How to Recover Deleted Videos from Ring Doorbell Camera

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recover deleted videos from ringRing’s home security products are well-known in the world because of their functionality and strict approach to user privacy. Depending on the settings and your Ring Protect plan, the camera records a video each time it senses motion, the doorbell rings, and whenever you use the Live View feature.

But what happens if you accidentally delete a Ring video from your local storage or the cloud? Use our guide to know what you can do if your Ring footage is unavailable and how you can recover deleted Ring videos.

Can I Recover Deleted Videos From the Ring Camera?

It depends on where the videos were deleted from. The videos are irrecoverable if you deleted them from Ring’s cloud storage service. However, any videos that were downloaded to a local storage and then deleted, can be easily recovered using a data recovery program.

Being a smart home company, Ring takes user privacy seriously. Consequently, Ring saves videos on secure Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers, with the videos being encrypted using AES encryption (Advanced Encryption Standard) and TLS (Transport Layer Security).

Ring keeps these recorded videos for up to 180 days (after which they are automatically deleted), depending on your location and settings. However, this feature is only available for users with a Ring Protect plan. Other users can only view the live feed from the Ring doorbell camera.

Ring Protect users can download and store their videos on a local storage device as well.

How to Tell If a Ring Video Was Deleted

Ring doesn’t keep an event log for deleted videos, so don’t be surprised if there’s no mention of them in the event history menu. It’s quite easy to accidentally delete videos from the Ring web interface because there is no confirmation prompt. The Ring application, on the other hand, will ask you for confirmation before deleting a video.

You can tell that a Ring doorbell video was deleted if there are any unusual gaps in the recording activity. Look for instances where you’re positive that someone rang the doorbell, yet there is no recorded activity of the same.

Search for specific Ring doorbell videos on your local storage device. If you’re unable to locate them, they could have been accidentally deleted.

How to Recover Deleted Ring Videos with Data Recovery Software

If you deleted Ring videos from a local storage device, you can get them back using data recovery software. But, it’s important to use only the best data recovery apps with a proven track record of recovering deleted videos.

For this tutorial, we opted for Disk Drill. It’s easy to use, compatible with all popular storage drives and file systems, and recognizes .mp4 videos (the video format used by Ring). Disk Drill is compatible with both Windows and macOS. In fact, Windows users can take advantage of the free trial which offers up to 500 MB of data recovery at no cost.

Let’s see how you can retrieve deleted Ring videos using Disk Drill:

  1. Download and install Disk Drill. Do this on a storage drive apart from the one which contained your deleted Ring videos.
  2. Open Disk Drill, and select the storage device which contained your Ring doorbell’s missing footage. Click on Search for lost data.Search for lost data in Disk Drill.
  3. Click on Review found items to view all the recoverable data Disk Drill discovered. Since you’re looking to recover video files, you can directly click on the Videos option to filter out the results.Review found items screen in Disk Drill.
  4. Expand the Deleted or lost and Reconstructed sections to view the deleted files Disk Drill discovered.Data recovery sections in Disk Drill.
  5. Select the videos you wish to recover using the checkboxes. Typically, Disk Drill will automatically display a preview of the currently selected file. If it doesn’t, you can click on the eye icon next to the filename to see a preview. Click on Recover after confirmation.List of recoverable files in Disk Drill.
  6. Choose a recovery destination. We recommend you save the Ring videos to a storage drive besides the one which originally contained them. Click Next.Recovery destination prompt in Disk Drill.
  7. Disk Drill will recover the selected videos.

Conclusion

It’s only possible to recover deleted Ring footage if it was stored locally. Despite this, if you lost your Ring videos because of severe corruption or physical damage to the local storage drive, avoid using DIY data recovery methods. Instead, contact a professional data recovery service. It’s also advisable to regularly back up your files to protect against data loss.

FAQ

Ring’s privacy notice states that the company may share video footage to comply with legal proceedings, requests from government agencies or the law, or in cases involving danger to life and serious injury. But if the videos have been deleted from Ring’s cloud servers, then even the police can’t find those deleted Ring videos and recover them.
No. Once the Ring videos have been deleted from Ring’s cloud servers, you cannot see them. Videos that were downloaded and accidentally deleted from a local storage device can still be recovered and seen.
Yes. Whether you deleted the Ring videos using its app or the web interface, they’ll be unavailable across all your devices.
No. Shared users cannot delete or modify your Ring videos in any way. They can view the videos, the live feed from the Ring doorbell camera, and talk back through the Ring application.
Ring doesn’t keep deleted videos, and there’s no way to cancel deletion after confirmation. Ring’s support page states, “It can take up to 72 hours to delete all events. This is not a window to cancel deletion. Once all events have been deleted, they cannot be recovered.”
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Manuviraj Godara is a professional content writer with over 4 years of experience under his belt. His ever-growing fascination and experience with technology drives him to create content related to data recovery and consumer technology.
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