Deleted Phone Video How to Recover

Readers regularly ask how to restore video on the phone, so I wrote this guide. All you need. Recuva program, card reader and phone memory card. Let’s start searching for your files!


Download and install Recuva

Recuva. Free recovery program. I recommend it because it is very easy to learn. The recovery wizard is available in Russian. In addition to video, the program finds dozens of other formats and data types. So, she is able to return music files, documents, pictures. The main thing is that your files are not overwritten by other data. Well, in the most difficult cases, the deep scan option will be useful.

Therefore, the first step. Download the program and install it on your computer.

Important. Install the program NOT on the disk where the files were deleted.

We connect the memory card to the computer via USB

To restore deleted video on Android, you need to read data from a memory card through a card reader (what is it). If you are using a laptop. You’re in luck: it usually already has a built-in card reader. It is also suitable for connecting an sd card.

At the worst, instead of a card reader, you can use an mp3 player (if it has a slot for a memory card) or a phone. The main thing is that the phone’s sd card is displayed in the list of available disks when the device is connected.

Recovery Instructions

For you, I wrote down instructions for recovering deleted videos and mp4 movies. Look, it only takes 2 minutes of your time.

Running Recovery Wizard in Recuva

Recuva Recovery Wizard will be useful for new users, and it greatly simplifies the process.

When the Recovery Wizard window appears, click "Further". You need to select the type of information that you will recover. In our case, this is the item noted in the screenshot.

Deleted Phone Video How to Recover

Recuva Recovery Wizard: Selecting Media to Search

Here are the types of videos included in Recuva search: avi, mov, mpg, mp4, flv, wmv, mpg, mpeg, mpe, mpv, m1v, m4v, ifv, qt.

Choosing data types will save you time. Recuva will skip all other types of media. In principle, you can specify "All files" (for example, if the list above does not include the extension), but this will complicate the recovery process.

In field "Accommodation " select the location of the files, where they were deleted and where we are going to restore them. Mark the option "On the memory card"to scan this particular storage source.

We tell the program where to look for deleted videos

The last step is to enable in-depth analysis. It will significantly increase the chances of recovery. In addition, the sd card scans quickly compared to a capacious hard drive. From experience, searching for deleted videos will take no more than an hour.

Push button "To begin" and wait until Recuva scans the phone’s memory card completely.

Save recovered video files to disk

At the end of the scan of the memory card, the search results are displayed. For clarity, let’s switch to advanced mode.

Filtering recovery results

A color marker is displayed next to the file name in the line:

  • Red. Little chance
  • Yellow. There is a chance of recovery
  • Green. The chances are great

You can identify the desired videos by name. However, this is not always possible (after deletion, the name information may disappear from the file table). Mark the required lines and click "Reestablish". Indicate to the program where to save.

Checking the quality of movie recovery

Once you have saved the movie to your computer. The recovered video needs to be checked: are there any corrupted fragments, is it playing correctly?

In order to make sure that everything is in order with the video, we launch any player and scroll through.

We make sure that the restored video does not contain artifacts

Everything is in order and there are no artifacts, we go to drink tea and celebrate the victory!

The video did not recover, Recuva does not help

Recuva is a great tool that is understandable and accessible to the user. But there is more functional software. I will advise 3 more utilities that can recover deleted video from the phone. If Recuva did not find the deleted clips or saved the damaged clip, use them.

Active File Recovery

Supported formats: 4xm, asf, amv, avi, fli, flc, flv, mxf, mkv, mpg, mts, mpeg, m2v, r3d, rm, rmvb, wmv.

Using Active File Recovery, you can restore deleted video not only on the phone, but also on USB flash drives, external USB drives. Non-Windows file systems are supported. UFS, XFS, Ext2 / Ext3 / Ext4 & BtrFS, which means it is more likely to detect deleted items on the hard drive.

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The Pro version adds support for RAID arrays. It will be interesting to professionals who are engaged in installation and so on.

Finally, Active File Recovery has the LastChance Recovery option when advanced search no longer helps.


The CardRecovery resuscitation program is looking for on removable media: usb flash drives, microsd, etc. Allows you to restore video through a step-by-step wizard.

The following recovery formats are supported: AVI, MPG, MOV, MPEG, MPEG-2, ASF, MP4, 3GP, MTS


DiskDigger program. One of the closest alternatives to Recuva.

