How to Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone

Lost or deleted videos? Keep reading to find out how to recover deleted videos from your iPhone with or without a backup

Compatibility: iOS 13 – 6 | iPhone SE / 11, 11 Pro, 11 Pro Max / XS, XS Max / XR / X / 8, 8 Plus / iPhone 7, 7 Plus / 6s, 6s Plus / 6, 6 Plus / 5C, 5s / 5 / 4s / 4 / 3GS / 3, iPad, iPod Touch

iPhone videos can capture the most precious memories. Baby’s first steps, epic holidays, concerts, and fun times with friends. If you have deleted videos from your iPhone by accident or purposefully to free up space, there are three potential methods you can use to get them back. Read on to see how you can recover deleted iPhone videos. We will also guide you on the steps you should take if you have multiple iOS devices, and your videos have disappeared or are not showing on one device.

Method 1: Recover Deleted Videos on iPhone Without a Backup

If you do not have an iTunes or iCloud backup file available and have recently deleted videos, then this first method is a good option to recover your deleted data; all you need is your iPhone. Similarly, to photos, when they are initially deleted, iPhone videos are sent to the ‘Recently Deleted’ album in the Photos app on your device. Here, they are stored for up to 30 days, or until they are manually deleted – whichever comes first.

If you have deleted videos in the last 30 days, then keep reading to find out how you can restore the files to your main Photos and Videos albums, before the 30-day window ends. If you have already checked the Recently Deleted folder to find it doesn’t have the videos you need, or you have manually removed the videos from your Recently Deleted folder, then skip ahead to the remaining tutorials.

  1. 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’)
  2. In the Recently Deleted album, preview the videos displayed in the folder, checking to see if the videos you need are still available
  3. Tap Select > Select the videos that you want to recover > Tap Recover
  4. Return to your Main Video album, and your videos should now be restored to the album

Method 2: Recover Deleted Videos from an iTunes Backup File

We will now move on to the methods of recovery that require a backup of your device. When you back up your iPhone to iTunes or Finder, your videos will be included. If you have a backup file available through this platform, created before the videos you need to recover were lost, then you can restore the backup to your phone. However, it is important to note that this will overwrite your device and replace the data and settings with that of the backup file. If time has passed between your last iTunes backup and the device restoration, then you stand to lose all the data that you have since added to your device.

If you want to eliminate the risk of losing additional data or overwriting anything important, then you can use iOS data recovery software to extract your deleted videos directly from your iTunes/Finder backups, including video attachments from WhatsApp, Text Messages and iMessages. Use our simple guide below to extract videos from an iTunes backup:

Step 1 – Download Enigma Recovery software

Grab your laptop or computer and download the Enigma Recovery free trial from this website. The free trial will allow you to view the thumbnails of your retrieved iPhone videos. .

Download and open Enigma Recovery

Step 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.

Recover from iTunes backup

Step 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 created information to help you decide.

Choose itunes backup file

Step 4 – Scan for videos

Now select the data types you would like to scan your iTunes backup for. The scan time will depend on how many data types you select, and how much data is 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

Step 5 – View iPhone videos

Once the scan has finished, you will be able to view all retrieved files from your iPhone backup. Click on the Videos tab to see the videos 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 recovered iphone videos

Step 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 recovered iphone videos

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Method 3: Extract Deleted Videos from Recently Deleted Folder

If you need to extract your deleted videos from the Recently Deleted folder and transfer them to your Mac or Windows computer, perhaps to back up or share, you can use our Enigma Recovery software to do so.

  1. 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.

  2. Connect iPhone to computer

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

  3. Select Videos

    Select the data type(s) you would like to retrieve from the iPhone (in this case, videos) and start the scan. The scan time will depend upon how much data you have on your phone. The software will copy videos from the ‘Recently deleted’ folder to your computer.

  4. View and save videos

    Once the scan is complete, you will be able to view thumbnails from the 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 videos. To save videos to your computer or laptop, use the export option: ‘Export & Restore’ > ‘Export to desktop’ > Select location ‘Browse’ > ‘Export’.

Method 4: Recover Missing Videos through iCloud Photos

Our final tutorial is for users who are using iCloud Photos but cannot see some or all the videos from the iCloud account on one of their iOS devices. iCloud Photos is a useful service that securely stores your photos and videos in iCloud so that they can be easily accessed on all your iOS devices. If you have taken a video on one of your devices, but it has been lost on another device, then keep reading to find out how to get these videos back on all your iOS devices.

  1. On the iOS device where the videos have been lost, tap ‘Settings’ > [Your Name] > iCloud
  2. Tap ‘Photos’
  3. Turn on iPhone Photos (the toggle should be green)
  4. Ensure that you are connected to Wi-Fi and wait a few minutes
  5. Check your Photos album – your videos should now be showing across all your iOS devices


What iOS versions is Enigma Recovery compatible with?

Our software is compatible with iOS versions 13-6, and all iPhone models. You can find out more about our compatibility requirements here.

How can I backup my iPhone videos?

This is a great question – we recommend that you create regular backups of your important data, including videos. You can back up your iPhone using iTunes or iCloud. To back up and easily manage your videos, we recommend you use Enigma Recovery software to retrieve videos from your phone and save them on your computer.

Can I recover deleted photos from my iPhone?

Photos and videos recovery requests often go hand in hand for our users. It is possible to recover deleted photos from your iPhone using Enigma Recovery. Find out more here.


Shaazia has been part of the Enigma Marketing Team since 2013 when we sold our first software license. She writes blogs and 'How to' articles for the website, and is passionate about helping users recover and manage their data.


  • Steve at 8:51 am

    The software able to recover deleted photos / video after IOS updated?

    • Hello Steve,

      Thanks for your message. Yes, the software is able to recover deleted photos/videos from your backup file after you have updated the iOS version on your phone. If the photos/videos are deleted recently, then these can be recovered directly from the ‘Recently Deleted’ folder on your device.


  • Jay at 6:30 pm

    I lost my iphone and I bought a new one.
    I want to know if it’s possible to recover some videos from my lost iphone to the new one knowing that I didn’t find the lost iphone.

    • Hello Jay,

      Thanks for your message. As you no longer have the phone in your possession, the best way to recover your videos would be via an iTunes backup file or an iCloud backup file if you have either of these available.

      Alternatively, if you were using the ‘iCloud Photos’ functionality, you may be able to recover your deleted videos either from another iOS device or from your computer. To find out more about this, click here, to visit Apple’s website directly.

      Hope that helps!


  • Miko Sulek at 1:01 pm

    can i recover a video if i have completely deleted it from my iphone?

    • Shaazia at 4:29 pm

      Hello Miko,

      Thanks for your message. If you have deleted a video from your iPhone and it is not in your ‘Recently Deleted’ folder, then it is possible to recover the video from an iTunes Backup File, if you have one available from before you deleted the video.

      Hope this helps!


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