Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone

Updated on March 26, 2019

'To free up some space on my iPhone X, I accidentally deleted a family video. I am completely shocked. It was a precious memory. How can I restore the video on my iPhone X?'

Some videos are precious and you want to preserve them forever. But mistakes can happen anytime. Sometimes, in haste, you tend to delete important videos from the device.

This post shares methods to restore missing and deleted videos on iPhone in different loss scenarios.

These methods can be applied to all iPads and iPhones including iPhone XR, XS, X and 8(Plus).

How to Recover Lost Deleted Videos on iPhone

The methods to recover lost videos on iPhone depend on how your videos were stored and what led to their loss.

For instance, if the video is shot with the Camera app, and was deleted recently, the lost video can be restored from the Recently Deleted folder on your iPhone.

Methods to recover deleted videos on iPhone

1Recover from Recently Deleted folder
2Restore with iPhone recovery software
3Recover from iCloud or iTunes Backup
4Re-download from iTunes Store

Method 1: Recover videos from 'Recently Deleted' folder

Works in cases –

  • Deleted videos are taken with the Camera app
  • Videos lost after iOS update

When you accidentally delete a video, it remains in Recently Deleted album for 30 days.

To recover deleted iPhone videos:

  • Open the Photos app and go to the Albums
  • Open the Recently Deleted album and click Select

  • Tap each video that you want to restore
  • Tap Recover and confirm that you want to recover the videos

Method 2: Restore Videos with Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone

Works in cases –

  • Accidentally deleted videos
  • Permanently deleted videos from iPhone
  • Lost videos from water/ liquid damaged iPhone
  • Unable to restore videos from iCloud or iTunes
  • Videos lost after iOS update
  • Stolen iPhone
  • Jailbreak
  • Factory reset
  • Others

The do-it-yourself Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone software thoroughly scans iPhone, iTunes, and iCloud to recover the lost videos shot with iPhone or those shared on your device, like as WhatsApp attachments. The software is completely safe and fast solution to restore lost video files on iPhone.

Unlike iTunes and iCloud backup, it lets you select and restore specific videos from the device, iCloud, and iTunes, preventing unnecessary data recovery.

Along with videos, Stellar iPhone recovery software restores deleted photos, camera roll, music, etc.

Try the Free Demo Version of the software to recover your lost and deleted videos in Mac System or in Windows Desktop/Tablet

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Step-by-step: Recover deleted Videos from iPhone

  • Run Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone on Mac/PC
  • Connect iPhone to computer via USB cable
  • Once Computer detects your iPhone, select recover from iPhone and choose Camera Roll and click "Next".

    • It will show you the iOS devices connected to your system. Select your device and click "Scan"

    • After scanning the device, you will see details of all the recoverable items listed in the left hand side panel.

    • Now select and preview the required videos by clicking corresponding checkbox in front of each item.
    • Click on 'Save' option to save the recovered videos either on computer or iPhone depending on chosen location.

    Method 3: Restore Videos from iCloud/ iTunes backup

    Works in cases –

    • You maintain iCloud /iTunes backup of your videos
    • Accidently deleted videos
    • Lost videos from water/ liquid damaged iPhone
    • Permanently deleted videos from iPhone
    • Damaged iPhone
    • Videos lost after iOS update

    iCloud or iTunes has a copy of your videos. You can easily get back deleted videos from Apple's backup storage. However, along with the videos, this method will also restore other data present in the backup, replacing the existing data on your iPhone. Due to this reason, users mostly prefer Stellar iPhone Data Recovery software which allows to restore just the lost videos (instead of the entire data).

    To restore videos from iCloud:

    • Go to Settings > General > Reset> Erase all Contents and Settings
    • On Apps & Data screen, tap Restore from iCloud Backup
    • Sign in to your iCloud account
    • Choose the last backup and Restore

    How to recover Videos from iCloud by protecting existing iPhone data


    Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone lets you to select and recover only the lost videos from iCloud instead of entire backup. Thus, it doesn’t erase your current data on iPhone.
    Follow the below steps to restore only the lost/deleted videos on iPhone :

    • Download and launch Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone on your computer. Note: You don’t need to connect your iPhone for recovering videos from iCloud backup files.
    • On the software main interface, select Recover from iCloud Backup.


    • Select Camera Roll and click Next.
    • Enter the Apple ID and password.


    • List of all available iCloud backup files appears. Select the relevant backup of your iPhone and click Scan to download the backup files. 
    • On the left pane, click Camera Roll in the iCloud backup files list. Preview the existing and deleted videos. You can also search for a specific video too by typing a keyword in the search box. If your desired video is not in the recovered files list, click Deep Scan. 
    • Click Save. A dialog box appears asking you to save either on your computer or on iPhone. To save the videos on iPhone, make sure the iOS device is connected to the computer.


    To restore Videos from iTunes backup:

    • Connect iPhone to PC/Mac
    • Launch iTunes
    • Select your iPhone under the Device list and choose the recent backup entry date

    • Click Restore Backup

    How to recover Videos from iTunes by protecting the existing iPhone data

    Use Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone. It allows you to select and recover only the lost videos from iTunes and bypass all unnecessary videos. The software also protects your current data on iPhone by not replacing it.
    Follow the below steps to recover only the lost/deleted videos via iTunes: 
    • Download and launch Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone software. Note: You can connect your iPhone to computer, if want to save the recovered videos in the iOS device.
    • On the main screen of Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone, select Recover from iTunes Backup.

      • Select Camera Roll and Photo Stream option. Click Next.
      • The software lists all the iTunes backup files. Select the relevant iTunes backup from which you want to restore videos. 


      • If your iTunes backup is encrypted, a dialog box will open prompting you to enter the password. Enter the password and click OK.
      • On the left window, from the backup files list click Camera Roll and Photo Stream. Preview the existing and deleted videos, and also search for a specific video by typing a keyword in the search box. Click Deep Scan, if your desired video is not in the list. Note: All deleted items are listed in red whereas all others are in black.
      • Click Save. A dialog box appears asking to select the location to save videos. You can save them directly onto your iPhone or computer.

      Method 4: Re-download from iTunes Store

      Works in cases –

      • Deleted videos are those downloaded from iTunes Store

      If you have deleted TV shows, music album, or a movie purchased from iTunes, it can be downloaded again.

      To re-download deleted videos purchased from iTunes on an iPhone:

      • Open the iTunes Store app.
      • On your iPhone, tap More in the menu at the bottom
      • Tap on Purchased icon
      • Select movies, TV shows or music, whichever you want to re-download
      • Tap icon in front of the video name. The video downloads again to your iPhone

      Wrapping Up

      Thankfully, there are recovery methods to restore lost videos such as restoring with iCloud, iTunes, or with the help of an iPhone data recovery software. The software approach works in most of the cases of loss. The iPhone users usually prefer Stellar Data Recovery for iPhone as it is safe, easy to use, and quick to recover exactly those videos that are deleted or lost. The software is also recommended when the deleted videos are not restored from iCloud or iTunes.

     

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