Recover deleted video on Android

It’s all too easy to accidentally delete videos from your phone. While the process to recover deleted videos on Android is a lot more complicated, it can be easier with the right tools. One such tool is DiskDigger, a root app for Android that allows you to retrieve videos and other deleted files from your device, as long as you didn’t delete them too long ago.

Head over to the Play Store and search for “DiskDigger.” It’ll be the first thing to come up.

  • Tap Install to install DiskDigger onto your phone or tablet. The permissions might seem a bit sketchy, but DiskDigger needs access to everything on your Android device’s disk to do its job.

Launch DiskDigger. The first thing you’ll see is a prompt to buy the pro version of the app. This isn’t strictly necessary for recovering your videos, but you might want it for other files. The developers locked support for music and document file types behind the pro version.

Install DiskDigger and Get diskDigger Pro screens on Android

Once you progress past that, you’ll find yourself on the app’s proper home screen. There’s a top section for non-rooted devices and a bottom section listing directories to search for rooted devices. The bottom one is where you want to look, as the top one is only for photos, and isn’t all that useful.

Find and tap the directory where you videos would have been. A new window will open with a list of files to look for.

Select the type of video you deleted, or just check off all of the video types. When you’re done, tap OK to confirm you want to begin.
  • If you want to see what comes with the pro version of the app, scroll through the listing. DiskDigger supports a ton of file formats.

DiskDigger will start sifting through the directory you chose for deleted files matching the selected formats.
  • Depending on the size of the directory, this could take a long time. There isn’t an easy way to index these files, meaning DiskDigger has to sort through a bunch of junk in the portions of your directory that are labeled “writable.” If you find yourself getting impatient, you can always monitor your progress at the bottom of the screen. You can also pause DiskDigger in case it’s slowing down your device.

When DiskDigger finishes, a window will pop up letting you know if it was able to find any recoverable files on your device. Tap OK to see what it found.

Tap the checkboxes next to the files you’d like to recover, then tap Recover at the bottom of your screen.  

Three Android screens showing DiskDigger /data, video format selections, and Recover button

The app will ask you where you’d like to recover your files to. You have three main options:

  • Android: You can just restore the video to your Android device. The file can be returned to where you had it, you can move it to your SD card, or send it anywhere else you choose.
    Online File Storage: There’s always the option to send it somewhere else via your apps. You can have DiskDigger hand your video off to Dropbox, Google Drive, or any other app that can send your files to the cloud or a different storage location.
    Desktop or Server: You can send the file to your desktop or server via FTP. It’s another simple option, if you have it set up.

    When DiskDigger is finished placing your newly resurrected video where you directed it to, you’re free to close the app, and play your video again.

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