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How to recover deleted videos on iPhone with/ without backup - 4 ways

Blake Sullivan Updated on Apr 15, 2022 5:18 PM

If you've deleted a video shot with the Camera in iPhone by accident, and are wondering where it went, worry not. There's still around. Depending on the sources of that video clip, there are multiple ways you can try to restore video on iPhone with minimal effort.

Mostly, the videos you accidentally deleted or lost on iPhone can be found and recovered in one of these places: Recently Deleted album in Photos app, iCloud or iTunes backup, iPhone's internal memory and iTunes Store. Here're what you can do to get back iPhone videos.

Restore Videos from Recently Deleted Album on iPhone

Let's start with the simplest situation. Provided that your videos were personally captured using the iPhone built-in Camera app, then you can go to check the "Recently Deleted" Album within Photos app after you manually deleted a video or a couple of videos.

You're allowed to get deleted videos restored within 30 days, after which the automatic removal process should begin. To restore recently deleted videos on an iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Open Photos app on the iPhone.
  • Go to Album tab.
  • Scroll down to tap "Recently Deleted" Album.
  • Tap Select option in the upper right corner, then choose the video(s) that you want to restore.
  • Tap Recover.

The deleted videos will restore to Camera Roll on iPhone.

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If you're using iCloud Photo Library, it may also be possible to restore the deleted videos from Recently Deleted folder in icloud.com, and thus you can get the videos back to iPhone as well.

Retrieve iPhone Videos from an iCloud & iTunes backup

Assuming you made iPhone backup via iCloud or iTunes regularly, there's a good chance the videos deleted from iPhone are part of that backup. If this is the case, you're able to retrieve permanently deleted videos by restoring iPhone from the backup. Just note, doing this could end up overwriting portions of storage where the data was added after that backup was performed. Steps on restoring a backup can be found here: Restore your iPhone from a backup.

Option 1: Restore deleted videos from an iCloud backup

  • In iPhone, navigate to Settings, and tap General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  • Once iPhone restarts, set it up according to the on-screen prompts.
  • When arrive at App & Data screen, select Restore from iCloud Backup.
  • Sign into iCloud account with Apple ID.
  • Choose the most relevant backup that contains the videos you want.

Wait for the process to complete. Your videos lost from iPhone are restored.

Option 2: Recover deleted videos: restoring from an iTunes backup

  • Launch iTunes on your computer. For Mac with 10.15 or above, open Finder.
  • Connect the iPhone to computer, and click the device icon on the top left corner.
  • In Summary tab, click "Restore Backup...".
  • Choose a backup, and click Restore.

It will take a few minutes to restore backup from iTunes. Once done, your videos will get back to iPhone along with other contents in that backup.

Recover iPhone Videos with Third-party Tool

Still nothing? Give a shot at using iOS Data Recovery here. When you delete a video on iPhone's file system, it doesn't disappear in an instant. Instead, until enough new data is added to fill that location, the video will remain on the device.

It makes recovering videos from iPhone memory easy and quick—you just run the program, scan the device storage, find the deleted videos, and you're ready to recover them. You can even apply a filter to display just the Deleted Videos. It also support retrieving other staff like text messages, contacts, photos and whatever deleted from iPhone internal storage.

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The guide below will walk you through the whole process of retrieving videos files from iPhone memory. Don't worry, it's quite simple.

Step 1: Choose iPhone recovery mode

After you download this iPhone video recovery software, installing it on your computer. Launch the program, you'll be greeted with an easy-to-understand interface as shown below.

Since we're going to recover videos files from iPhone memory, choose "Recover from iOS Device" mode to proceed.

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Step 2: Select video file type to search for deleted videos

Plug the iPhone to computer and when it's detected, click Start Scan button and then select what types of files you'd like to scan for recovery.

Depending on where your deleted videos stored previously, choose "Camera Roll", or "App Videos", or even "Photo Stream" and "Photo Library", then click Scan button to proceed.

Step 3: Preview videos

When the scanning process is done, you will get into the screen like this. Click on specific category from the left list, this will display all found videos on the right pane.

To easily find the videos you need, you can set in the "Show by" field to Videos on top, then preview the video files one by one. It's a very slick filtering feature.

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Step 4: Recovering deleted videos on iPhone

Next, check the small box next to videos you want to retrieve, click Recover button and copy them to anywhere on your computer. As you can see in the screenshot, the recovered videos will be saved to Desktop.

Ah, the videos you've accidentally deleted from the iPhone are recovered in an effortless attempt. You'll transfer the videos back to iPhone, right? Try this:

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Or, try to use iTunes alternatives to add videos onto iPhone:

How to Transfer Movies to iPhone without iTunes

Re-download iTunes Purchased Video to iPhone

Instead, if the videos such as movies, TV shows, music videos deleted off an iPhone were downloaded iTunes purchases, you might be able to restore video on iPhone by re-downloading it from iTunes Store.

  • Run iTunes Store app on iPhone.
  • Tap More > Purchased on the bottom of the screen.
  • Tap videos you want to redownload from the selection list (Movies or TV shows)
  • Tap "Not on This [device]".
  • Find the film or TV show you want to recover, and tap on it.
  • Tap the iCloud download icon to re-download it to iPhone.

The downloaded videos will be saved to Videos app or TV app (available in certain countries and regions). Read for more to Redownload Movies, TV Shows from iTunes Store to iPhone in order to restore lost video files. For recovering non-purchased vides on iPhone, please try Option 1-3 above.

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