How to Recover Deleted Videos from Your Phone?

How to Recover Deleted Videos from Phone: Full Solutions for Android and iPhone

Learn how to recover deleted videos from phone in this detailed guide. Different solutions to recover deleted videos from Android phone and iPhone are included.

Wondershare Recoverit Authors

Dec 21, 2020 • Filed to: Phone Solution • Proven solutions


"Can I recover deleted videos from my phone? I accidentally deleted some videos and now I can't do phone video recovery on my S9!"

As a friend of mine recently texted me this query, I realized that a lot of people also undergo a similar situation. It doesn't matter if own an Android or iPhone, you might end up losing your videos too. Since they can be quite important, you should take immediate measures to restore deleted videos from the phone. The good news is that there are different ways to do mobile video recovery. In this guide, I will teach you how to recover deleted videos from phones in different ways for both Android and iPhone.


Part 1: Possible Reasons for Video Loss from Mobile Phones

It has been noticed that there could be all kinds of reasons for causing the loss of videos on smartphones. Before we learn how to recover deleted videos from phone memory, let's uncover some of these reasons. This will also help you prevent the loss of your data in the future.

  • You could have accidentally deleted your videos or formatted the device/SD card by mistake.
  • The internal memory of the phone or its SD card might get corrupt or compromised.
  • A third-party app could have corrupted your videos or made them unavailable.
  • A malware or virus attack on the device can be another reason for its data loss.
  • The device can also be physically or water damaged, wiping its data.
  • While troubleshooting an issue on your phone, you could have formatted it.
  • The video can also be lost if you restarted or switched off your phone in between when the video was still playing in the background.
  • If you have upgraded your device to a beta or unstable firmware release, then it can cause problems like these.
  • Sometimes, users end up losing their data while rooting or jailbreaking their devices.

Chances are that you might encounter any other scenario as well, leading to the loss or unavailability of your videos on your Android/iPhone.

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Videos from Android Phone

It is noticed that Android users experience data loss on their devices more often than iOS users. While the situation might be undesirable, you need to take some immediate action to perform phone video recovery. I would suggest following these suggestions to recover deleted videos from your phone.

Method 1: Use Recoverit Video Recovery

Developed by Wondershare, Recoverit is one of the most popular and trusted data recovery apps out there. It can also help you get back your lost, deleted, or inaccessible videos under every possible scenario. Though, you should note that it performs video recovery on an SD card and not the phone memory. Therefore, if your phone does not have an SD card, then you should look for another option.

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Since Recoverit features an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, you don't need any prior technical experience for it. It can recover videos in every popular format like MPEG, MP4, FLV, AVI, MOV, and so on. Apart from all kinds of SD cards, it also supports USB drives, hard disks, camcorders, drones, digital cameras, and other external sources. To learn how to recover deleted videos from phone's SD card using Recoverit, follow these steps:

Step 1: Attach your SD card to the system

First things first – turn off your Android device and carefully unmount your SD card from it. Now, connect the SD card to your computer and launch the Recoverit Data Recovery application on it. Go to the "External Devices" section on its home and select the connected SD card.


Step 2: Scan the SD card

After selecting your SD card from the available sources, click on the "Start" button. This will initiate the video recovery process as Recoverit would dig out all kinds of lost or unavailable content from the SD card. If you think you have got the needed results already, then you can just halt the scanning in between.


Step 3: Save your videos

When the scanning is completed, the extracted content would be displayed on the native interface. You can switch between different categories from the left panel and preview your videos as well. Just select the videos you wish to get back and click on the "Recover" button to save them. Make sure you save them to any other trusted location instead of your SD card.


Method 2: Recover Videos from Google Drive

If you use an Android device, then you must be familiar with Google Drive as well. It is a dedicated cloud-based service of Google that provides a free space of 15 GB to its users. Therefore, a lot of Android users prefer taking a backup of their photos and videos on the drive. If you have also saved your videos on Drive, then you can get them back pretty easily. Needless to say, the solution will only work if you have already taken a backup of your videos. To learn how to recover deleted videos from mobile, just follow this drill:

Step 1. Unlock your Android device and launch the Google Drive app on it.

Step 2. From here, browse to the location where the saved video is stored. You can view the video if you wish to.

