How to Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone

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Main Methods to recover deleted videos from iPhone

Why are videos so valuable to us?

Of all your personal iPhone data, videos are perhaps the most precious of all. There’s something about video as a medium that holds great emotional value. Many of us carry around some of our most treasured memories in video form on our iPhones. It might be your baby’s first steps or a special moment with a loved one who has since passed away. Or it could simply be a fantastic moment from a holiday with friends or the highlight of a festival you attended years ago. Whatever your cherished memory is, accidentally deleting these videos can leave iPhone users feeling extremely upset.

However, there ARE recovery options for these videos, which will allow you to recover videos to your iPhone or other iOS device, even if you haven’t backed up your iPhone, using our Enigma Recovery data recovery software. Here’s we’ll take you through the main ways to recover deleted videos from iPhones

There are several approaches for the recovery of your deleted videos from your iPhone or other iOS devices. The method you choose will depend on whether you have backed up your iPhone data and whether you have done so through iCloud or iTunes.

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How to recover deleted videos on iPhone without a backup

If you’ve deleted your videos from your iPhone within the past 30 days, then it’s good news. You can easily recover the videos from your iPhone yourself without the need for a backup file or third-party data recovery software. This is because recently deleted photos and videos are stored in your iPhone’s ‘recently deleted’ folder for a period of 30 days.

If you hit ‘delete’ when viewing a video, that video data is sent to the recently deleted folder in your iPhone’s Photos app. Of course, if you have manually deleted your video data from here, to make space on your iPhone, for example, or more than 30 days has passed since you deleted them, you will need to read on to one of the below methods to recover your lost videos.

To check the videos are still in your ‘recently deleted’ data folder follow the following recovery steps:

  • Tap on the ‘Photos’ app on your iPhone > ‘Albums’ > ‘Recently Deleted’ (if you are using iOS 12 or above, this will be in the section labelled ‘Other Albums’)
  • Tap ‘Select’ > Select the videos that you want to recover > tap ‘Recover’
  • Return to your main ‘Video’ album, and your videos should now be restored to the album. Recovery is now complete.

How to extract deleted videos from iPhone’s ‘Recently Deleted’ folder

There may be times when you want to extract deleted video data from your iPhone’s internal database and save them on your computer. In order to do this you will need the help of Enigma Recovery’s data recovery software. This allows you to share and create a backup file of the

videos on your Mac or Windows device, which will enable you to save, view and back-up the videos so they are not just held on your iPhone. Follow these simple steps:

  • Download Enigma Recovery

    Download the iPhone data recovery program by clicking on any download button on this website. Install and launch the software as soon as you can.

  • Connect your iPhone to your computer

    Use a USB cable to connect your iPhone to your computer. You may need to click the ‘Trust’ option that pops up on your iPhone to proceed.

  • Use the software to locate the videos you would like to extract

    Select the videos that you would like to extract and start the recovery scan. The scan time will depend upon how much data you have on your iPhone. The software will copy videos from the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder to your computer. You can complete this scanning stage with the trial version of the software but to actually extract the videos you will need to sign up to the paid version.

  • View and save the videos

    Once the recovery scan is complete, you will be able to view thumbnails from the iPhone videos extracted by the software. If you are using the full, unlocked version of the software you will be able to save and watch your video data. To save videos to your computer or laptop, use the export option: ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > select location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’ .

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How to recover deleted iPhone videos from an iTunes/Finder backup file

Many of us are aware of the importance of a backup file for our iPhones. Having a safety net is really valuable when you consider the types of data we now carry around on our iPhones and iPads. It’s easy to delete data by accident, or drop your iPhone, smash the screen or lose it altogether.

If you have an iTunes backup you can, of course, overwrite your entire iPhone’s data (or populate a new device) with your iTunes backup file. However, if it’s just a few videos you need to recover, Enigma Recovery’s data recovery tool will help you to locate and recover precise data without performing an entire reset.

Our data recovery software also prevents you having to rely on your latest iPhone backup for all your data, which can lead to further loss of data that might not be included in your most recent backup. Here are our steps to using Enigma Recovery to extract your deleted iPhone videos from your iTunes or Finder backup file. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Download Enigma Recovery software

    Download the Enigma Recovery free trial from this website. The free trial will allow you to view the thumbnails of your retrieved iPhone videos, which will enable you to check that the right data is available to you from your backup.

