You are back from vacation and can't wait to show your friends the many photos you took and videos you recorded with your iPhone. But when you see them again, you've accidentally deleted some videos and you're looking for a way to recover them because you care about them. That's the way it is, isn't it? Then don't worry, because I'm here to help you.
In today's guide, in fact, I will show you how to recover deleted videos from iPhone through some native Apple features that will allow you to restore your media files either directly from your smartphone or through the iCloud Web panel (the cloud storage service on which Apple devices' data is stored). In addition, I'll recommend some third-party software that could help you restore videos that you deleted by mistake from your iPhone.
Are you looking forward to reading the advice I've prepared for you in this guidebook? Well, then let's not waste any more time! Sit down nice and comfortable, pick up your iPhone and read carefully the tips that you will find in the next paragraphs. I'm sure that at the end of the reading, you will have successfully restored the videos you deleted by mistake. All that remains for me to do is to wish you a good read and a big "good luck" for everything!
Retrieve videos via the Photo app
On iOS devices, there is a method to recover erroneously deleted media files via a native feature of the operating system. To do this, simply open the Photo app, which you can recognize because it has a colorful flower icon located on the home screen.
After launching the Photos app, tap on the Albums icon in the bottom bar. Scroll down to Other albums and tap Recently deleted. 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 the device's memory, freeing up the space occupied.
You can know the time remaining before the files are deleted by the number of days shown on its thumbnail. If the video you deleted is still in this album, simply tap on it and press the Recover button at the bottom right. You'll be shown a screenshot, where you'll then tap on the Recover Video item.
If you followed the steps I told you to the letter, you'll find the video in the album where it was originally located. You must then scroll down the screen in the Albums section and click on See all near My albums. Then tap the All Photos pane to access the list of media files in your iPhone's memory.
Retrieve videos via iCloud
If you have enabled data synchronization with iCloud, and more specifically the iCloud Photo Library service, which allows you to synchronize all the photos and videos in your library with an online archive (free of charge, but with the need to subscribe to a more substantial iCloud plan than the basic 5GB one), you can also recover deleted videos from your iPhone via this service's web panel.
Simply go to the official iCloud website and sign in with the same Apple account credentials you use on your iPhone. Then enter your email address (e.g. email@example.com), press the arrow icon, type the password associated with the account, and finally click the arrow icon again.
If this is the first time you've logged in to this service through the browser you're using, you'll be shown a warning on your iPhone with a PIN code that you type in the screen that appears on your browser. After you do this, you will have access to all the features of iCloud.
On the Home screen, click the Photos icon and select Recently Deleted from the left bar. In this particular section, you have the ability to recover the media files you deleted. Then click the thumbnail of the video you want to restore and then press the Recover button in the upper right corner. This way, the file will be immediately transferred to the album where it was originally located.
In general, you can find the recovered video by clicking on Photos, in the left sidebar, and locate it among the list of all the photos and videos that are shown on the screen. If you don't understand some of the steps and/or need more information on how to store photos and videos on iCloud, check out my tutorial on the subject.
Recover videos using third party software
If the videos you deleted from your iPhone are not in the "Recently deleted" album, I'm sorry but your chances of recovering them are quite small. Reduced but not non-existent. If the portion of memory on the iPhone that was hosting the videos you are interested in has not been overwritten yet, you may be able to recover the videos using third party 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 and iPhone and iPad. There is also a paid version at a cost of $59.95 that removes the limitations of the free version: recovery of only one file at a time and restoration of five contacts at a time.
If you are interested in this software, what I suggest you do is to go to this website and pick up the installation file for the Windows or MacOS operating system, depending on the one 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 Go to Mac version and click on the Free download button to download the .dmg file.
After downloading the EaseUS MobiSaver installation file, proceed as follows: If you're using Windows, double-click on the program's installation package and press Yes in the Windows User Account Control window. Now, select the language (English) 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 you are shown, drag the EaseUS MobiSaver icon into the Applications folder.
For this software to work, iTunes must be installed and updated. On macOS, iTunes is already pre-installed, but on Windows it is required to be downloaded and installed via this link. If you'd like to learn more about how to download and install iTunes, I suggest you check out my guide to this topic.
After starting EaseUS MobiSaver, connect your iPhone to your computer using the supplied Lightining cable and select one of the recovery methods shown in the left sidebar: Retrieve from iOS device, Retrieve from iTunes and Retrieve from iCloud. While the latter two options allow you to recover data from backups you have made via iTunes or iCloud, the first option allows you to scan the memory of your iOS device instead.
In this guide, I will show you how to recover a file directly from the iPhone memory (Retrieve from iOS device). On the screen that you will be shown after selecting this option, you can find the name of the iPhone. Then, press the Scan button and wait for the operation to complete. After that, you can navigate through the different data by category using the left sidebar.
After you find the video to restore, select it by placing 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 will point out some third party software that could be suitable for you to recover a deleted video from iPhone.
- Dr.Fone (Windows/macOS) - is a popular free software compatible with Android and iOS devices. It offers several tools, including the one for the recovery of deleted data. It is paid for, but is available in a free trial version that shows the recoverable files by purchasing the full version.
- FonePaw iPhone Data Recovery (Windows/macOS) - is a mainly paid software for recovery of deleted data. There is a trial version, which only allows you to scan for deleted data.
- PhoneRescue (Windows/macOS) - as with the software I told you about earlier, this one is also paid for, with a free trial version that only allows you to scan data in memory.