Over the weekend you went to a great concert and recorded a lot of videos with your smartphone. Happy with that, you then showed the videos you made to your friends but in doing so you deleted some of them by mistake. Given the situation, you rushed to the Web in search of some solution to fix it and ended up here, on my site, hoping to get some useful tips on what to do.
I beg your pardon? That's exactly how it is and you'd like to know whether or not I can actually help you recover deleted videos from your phone? Of course you can, don't worry! If you give me a few minutes of your precious time I can in fact illustrate how it works by giving you some special computer software and apps for mobile devices specifically designed for this purpose. These are tools that do not need any particular technical skills to be used, so they are quite simple and intuitive even for those who - a bit like you - do not really consider themselves a "geek".
Before getting to the heart of the matter though, you should make a premise: if the portion of memory on which the videos were stored has not yet been occupied by other data then recovery should actually be feasible and no problems would arise. Otherwise, the situation gets more complicated and there may not be a chance to restore the footage. Anyway, as they say, trying doesn't hurt. So... good reading and good luck!
Before explaining which ad hoc tools you can use to try to recover deleted videos from your mobile phone, let me give you a few pointers that you can try to follow and that could allow you to get your files back without wasting too much time and above all without having to download and install anything, neither on your phone nor on your computer. Here they are.
- If you have mistakenly deleted a video and use Google Photo as a photo and movie management application, you can try to recover your data by accessing the recycle bin of the app where files are stored for up to 60 days. To view the contents of the Google Photo Recycle Bin, open the app, step on the icon with the three lines horizontally in the top left corner and select Recycle Bin from the sidebar. If among the various files listed you can find the videos you have deleted, select them and step on the icon with the arrow to move them back to the mobile phone gallery.
- If you have created a backup of your mobile phone using the application provided by the manufacturer of the device, you can use its restore features to restore the videos you are interested in. For more information on what to do.
- Deleted videos (but also photos) from your iPhone are automatically stored in a kind of recycle bin in the Photos app where they stay for 40 days. If your videos are still stored in this section of iOS, you can try to retrieve them by opening the Photos app, tapping the Albums tab at the bottom right and selecting the Recently Deleted album. On the new screen that appears, if you locate the videos that you have removed and want to restore your deleted videos by tapping on the Select item in the top right corner, select the thumbnails of the videos you want to recover and then tap on the Recover Video item to complete the task.
- If you deleted a video that was stored on iCloud Drive, you can try to retrieve it via iCloud.com. To do so, connect to the site with your account, click on your name at the top right and choose iCloud Settings from the menu that appears. On the page that will open, click the Restore Files link at the bottom left, locate (if any) the videos you want to recover, select them and then click the Restore link at the bottom to finish the process.
If your smartphone is equipped with expandable memory, so if the videos you want to recover were on the SD card you may have placed on the device, you can insert it into your computer and try to restore the deleted files via PhotoRec.
It is a zero-cost, open source program that allows you to recover deleted data from various drives and devices. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux and as far as the computer version based on Microsoft's home operating system (the one I will tell you about below) is also quite easy to use.
To download the program to your PC, go to its official website and click on the Windows link (if you use a 32-bit system) or the Windows 64-bit link (if you use a 64-bit system). For your information, I inform you that the software comes paired with TestDisk, a highly useful program that allows you to restore lost partitions and make damaged disks bootable again (but as far as the possibility of recovering deleted videos from your mobile phone does not interest you).
Once the download is complete, open the resulting ZIP file, extract the content to any folder on your system and start the qphotorec_win.exe file. In the window you will see on your desktop, expand the drop-down menu at the top, select the drive where your microSD resides and click on the primary partition of the card.
Then tick next to FAT/NTFS/HFS+/ReiferFS and Free, click the Browse button and choose the folder where you want to save the videos that PhotoRec will "extract" from your memory card. Once this is done, press the File formats button and choose to recover the video files by selecting their type. Then press on the Reset button to reset the selection of default file types and tick only the mov item (mov/mp4/3gp/3g2/jp2).
To finish, click the OK and Search buttons and wait patiently for the program to do its job. When the procedure is finished, you will find the footage recovered from PhotoRec in the folder shown above. It was easy, wasn't it?
Note: If you have more convenience for PCs and smartphones, you can use PhotoRec to recover videos (and more) from smartphones without expandable memory. To do this, all you need to do is to create a picture of the internal memory of your device, convert it to VHD format and process it into PhotoRec. For more details, you can follow the English tutorial on XDA website.
Another good program that I recommend you try to recover deleted videos from your mobile phone is Dr.Fone, a powerful software for restoring data on Android and iOS devices that have been accidentally removed. In short... just what you need.
Its operation is very simple and intuitive and allows you to clearly preview all your contacts, text messages, videos, photos and more before recovery so that you can restore only what you really need and avoid wasting time. The software is available in a free trial version (the one I suggest you download if you only need to recover a few files occasionally) and a paid version, in a specific variant for iOS device and one for Android (but it's just a convention, actually the program is identical) and can be used on both Windows and Mac.
To serve you, connect to the official website of the program, click on the entry Dr Fone for apple iOS that knows n high if you have an iPhone and you want to recover deleted videos from it or on the entry Dr.Fone for Android if you have an Android phone and the videos to recover are on the latter. Then click twice in a row on the Download button (the second time you have to click on the one you find in the operating system for your computer).
When the download is complete, if you are using Windows, start the obtained executable, click Run and then click OK. Then accept the terms of the program's license agreement by checking the appropriate box and clicking Next three times in a row, then click Finish.
If you know using a Mac, open the package in .dmg format, drag the program icon into the Applications folder via the new window that opened and then start Dr.Fone via Launchpad, Spotlight or Siri. If you see a warning on screen indicating that the program cannot be opened because it comes from an unauthorized developer, proceed as follows: go to the Applications folder of MacOS, right-click on the Dr.Fone icon, select Open from the menu that appears and then confirm that you want to run the application. This will circumvent Apple's limitations on macOS.
Regardless of the operating system you are using, once the program window appears, click the Recover button, then press the Recover from iOS button or the Recover from Android button depending on the device you have, connect your mobile phone to the computer using the appropriate cable and then click the option to recover data from the device that is placed on the side.
Wait until your smartphone is detected and analyzed by the program, then remove the checkmark from all the checkboxes, leaving only the one next to the Application Video item and press Start. If the program can then locate the deleted movies you want to restore, select their preview and press the button at the bottom to export them to your computer.
If you own an Android smartphone and want to recover deleted videos from it without using your computer, you can use Undeleter, an app for that purpose that allows you to restore movies and other files on mobile devices quickly and easily.
The download can be done directly from Google Play Store and it's free but you have to take into account that to unlock the saving of recovered files you need to buy the paid version of the app. Also note that you need the root to work (if you don't know what I'm talking about read my article on how to root on Android to clear your head right away).
To use it, download, install and launch the application, give it root permissions by tapping the Grant button in the middle of the screen and select the Restore files option from the screen shown. Then indicate the drive to be scanned (the device's internal storage or SD card) and select the Deep Scan option.
Then choose the file types you are interested in recovering (MP4, AVI and/or MKV), step on Scan and wait for the app to examine the device and complete the scan. When you see the videos you are interested in, press on their thumbnail to preview them and then select the floppy disk icon at the top right to save them to your mobile phone or one of the supported cloud storage services. As mentioned a few lines above, to complete the saving procedure you will need to unlock the full version of the app by paying.