How to Recover Christmas Memories: Videos and Photos

By Nathan E. Malpass, Last updated: September 30, 2020

“I just lost all photos and videos from my iPhone. Some of them were from our family trip last Christmas. Although we’re getting out of the country again this holiday season, getting back my old photos and videos would mean the world to me. I hope there’s a way to recover them.”

Part 1. Deleted Christmas Videos and PhotosPart 2. Can Backup Save My Christmas Memories?Part 3. How to Recover Christmas Memories, from Videos to Photos, Using FoneDog iOS Data RecoveryVideo Guide: How to Recover Photos and Videos from iPhonePart 4. Conclusion

Part 1. Deleted Christmas Videos and Photos

Your videos and photos hold special and unforgettable memories. And if you happen to lose those that remind you of the last happy Christmases, you must be feeling down and void of the holiday spirit. But before you lose all hope, make sure that you try the following troubleshooting tips first:

  1. Restart your device. Do that by pressing the Power button until the slider appears. Drag it to the right to turn the device off. Turn it back on again.
  2. Check the Recently Deleted album. Simply go to Album and open the Recently Deleted folder. You will see photos and videos that were erased in the last 30 days.
  3. Unhide photos and videos. You may have hidden some of your files. To unhide them, go to Photos app > Albums > Hidden Album > Mark the photos and videos > Unhide

If the above suggestions didn’t for you, don’t worry still. There are other ways to solve your problem. This post will teach you how to recover Christmas memories in the form of videos and photos.

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Part 2. Can Backup Save My Christmas Memories?

Apple is constantly coming up with new features and updates to improve the user experience. For photo and video management, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch users can take advantage of iCloud Photo Library. It uploads videos and photos on full resolution. Once in the cloud, files on your phone are replaced with smaller versions. That way, you save storage space. Any changes you make to your photos on any of your iOS devices reflect on iCloud. iCloud Photo Sharing also helps you share those files with your family and friends.

If you have turned on automatic syncing, all photos and videos are instantly uploaded whenever your device is connected to the internet. It comes free with 5GB storage, but you can expand that up to 2TB at a minimal cost.

If you have enabled syncing to iCloud Photo Library, that’s good news. However, do not connect your device to the internet. Doing so would delete the files from the cloud too.

Solution #1: Download backup on your device.

  1. First, you need to disable iCloud Photo Library first. Here’s how:

iOS 10.3 or later

Go to Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > Photos > Turn off iCloud Photo Library

iOS 10.2 or earlier

Go to Settings > iCloud > Photos > Turn off iCloud Photo Library

  1. Once iCloud Photo Library is turned off, you may connect your device to the internet.
  2. Head to Settings and tap your device’s name.
  3. Select iCloud and choose Photos
  4. From the choices, tap Download and Keep Originals.

Solution #2: Access your photos and videos online.

  1. On your computer’s browser, head to icloud.com.
  2. Log in with your Apple ID and password.
  3. Select Photos. This will display all images and videos that you need.

Although keeping a backup of your videos and photos on iCloud is great, you’re not 100% sure that you can get them back. It’s iCloud’s fantastic feature to upload files almost instantaneously. But it could be your bane as deletion is synced too. If you connected your device to the internet and you realized you lost your files too late, chances are they have been wiped out from Cloud.

Don’t fret. You have to try the next solution, the easiest and most effective yet.

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Part 3. How to Recover Christmas Memories, from Videos to Photos, Using FoneDog iOS Data Recovery

If all else fails, better download FoneDog iOS Data Recovery. With 3 recovery options, you have the freedom to choose which one suits you best.

With or without backup, any iOS device user can get around data loss. A click of the download button is all it takes.

Option 1: Recover Videos and Photos Directly from iPhone.

When to Do This: If you’re the type who doesn’t do backups, this method is made for you.

  1. Connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to the computer.
  2. Upon launching the software, select Recover from iOS Device from the available options. Click Start Scan to proceed.
  3. All found files will be displayed. Take a look at the contents of Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library.
  4. Mark the files that you want to restore and hit Recover.

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Option 2: Recover Christmas Videos and Photos from iCloud Backup.

When to Do This: If you sync your device to iCloud, this method would work for you. But do take note that some files may not appear in the deletion has already reflected in your backup.

  1. Select Recover from iCloud Backup File from the left tab. You will be directed to an iCloud login window. Enter your Apple ID and password.
  2. The software will show you all available iCloud backup files. Choose one and click Download.
  3. A pop-up window will appear. You are to choose file types that you want to extract from the iCloud backup files. Tick Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library. Hit Next.
  4. The software will show you a preview of all applicable files. Review them and select which photos and videos you want to recover. Click Recover to start the download.

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Option 3: Recover Christmas Memories from iTunes Backup.

When to Do This: This works best for users who back up using iTunes. It’s a must that you were able to back up regularly. This ensures that even your recent files are saved.

  1. From the presented recovery methods, select Recover from iTunes Backup File. Doing so will show all iTunes backup files saved on your computer. Click on the chosen file and hit Start Scan.
  2. The software will extract all files from the backup. Once done, you will see all files in the window. Click on Camera Roll, Photo Stream, and Photo Library one by one and review the files in it. Determine which ones you want to restore and those that you don’t.
  3. Tick the boxes of your choice and click Recover.

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Part 4. Conclusion

After you use FoneDog iOS Data Recovery, we’re confident that you will be able to recover your Christmas memories aka your videos and photos. We believe that file retrieval doesn’t have to be hard. In fact, we’ve made it a point to make it a one-stop shop for you. You can also restore messages, contacts, call logs, documents, WhatsApp messages, notes, Safari history and bookmarks, and even voicemails. The list goes on. If you want to know more about what the software can do, download it on your computer.

We hope the software will keep you from becoming the Grinch and make you look forward to creating even more special Christmas memories this year!

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Nathan E. Malpass

iPhone/Android Devices’ Maintenance Expert

Staying home, listening to music, writing tech articles

Many people asked me to repair their mobile phones so I have a lot of experience in mobile phone repair, and I know a lot about Android or Apple phones.

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