Recover Deleted iPhone Video with Dr. Fone from Wondershare
Even though almost all mobile devices equipped with a camera can produce videos of decent resolution and clarity, nothing beats the iPhone (and its various iterations). Videos also happen to encode the maximum amount of information as compared to other data storage formats and this is why to recover deleted iPhone video is exceptionally difficult, especially taking into account the tight hardware-software coupling of iPhones.
Dr. Fone from Wondershare is the best recovery platform in the market capable of achieving this feat. Dr. Fone in fact searches an iPhone and assorted iTunes and iCloud backup files in three exhaustive modes.
Before Diving into the Actual Scan, a couple of things have to be kept in mind:
1. The scan with Dr. Fone should be initiated as soon as a video is deleted. Otherwise existing data in the temporary files may be overwritten by new information generated by apps.
2. For a scan to proceed, the smart device has to be in Device Firmware Upgrade (DFU) mode. This mode is activated by following a precise sequence of steps which are conveyed to users through a detailed animated screen by Dr. Fone. The timings should be paid heed too.
3. Last but not the least, auto syncing between an iPhone and an iTunes account has to be prevented if Dr. Fone is also installed on the same PC/Laptop as that of iTunes. This is done by going to Preferences, choosing Devices from the iTunes dashboard and ticking the option ‘Prevent iPods, iPhones, and iPads from syncing automatically’.
Mode 1: Recover from iOS Device
Recovering lost data from the iPhone device itself is the trickiest to execute without Dr. Fone.
1. Connect the iPhone to a PC/laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it with the help of the provided power cord.
2. Click the first option – Recover from iOS Device and allow Dr. Fone to identify the make and model of the connected smart device.
3. Once this is done, users are greeted by the screen below. Clicking on ‘Start Scan’ initiates the process. One thing to keep in mind here is the fact that unless the iPhone is in DFU mode, the Start Scan option is not shown. Dr. Fone directly provides the animated instruction screen shared in a previous section.
4. The fact that scan is underway can be noted by the progress bar, the time to completion and the two buttons ‘Pause’ and ‘Stop’ to the right of the progress bar. These options are used to halt a scan mid-way or terminate it before completion. As the scan progresses, users can use the directory to the left to peruse files that are available for recovery. Each node of the directory stands for a particular data type and the number next to it, updating continuously, reflects the available items from that data type for eventual retrieval. Thus if a video of particular importance is noted, the scan can be paused or stopped altogether to reinstate it to the connected iPhone right away. When a scan is happening, recovery through the blue Recover button isn’t possible.
5. Upon scan culmination, the display screen is presented to users who can now choose individual video files for recovery. The search bar to the right helps call up items by name. The blue ‘Recover’ button is clickable and hitting it opens the dialogue box that offers two options:
- Save the video files in original format to the PC/Laptop supporting the operation.
- Reinstate the chosen video files directly to the iPhone.
Mode 2: Recover from iTunes Backup File
iTunes is a long standing Apple feature that is used to manually backup data from an iPhone without the need to connect to the internet. These created backup files are great places to probe for deleted videos.
1. Connect the iPhone to the PC or laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it and select the second option – Recover from iTunes Backup File.
2. From the presented list, users need to select the backup file that is most likely to contain the videos that have been deleted. Meta data like file name, file date of creation and size should be used to zero in on the right one. Clicking on ‘Start Scan’ initiates the process.
3. From here on, the recovery mimics the sequence discussed in Mode 1. The final display screen is an exact replica of the one that is presented to users in the previous Mode and the blue ‘Recover’ button is used to save or reinstate the selected videos.
Mode 3: Recover from iCloud Backup File
iCloud is relatively new to the iPhone family. It complements iTunes because it is an online backup option.
1. Connect the iPhone device to the PC or Laptop with Dr. Fone installed on it.
2. Users must select the third option from the welcome screen – Recover from iCloud Backup File.
3. This form requests input of the iCloud account credentials.
4. Upon successful login, a list of iCloud backup files from all the Apple devices connected to the account (email address) is displayed. Users must again choose the file that is most likely to contain the deleted videos with the help of relevant file name and size meta-data. And click on ‘Download’. iCloud is an online option and thus the backup file container has to be downloaded, extracted and examined as a part of the recovery process.
5. The pop-up display allows users to choose only the data type that they are seeking to recover so that the rest of the items are not downloaded, unnecessarily stretching out the scan process. Hitting ‘Next’ launches the file download and scan.
6. Again the sequence is very similar to the one discussed in Mode 1. The ‘Recover’ button does its job, saving or reinstating data as specified.
And that is how you recover deleted iPhone videos with Dr. Fone. All three modes are easy and require no technical knowledge. Recapping them:
- Connect the iPhone device to a PC/Laptop that also has Dr. Fone installed.
- Choose the recovery mode that is the most convenient.
- Select the right backup file (if needed).
- Allow the scan to commence and complete.
- Save or reinstate the video files.