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How to Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone

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Jul 17, 2024 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

Can I recover permanently deleted videos from my iPhone? Looking for the solution to restore deleted videos from iPhone? In the following guide, we will show how to recover deleted videos from iPhone easily and effectively.

Factors Affecting The Video Recovery From iPhone

Before starting recovering deleted or lost videos from iPhone through the various methods, it's important to understand how these files are stored and deleted in your iPhone. The way iOS system handles file deletion determine which recovery solution you should choose.

When you delete a video from your iPhone, it is not physically removed from the device. Instead, only the logical link that made the video available to the OS and other apps is removed. The files can be recovered from backup or using recovery software. With this concept in mind, the following two factors directly impacts the way of iPhone Video Recovery.

Video Deletion Scenario


Video was deleted within the last 30 days.

Recover the files from iPhone recently deleted album

Video was deleted at an unknown time and it is not in the recently deleted album.

Recover videos from iPhone backup


Recover with an iPhone Video Recovery Software

Video was permanently deleted without backup.

Recover with an iPhone Video Recovery Software

The lost Videos have been transfered to PC/Mac.

Recover using PC/Mac Data Recovery Software

How To Recover Videos From iPhone Recently Deleted Album

  • 1. Open your iPhone's gallery and scroll through the albums. Locate Recently Deleted album at the bottom of the page.
  • 2. Select the video by clicking on it and press Recover found at the bottom right.
  • 3. You can also select multiple files by clicking Select on the upper right of the screen and then selecting the videos to be recovered, and click Recover.
  • 4. You may also select Recover All to restore all deleted media.
  • 5. You will now find all the media restored on the iPhone's gallery.

How To Restore Deleted Videos From iPhone Backup

i. Through the iCloud Backup

Before checking the backup, you must first enable iCloud backup. For new iPhone users, the phone prompts you to set this up before the device can be used.

  • On your iPhone, go to the Settings and then click on your account (your name that appears at the top of the settings page).
  • Select iCloud, then Manage Storage, and then Backups.
  • A list of devices that you have enrolled in the iCloud backup will appear. Select on a specific device to determine the size and date of the latest backup.
  • Go back to the Settings screen, select General> Reset> Erase All Content and Settings.
  • Tap on Restore from iCloud Backup on the Apps & Data page, and then sign in to your iCloud.
  • Select Choose backup and tap the specific backup you want to restore on your iPhone.

ii. Recover Deleted Videos from iTunes

  • Download and install iTunes on any computer if you still don't have it.
  • Launch the iTunes program and plug in your Apple device using the USB port.
  • You will see an icon of your device connected to iTunes. Click on this icon found at the upper left pane.
  • Find Manually Back Up and Restore and then click on Restore Backup on the right-side panel of the window.
  • Note the Latest Backup detail which shows the date and size of the last saved backup by iTunes.
  • The iPhone screen will show a screen that says Restore in Progress. This will also be indicated in the iTunes app, located on the upper-middle portion of the window. This will show a progress bar of the restoration.
  • After the task is done, the device will restart. Wait for it to complete and prompt before removing the device to avoid permanent deletion or loss.

How To Recover Permanently Deleted Videos From iPhone using Dr.Fone iOS Toolkit Without Backup

If your lost videos are not in the Recently Deleted Album and you also don't make a backup copy of them, then try a iPhone video recovery software. Dr.Fone iOS Toolkit is here to help. This powerful data recovery software for iOS can recover deleted videos from your iPhone without any backup files. Here’s how to retrieve permanently deleted videos on iPhone:

Step 1 Download & Install Dr.Fone iOS Toolkit

First, download and install the Dr.Fone - Data Recovery (iOS) onto your computer. Once it’s installed, open the program and select Recover from iOS Device.

Step 2 Connect Your iPhone

Next, connect your iPhone to your computer using the appropriate cable. Once your device is connected, the software will automatically detect it.

Now, select the type of data you wish to recover. In this case, we want to recover deleted videos, so select App Video to scan. Then click the button Start Scan.

connect your iphone and select recover video

Step 3 Scan Your Device

The iOS video recovery software will now begin scanning your device for deleted videos. When the scan is completed, you will be able to preview the videos you want to be recovered.

Step 4 Select Videos & Recover

Select those you want and click the Recover button at the bottom to save them all on your computer with one click.

start recovering your deleted or lost iphone videos

How To Recover Permanently Deleted Videos From Computer

Recovering files for any format from Mac with the assistance of Recoverit is pretty much the same as using the app on a Windows PC. All you need to do is download the recovery tool on your computer or laptop and allow it to scan to recover all the deleted videos from the disk. Recoverit also offers the facility to repair damaged videos after the recovery process. Here are some of the features of the recovery program:

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Wondershare Recoverit - The Best Video Recovery Software

  • Recover deleted or lost videos from computer hard drive, USB flash drive, SD memory card, mobile phone.
  • Recover lost video files due to accidental deletion, formatted card, virus attacked and devices system crashed.
  • Supported Video formats: AVI、MOV、MKV、MP4、M4V、3GP、3G2、WMV、ASF、FLV、SWF、MPG、RMVB、etc.
  • Supported OS: For Windows 11/10/8/7/XP/Vista; For MacOS X 10.10 - MacOS 12 Monterey

Step 1 Select a Device

If you intend to recover data from any external source from your Mac or within the system, all you need to do is launch the program on the system and select the location of the source from the interface.

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With Recoverit, you can choose any folder you want to regain lost videos by merely selecting the path of the folder separately under the "Folder" option.

recover files from mac

Step 2 Scan the Location

The next phase of the operation is allowing Recoverit to scan the entire location(folder or drive), which generally takes a few moments to finish. However, if the deleted data is astronomical, it may take longer to complete the search. You have the ultimate power to stop/pause your recovery scan to check the already recovered items and halt the operation entirely, upon achieving complete satisfaction.

Scan the Location

The new update also allows you to pinpoint or filter the search results to sideline the unneeded files and narrow the selection process to recovered videos.

scan and filter files

Step 3 Preview and Recover Files

After previewing the video files and checking whether they are in full form or not, select the ones that you wish to use again, and hit the "Recover" button. Save them wherever you intend to store and view the videos and close the interface.

Preview and Recover Files

Overview Of Deleted Or Lost Videos On The iPhone

  • 1. Software upgrade failure. Regular iOS updates are pushed to iPhones automatically, but situations like power loss, cable disconnection, or network malfunction may cause the upgrade to fail. This will in turn cause potential data corruption.
  • 2. Hardware malfunction. iPhones subject to water damage, overheating or power surge will suffer from hardware damage, which then gives rise to inaccessible data.
  • 3. Human error. This is the most common cause of video deletion—accidentally removing videos from the gallery due to a mistaken click. Moreover, deleting the backup on iTunes can also cause loss of the data previously stored for safekeeping.
  • 4. Factory reset. A hard reset to the factory settings wipes out all the data stored on the iPhone. The factory reset may cause permanent deletion of data.
  • 5. Stolen iPhone. Losing your phone from theft is frustrating, and so does losing the data stored in it. There is still a way to access these data even without access to the device.

Tips For Keeping Your Video Files Safe

You can follow these simple tips to make sure that your videos are safely stored and secure on your iPhone.


It takes much more struggle to recover video files after you have deleted them, no matter which computer system you are using and that sometimes results in the recovery of corrupted videos. Luckily, Recoverit not only can piece all the scattered fragments of video files during the recovery function but also offers to repair them with its Advanced Repair Feature. So, you should rest at ease that your video files are not gone, even if you have erased them from your Mac if you have Recoverit by your side.

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