Can You Recover Deleted Videos Online?

The article discusses how you can recover deleted video files from online backup servers and online platforms. It also presents you with the best video recovery strategy and software to utilize.

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Jul 15, 2021 • Filed to: Photo/Video/Audio Solutions • Proven solutions

"Okay so I got rid of a video from my Google Drive, and now I want back. I heard it's very possible to restore stuff I delete from online platforms, right? That's great! But how do I do that?"

So many people are not aware that recovering the files they deleted online is quite easy. There's nothing complex about the steps you have to take and you'll see them all before the end of this post. And you can resort to online video recovery because it certainly has its perks!

What's Online Video Recovery?

Online video recovery, in the most basic sense, just means recovering an important video that was deleted via the web.

With the advancement of technology, files can now be stored in online backup servers. Furthermore, algorithms have been built that have made data recovery online possible. There isn't the need to download and install software – all you need is a stable network connection and a web browser.

These video recovery websites are equipped to repair corrupted files, files from a crashed computer, files lost due to virus attacks, overwritten files, formatted hard drives, etc. The online repair process is convenient, swift, efficient, and productive.

Can You Recover Deleted Videos Online?

Yes, you can, and pretty much all file formats can be recovered especially the most common ones. But it can be slow and comes with risks.

What's the Best Video Recovery Strategy?

Your best bet is to use Recoverit Data Recovery software. It is highly recommended because using a data recovery tool installed on a computer eliminates the risk of getting your files corrupted by a virus and your network by malware. This tool can be used to recover deleted or lost files on Windows and Mac.

Guide 1: Recover Videos from Online Backup Servers

Cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Dropbox, and Microsoft One Drive-among others-have made our lives easier. You can back up your device's entire data and restore it on a new device. And users can synchronize all their devices to save work progress and share files. Here is how to recover videos from the two popular cloud storage services.

Google Drive

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Google Offers 15 GB of cloud storage space to every user once you sign up. You can utilize this space to store your Google mails, pictures in Google photos as well as videos, or other files you've backed up to Google Drive; think of it as a hard drive in the cloud.

When you delete a file from Google drive, it automatically goes to the drive's trash folder. The file would stay there for 30-days because Google only keeps deleted files for a specific period. Here is how to recover files from Google Trash.

After the 30-days specified by Google, the file gets deleted from the Trash folder and only a G Suite user can recover the files. But even a G Suite user has only 25-days to recover the file from when it was removed from the Trash folder.

In a situation where you accidentally overwrite a file in Google Drive, you can restore it using one of the Googles Drive built-in features.

Furthermore, if you have installed Backup and Sync on your computer, the program safely backs up your data to Google drive from all the locations you set it to. You can recover your files by simply logging into Backup and Sync, searching for the file, and downloading it.

You can also recover your files using the computer that you usually use to upload files to your Google Drive. However, you will need the help of data recovery software. The software can be used to scan the location of the uploaded file and recover it.


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This is a cloud storage service created by Microsoft and it's the default online storage service for Windows computers. Users log in using the Microsoft account login details. You have thirty days to restore a file when you delete it, otherwise, when OneDrive's automated clearing starts, it gets cleared alongside any file that has been there for a maximum of 30 and a minimum of 3 days.

OneDrive files deleted through the desktop application can be found in the computer's Recycle bin. But it might not be there if you have recently cleared your Windows to recycle bin or the clearing happened automatically due to the overflowing of the recycle bin.

In a scenario where you haven't cleared your Windows Recycle bin, you can recover the deleted OneDrive files from there. On the other hand, if the file has been permanently deleted from Windows recycle bin, you can still recover the file but only with the help of a data recovery tool.

Guide 2: Retrieve Videos from Online Platforms

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Online platforms are streaming sites where you can find videos on pretty much anything. These videos often express an opinion, promote products, etc. On platforms such as YouTube or Vimeo, such videos can be deleted accidentally or for violating the terms and conditions of the streaming website.

For example, when a video reveals some sort of personal information about an individual and puts them at risk, or when a formal complaint is filed, the video is deleted from the platform.

