4 Ways to Getting Back Deleted Videos from an iPad

Your iPad was running out of storage, so you started to clean up those not-so-great videos as they tend to consume lots of space. Tapped wrong buttons, you also deleted some awesome videos that you never wanted to remove.

If this sounds familiar to you, then take a look at this iPad guide I'm sharing with you — 4 different ways you can try to recover deleted videos on iPad.

No matter you are using an old iPad 3, or an advanced iPad Pro, as long as it runs with one of the latest iOS systems (iOS 7, 8, 9), chances are high that you'll get back the lost vids.

1. Recover videos from "Recently Deleted" folder

Note: this method is for iPad with iOS 8 or newer version.

Since iOS 8, Apple has added a new feature called "Recently Deleted" — pretty much like Trash on a Mac, which is used to recycle items deleted before they are permanently removed. But it's slightly different with regular Trash as well, we'll explain. If your iPad is with iOS 8 or later version, you'll find this feature easily. For iOS 7 or earlier, you won't see this function. To check which iOS version your iPad is with, go to Settings > General > Software Updates to find it out.

The "Recently Deleted" folder can be found under Photos > Albums. See this screenshot. There is a Trash icon next to the folder. Tap on it, select your videos and click Recover. That's it. You'll immediately see them alive again.

iOS Recently Deleted folder

Note: photos and videos in this folder will only be kept for a certain amount of time — usually 30 days. After the time, they will be deleted automatically. So if you didn't find your videos here, they might have been removed by the system already. Move to the following steps.

2. Check your iCloud Photo Library

If you have enabled iCloud backup in your iPad, it can be very easy to retrieve your iPad videos as well by accessing iCloud Photo Library. To do that, the easiest way is to log into the web app of iCloud.

  1. On your computer or iPad, open Safari (or another web browser)
  2. Input the url: https://www.icloud.com/
  3. Now sign in using your Apple ID and password
  4. After login, click on the Photos icon and see if your deleted videos are there.

3. Restore from iTunes backups on your computer

iTunes also allows you to back up an iPad easily. If you have done so before your iPad videos are erased, you can retrieve the content quickly too.

To do so, open iTunes on your PC or Mac that includes the backup, then connect your iPad device. Under Devices, find your iPad and its most recent backup file, select it to restore.

This video tutorial can be of help:

4. Use an iPad data recovery software

If every method we've introduced above fails to retrieve your iPad videos, this one may be your last option. Read this post for the best iPad data recovery software review.

FoneLab, for example, is one of our favorite recovery tools for this situation, includes a few different recovery modes that may surprisingly find your deleted videos other methods didn't work.

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Okay, that's all what we have for this iPad video recovery guide. We'd love to know what you think about this article. Leave a comment below.

Chris Hwang

Chris is a certified computer technician since 2008. He writes everything related to computer issues and loves helping people solve problems. Currently, he's extending his interests into cloud computing.

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