Recover Unsaved or Lost Photoshop Files on Mac

Tracy King updated on Feb 22, 2020 to Mac File Recovery | How-to Articles


If you accidentally deleted Photoshop files without saving or lost PSD files on Mac, don't worry. Follow this page and find out how to recover unsaved or lost/deleted PSD files on Mac with Photoshop AutoSave, Time Machine backup, and EaseUS Mac file recovery software.

This page uncovers three practical solutions to help you recover lost or unsaved Photoshop files on Mac. Follow to bring your lost .PSD files back now:

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Solution 1. Use Auto Save Open Finder > Go to Folder > Type "~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop..."...Full steps
Solution 2. Use Time Machine If you created Time Machine backup, open Time Machine > find backups...Full steps
Solution 3. Use Software For lost or deleted PSD file, run EaseUS Mac data recovery software > Scan to find...Full steps

It's not complex to recover lost Photoshop files on Mac. But when it comes to restoring unsaved PSD files on Mac, some Mac users may feel resourceless on their minds.

Usually, careless operations such as closing photoshop without saving, deleting or other reasons can cause Photoshop files loss very easily. Fortunately, you still have a chance to find the lost files back. 

How to recover Photoshop files on Mac?

EaseUS software collects three solutions to assist you in retrieving unsaved/lost Photoshop files from Adobe Photoshop AutoRecover and Mac Time Machine Backup, and retrieving deleted PSD files with EaseUS Mac file recovery software. Read on and find solutions that suit you the most to recover Photoshop files on Mac

Recover unsaved or lost Photoshop files on Mac

If you've enabled the Auto Save feature in Photoshop on Mac as shown below, your best way is to find unsaved PSD files from AutoRecover folder.

Enable Auto Save on Photoshop.

If the Time Machine is turned on for backing up Photoshop files, you can also check and find the lost files from Time Machine backup. 

Solution 1. Recover unsaved Photoshop files on Mac with Adobe AutoRecover (from Auto Save)

With Auto Save feature enabled, when troubles happen, you can recover lost or unsaved Photoshop files on Mac from Auto Save with ease. 

Step 1. Click "Go" on the Apple menu, select "Go to Folder". 

Restore unsaved Photoshop files from AutoSave.

Step 2. Type: ~/Library/Application Support/Adobe/Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/AutoRecover under "Go to the folder:" and click "Go".

Note: Due to different versions of Photoshop or macOS, the specific path to access the AutoRecover folder will be different. 

Find lost PSD files and restore.

Step 3. Open the "AutoRecover" folder and then Photoshop will present you lost or unsaved files.
Just save the found PSD file as a new project on Mac.

Sometimes, you may not be able to find an AutoRecover folder on Mac (this has happened to some Photoshop CC 2017 users on Mac). This is normal and you don't need to worry.
Professional Mac file recovery software can help you find the folder by scanning the Mac hard drive.
And you can refer to the specific process by jumping to recover lost PSD on Mac on this page.

Solution 2. Recover lost Photoshop files from Time Machine backup on Mac

If you have forgotten to turn on Auto Save feature in Adobe Photoshop, Mac Time Machine may have saved your files. Still, the precondition is that you have turned on Time Machine and set backup of your lost PSD files. 

Step 1. Connect the Time Machine backup drive to Mac, click Time Machine in the Dock.

Step 2. Enter Time Machine, find backups - your Photoshop backup files and then click "Restore" to recover Photoshop lost files on Mac.

Restore lost PSD files from Time Machine backup.

Restore Photoshop files on Mac with Mac Adobe file recovery software

If you have no Auto Save files or Time Machine backup, professional Mac Adobe file recovery software can help. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac works effectively in scanning and finding lost or missing files on Mac hard drive, resolving complex data or file loss problems.

Download this software for free and follow to recover Photoshop files on Mac in three steps: (You don't need to pay before confirming it has found your lost PSD files or AutoRecover folder) 

Step 1. Select the disk location (it can be an internal HDD/SSD or a removable storage device) where you lost data and files. Click the Scan button.

select the location where data lost and click scan

Step 2. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac will immediately scan your selected disk volume and display the scanning results on the left pane.

scan the selected disk to find lost data on your Mac

Step 3. In the scan results, select the file(s) and click Recover Now button to have them back.

click recover now button to recover lost data on your Mac


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