How to Recover Deleted/Unsaved Numbers Files on Mac

An accidental power off or OS fault is very desperate. A lot of files could be lost or remain unsaved. If you have encountered this annoying situation and want to recover deleted Numbers files on Mac, you can read this article and try to get it back.

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Overview of Recovering Numbers Files

"My computer just shut down, and when I restarted, I lost a critical numbers document I was working on with data I can not easily restore. PLEASE tell me there is a way to recover this file and how to do so?"

- TGGMD from Apple Community

Files could get deleted or unsaved under many scenarios. A virus attack, misoperation, power off, or hard drive formatting can cause data loss. Luckily, there are still chances to recover deleted Numbers files on Mac from the trash bin or using a data recovery tool. If you have never saved the files, you can retrieve your precious data from an AutoSave folder. Try these following fixes to recover the Numbers spreadsheets on Mac.

3 Ways to Recover Deleted/Unsaved Numbers Files on Mac

If you have lost a file, there's a little hope of restoring your data directly from your computer because you must have searched your computer already. But it doesn't mean you can do nothing. Here we list three methods for you to try to recover deleted/unsaved Numbers files on Mac.

Method 1. Recover Unsaved and Deleted Numbers Files on Mac with Recovery Software

If you have lost the Numbers files due to disk formatting or virus attack, you might need to seek help from data recovery software. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac is specialized in Mac data recovery. It can scan your hard drive, external hard drive, SD card, or USB flash drive to find all the lost data that vanishes without a trace on Mac OS X/macOS. Even if you have emptied the trash bin, this tool will scan and list all the files for you to recover deleted files from the emptied trash bin.

Download the software now and try to recover deleted Numbers files on Mac.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, hover the mouse over the device where you lost unsaved file, and click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. After the scan, click "Type", and expand "Unsaved Documents". Click the exact file type - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Keynote, Pages, Numbers you lost without saving.

Click a type of file

Step 3. Double-click to preview your unsaved file, select the right version and click "Recover" to save the file to another secure location on Mac.

Click Recover button

For recovering an accidentally unsaved Word: Accidentally Clicked Don't Save Word Mac? Recover Unsaved Word

Method 2. Recover Deleted Numbers Files on Mac from Trash Bin

In case some users are not familiar with the features of Mac Trash Bin, here we'd like to introduce how to recover deleted files from Trash Bin. This method only works when you have not emptied the Trash Bin after deleting the files.

Step 1. Go to the Trash Bin on your Mac.

Step 2. Add filters in the toolbar to list all the deleted Numbers files.

Filter Numbers Files

Step 3. Find the files you want, and click "Put Back" to restore the chosen content to your Mac.

Put Back Trash Bin Files to Mac

Method 3. Recover Numbers Spreadsheet with AutoSave

AutoSave is a built-in Mac feature that applies to document-based apps. When AutoSave is enabled, a version of the document is automatically saved at least once per hour, and also saved each time the document is opened, duplicated, locked, renamed, reverted, or manually saved. Now follow the guide below to see how to recover unsaved Numbers spreadsheet.

Step 1. Check if the AutoSave is enabled. Go to System Preferences > General, check if the option of "Ask to keep changes when closing documents" is checked or unchecked. If unchecked, the AutoSave feature is ON. Then your unsaved Numbers files may have saved by the AutoSave. If you find the AutoSave is not enabled, try Method 1 to see if you can recover your data.

Step 2. Go to the following location: [Your hard drive] > Users > [your home folder] > Library > Containers > com.apple.iWork.Numbers.

Step 3. Then right-click the "com.apple.iWork.Numbers." file, and select "Show Package Contents".

Step 4. Head to Data > Library > Autosave information. You might find your unsaved Numbers file here.

The Bottom Line  

That's all about how to recover deleted or unsaved Numbers files on Mac. To avoid the same data loss situation, you can make a full backup on your Mac, or enable the iCloud auto-backup for iWork files like Pages, Numbers, and Keynote. And you can always rely on data recovery tools such as EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore your lost data from HDD, SSD, fusion drive, or Time Machine backup drive.

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