GIMP Recover Last Session: Recover Unsaved/Deleted/Lost GIMP Photos or Files

Tracy King updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

This article provides professional GIMP file recovery software and manual method to help you effectively recover last session, deleted, unsaved, or formatted GIMP files and photos from Windows PC with simple steps. Free download to recover lost GIMP photos, images and files with ease now.

How to recover last session in GIMP? How to recover unsaved GIMP files from backup? Read this tutorial and use the solutions to help you out.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Method 1. Recover deleted GIMP last session  Download a file recovery tool > scan for lost GIMP files > recover the deleted files...Full steps
Method 2. Restore unsaved GIMP from Backups Open GIMP and click file > click Recent and go to Document History...Full steps

GIMP, a top-ranked free photo edit software, serves users with magnificent photo editing effects and features. According to most users, GIMP seems really helpful with their files and photos. Users can use this software to beautify their personal selfies, business images or even party post. However, due to careless operation, virus attacking or even system crash, it's quite easy for users to lose GIMP photos and files.

So how to recover deleted, unsaved, or lost GIMP photos and files?

Note: Don't do anything to the hard drive where you lost GIMP files before you find a way to restore lost them.

Method 1. Recover Deleted GIMP Files with GIMP Recovery Software

If you don't have any GIMP file backups, you can apply professional file recovery software to restore all lost, deleted or formatted GIMP files and photos with ease. 

Professional GIMP file recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is exactly what you need. If your lost GIMP files are less than 2GB, you can directly try its free version - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Free Edition. If lost GIMP files are over 2GB, you can free download it right here now and purchase a serial key to activate it with unlimited data recovery capacity. 

Let's see how to recover lost, deleted, formatted or unsaved GIMP files with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard now:

Step 1. Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition or storage location where you deleted your files and click the "Scan" button to move on.

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Step 2. The scanning process starts as long as you click "Scan". The quick scan for deleted files won't take too long to complete.

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Step 3. After the scan, click the "Deleted files" on the left panel that contains all the removed files. You can select and preview files as you need. Then, click "Recover" to restore the data to a secure location.

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Method 2. Restore Unsaved GIMP Files from Backups

Actually, there's no easy way to recover unsaved GIMP files. Gimp does not provide an AutoSave feature to store data automatically. If GIMP crashes, there's no way to save the data before closing the error; so, you should save all of your data after every accepted step, and make it a habit to back up. If you have created backups for GIMP files, you can follow below path to find lost GIMP photos now:


If you don't find them in specific path, you can also follow to restore lost GIMP files from backup with below steps:

  • Open GIMP and click "File"
  • Click "Recent" and go to "Document History"

GIMP recover last session

There you'll be able to find all your recent GIMP photos and files in the Document History. Then you can copy and save them into a secure spot in your PC, even reuse them again. 

GIMP Recover Last Session FAQs

The following four questions are most relevant to GIMP recover last session. Check the answers and find what you need.

1. Where are Gimp files stored?

By default, GIMP creates a program settings folder in Windows 7, 8, and 10 in the root directory of your user folder, usually C:\Users\Administrator\. gimp-2.8. How can you change the location of that folder to be in the AppData, Roaming folder, for example, C:\Users\Computer User\AppData\Roaming\.

2. How do I retrieve an unsaved photo?

As said before, GIMP doesn't support AutoSave and Auto Recovery. Gimp does not save data automatically in case you forget to save. You can try to retrieve the unsaved photos in GIMP by clicking "File" > "Open Recent" > "Document History". If it's not there, you may not be able to find your unsaved files.

3. How do I recover a file I accidentally replaced?

To recover an accidentally overwritten file, you can try the following solution:

  • Open Windows Explorer and go to the folder where the file was located in
  • Right-click inside this folder and select "Properties" from the drop-down menu
  • Select the "Previous Versions" tab and look for an earlier version of the overwritten file

But this works only if you have a backup of your files on your computer. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"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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