How to Recover Deleted/Unsaved Numbers Files on Mac

Gemma updated on Aug 21, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles

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.

"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 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 a 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. Select the location where your important data & files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select the location where data was deleted and click scan

Step 2. The software will run both quick scan and deep scan and work hard to find as many deleted files as possible on the selected volume.

scan the selected disk to find deleted files on your Mac

Step 3. The scan results will be displayed in the left pane. Just select the file(s) and click the "Recover Now" button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac

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 >

Step 3. Then right-click the "" 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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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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