Tips to recover text messages from water damaged Android device

Tips to recover text messages from water damaged Android device

Water damage to your phone may sound like a bad news. How badly your phone is damaged depends on the amount of water that got in to it. You may need to take your phone to an expert or a repair center to recover your lost data. However, you can try the following solutions to recover text messages at your home. Grab a USB cable and follow our solutions to see if you can get any of the messages back:

Solution 1 – The old rice technique

Rice is a very powerful dehydrating ingredient. Use the below mentioned tips to dry out phone completely:

  • Turn your device off and remove the battery
  • Pour rice in a container and submerge your phone and battery completely in the rice.
  • Leave for at least 12 hours in the rice.
  • Remove and try to turn it on.

Solution 2 – Rebooting your device

After you are done with the rice technique, follow these slightly complicated steps to debug and reboot your phone into recovery without a functional screen.

  • Turn of the phone completely
  • Press and hold the Volume buttons and the Power button This will put the device in recovery mode, even if the screen is not working.
  • Connect your phone to your computer using the USB Cable.
  • Go to Start menu on your computer and open the Run
  • In the text field, type “cmd” to open the command prompt window, it will have a black background.
  • Now enter the following commands in the window


adb shell


mount -o remount,rw /system

cd /

echo “persist.service.adb.enable=1” >> default.prop

echo “persist.service.debuggable=1” >> default.prop

echo “persist.sys.usb.config=mtp,adb” >> default.prop

echo “persist.service.adb.enable=1” >> /system/build.prop

echo “persist.service.debuggable=1” >> /system/build.prop

echo “persist.sys.usb.config=mtp,adb” >> /system/build.prop


  • Once this is done, close the window.
  • Now you can use the USB Debugging normally. Connect your device to the computer again with USB Cable and access/recover your messages with your computer.

Important Notes:

If your phone is not connecting to your computer, or showing a connectivity error, then probably your phones USB interface or something more serious is water damaged. You cannot connect your device if this happens.

If the device was on while the water got into it, it is most likely to be beyond repair. This is one of the worst damages the phone can have.

Taking your phone to a recovery expert may help you recover your contents, but keep in mind that they are expensive.