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How to Recover Deleted Downloads Folder on Mac

Updated on Feb 26, 2019 by Daisy to Mac File Recovery


After you accidentally deleted the Downloads folder on your Mac, you will need to find a solution to get your downloads back. Generally, you can do it with Trash, Time Machine, or the third-party tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. With its proven effectiveness in data rescue, EaseUS Data Recovery outranks its equivalents and will help you recover the deleted downloads on your Mac with ease.

In most cases of data loss on Mac, there are three ways to recover lost files. You can either move the item out of the Trash Bin, recover files from the Time Machine backup, or get back data quickly with third-party software. It's no exception when it comes to recovering deleted Downloads on Mac.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Downloads Folder on Mac via Trash

When you delete the Downloads folder or the file in it on your Mac using "Delete" or "Command + Delete", the item deleted will be moved to the Trash Bin. In such a case, you can restore your deleted downloads simply by dragging the items out or use the "Copy Items" or "Put Back" command.

However, if you deleted the downloads or Downloads folder using "Command + Shift + Delete" or, like the situation described below, emptied the Trash Bin, you have permanently removed the files from your computer. 

"I accidentally deleted the Downloads folder from my iMac and clicked Empty Trash habitually. After this, I realized that some important files were in that folder. Is it possible to recover deleted download folder on Mac?"

Then, is it possible to recover deleted downloads on Mac that have been removed permanently? When a file is deleted, only the index entry is deleted but the file is still saved on the disk. You can not find it because the system marks the space as free and available. Thus, as long as you don't overwrite the data and have a powerful Mac data recovery tool, you can locate and recover the lost Downloads folder successfully.

Method 2. Recover Deleted Downloads on Mac with Data Recovery Tool

Among the various Mac data recovery tools, which one is the best for you? Our recommendation for you is EaseUS Mac data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, which excels other same-type products in many aspects, like scanning speed, scanning depth, recovery quality, and usability. With this tool installed on your Mac (macOS or Mac OS X), you can securely recover your deleted Downloads folder with simple steps. Not convinced enough? There are some highlights of EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard:

  • Supports the recovery of over 200+ file types
  • Enables you to recover files lost due to formatting, deletion, OS crash, and more
  • Allows you to recover lost files from Macs, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, SD cards, digital cameras, and other Mac-compatible storage devices

Isn't it a tool well worth trying? Now, follow the below guide to recover your deleted Downloads folder or downloads on Mac as soon as possible:

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

It is quite easy to undelete files on Mac with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac, right? Using this method is the most straightforward way to recover lost downloads on your Mac. However, it's not the only solution. In addition to recovering your files with a third-party program, you can also restore your deleted downloads on Mac with Time Machine if you have enabled it earlier.

Method 3. Restore Deleted Downloads on Mac with Time Machine

If you have backed up your Mac with Time Machine regularly, here is the way to recover your deleted downloads with the help of Time Machine:

Step 1. Connect your backup disk to your Mac and turn on your computer.

Step 2. If your Mac starts up to the setup assistant, set the details of your country, keyboard, and network. Then choose to transfer your information from a Time Machine backup from the Migration Assistant window. If your Mac starts up to the Finder, go to "Applications" > "Utilities" > "Migration Assistant" and choose to transfer your information from a Time Machine backup.

Step 3. Select the wanted Time Machine backup and click "Continue".

Step 4. If you have more than one backup option to choose, select one of them and click "Continue".

Step 5. Choose the files to transfer and click "Continue".

Step 6. When the transfer has completed, restart your computer and log in to the target account, then you will see all the recovered files.

How to Recover Deleted Downloads from Time Machine Backup