Lastly, when a video contains copyrighted material and an ownership claim is made. The video is deleted for violating copyright law. In a scenario where the online platform is YouTube and the deletion of the video happened accidentally, the video can be recovered in the following ways.

Video Recovery Via Help Support

This option is only accessible if you are in the YouTube Partner Program or your channel has at least 10000 views. If either is the case then you can go ahead and send a mail to YouTube's support team and have them restore your uploaded video. Here is how to reach the help support:

Internet Archive Way Back Machine

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Deleted YouTube videos can be recovered using the Internet Archive Wayback Machine. Here are the steps to follow if you have the URL of the deleted YouTube video.

Step 1: Go to paste the URL and click on Browse History

Step 2: The video upload history comes up where you can find videos with a respective uploaded date.

Step 3: Download the video or upload it once again to your channel.

If you do not have the URL of the deleted YouTube video, you can get it from your YouTube channel even though it is deleted.

Restore from Backup

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Assuming you have a backup of the video on an external drive or via an online backup service or just about anywhere else, all you have to do is locate the backup video and upload it to your YouTube channel. Do this and save yourself unnecessary headaches. Remember, always backup your important video files.

If you don't have a backup of the deleted YouTube video, the video can be recovered from the computer you used to upload the video to YouTube. But you'll need the help of a recovery tool for that. Which is the most recommended on these tools? Recoverit Data Recovery.

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Recoverit Data Recovery is a powerful and user-friendly recovery tool that can recover lost or deleted online backup server files as well as files from an online platform. The software scans the computer used in uploading the files to either the online platforms or the online backup servers and recovers them. Here's a simple way to put it: Even if you delete your files. They are never truly gone as long as you have Recoverit.

Recoverit Data Recovery can recover over 1000 types and formats of files. It recovers files from all sorts of storage devices like Windows recycle bin, Windows hard drive, and external drive. It can even recover files from a crashed computer and is available on both Mac and Windows. Follow these 3 steps to get your videos back.

Step 1: Select a Location

Launch the software and select the location where the file was originally saved before it was uploaded. In other words, select the hard drive the file was priorly in. Next, you simply click on Start to begin the repair process.

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Step 2: Scan the Location

Recoverit automatically starts scanning for the lost or deleted files. As the software gets to work, you'll see a list of the files that were uploaded. The list will keep growing as time progresses. You can tick the checkboxes to the left to sect particular file types or formats, quickening the scanning process.

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Step 3: Preview and Recover

When the scan is completed, the results will be displayed via a new window. Now, look over the list and pinpoint the video or videos you're searching for. Once you find them, you can preview them right there on Recoverit's interface to ascertain if they're indeed the ones you want. Next, you just select and click on Recover to save the video file.

Tip: You should save the recovered video file in a different location from where you lost them or else you risk complicating matters and a failed recovery.

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Workable Online Options to Protect Videos

Videos are believed to be the most consumed content on the internet today. This can both work for you and against you. Hence, you must protect your video content. Below are some insightful and workable options that can help in protecting your videos online.

Use Watermark on Your Videos

You can use watermarks on your video to claim ownership. It can be a logo, your name, or your website's URL.

Prevent Unauthorized Downloads

When you enable 'right-click protection', it hides the videos' source code and blocks the unauthorized download of the video. This disables the 'copy' option on your video either by right-clicking or the combination of these keys – CTRL + C. Thus, it prevents others from copying and using your video as part of their product without your consent.

Block Unwanted Views

You can limit your views to authorized users only, and that limits the risk of deviants accessing and tampering your sensitive data (videos). The video will be password protected and can only be accessed by specific IP's.

Video-Sharing Services

This is an advanced video technique provided by tech companies to secure video content. This security technique prevents anyone from downloading your video.

Closing Words

This article has delved into the many ways you can recover deleted videos online. It is by no means exhaustive, but it still gives you the most important and proven ways you can recover them. If none of the solutions work for you, you can always resort to third-party software to do the deed. What's important is your videos are recovered and working fine, and this article highlights several options for you to do just that.

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