    Download and open Enigma Recovery to Start Recovering Deleted Videos from iPhone
  2. Select ‘Recover from my iTunes’

    Open the software and select the option, ‘Recover from my iTunes’. This will allow you to extract files saved to your iTunes/Finder backup file.

    Connect your iPhone to start Recovering your videos from a iTunes backup
  3. Select a backup file

    The software will display all the backup files found on your Mac or Windows PC. Select the one you would like to extract data from. Use the date the iPhone backup files were created to guide you.

    Choose itunes backup file
  4. Scan for videos

    Now select the iPhone videos and/or other data you would like to scan your iTunes backup for. The scan will take longer if you select more data types, together with the amount of data in your backup file. We recommend that you just select videos. When you are happy with your selection, proceed to start the scan.

    select video datatype and scan to retrieve your deleted videos
  5. View iPhone videos

    Once the scan has finished, you will be able to view all retrieved videos from your iPhone data backup. Click on the ‘Videos’ tab to see the data that have been retrieved. You will be able to view thumbnails only in the trial version. Unlock the full version of Enigma Recovery to save and watch your videos.

    see your recovered iphone videos
  6. Save iPhone videos

    You can save all retrieved videos in a location of your choice by using the export option: ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location in ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

    export your recovered iphone videos

How to recover lost videos through iCloud photos

Many iPhone users store their photos and their videos in iCloud Photos. This app securely stores your photo and video data in iCloud so that they can be easily accessed on all your iOS devices. Sometimes, you may find that videos from your iCloud backup are lost on certain iOS devices, such as your iPhone or iPad. Here are the steps you can follow to get the lost videos back onto your device.

  • Open your iCloud Photos app

    Grab the iOS device where the videos have been lost, tap ‘Settings’ > [Your Name] > iCloud and tap ‘Photos’

  • Turn on iPhone Photos (the toggle should be green)

    Ensure that you are connected to Wi-Fi and wait a few minutes

  • Check for your lost videos

    Check your Photos album – your videos should now be showing across all your iOS devices


Is it possible to delete videos from my iPhone permanently?

Those looking for data recovery solutions often wonder if they have actually permanently deleted their videos from their iPhones. If you accidentally delete a video, it will initially be placed in the ‘Recently Deleted’ file in your iPhone Photos app. Here, it will remain for 30-40 days or until it is manually removed, which is great news for anyone who wants to recover iPhone photo and video data they have deleted by mistake.

Once it has left this file, it has been permanently deleted from your iPhone. However, using Enigma Recovery data recovery software, you may be able to locate the video in a past iTunes backup file and recover it to your computer or your iOS device.

What’s the best option for backups?

iTunes and iCloud both have their advantages. iCloud backups of photos and videos will happen automatically whenever your iPhone is plugged in and connected to WiFi, providing you have toggled the ‘iCloud Photo Library’ option in Settings. iTunes backups offer further insurance against lost videos and photos, which can be reassuring if your photos and videos are particularly valuable to you. You should always be able to easily recover iPhone photos or videos deleted less than 30 days ago.

However, neither option guarantees that all your data will be backed-up, as any videos taken since your iPhone was last backed-up could be unavailable on your backup file

Can I get my lost videos back without paying for the full version of Enigma Recovery

This all depends on whether you need the software for your lost iPhone video recovery. Check the methods above to find out whether you need to use our data recovery tool. If you do, you will be able to view thumbnails of the available videos through the free trial. However, in order to recover iPhone videos from your backup file to your computer or iPhone, you will need to download the full paid-for version.

How long do deleted videos stay in the Recently Deleted iPhone folder?

Any photos or videos you have deleted from your iPhone through your iCloud Photos app remain in the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder for around 30 days. It is, therefore, always a good idea to act quickly with your recovery to get the videos back to your iPhone as painlessly as possible.


Victor Hernandez, Marketing Manager helps new and old customers to get the most out of our products. His interest in emerging tech trends have made him a trend seeker when it comes to mobile and recovery solutions