You're back from vacation and can't wait to show your friends all the photos and videos you've taken with your iPhone. In the process of reviewing them, however, you accidentally deleted some of the videos and are now looking for a solution to get them back, since you care about them so much. That's how it is, isn't it? Then don't worry, because I'm here to help you out.
In today's guide, in fact, I'll show you how to recover deleted videos from iPhone using some native Apple features that will allow you to restore your media files either directly from the smartphone or through the web panel of iCloud (the cloud storage service where the data are stored on Apple devices). In addition, I'll recommend some third-party software that might be right for you to restore accidentally deleted videos from iPhone.
Are you eager to read the tips I have prepared for you in this guide? Well, then let's not waste any more time! Sit down nice and comfortable, take your iPhone in your hands and carefully read the tips that you will find in the next paragraphs. I'm sure that, at the end of the reading, you will be able to successfully restore the videos you deleted by mistake. I just want to wish you a good read and wish you the best of luck!
Recover videos using the Photos app
On iOS devices, there is a method to recover mistakenly deleted media files, through a native feature of the operating system. To do so, simply open the Photos app, which you can recognize because it has acolorful flower icon located on the home screen.
After launching the Photos app, tap on the Albums icon in the bottom bar. Then, scroll down the screen until you find the More Albums section, and tap on the Recently Deleted label: this special album contains all the media items, such as photos and videos, that have been deleted from your device. The files in this album remain available for recovery for up to 40 days, after which time they will be permanently deleted from your device's memory, freeing up space.
You can know the time remaining before deletion of the files by the number of days remaining shown on its thumbnail. If the video you have deleted is still in this album, simply tap on it and click on the Recover button at the bottom right. You'll be shown a screen, in which you'll then have to tap on the Recover Video entry.
If you've followed the steps I've outlined to the letter, you'll find the video inside the album it was originally in. Scroll down to the Albums section of the screen and click on the View All button next to My Albums. Then tap on the All Photos box to access the list of media files in your iPhone's memory.
Recover videos via iCloud
If you have activated iCloud data synchronization, and more specifically the iCloud Photo Library service, which allows you to synchronize all the photos and videos in your library with an online storage (free of charge, but with the need to subscribe to an iCloud plan larger than the basic 5GB), you can also recover deleted videos from iPhone through the web panel of this service.
What you need to do is simply go to the official iCloud website and sign in with the same Apple account credentials you use on your iPhone. Then enter youremail address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org), click on thearrow icon, type the password associated with the account, and finally click on thearrow icon again.
If this is the first time you have signed in to this service through the browser you are using, you will be shown an alert on your iPhone with a PIN code that you must enter on the browser screen. Once you've done this, you'll have access to all of the iCloud features.
On the main screen, click on the Photos icon, and in the left-hand bar, select Recently Deleted. In this particular section, you have the option to recover media files that you have deleted. Then click on the thumbnail of the video you want to restore and press the Recover button in the top right corner. This will immediately transfer the file to the appropriate album where it was originally located.
In general, you can find the recovered video by clicking Photos in the left-hand sidebar and locating it among the list of all the photos and videos you see on the screen. If any steps are unclear and/or you need more information on how to store photos and videos in iCloud, please refer to my tutorial on the subject.
Recover videos with third-party software
If the videos you've deleted from your iPhone aren't in your "Recently Deleted" album, I'm afraid your chances of recovering them are pretty slim. Reduced but not non-existent. If the portion of the iPhone's memory that held the videos you're interested in has not yet been overwritten, you may be able to recover the videos using third-party deleted file recovery tools. Which ones? I'll tell you right now.
A free software for recovering deleted data on smartphones and tablets is EaseUS MobiSaver. This program is compatible for both Android devices as well as iPhone and iPad. There is also a paid version, costing $59.95 that removes the limitations of the free version: recovering only one file at a time and restoring five contacts at a time.
If you are interested in this software, what I suggest you do is to reach this website and pick up the installation file for Windows or macOS operating system, depending on what you are using on your computer. After opening the link I provided, click on the Free download button to download the .exe file for Windows systems. If you have a Mac, click on the Go to Mac version and click on the Free download button to download the .dmg file.
After downloading the installation file of EaseUS MobiSaver, proceed as follows: if you are using Windows, double-click on the installation package of the program and press Yes in the Windows User Account Control window. Now, select the language(Italian) from the appropriate menu and press the OK button.
On macOS, on the other hand, to install EaseUS MobiSaver, double-click on the .dmg file of the program and, on the screen that is shown to you, drag the icon of EaseUS MobiSaver to the Applications folder.
For this software to work, iTunes must be installed and up-to-date. On macOS, iTunes is already pre-installed, but on Windows, you are required to download and install it, via this link. If you want to know more about how to download and install iTunes, I suggest you check out my guide dedicated to this topic.
After launching EaseUS MobiSaver, connect your iPhone to your computer using the included Lightining cable and select one of the recovery methods shown in the left sidebar: Recover from iOS device, Recover from iTunes, and Recover from iCloud. While the latter two options allow you to recover data from backups you've made via iTunes or iCloud, the first option allows you to scan the iOS device's memory instead.
In this guide of mine, I'm going to walk you through how to recover a file directly from iPhone memory(Recover from iOS device). In the screen that will be shown to you after selecting this option, you will be able to locate the name of the iPhone. At this point, press the Scan button and wait for the operation to finish. After that, you will be able to browse through the different data divided by category using the sidebar on the left.
Once you've located the video you want to restore, select it by putting a check mark in the box in its thumbnail and press the Recover button, selecting the folder on your computer where you want the file to be saved.
Other programs to recover deleted videos from iPhone
In the next few lines, I'll show you some third-party software that might be able to help you recover a deleted video from your iPhone.
- Dr.Fone (Windows/MacOS) - is a popular free software compatible with Android and iOS devices. It offers several tools, including one for recovering deleted data. It is paid, but it is available in a free trial version that shows recoverable files by purchasing the full version.
- FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (Windows/macOS) - is a mainly paid software for recovering deleted data. There is a trial version, which only allows you to scan for deleted data.
- PhoneRescue (Windows/macOS) - as with the software I mentioned earlier, this is also a paid software, with a free trial version that only allows scanning of data in memory.