How to Recover Data from Water Damaged iPhone 7?

If you drop your iPhone 7 in the water accidently and seek to recover data from water damaged iPhone 7, please read this helpful post to tackle your issue.


By Penny / Updated on June 16, 2023

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Who can help me to recover data from water damaged iPhone 7?


I am wondering if anyone can help me with damaged iPhone data recovery. I am eager to recover data from water damaged iPhone 7. What’s worse, there’s no available backup for me. I tried several times but failed. The symptoms imply that it is impossible to retrieve data. Could you recommend me a trusted data recovery place? Thanks!

- A user from IFIXIT

You may have been encountered a similar issue as you drop your iPhone 7 in the water by mistake. Maybe this move could put you in a frantic state of worrying about data loss. What should you do next? The top priority is that please stay calm. Second, please refer to the following steps to avoid further data loss before data recovery.

DOs and DON’Ts for water-damaged iPhone

Dos for water-damaged iPhone

✌Pick up the iPhone from the water as quickly as possible.

✌Please turn it off immediately. Turning on the wet iPhone will cause additional damage and reduce the possibility of recovering data from a water-damaged iPhone.

✌Wipe gently with a soft cloth.

✌Please remove the SIM card.

✌Use silica packets to dry your wet iPhone and leave it for at least 48 hours.

DON’Ts for water-damaged iPhone

✌Do not press your iPhone’s buttons.

✌Do not bounce up and down your iPhone.

✌Do not attempt to turn on your iPhone or charge your iPhone.

✌Do not use a hairdryer or other drying tools to dry your iPhone.

Check your iPhone is damaged by water or not?

Water-damaged iPhone 7 can cause unstable operations or even malfunctions. So it is necessary to check your iPhone is damaged by water or not? Here are two kinds of indicators of a water-damaged iPhone.

☝The first type of indicator: Some typical symptoms.

Power and start-up issues: You fail to turn on the device or restart immediately after turning on it. Sometimes maybe your iPhone is stuck with a white screen of death.

Hardware failure: The microphone is unable to work or your iPhone is overheating.

Warning messages: When you use your iPhone, you may receive one or more error messages. Perhaps you have never seen messages like “Charging is not supported with this accessory.”

The second type of indicator: Official water damage indicator from Apple.                

If you are not sure about the first inspection method, the second official method can help you to confirm more accurately with liquid contact indicator (LCI) iPhone 7, 7 plus location.


Generally speaking, LCI iPhone 7 is white or silver, but when it comes into contact with water or liquid, it becomes activated and turns red. Moreover, it is a reliable water damage indicator because LCI iPhone 7 cannot be activated due to changes in humidity and temperature. In other words, if there’s a red dot on your iPhone 7, which means your iPhone 7 has been affected by water or other liquid. Then how to restore a water damaged iPhone? Please continue reading.

How to recover data from water damaged iPhone 7?

These steps above are essential to damaged iPhone data recovery. If you follow these instructions step by step, then you are ready to recover data. Similarly, different methods need to apply to different scenarios. 

In the first case, you can turn on your iPhone, but you lose a part of precious data. What’s worse, you haven’t made backups. In this section, you’d better choose method 1 if you need to recover data from a water-damaged iPhone 7. In the second case, your iPhone cannot be turned on. Luckily, you have iCloud or iTunes backup, and the data you need is included in these backups. At the moment, method 2 or method 3 seems like a better choice for you.

Method 1. Recover data with the third-party data recovery software

If users don’t have another iOS device and you just want to recover a part of the data, it’s more convenient and efficient for you to utilize the third-party data recovery. Here we take MyRecover for iOS as an example to perform how to restore a water damaged iPhone 7.

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Step 1. Download and install MyRecover Assistant for iOS on your computer. Then connect your iPhone to your PC with a USB cable.


Step 2. Trust the computer on your iPhone and click “Scan Now” to scan the iPhone.


Step 3. After the process is completed, you can see all the recoverable data. Please select the data you want to recover, then click “Recover”.


Method 2. Recover from iCloud backup

Both method 2 and method 3 need another iPhone to recover data via iTunes or iCloud backups. At the same time, the iCloud backup will cover the iPhone existing data.

Tips: Please pay attention that the data stored in would not be included in the iCloud backup.

Step 1. Open Setting on another iPhone.

Step 2. Clear out all the current data on another iPhone. Go to “General” > “Reset” > “Erase All Content and Settings”.


Step 3. When comes to the “APPs & Data” screen, tap “Restore from iCloud Backup”. Sign in to your iCloud account and select the backup files. Please wait patiently.


Method 3. Recover from iTunes backup

You could recover data from water damaged iPhone 7 via iTunes backup if there’s an available backup. iTunes backup will also cover the iPhone existing data. Here are the relevant steps.

Step 1. Run iTunes, then connect another iPhone to your computer that you have backed the water-damaged iPhone up before.

Step 2. Click the “iPhone” icon.


Step 3. Click “Summary” > “Restore Backup”.


Step 4. Select the water-damaged iPhone name backup from the backup list and click “Restore”.



Related suggestions

To some degree, data loss is inevitable in the information age. All in all, this post contributes to helping you know how to restore a water-damaged iPhone 7. These methods also apply to a part of iPhone models, which is helpful for damaged iPhone data recovery. However, making iTunes or iCloud backups in time is the best way to avoid data loss from the start. As a free piece of software, FoneTool is another useful tool for backing up your important data.

Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.