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How to recover deleted videos from your mobile phone

How to recover deleted videos from your phone

Over the weekend you have been at a good concert and you have recorded a lot of videos with your smartphone. Happy by the thing, you then showed the movies made to your friends but in doing so you have deleted some by mistake. Given the situation, you then rushed to the Web looking for some solution to fix it and you ended up here, on my site, hopeful of being able to receive useful tips on what to do.

How do you say? Things are exactly this way and would you like to know if I can actually give you a hand or not to how to recover deleted videos from your phone? Of course, yes, stay calm! If you allow me a few minutes of your precious time I can in fact illustrated the operation of some special computer software and mobile device app specially designed for this purpose. These are tools that do not require special technical skills to be used, are in fact pretty simple and intuitive even for those – a bit ‘like you – do not properly consider a “geek”.

Before entering into the heart of the matter, however, we must make a premise: if the portion of memory on which the videos were stored has not yet been occupied by other data, then the recovery should be actually feasible and would not raise problems. Otherwise, the situation becomes more complicated and there may not be the possibility to restore movies. In any case, as they say, temptation does not harm. So … good reading and good luck!

How to recover deleted videos from your phone – Preliminary attempts

Before explaining which ad hoc tools you can use to try to recover deleted videos from your mobile, let me give you some indications you can try to follow and that could allow you to get back your files without losing too much time and above all without having to download and install absolutely nothing, neither on the phone nor on the computer. Here they are.

How to recover deleted videos from your phone – Android smartphone

How to recover deleted videos from your phone

  • If you have mistakenly deleted a video and use Google Photos as an application for managing photos and movies, you can try to recover your data by accessing the basket of the app where, precisely, the files are held for a maximum period of time equal to 60 days. To view the contents of the Google Photos basket, open the application, step on the icon with the three horizontal lines at the top left and select the item Trash from the sidebar. If among the various files listed you can find the videos that you had deleted, select them and step on the arrow icon to move them back to the mobile gallery.


  • If you have created a backup of your mobile phone using the application provided by the device manufacturer, you can use the device’s restore functions to restore the videos you are interested in. For more information on what to do, I suggest you consult my tutorials on how to connect Android to your PC and how to make an Android backup.


How to recover deleted videos from your phone – iPhone

How to recover deleted videos from your phone

  • Videos (but also photos) deleted from the iPhone are automatically stored in a sort of trash app Photos where they remain for 40 days. If your videos are still archived in this section of iOS you can try to recover them, by opening the Photos app, by tapping on the Album item in the lower right and selecting the album Recently Deleted. In the new screen displayed, if you find the videos you had removed and that you want to restore step on the Select item at the top right, select the thumbnails of the movies to be recovered and stop on the item Recover and then on that Recover video to complete the operation.


  • If you deleted a video that was stored on iCloud Drive, you can try to retrieve it via To succeed, connected to the site with your account, click on your name at the top right and choose the item Settings iCloud from the menu that is shown to you. In the page that will open, click on the link Restore file on the bottom left, locate (if any) the videos you want to recover, select them and then click on the Restore link that is below to complete the procedure.

How to recover deleted videos from your phone – PhotoRec (Windows / Mac / Linux)

How to recover deleted videos from your phone

If your smartphone is equipped with expandable memory, and therefore if the videos you would like to recover were on the SD card possibly placed in the device, you can insert it into your computer and try to restore deleted files via PhotoRec.

This is a program at no cost and open source nature that, in fact, allows you to recover data deleted from various units and devices. It is compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux and with regard to the version for computers based on Microsoft’s operating system (the one I will talk about below) is also quite simple to use.

To download the program on your PC, connected to its official website and click on the Windows connection (if you use a 32-bit system) or on the Windows 64-bit (if you use a 64-bit system). For your knowledge, I inform you that the software is supplied in pairs with TestDisk, a high useful program that allows you to restore lost partitions and make damaged disks bootable again (but as far as possible to recover deleted videos from your phone to you do not care).

When the download is complete, open the obtained ZIP file, extract the contents in any folder of the system and launch the qphotorec_win.exe file. In the window that you will see appear on the desktop, expand the drop-down menu located at the top, select the drive where your microSD resides and click on the primary partition of the card.