Supported recovery types: AVI, FLV, WMV, MOV, M4V, MP4, 3GP, F4V, RM, RMVB, MKV, MPEG, MTS, M2TS, R3D, WEBM

There is an in-depth search and scanning of a given area on the phone’s flash drive. Supports virtual and hard drives, USB-sticks, memory cards, CD / DVD and other media.

Table: supported video formats during recovery

Format / Program3gpasfaviflvm4vmkvmovmp4mpegmpgwmv
Active File Recovery

Frequently asked Questions

Is it possible to somehow restore the video captured on the Android camera, which by default was saved on the sd card?

Unfortunately, you cannot restore the video. In this situation, we can only give a few tips:

  1. Make regular backups of all files on your computer or in the Dropbox / Google Drive cloud.
  2. Just in case, check the contents of the phone’s internal memory through the Android Gallery: suddenly the video is in place.
  3. The only chance to recover data on the phone. Find the stolen flash drive.

I restored all the photos, but the only family videos in the resolution mov did not restore, although I found them.

The program Recover My Files is quite suitable for recovery, but do not dwell on one product. Try Recuva in advanced verification mode. About how to recover. Instruction above. You can use the recovery wizard by selecting the file type "Video" (mov is included in the list of supported extensions).

Also pay attention to the resuscitators Diskdigger, CardRecovery and R Studio Portable.

There was little memory left on the phone. I decided to restart it, due to half of the photos and videos disappeared. How to recover missing files !?

We cannot determine the reason for removing video from the phone. Android can not erase documents without your knowledge, this could be due to a virus or cleaner program.

If the data was stored on the sd card, you can restore it using Recuva or CardRecovery (do not forget to connect the card through the card reader to the PC).

Restoring from internal memory is more difficult: the Undeleter utility is designed for this, it is installed directly on Android (you can download it from Google Play).

Video files were recorded on the action camera. I accidentally pressed the format button. The files were erased. Question: is recovery possible after formatting?

Your main mistake is that after deleting files (as a result of formatting), you wrote data over, and this reduces the likelihood of data being returned. Roughly speaking, the video files that were marked for deletion in the file table were most likely erased by new clips after the free space was completely exhausted.

Nevertheless, you can still try, at least partially, to restore the formatted USB flash drive. If this really saves the situation. To do this, we advise you to read the corresponding article on our website: see how to restore a formatted disk.

Photos and videos were stored in the phone’s internal memory. I go to the gallery. There were only multimedia from the Viber application, and disappeared from the internal memory.

Recovery from sd card and internal memory. These, as they say, are two big differences. The problem is that access to the file system of the phone just doesn’t work.

Viber messenger stores user files in the / viber / media / User photos folder. You need to look for them there. Recovery programs are convenient for finding files on an sd card, but to scan the internal memory you need to create its image. How to do it, read here. After creating the image, you can restore the video on Android in the same way as on the sd card.

I deleted the video from memory, then rebooted my phone. Can I return the files, do I need to install root for this?

Yes, you need to activate root access on the phone, since the video was deleted from the internal memory.

As for applications, DiskDigger (Android version) and Recuva are suitable for recovery. In order for Recuva to “see” the disk in the list of devices and be able to scan it, you need to make a copy of the internal memory. How to do this, I described here.

Is it possible to recover part of the files deleted in the traffic police from the registrar after an accident.

Yes, if the video was recorded on the sd card.

Install any of the programs, connect the memory card to the PC (for this you will need a card reader) and run the scanner.

Keep in mind that files may have been overwritten several times. If you used the recorder after removal, there are not many chances.

Two days ago, I deleted a video on my phone. I go to the basket. Not there. Where can they and how to find them?

By default, there is no Recycle Bin on the phone, as on the desktop. Although, for example, for Android there is a Dumpster application that emulates the Trash.

We will assume that Dumpster was not installed on your phone. In this case, you will be helped:

  • DiskDigger for Android (for recovery from internal memory)
  • Recuva. For recovery from sd card.

Both programs support video and photo formats and are not limited in the free version.

Yesterday the video opened. Then the phone ran out. I moved the flash drive to another phone. She took a few videos, then rearranged. As a result, there are no old videos, nor new ones.

For Android, there are such resuscitation applications as Undeleter or DiskDigger. Both products are easy to download from Google Play. However, note that their functionality may not be enough, plus activated root access is required for their correct operation.

If the video was on the sd card, we recommend that you still find a PC or laptop and restore it with Recuva. This will be more reliable and visual.