Best Way to Recover Deleted Photo Booth Videos on Mac?

I accidentally deleted some important videos from Photo Booth on my Mac and really need to get them back. Can anyone recommend tools or methods for recovering these files? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Hey there! I totally get the frustration of losing important files, especially those pesky Photo Booth videos that you never realized you’d miss until they’re gone. But don’t worry, there’s hope. I’ve been there, and I can walk you through a few different methods to recover those deleted videos on your Mac. Let’s get started!

Method 1: Check the Trash

Okay, this might seem super basic, but hey, sometimes the simplest solution is the best one. Whenever you delete something, it first goes to the Trash, and it stays there until you decide to empty it. So, let’s take a quick peek in the Trash:

  1. Open the Trash: Click on the Trash icon in the Dock.
  2. Search for Your Video: Scroll through the items. If there are a lot, use the search bar in the top-right corner to type in part of the video name.
  3. Restore: If you find your video, just right-click on it and select “Put Back”. This will move it back to its original location.

Method 2: Time Machine

If you use Time Machine, Apple’s built-in backup tool, you’re golden. It’s designed for moments like this:

  1. Connect Your Backup Drive: If you use an external hard drive or Time Capsule, make sure it’s connected.
  2. Open Time Machine: You can do this by clicking the Time Machine icon in the menu bar and selecting “Enter Time Machine”.
  3. Navigate to the Photo Booth Folder: Open Finder, go to Applications > Photo Booth, or go to your user folder (Users > YourUsername > Pictures > Photo Booth Library).
  4. Find the Deleted Video: Use the timeline on the right side of the Time Machine window to go back to a date before the video was deleted.
  5. Restore: Once you find your video, select it and click the “Restore” button.

Method 3: Using Disk Drill

If the Trash is empty and you don’t have Time Machine backups, third-party recovery tools are your next best bet. I’d highly recommend using Disk Drill; it’s saved me more than once.

  1. Download Disk Drill: Go to the CleverFiles homepage and download Disk Drill.
  2. Install Disk Drill: Open the downloaded file and follow the prompts to install the app.
  3. Launch Disk Drill: Once installed, open Disk Drill.
  4. Select Your Drive: In the Disk Drill interface, select the hard drive from which the videos were deleted. Typically it’s your main “Macintosh HD” drive.
  5. Scan for Files: Click the “Search for lost data” button. Disk Drill will start scanning your drive. Depending on the size of your drive, this could take a bit of time.
  6. Review Found Files: Once the scan is complete, you can filter the findings to look specifically for video files.
  7. Preview and Recover: When you find your deleted video(s), you can preview them to be sure. Then, select the files you want to recover and hit “Recover”.

Disk Drill is pretty straightforward to use and has a solid success rate, which is why it’s a go-to recommendation for many.

Method 4: Professional Data Recovery Services

If you’re still having trouble or recovering the videos is mission-critical, there are always professional data recovery services. These services can be expensive, but they have specialized tools and expertise. You can bring your device to a local shop or use a mail-in service.

  1. Search for a Professional Service: Look for local data recovery services in your area or reputable mail-in services.
  2. Discuss Your Issue: Give them a call and describe what happened. They’ll usually give you an estimate and an idea of your chances for recovery.
  3. Decide Based on Value: Consider how important the videos are to you vs. the cost of the service.

Method 5: Use Previous Versions from iCloud

If you’re using iCloud to sync your data, sometimes you can recover old versions of files through or by restoring from an iCloud backup (note: this typically works better for documents, but it’s worth checking).

  1. Log In to iCloud: Go to and log in with your Apple ID.
  2. Check iCloud Drive: Navigate to your iCloud Drive and see if the Photo Booth library or individual videos are there.
  3. Download Older Versions: If you find the old versions, you can download them and restore them to your Mac.

Some Tips to Prevent Future Data Loss

While you’re here, let’s talk about some ways to avoid this headache in the future:

  • Regular Backups: Always keep a regular backup of your Mac. Time Machine is great, and it’s super simple to set up. Just plug in an external drive and let Time Machine do its thing.
  • Cloud Storage: Use cloud storage services like iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive. These services can automatically back up your files.
  • Be Cautious with Deletions: Always double-check before emptying the Trash or deleting files. It sounds obvious, but it’s easy to make a mistake when you’re in a hurry.

So to wrap it all up: Start by checking the Trash, give Time Machine a try if you’re set up with it, and if all else fails, Disk Drill is your best friend for this kind of job. You can get it from CleverFiles. And hey, if none of the DIY solutions work, there are professional services out there that can help.

I hope this helps! Let us know how it goes or if you find any other nifty tricks along the way. Good luck!