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How to Recover Unsaved Projects in Premiere Pro on Windows & Mac

Take a look at this article to learn how to recover unsaved Premiere Pro projects easily. The methods are one with recovery software and one without. If you have the same problem on Windows and Mac, you can find the best solutions here.

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How to recover unsaved Premiere Pro project by Auto-save:

recover an unsaved Premiere Pro project by Autosave

  1. Step 1. If you don't remember where you stored the file originally, go to that folder first.
  2. Step 2. Open the unsaved project and navigate to the components shown here.
  3. Step 3. You should look for another option to save the Premiere Pro Autosave folder here.
  4. Step 4. You can find the most recent version of your project that Premiere Pro automatically stores.

Adobe Premiere Pro, as one of the top video editing tools, contains sophisticated features and conveniences. However, these features can be challenging for novices. For example, many users may make mistakes when saving the Prproj files. 

I was working on a project this morning when my computer froze, forcing me to shut it down and start it back up. The funny thing is that when I re-opened my project, the progress was reversed before my last save point. What happened, and how do I get back to my last save point?

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1. Recover Unsaved Premiere Pro Project with Recovery Software

The closed PRPROJ files are generally unsaved when your PC or Premiere Pro software crashes. In this case, the most crucial thing to do is to recover the unsaved Premiere Pro project file using the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

If you wish to recover unsaved files from your PC or external hard drive, you can't go wrong with the data recovery tool. This tool has a user-friendly graphical user interface that will take you through the process of recovering unsaved project files with just a few clicks.

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  • Adobe files recovery from deletion, formatting, corruption, virus attacks, and system crashes
  • Over 1000 file formats can be recovered, including PDF, PSD, PRPROJ, SVG file formats, and others
  • Unsaved projects can be recovered from empty recycle bins, SD cards, and other storage devices

Download the program and try the steps:

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on the computer. Choose the disk where you lost the unsaved Premiere Pro project files, and click "Scan".

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Step 2. You'll see the Path and Type tab on the left side,  click "Type" and "Unsaved Files". You can double-click the folder to open it or click "Open". This unsaved file recovery software will help you easily recover unsaved Projects, Word, Excel, PPT, and other files.

see the Path and Type tab

Step 3. Choose target Premiere Pro projects and click the "Preview" button. Then, click "Recover" to restore these unsaved projects. Be careful not to revert the recovered files to the original location, which may overwrite the file.

Choose target Premiere Pro projects and preview

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2. Restore Premiere Pro from Autosave on Windows

Adobe Premiere Pro saves your files in the same directory in which you stored your project file by default. The steps are as follows:

Step 1. Navigate to your project folder. C:\Users\Adobe Premiere Pro Auto-Save\ (If you can access it directly, search it on your PC.)

Step 2. Look for the "Premiere Pro Auto-Save" subfolder containing auto-saved files. Your files are all here.

Navigate to your project folder

Step 3. Choose the files you desire. You can find previous versions of your project under this subfolder. However, if you access the autosaved files, you risk having it overwritten and, therefore, losing it.

By going to edit options, you may tell Premiere Pro to save your files every 5 minutes. By clicking auto save, you can change the time to whatever you wish.

3. Recover Unsaved Premiere Pro Project from Temp Folder

When you work on PR files, the application saves your work in progress to the Temp folder. When Premiere Pro crashes, these files are saved in the Temp folder as a backup. To recover the Adobe Premiere files follow the procedures below.

Step 1. Navigate to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp\

Step 2. Navigate to the Temp folder and locate the PRPROJ files.

Step 3. To complete Premiere Pro project file recovery, rename the file extension. tmp to.prproj.

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4. How to Recover Unsaved Premiere Pro Project on Mac

If you need to recover unsaved Premiere Pro project files on Mac, as illustrated below, the best way to locate them is to open the AutoRecover folder.

Step 1. Open the Apple menu and select "Go to Folder." 

Step 2. Under "Go to the folder," type: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Premiere Pro/AutoRecover and press "Go."

Go to the folder

Step 3. Navigate to the "AutoRecover" folder, and Premiere Pro will restore the unsaved files on Mac. Then, you should save the discovered PRPROJ file as a new project.


Losing your unsaved Premiere Pro project is an upsetting experience. However, you have various options for attempting to restore your lost files. You should be able to retrieve your unsaved Premiere Pro projects, whether utilizing the Autosave folder, Temp folder, or alternatives such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

EaseUS data recovery is a good solution to restore deleted files without backups for unsaved Premiere Pro projects. You can rely on it in a variety of data loss circumstances.

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How to Recover Unsaved Premiere Pro Project FAQs

Here are 4 additional questions about how to recover the unsaved Premiere Pro project. Check here for the answers.

1. Where are Premiere Pro autosave files?

Premiere keeps an auto-save folder for each project. This folder is usually positioned with the Audio Previews and Video Previews folders next to your project file. You should find 20 or more saved projects when you access the Auto-Save folder.

2. Does Premiere Pro have recovery mode?

If your Premiere Pro software fails suddenly, you may recover and continue working on your projects effortlessly. When you reopen Premiere Pro, a restoration pop-up will appear.

3. Can you recover the deleted Premiere Pro project?

There is another option for you: recover them from Auto-Save. Adobe Premiere Pro saves your files in the same directory in which you stored your project file by default.

4. How do I restore Premiere Pro crash?

  • Go to your project's folder.
  • Within the Auto-Save folder, look for a subdirectory called RecoveryProjects, which should contain one file for each project.
  • When Premiere Pro crashes or is forced to quit, this is the save that is made.

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