Would you like to recover videos that you accidentally deleted from your Android smartphone but you don't know how to do it? If you want I can give you a hand, however, I warn you, the chances that you will succeed in the operation are somewhat limited. Videos, you must know, are much more prone to corruption than photos or other types of files and, therefore, even managing to recover them, they are often unreadable or partially damaged.
Having made this necessary premise, woe to give up before you even begin! If the portion of memory on which the videos were hosted has not yet been occupied by other data, you may be able to recover most of your videos without contacting specialized companies or experts in the sector. Come on, don't waste any more time! Take five minutes of free time and find out how to recover deleted android videos thanks to the apps I'm about to recommend.
The applications are all very simple to use. Some work directly on the smartphone or tablet from which you want to retrieve the videos, others instead must be performed from a PC. Those that working from the computer are especially suitable for devices with expandable memory, therefore for those cases in which the videos to be recovered are hosted on an SD card and not directly on the memory of a smartphone or tablet. To find out more, read on. I keep my fingers crossed for you so that everything goes the right way!
I know it may sound trivial as advice, but first you see how to recover deleted android videos with ad hoc applications, try to open the gallery of your smartphone (or tablet) and check that the videos of your interest are not in the trash.
When you delete photos or videos on Android, in fact, they are transferred to a temporary folder (called precisely Trash can) where they are kept for 60 days before being permanently deleted. By accessing the recycle bin before this time frame expires, you are able to view all the deleted photos and videos and recover them with a simple "tap".
To access the trash on your device, open the Google Photos app, press the ad icon hamburger collocata in alto a sinistra and selects the voice Trash can from the bar that appears on the side. If the videos you want to recover are still available, select them by keeping your finger pressed on their thumbnails and presses on arrow which appears at the top right to retrieve them.
DiskDigger Pro (Android)
DiskDigger Pro is one of the best applications for recovering deleted files on Android, or at least it is the one that in my tests seemed to offer the best compromise between effectiveness and ease of use. Unfortunately, it is not free (it costs 3,37 euros) and it only works if you root Android, but it must be said that most data recovery apps are like that.
To put it to the test immediately, buy it from the Google Play Store, start it and grant it root permissions by pressing the button Conceded which appears in the center of the screen. Then wait for DiskDigger Pro to examine the memory of your smartphone (or tablet), select the drive from which to recover deleted videos (eg. /date if it is the internal memory of the device), put the check mark next to the item MP4 e pulsing sul pulsating OK to start searching for files to recover.
At the end of the scan (the operation could take several minutes), put the check mark next to the thumbnails of the videos you want to recover, press the button Recover located at the top right and choose whether to save the videos in a folder on the phone (by "tapping" on the icon folder in the box that opens) or whether to save them online via a cloud storage application (by selecting the icon nuvola).
As widely pointed out at the beginning of this tutorial, there is a high chance that the videos recovered from your smartphone / tablet are partially damaged. If you can't play them on Android, try transferring them to your computer and feeding them to software like VLC, which are often able to play even partially damaged movies.
Should DiskDigger fail to meet your expectations (or it seems too expensive), consider Undeleter, another app for recover deleted android videos which allows you to restore photos, videos and other types of files quite easily and quickly. You can download it for free from the Google Play Store but to unlock the saving of the recovered files you have to buy its full version (which costs 2,75 euros). It requires root to work.
To test the capabilities of Undeleter on your smartphone / tablet, download the application, start it and grant it root permissions by pressing the button Conceded which appears in the center of the screen. Next, select the option Restore files from the screen that opens, choose the drive to scan (the internal storage of the device or the SD card) and choose to start a Profound scansione.
Then select the types of files to recover (in your case MP4 and if you want too REVIEWS e MKV), presses the button Scan and wait patiently for the app to do its job. When the videos of your interest appear (hoping that they really appear!), Presses on their thumbnail to view a preview in real time and presses the icon of the floppy disk (top right) to save them on the smartphone memory or on a cloud storage service of your choice between Dropbox and Google Drive. To complete the save you will need to unlock the full version of the paid application.
PhotoRec (Windows / Mac / Linux)
If your smartphone or tablet has expandable memory, and therefore the videos to be recovered are on an SD card, you can insert the SD card into your computer and try to restore deleted files with PhotoRec.
PhotoRec is a free and open source application that allows you to recover deleted data from a wide range of devices and drives. It is very effective and is compatible with all major PC operating systems, but today I will deal specifically with its Windows version which has a very easy to use graphical interface.
To download PhotoRec, connected to its official website and click on the item Windows. The software comes bundled with TestDisk, a program that allows you to restore lost partitions and make damaged disks bootable again, but we don't care, for now we only need PhotoRec.
Once the download is complete, open the zip archive you just downloaded on your PC, extract the contents to any folder and start the file qphotorec_win.exe. In the window that opens, expand the drop-down menu at the top, select the drive where your microSD resides and click on the primary partition of the card (it should be the one named FAT32, FAT16 o exFAT).
Next, put the check mark next to the items FAT / NTFS / HFS + / ReiferFS e Free, click the button KATEGORIEN and choose the folder to save the videos that PhotoRec will recover from your SD. After this step, click on the button File formats and choose the types of files to recover.
So press the button Reset to clear the selection of the default file types and put the check mark only next to the item mov (mov/mp4/3gp/3g2/jp2). Finally, click on the buttons OK e Search and wait for the program to do its job. At the end of the procedure you will find the videos recovered by PhotoRec in the folder you have chosen previously.
Please note: advanced users can use PhotoRec to recover photos and videos even from smartphones without expandable memory. Just create an image of the device's internal memory, convert it to VHD format and process it in PhotoRec. For more information on this, a comprehensive tutorial in English is available on the XDA website.