How to Recover Permanently Deleted Excel File in Windows 10, Mac, iPhone, and Android

Roxanne updated on Jan 23, 2021 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles

How to recover permanently deleted Excel files in Windows 10? EaseUS data recovery software makes deleted Excel file recovery simple and effective for both Windows and Mac users.

Part 1. Recover Deleted Excel File in Windows 10 (Including Excel Not in Recycle Bin)
Part 2. How to Restore Permanently Deleted Excel File on Mac
Part 3. How to Retrieve Deleted Files on iPhone/iPad
Part 4. How to Recover Deleted Excel Files on Android

When you delete Excel files from the computer and empty the Recycle Bin or Trash Bin, they would disappear from your computer. But the Excel contents would not be destroyed immediately. Windows or Mac will mark Excel files for deletion and removes them from the file system database when you delete them. This doesn't mean they are permanently gone, and you still have a chance to recover deleted Excel files

This tutorial covers effective ways to recover deleted Excel file in Windows 10, Mac, iPhone, and Android phones with step by step guides. What's more, you can also learn how to recover unsaved Excel files quickly. 

Part 1. How to Recover Deleted Excel File Not in Recycle Bin Windows 10

Important: After deleting an Excel file, you should no longer perform any further action on the computer and don't save new data to space where you used to store the Excel files to prevent new data from overwriting. Then, how to recover deleted Excel files? Follow the guides below.

1. Recover Permanently Deleted Excel Files with Data Recovery Software 

When you delete the Excel files on your PC, you should go to the Recycle Bin to restore them at first. Or you can immediately undelete Excel files using the Ctrl+Z buttons. But if you do a permanent deletion or clean out the recycle bin without backups, the most effective way to recover permanently deleted files Windows 10 is using a professional data recovery tool. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is a powerful disk data recovery software that can restore deleted files even if you've emptied the Recycle Bin or format the file. 

Your Reliable Choice - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

  • Recover deleted, formatted, and corrupted Excel in different data loss situations.
  • Support Office Version: Office 2003 - 2019 (including recover lost Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
  • Recover deleted Excel from the emptied recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, SD card, and USB flash drive.
  • Repair corrupted Excel, MP4, MOV, GIF, JPEG, and JPG files during data recovery.
  • Restore lost data on Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP and Windows Server 2019 - 2003.

Simple steps for deleted Excel file recovery with EaseUS file recovery software.

Step 1. Specify a location.

Run EaseUS Data Recovery Software. Choose the drive X: or a specific folder on Desktop or somewhere else where you lost the excel files, and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Scan for data.

During the scan, you'll see more and more data showing up very quickly in the "Deleted files" result. Wait for the scanning process finishes. To quickly find the Excel files from the scan results, click on the "Filter" on the top area and choose "Excel". Or, search .xls or .xlsx in the Search box. 

scan excel files

Step 3. Preview and recover.

You can double click on the Excel file to preview its integrity. Finally, select the desired Excel files and click "Recover".

preview and recover excel files

2. Restore Deleted Excel Without Software from Previous Versions

If you don't like using a third-party program, here is a way to restore deleted Excel files without software through the previous backup versions. This method only works when Windows Backup functionality is enabled. 

Step 1. Locate the folder that used to contain the file. Right-click it and choose "Properties".

Step 2. Open the "Previous Version" tab to list all the previously stored version of the Excel file.

Step 3. Choose the right version and click "Restore" to retrieve the document.

recover deleted excel from previous version

Bonus Tips: Restore Unsaved Excel in Windows 10/8/7 

If you forget to save your Excel file and lost it, you can follow the solution below to restore unsaved Excel files in Windows 10/8/7.

Step 1. Open a new Excel file. Click "File" > "Info" > "Manage Workbook".

Step 2. Choose "Recover Unsaved Workbooks" from the menu. From the pop-up window, select the unsaved Excekand then click "Open" to load the workbook.

Step 3. Click the "Save As" button on the yellow bar to recover the unsaved worksheet.

recover excel from temp files

Don't miss: The full guide to recover unsaved Excel file t on 2016/2013/2010/2007

Part 2. How to Recover Deleted Excel Files on Mac Effortlessly

How to recover deleted Excel files from Mac? You can easily get back deleted Mac files from the Trash bin if you haven't emptied it. But if your Word, Excel, or PPT got lost permanently from your Mac resulted from mistaken deletion, disk formatting, virus attack, partition loss, etc., you can apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac to recover files.

Download this document recovery software to restore lost Excel files on Mac in 3 steps.  

Step 1. Select the location where your important Excel files were lost and click Scan button.

select the location where excel files lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will start immediately a quick scan as well as a deep scan on your selected disk volume. Meanwhile, the scanning results will be presented in the left pane.

scan the selected drive to find lost excel files

Step 3. By Path and Type, you can quickly filter the Excel files you've lost earlier. Select the target files and click Recover Now button to get them back at once.

click recover now to recover lost excel files on your Mac

See More: Restore Unsaved Excel File on Mac from AutoSave

AutoSave automatically saves a new Excel document that has been created but not saved yet. While AutoRecover can help users retrieve unsaved Excel files on Mac. If the two options are enabled, you can retrieve unsaved files on Mac in Excel 2010 - 2016. 

Step 1. Go to "Applications" >" Utilities" > "Terminal". 

Type defaults write AppleShowAllFiles true into Terminal and hit "Return" to make all the items visible.

Step 2. Click "Finder" > press "Return" on your Mac.

Type /Users/username/Library/Containers/ and click "Go" to open Excel's AutoRecovery folder.

restore unsaved mac excel using autosave

Step 3. Find the unsaved Excel files. Then recover them to another safe location on Mac. 

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Also read: How to recover unsaved Word document on Mac

Part 3. How to Retrieve Deleted Files on iPhone/iPad

If you deleted a file that you need from iPhone or iPad, is there a way to recover the lost file? You can try EaseUS iPhone data recovery software to recover deleted photos, videos, messages, and more files from your iOS devices. 

Step 1. Run EaseUS iOS data recovery software and connect your iPhone to a computer.

Step 2. Choose Recover from iOS Device, Recover from iTunes, or Recover from iCloud.

Step 3. Scan and recover deleted files on your iPhone or iPad.

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Part 4. How to Recover Deleted Excel Files on Android

For users who need to recover deleted Excel files or other documents on Android devices, you can turn to professional Android data recovery software - EaseUS MobiSaver for Android for help. 

To recover data through this method, you must root your phone before starting the process.

Step 1. Connect your Android phone to the computer. Install and run EaseUS MobilSaver for Android.

Step 2. Scan Android phone to find deleted Excel files.

Step 3. Preview and recover deleted Excel files from Android phone.

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Wrap Things Up

After reading this guide, you must have known how to recover deleted Excel files in different situations and on different devices. Also, if you forget to save Excel files, you can try the solutions above to get back the unsaved Excel files. By the way, take a regular backup of your Excel files so that you can restore them easily, even you are faced with a system crash or permanent deletion of the files. 

EaseUS data recovery tool for Windows and Mac offers the most comprehensive methods to recover deleted or lost files due to accidental deletion, hard drive formatting, emptying Recycle Bin, OS crash, or virus attack.  Free download this software to get back and protect data with ease. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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