the phone is water damaged or if its a hardware issue. They would need to leave my phone with them for 2 months. I have not backed up my files in cloud, would I still be able to retrieve my photos and videos using the software?

        1. Hi DD, The software will work if the iPhone is turned on OR you have the backup in iCloud or iTunes.Unfortunately, in your case when the phone is dead and there is no backup, the data cannot be recovered.

      4. Awesome Post! There are the Good ways to take backup on iPhone from iTunes or iCloud. I really appreciate your article!

      5. Good Tutorial, I had a water damage problem too with my iPhone 4. I tried to drying and remove excess water on my iPhone. But after 2 & 3 hours when I turn-on my phone some hanging issues occurs all iPhone apps. What should I do? Please help me.

      6. It’s happened to me a few days back when my iPhone with liquid damage. But I have a backup on iTunes I didn’t know how to retrieve. After finding your blog information that helps me a lot for recovering data on iTunes. Thank you very much!

      7. Awesome post! That’s information I looking for my iPhone 6 fell into a swimming pool. I dry my iPhone with the hair dryer unfortunately deleted all my 400 photos, then I used stellar iPhone Recovery. Its help me a lot!

      8. Thanks for the Information about water damaged iPhone data recovery. When I had gone holiday to Greece, Unfortunately, my iPhone 6 fell down in the swimming pool. All data are inaccessible. After dry to my iPhone 6, I used your software It completely recovers all the photos, videos. Again thanks a lot!

        1. Hello Danny,
          Yes, in most cases, if there’s less water damage or your phone’s logic board is not affected, recovery is possible.

          P.S – Please don’t turn on your iPhone.

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