How to Recover Deleted iWork Files on Mac

If you have lost your iWork files and have no idea how to recover them, this article might be helpful. In this post, you will know the basic knowledge of iWork files and how to recover deleted iWork files on Mac.

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Overview of Recovering iWork Files

Like Microsoft Office software, Apple has developed its office applications such as Pages, Numbers, and Keynote on the Mac. The series of tools called iWork. You can work with iWork tools to create amazing documents, spreadsheets, and presentations.

If you have lost the iWork files because of deletion, OS fault, corruption, or even virus infection, there are several methods for you to retrieve these files. In the following parts, you would see how to recover deleted iWork files on Mac with three most efficient ways.

3 Fixes to Recover Deleted iWork Files on Mac

With Apple's series of products, Mac users could easily back up their computer data with iCloud and Time Machine. But these tools are not that perfect, especially when users only want to recover one or two files in the backup, they only conduct the whole restore. The entire restore will take a long time, and it can cause data erasing. If you want to find a quick and convenient recovery method, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will offer you a hand.

1. Recover Deleted iWork Files on Mac with EaseUS Recovery Tool

Let's start with the easiest method. The conventional recovery methods work under many limitations and would take quite a long time. Under this condition, you can try a third-party Mac data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

As a comprehensive data recovery tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac helps you solve many challenging data loss cases. Retrieve deleted photos, repair corrupted MP4 files, recover lost data after virus attack, recover missing files after Mac update, etc. No matter what kind of dilemma you are stuck in, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will always get you out of it.

Download and launch this tool on your Mac and follow the step-by-step guide to start the data recovery journey.

Note: You can create a backup by clicking the "Disk Backup" on the left first. The software will recover the deleted files from the backup image. It can prevent further damage to your disk and data, making it safer and more reliable.

Step 1. Scan for deleted files

Select the hard drive, external drive, or SSD where your important data & files were deleted and click "Search for lost files".

select a location and scan for deleted files on Mac

Step 2. Filter the lost files

The software will run quick and deep scans and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume. Filter wanted files through the "Type" and "Path" options.

Filter and select the lost files

Step 3. Recover deleted files

Double-click the deleted files to preview. Then, click the "Recover" button to get them back.

recover deleted files from Mac

2. Recover Deleted iWork Files on Mac with iCloud

Another method you can try is iCloud. If you have enabled Pages, Numbers, and Keynote in iCloud, you might be able to find backup copies of the deleted iWork files. This method requires the file deletion time is short. Because files stored in the iCloud backup will keep up to date with your Mac. Follow the guide below to recover iWork files from iCloud.

Step 1. Sign in to with the Apple ID you used on the Mac.

Step 2. Click the Pages, Numbers, or Keynote icon.

Step 3. Open the file you want to restore and click the tool button.

Step 4. Click "Browse All Versions", find the one you want to recover, and click "Restore".

Restore with iCloud

3. Recover Deleted iWork Files with Time Machine

If you don't have an iCloud backup but have enabled Time Machine, you can try to recover the iWork files from your Mac backups. But you should know that this method will recover a whole backup, and it takes a long time. Here are the detailed steps. Since the Time Machine backup is stored on another hard disk, make sure the disk is connected to your Mac.

Step 1. Open Migration Assistant on your Mac, which in the "Utilities" folder of your Applications folder.

Step 2. Choose to transfer your information "From a Mac, Time Machine Backup, or startup disk."

Restore from Time Machine

Step 3. Now select the Time Machine backup, make sure the iWork files you want to recover are in it, and click "Continue".

Step 4. Select the information to transfer, then click Continue to start the restore.

Select the Information to Transfer

The time it spends depends on the size of your backup, sometimes it will take several hours.

The Bottom Line

This page provides you with the possibility to get back a corrupted iWork file. What's more, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is the right tool for recovering most of Mac lost content. Besides recovering deleted iWork files, you can also use it to recover lost audio files on Mac and recover data after an OS fault or partition formatting.

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Updated by Cedric

Cedric Grantham is a senior editor and data recovery specialist of EaseUS. He mainly writes articles and how-to tips about data recovery on PC and Mac. He has handled 10,000+ data recovery cases and is good at data recovery of NTFS, FAT (FAT32 and ExFAT) file systems, and RAID structure reorganization.

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