Videos Disappeared from iPhone? Here’s the Real Fix

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Losing some of the videos on your device can be as a result of very many circumstances. You can accidentally delete some of your videos or they can be lost due to a software malfunction or damaged hardware. But sometimes for reasons beyond your control or for reasons you may not be aware of, your videos can simply vanish from your device; one moment you are aware that they are there and the next they are not. You don’t know what has happened since all other aspects of your device seem to be working just fine.

Whatever the reason you have lost some of your videos, trying to get them back can seem like a nightmare proposition especially if you don’t have a backup of the missing videos. In this article, we are going to share with several steps to take when your videos simply disappear from the device.

Scenario 1: Videos Disappeared from iPhone

If your issue is that your videos have disappeared on your device, the following are some of the solutions you can try;

Option #1: Qucik Ways to Recover iPhone Videos

If your video is not hidden or in the “Recently Deleted” folder, it is increasingly likely that the video may have been accidentally deleted. In this case, you will need a data recovery tool to help you restore the video back on the device. The best tool for the job is iMyFone D-Back. It is one of the easiest to use while remaining one of the most effective data recovery programs in the business. You can use D-Back to recover the videos even if you don’t have a backup. But you can also extract the video from an iCloud or iTunes backup if you don’t want to restore the device.

To use this program to recover your missing videos, follow these simple steps;

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Recover Videos from iOS Device

  • Step 1: From the main window on the program, select “Recover from iOS Device” and then click “Start.” In the next window, select the type of data you would like to recover in this case videos. Click “Next” to continue.
  • Step 2: Next, connect the iPhone to the computer using USB cables and wait for the program to recognize the device. Click “Scan.”
  • Step 3: Once the scanning process is complete, select the files you want to recover in the results page and then click “Recover” to save the to your computer. You can click “Show only Deleted Files” to filter the results.

Recover Videos from iOS Device

Recover Videos from iTunes Backup

  • Step 1: Select “Recover from iTunes Backup” in the main window and then click “Start.” Proceed to choose the type of data you would like to recover as videos and then click “Next.”
  • Step 2: Select the most relevant backup file from the list of backups in the next window and click “Scan.”
  • Step 3: Finally, choose the files you want to recover from the results page and then click “Recover” to save them to your computer.

Recover Videos from iTunes Backup

Recover Videos from an iCloud Backup

  • Step 1: From the main window, choose “Recover from iCloud Backup” and click “Start.” Then, in the next window, choose videos as the type of data to recover and click “Next” to continue.
  • Step 2: Sign in to iCloud to access the iCloud backup files. Once signed in, select a backup file from the list and then click “Next” to allow the program to download and scan the file.
  • Step 3: You should then see all the files in that backup file in the next window. Select the videos you would like to recover and then click “Recover.” Choose a location on your computer to save the recovered files that you can then transfer back to your iPhone to complete the process.

Recover Videos from an icloud Backup

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Option #2: Reset All Settings on iPhone

There are some settings that you may not be aware of that could be causing the problem. Resetting your settings is a good way to eliminate these settings and get the device working normally again which may fix the problem. Here’s how to do it;

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > General
  • Step 2: Scroll down to tap on “Reset.”
  • Step 3: Tap on “Reset All Settings” and confirm the action when prompted.

Reset All Settings on iPhone

Option #3: Check Your Recently Deleted Folder

When you accidentally delete photos and videos, they often end up in the “Recently Deleted” folder from which you can recover them. To check, follow these simple steps;

  • Step 1: Go to Photos > Albums > Recently Deleted
  • Step 2: If you see your missing video, tap on it and then tap “Recover”
  • Step 3: Confirm that you want to recover the video.

Check Your Recently Deleted Folder

Option #4: Make Sure that iCloud Photos is Turned On

If you are trying to access the videos on a different device, you may not be able to see it if iCloud Photos is turned off. Here’s how to turn it on;

  • Step 1: Go to Settings > {Your Name} > iCloud
  • Step 2: Tap on “Photos” and then turn on “iCloud Photos.”

Make Sure that iCloud Photos is Turned on

Option #5: Sign in with the Same Apple ID

Also, if you are trying to locate the video on a different device, you can only see it if you are signed in with the same Apple ID on both devices. You can check if you are signed in on the same Apple ID in the settings on your device.

Sign in with the Same Apple ID

Option #6: Verify If You Hide the Videos

It is also possible that the reason why you can’t see your videos is because they are in the Hidden album. Here’s how to unhide them;

  • Step 1: Open the Photos App and then go to “Albums” tab
  • Step 2: tap on “Hidden” which can be found under “Other Albums.”
  • Step 3: Select the video you would like to unhide and then click on download icon and choose “Unhide.”

Unhide the Videos

Scenario 2: Video App Disappeared from the iPhone

Sometimes it is not a single video that is missing on the device but the entire video app. If a video app is missing on your iPhone, you may want to try the following;

Option #1: Verify if the “Video” App Has been Moved into a New Folder

The first thing you should do is check all folders to ensure you did not accidentally move the “Video” app to a different folder. If the app is in a different folder, it may be the reason why you are can’t see it. It is also worth noting that the “Video” app was replaced by the TV app, so check if you have that.

Verify if the video App Has been Moved into a New Folder

Option #2: Search for the Video App

If you are unable to find it, you may also want to conduct a search for it. Tap on “Search” and look for “Video” and then download the most suitable app for your needs.

Unhide the Videos