Then check the FAT / NTFS / HFS + / ReiferFS and Free entries, click on the Browse button and choose the folder in which to save the videos that PhotoRec will “extrapolate” from your memory card. Also done this, presses the button File formats and choose to recover video files by selecting the type. Then press the Reset button to reset the selection of the predefined file types and check only the entry mov (mov / mp4 / 3gp / 3g2 / jp2).

Finally, click on the OK and Search buttons and wait patiently for the program to do its job. Once the procedure is complete, you will find the movies recovered by PhotoRec in the folder indicated above. It was simple, was not it?

Note: If you have more practicality in terms of PC and smartphone you can use PhotoRec to recover videos (and more) even from smartphones without expandable memory. To do that, all you have to do is create an image of the device’s internal memory, convert it to VHD format and process it in PhotoRec. For more details on this, you can follow the tutorial in English on the website.

How to recover deleted videos from your phone – Dr.Fone (Windows / Mac)

How to recover deleted videos from your phone

Another good program that I suggest you try to be able to recover deleted videos from your 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 preview clearly all contacts, text messages, videos, photos and much more before recovery so as to allow you to restore only what you really need , avoiding unnecessary waste of time. The software is available in a free trial version (the one I suggest you to download if you need to retrieve only a few files on an occasional basis) and a paid version, in a variation specifically for iOS devices and one for Android (but it’s just a convention , the program is actually identical) and can be used on both Windows and Mac.

To serve, connected to the official website of the program, click on the voice Dr Fone for apple iOS that knows n tall if you have an iPhone and you want to recover deleted videos from the latter or on the word Dr.Fone for Android if you have an Android phone and the videos to be recovered are on the latter. Then click twice on the Download button (the second time you have to press on the one that corresponds to the reference computer operating system).

When the download is complete, if you are using Windows launch the executable obtained, click on Run and then OK. Accept then the terms of the license agreement of the program tick the appropriate item and click on Next three times in a row and then press on Fine.

If you know using a Mac, open the package in .dmg format, drag the program icon to the Applications folder through the new window that opened and then start Dr.Fone through the Launchpad, Spotlight or Siri. If you see a warning appear on the screen indicating that the program can not be opened because it comes from an unauthorized developer proceed as follows: go to the MacOS Applications folder, right click on the Dr.Fone icon, select Open from the menu that appears and then confirm your willingness to want to run the application. In this way, you will go around the limitations imposed by Apple on macOS.

Regardless of the operating system in use, once the program window is displayed, click on the Recovery button, press the button on “Recover data from iOS” or “Recover from” on Android based on the device in your possession, connect the phone to the computer via the appropriate cable and then click on the option to retrieve data from the device that is placed sideways.

Then wait for your smartphone to be detected and analyzed by the program and then remove the check from all the boxes select leaving only the one next to the item Application Video and presses Start. If the program can then identify the deleted movies that you want to restore, select the preview and press the button on the bottom to export them to your computer.

How to recover deleted videos from your phone – Undeleter

How to recover deleted videos from your phone

If you have an Android smartphone and want to recover deleted videos without using your computer, you can contact Undeleter, an app dedicated to the purpose in question that allows you to restore movies and various other types of files on mobile devices in a way simple and fast.

The download can be done directly from the Google Play Store and is free but must be taken into account the fact that to unlock the rescue of the recovered files you need to purchase the paid version of the app. Note then that the need for the root to work (if you do not know what I’m talking about my article on how to root on Android to clear your ideas right away).

To use it, download, install and start the application, grant the root permissions by tapping on the Grant button in the middle of the screen and select the Restore files option from the screen that is shown to you. It then indicates the unit to be scanned (the internal storage of the device or the SD card) and selects the Deep Scan option.

Then choose the types of files that you want to recover (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 of your interest appear, press on their thumbnail to view a preview and then select the floppy disk icon at the top right to save them on your phone or one of the supported cloud storage services. As anticipated a few lines more on, to complete the procedure of saving you will then unlock the full version of the app by paying.

How to recover deleted videos from your phone