How to Recover Deleted Videos from iPhone 5

iPhones have an advantage over other smart devices. They can not only shoot high quality video clips, but they can also store and play movies that have been purchased from the iTunes store. As a result, Apple devices are more susceptible to accidental video deletion than their counterparts – mainly because of the larger volume of data in question. So how to recover deleted videos from iPhone 5?


The iPhone 5 is a popular iOS device available in the 5s and 5c variants. Even though its operating system is a proprietary one and thus quite difficult to probe, Dr. Fone from Wondershare is a ‘best-of-its-breed’ software solution that can conduct recovery scans for video (and other data) in three exhaustive modes for the maximum probability of success.


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Before moving on to the scan modes, there are some factors that must be kept in mind.

1.     The iPhone must be scanned for the deleted video files as soon as loss is detected. If you continue to use your device, it may lead to overwriting of existing data with new streams generated by various applications.


2.     For the very same reason, iTunes automatic synchronization has to be disabled. This can be done by launching iTunes, visiting Preferences, scrolling to reach Devices and then checking the box next to ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.


3.     A scan will not be successful unless it is conducted in the Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. This is characterized by a blank screen. If you’re not familiar how to operate in this mode, Dr. Fone provides a convenient, detailed screen illustrating the sequence step by step. Please be careful to follow the exact time durations.



Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device


This whole recovery process using Dr. Fone is simply done in a few clicks.


1.     Users must connect the iPhone 5 (or its variants) to a PC or laptop where Dr. Fone was installed. This is done using the USB power cord.


2.     Dr. Fone auto-detects the connected iPhone 5 and flashes the screen given below. Clicking on ‘Start Scan’ in the DFU mode initiates the scan right away. Otherwise the DFU mode has to be activated as discussed in the previous section.



3.     The ongoing scan progress is indicated by a bar. The ‘pause’ and ‘stop’ buttons are used to halt the scan or terminate it before completion. This is necessary if users spot video files that are critical since recovery is not possible when the scan is still underway.



Note that the directory to the left has multiple nodes, each standing for a particular data format and also keeping track of the number of files (for a particular type) available for retrieval.


4.     When the scan completes naturally, a perusal screen is displayed. From this screen, users can select the needed video files by ticking the box next to an item. The search bar to the upper right can pull up clips by keyword or by name.

Hitting the blue ‘Recover’ button triggers a pop-up that requests the user to either save the chosen files to the hard disk of the PC or reinstate them back to the connected iPhone 5. Both are equally easy.



Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File


The iTunes account of an Apple user is versatile. It not only gives access to an eclectic assortment of videos, songs and apps, but it also acts as an effective backup mechanism that requires manual syncing of the phone data.


1.     Users do not connect the iPhone 5 device to the PC or laptop. Instead, they should select the second option ‘Recover from iTunes Backup File’ and then choose the relevant backup file from the displayed list. Meta-data such as file name and date of creation help narrow down the choices, especially if there are multiple backups. Click Start Scan after choosing the correct backup file.



2.     Once the scan ends, a screen similar to the one displayed in step 4 of Mode 1 is presented. From this screen, start selecting the video files that you need. Saving them to the PC or laptop is one choice. Reinstating the videos to the device is another.



Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File


Even though the iCloud was started with the iPhone 6, it can be configured to work with older models too. You can find the process here.


1.     This mode requires a connection to the Internet. Upon launching Dr. Fone, users must select the third option – Recover from iCloud Backup File.


2.     A screen prompting the input of the iCloud login credentials is presented to the users.



3.     Log into the account and choose the required file from the list. This list will include back up files of all the Apple devices the user owned. The name and date of creation do help filter the available items to focus on a few probable options. Clicking ‘Download’ initiates a dialogue box.



4.     This pop-up allows users to restrict the type of data that is to be downloaded from the iCloud account. Doing so restricts the use of bandwidth and processing power in accessing information that is not required. The correct checkbox for the purpose of this tutorial is App Videos. Hitting ‘Next’ starts the scan.



5.     When the process completes, a display screen with the retrievable video clips is presented to the user for perusal. All the functionalities are the same as the screen that is encountered in Step 4 of Mode 1. The blue ‘Recover’ button allows the data to be saved to the hard disk of the PC or to the original iPhone 5 device.



And that is it! There are no hidden steps or the need to use technical expertise. The whole sequence is largely self-explanatory with appropriate tool tips.


Recapping the process how to recover deleted videos from iPhone 5:

  • Select the mode that is the most convenient given your circumstances (if you haven’t backed up data, Mode 1 will be your only option).
  • Connect the iPhone 5 to your PC or laptop if you wish to proceed with Mode 1.
  • Choose the right backup files in Mode 2 and Mode 3.
  • Allow the scan to complete and retrieve the video clips with the Recover button.


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