Step 3. Now, tap on the "more" option (the three-dot icon) and choose to download the video on your phone memory.

Step 4. Alternatively, you can also get the "Send Copy" option as well. Just tap on it and send a copy of the video to your phone memory instead.


Part 3: How to Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone

Not just Android, even iPhone users also experience an unexpected loss of their videos. You can also learn how to recover deleted videos from iPhone by following these suggestions.

Method 1: Restore from the "Recently Deleted" Items

By default, all the latest iOS devices include a "Recently Deleted" folder in the Photos app. Whenever we delete any photo or video from the iPhone, it isn't erased right away. Instead, it is moved to the Recently Deleted folder where it stays for the next 30 days. Therefore, if the duration of 30 days has not been passed, then you can go to the Recently Deleted folder to restore your videos. To learn how to recover deleted videos from phone memory, follow these simple instructions.

Step 1. To start with, unlock your iPhone and go to its Photos > Albums.

Step 2. Now, you can view all kinds of albums on your iPhone. Tap on the "Recently Deleted" folder from here.

Step 3. This will display a list of all the photos and videos that were deleted from your iPhone recently. Simply select the videos you wish to get back and tap on the "Recover" button.

Step 4. Confirm your choice by tapping on the Recover button again. This will restore your videos to your iPhone memory.


Method 2: Restore from iCloud Backup

To make it easier for iPhone users to manage and store their data, Apple lets us link our device with an iCloud account. Though, unlike Google Drive, iCloud users only get 5 GB of data for free (which can later be upgraded). Please note that you would be able to recover deleted videos from phone memory if an iCloud backup exists beforehand. If your videos are not saved on the backup, then this will not meet your requirements. To learn how to get deleted videos from the phone back, follow these steps:

Step 1. Make sure that the iCloud backup option is enabled on the phone. You can go to your device's iCloud settings and turn on the backup option. To save videos, the option for the iCloud Photo Library should be enabled.



Step 2. The option to restore an iCloud backup would only be available while setting up a new device. If you are already using it, then go to your iPhone's Settings > General > Reset and Erase all Settings and Saved Content.

Step 3. This will factory reset your device and would restart it. Now, set up a new phone and choose to restore it from an iCloud backup.

Step 4. Furthermore, log-in to your iCloud account where the existing backup is stored. This will display a list of the available backup files with their details. Just select a backup file, maintain a stable internet connection, and your data would be restored.


Method 3: Restore from iTunes Backup

Just like iCloud, we can also restore data from an existing iTunes backup as well. Though, you should know that while your iTunes backup data would be restored, it will also erase the existing content on your device. Also, there should be an existing backup of your iPhone saved on iTunes. You can learn how to recover deleted videos from mobile via iTunes backup in the following way.

Step 1. Using a lightning cable, connect your iPhone to the system and launch an updated version of iTunes on it.

Step 2. Select your iPhone from the Devices section and go to its Summary tab.

Step 3. Under the Backups option, you can view different features to backup and restore your data. To get back your videos, click on the "Restore Backup" button.


Step 4. A pop-up window will open, letting you select the backup file from the dropdown option. In the end, just confirm your choice by clicking on the "Restore" button again.


Part 4: Tips to Avoid Unexpected Video Loss

If you don't want to suffer from an unexpected loss of your important files like videos, photos, or documents, then consider following these suggestions.

  • Always maintain a dedicated backup of your important data. You can keep a second copy of your files on another source or just save them over the cloud.
  • Don't connect your phone to public WiFi networks or public computers that can infect your device.
  • Maintain a dedicated SD card only for your phone. Avoid using the same SD card with other devices.
  • Make sure that you only use video editor and third-party apps from a reputed source.
  • Don't click on unreliable links or visit new websites on your device. They can be a source of malware and infect your device.
  • Avoid cramming your device with too much data and make sure that its storage stays at least 20% free all the time.

I'm sure that after following this guide on how to recover deleted videos from the phone, you would certainly be able to get back your lost data. While iPhone users can try to restore their iCloud or iTunes backup, Android users can simply use Recoverit Data Recovery. A dedicated phone video recovery tool, it is known for its high results and supports numerous data loss scenarios. Also, it is available for free so that you can try the tool yourself without spending a single penny.

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