If you are cleaning old files from your Mac, it can be very easy to accidentally select and delete the wrong file, especially if you are using the Command key to select multiple files at once. Suppose you immediately notice that you deleted the wrong file. In that case, it will be much easier to recover…so before we get into the more advanced methods, let’s start with the easiest way to recover lost or deleted files.
The first thing you should do is check your Trash Bin to see if it is still in there. The Trash Bin works the same way as Windows’ Recycle Bin and acts as a designated folder for deleted files. If you are on a Mac, files within the Trash Bin will remain there until permanently deleted, unless you have changed the settings to automatically delete after 30 days or sooner. However, items that you move to the Trash from your iCloud Drive are automatically emptied from the Trash after 30 days, regardless of your preferences.
Here is how to recover deleted files on your Mac that have not been emptied from Trash:
- Click on the Trash icon located in your Mac’s Dock (typically on the bottom right)
- Find the lost or deleted file(s) that want to restore
- Right-click on the selected file(s) or folders
- Choose Put Back, and the file(s) will be automatically restored to its original location