Recover Files from M1 Mac [Apple Silicon M1 Mac Data Recovery]

You can recover files from M1 Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. If you have enabled Time Machine before, you can restore files from Time Machine backup. If your Mac cannot boot, try Share Disk Mode to access an unbootable Mac with another Mac.

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In this article, you'll learn:

Recover Files from M1 Mac Overview

Apple started using the M1 chip in 2020 instead of Intel chips. This powerful and advanced chip brings a wonderful user experience to Mac users, but the encryption technology of M1 chips makes it difficult to recover files from M1 Macs. Although users will not often lose essential files with Mac Time Machine and iCloud automatic backup enabled, they will lose data when they don't have recent backups. And not all recovery products can help you recover files from M1 Macs.

You should apply different data recovery solutions in different situations, and we will introduce three methods to perform M1 chip data recovery. Before that, you may want to ensure what chips you use now. Follow the steps below to recheck it:

Step 1. Click the Apple icon in the menu bar, and click on "About This Mac".

click on About This Mac

Step 2. Click "Overview", and all the detailed information about your Mac will appear. You can see the model and chips you are using in this window.

Apple M1 Chip MAc

Now, you can start with the first method to recover files from M1 Mac. And you should share this passage on social media if you want to read it again.


1. How to Recover Files from M1 Mac with Software

This is a straightforward solution if you encounter data loss on M1 Mac or other Mac devices like MacBook Air, Pro, iMac, Mac mini, etc. Applying EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac can be the most time-saving method if you don't have any backups. You can click the download button below to get a free trial version.

No matter you are in what kind of situation, EaseUS can help you recover files from M1 Mac, and this software is workable to recover data from M2 chip Mac as well. You can check the following information to see that you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac in what situations:

This software is super functional and easy to operate. You can recover deleted photos, documents, emails, videos, and audio on an M1 Mac. You'll learn a step-by-step tutorial on recovering files from M1/M2 Mac in the following section:

Step 1. Select the disk to scan

Choose the M1 or M2-secured volume where you lost data and files. Click the "Search for lost files" button.

select a location and scan for M1/M2 data

Step 2. Filter lost data

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your M1 or M2-secured volume and display the scanning results on the left pane. No extra operation is required while scanning the M1 or M2-secured Mac volume and lost data.

Filter lost data

Step 3. Preview and recover data

Select and double-click the file(s) to preview and click the "Recover" button to get them back.

recover data from Mac with M1/M2 chips

2. Recover Files from M1 Mac with Time Machine

This method is also very simple but has a precondition, and you should have created M1 Mac backups with Time Machine in advance. It is impossible to restore from Time Machine without backup exits. If you don't know how to back up with Time Machine, we will also teach you that:

Step 1. Find and launch Time Machine on M1 Mac.

Step 2. Click "Select Backup Disk…" to choose a suitable disk to back up files. You'd better choose an external hard drive that has enough storage space.

Select Backup Disk to create M1 Mac backups

Step 3. After creating the backup, you can enable automatic backup and show Time Machin in the menu bar.

Step 4. To restore the Time Machine backup, you just need to choose a backup, find target files, and click on the "Restore" button.

Select Restore to recover files from M1 Mac

If you accidentally deleted or lost Time Machine backup, check the following passage to find solutions:

recover deleted Time Machine backup

Proven Ways | Recover Deleted Time Machine Backup

It is not uncommon that you may accidentally delete Time Machine backup from their external hard drive. Read more >>

3. Perform M1 Mac File Recovery with Share Disk

You may know that there is a Target Disk Mode on Intel-based Macs, and users can use a Mac to access another Mac by using this mode. On Apple silicon Macs, you can use the Share Disk option to do that, which only works on M1 or M2 chip Macs. This method can be very useful when your Mac cannot boot:

Step 1. You need a well-functional Thunderbolt cable and a Mac device for this method.

Step 2. Shut download your faulty Mac and start Mac in Recovery Mode.

Step 3. Check the menu bar and choose "Utilities"> "Share Disk…". Then, you should choose a Mac startup disk to share.

share disk mode on M1 Mac

Now the following steps should be operated on your well-functional Mac:

Step 1. Enter the network settings and choose your faulty Mac device.

select faulty M1 Mac

Step 2. Choose "Connect As", and a new window will open.

Step 3. Connect as "Guest" and choose "Connect".

use Share Disk Mode to connect M1 Mac

Then, you can access the data on your unbootable M1 Mac and recover data from it. If the internal hard drive not showing up on Mac, you'd better turn back to the first method to create an EaseUS bootable USB.

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Advanced Tip: How to Avoid Data Loss on M1 Mac

Do you feel annoyed when you need to recover files from M1 Mac? Nobody wants to go through data loss, especially when you need the data to meet an urgent need. So, you need to learn some advanced tips to prevent data loss:

  • 📑Back Up M1 Mac frequently.
  • 🔒Enable FileVault encryption.
  • 🌐Avoid downloading unsafe software.
  • 🔋Charge M1 Mac correctly.
  • 🔖Use M1 Mac in a clean environment.
  • Update Mac every week/month.


After learning how to recover files from M1 Mac, you may have already recovered lost files. In most situations, you can recover permanently deleted files from M1 Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac. Download this software today to experience how simple to perform M1 Mac data recovery.

Recover Files from M1 Mac FAQs

You can learn more information about revering files from M1 Mac

1. How to recover data from M1 Mac that won't boot?

It is not difficult to recover data from Mac that won't boot:

  1. 1. Recover with recovery software
  2. 2. Time Machine backup
  3. 3. Creating a disk image
  4. 4. With Target Disk Mode
  5. 5. With APFS snapshots
  6. 6. Contact Apple Support

2. How to fix Target Disk Mode not working on M1 Mac?

You can fix Target Disk Mode not working issue on Mac with the following methods:

  1. 1. Update macOS
  2. 2. Reformat Mac hard drive
  3. 3. Check ports and cables
  4. 4. Adjust Finder Preferences
  5. 5. Turn off the Firmware password

3. How to perform M1 chip data recovery with software?

You can download EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac and follow the steps to perform M1 chip data recovery:

  1. 1. Select the hard drive on M1 Mac and scan.
  2. 2. Find lost or deleted files after the scanning.
  3. 3. Preview and recover files from M1 Mac.

4. Can you recommend M1 Mac recovery software?

Here are five recommended M1 Mac data recovery software:

  1. 1. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac
  2. 2. Disk Drill for Mac
  3. 3. Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac
  4. 4. Recoverit Data Recovery for Mac
  5. 5. Data Rescue for Mac

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Dany is an editor of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. She focuses on writing articles about data recovery on Mac devices and PCs. She is devoted to improving her writing skills and enriching her professional knowledge. Dany also enjoys reading detective novels in her spare time.

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