Have you accidentally deleted an important video from your Android phone and need to get it back? Don’t panic – it is often possible to recover deleted videos on Android phones. In this guide, I will outline two methods you can use to restore deleted videos on your Android device.
What Happens When You Delete a Video on Android
When you delete a video on your Android phone, it is not immediately erased from your device’s storage. Instead, it is simply marked as deleted and removed from your phone’s gallery. The actual video file remains on your device’s internal storage until it is overwritten by new data. This means there is a window of opportunity where you can recover deleted videos before they are lost forever.
The key is to act quickly and not take any actions that could overwrite the deleted video files. As soon as you realize a video is deleted, stop capturing new photos/videos and avoid downloading apps or files. The more you use your phone as normal, the higher chance of deleted videos being overwritten.
Method 1: Restore Deleted Videos from Trash/Recyle Bin
Most Android phones have a trash, recycle bin, or ‘recently deleted’ folder where deleted media is stored temporarily. On Samsung phones this is called the ‘Recycle Bin’, on LG phones it’s the ‘Trash Bin’, while on Google Pixel phones it’s simply called ‘Recently deleted’.
The deleted videos remain in these folders for around 30 days, after which they are permanently erased. So if you notice a video is missing within this time period, you can restore it easily:
- Open your Android’s Gallery app
- Locate the Trash, Recycle Bin, or Recently Deleted folder – it’s usually in the ‘Albums’ tab or Menu
- Browse the contents and locate the video you want to restore
- Tap to select the video, then tap ‘Restore’ or ‘Recover’ to move it back to your camera roll
This allows you to quickly recover deleted videos on Android as long as they are still in the trash folder and have not been permanently erased.
Method 2: Use Data Recovery Software
If the video you need has been deleted for over 30 days, or you emptied your Android’s trash folder, then it will have been permanently erased from your device’s storage.
In this case, you will need to use dedicated third-party software to scan your phone’s storage and extract the deleted video files. There are many data recovery apps available, both free and paid – here are some of the best:
DiskDigger – Free photo and video recovery app for Android. Easy to use with no root required.
DigDeep Image Recovery – Freemium photo recovery capable of finding lost JPEG/PNG files.
TestDisk – Open source command line utility that works on Windows, Mac and Linux. Very powerful but complex.
Stellar Photo Recovery – Advanced paid software with a free trial available. More features than the free options.
To recover deleted videos with data recovery software:
- Download and install the recovery app on your Android device. Grant all requested permissions.
- Open the app and select the scan mode – in most cases the ‘Deleted Files’ or ‘Deleted Media’ options work best for recovering videos.
- Select the storage location to scan – this is usually the internal storage or SD card.
- Wait for the scan to fully complete – this can take some time depending on storage size.
- Preview and select the deleted videos you wish to recover.
- Choose a location to save the recovered video files to – either internal storage or an external SD card.
- Confirm to restore selected video files. Open your device’s gallery to access the recovered videos.
A few tips when using video recovery software:
- Don’t save recovered files back to the same location they were deleted from. Choose a different folder or SD card.
- Rooted Android devices allow data recovery apps to do a more thorough scan. But most apps work fine without root.
- Don’t expect the videos to be exactly as they were before deletion. Recovered files may be lower quality.
- Not all deleted data can be restored. Recovery success depends on the state of the files and overwrite activity.
Recover Deleted Videos on Android – FAQs
Here are some common questions about recovering deleted videos on Android phones:
How soon should I try to recover deleted videos?
The sooner the better! Your best chance of video recovery is within 24-48 hours. The more you use your device, the higher chance of permanent data loss.
Can I recover videos deleted from my SD card?
Yes – the recovery process is the same for videos deleted from internal storage or external SD cards. Just make sure to scan the correct location.
Do I need root access to recover deleted videos?
No, most data recovery apps don’t require root. However, root access allows them to do a more thorough scan and may improve results.
Are recovered videos the same quality as the originals?
Most likely not – recovered files tend to be lower quality than their originals. Some data loss occurs when files are deleted and overwritten.
Can I recover videos deleted months or years ago?
Unfortunately, no. If the video is not in your trash folder, then recovery is only possible within a short window before it gets fully overwritten.
Will recovered videos automatically go back to my gallery?
No, you will need to restore them to a location of your choice – usually your phone’s internal storage or SD card. Open the gallery app to view them.
Is it possible to recover deleted videos on Android?
Yes, in most cases deleted videos can be recovered from Android devices using either the trash folder or data recovery apps. But you have a limited time period before permanent data loss occurs.
So in summary, with the right tools and technique, you stand a good chance of restoring accidentally deleted videos on your Android phone or tablet. Act quickly and don’t overwrite data for the best shot at video recovery. Just be aware that long deleted files may be unrecoverable.