5 Useful Ways on How to Recover Deleted Folder Mac

1. Download and install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac

2. Select and scan the drive/volume where you lost files

3. Preview the files and click the Recover button...Click full guide

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If you have accidentally deleted the folder or files on Mac, you are in the right place. Here are the 5 most used ways for how to recover deleted files on Mac due to accidentally deleted files or folder, emptied trash, command + del, and more.

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Recover with Software Select the disk location > scan > recover...Full steps
Fix 2. Recover from Trash Open "Trash" > drag the items out...Full steps
Fix 3. Recover with Undo Option Go to "Edit" and select the "Undo Move of"...Full steps
Fix 4. Restore from Time Machine Connect your backup disk to your Mac...Full steps
Fix 5. Restore Through Terminal Go to "Finder" > "Applications" > "Utilities"...Full steps

Why Do You Recover Folders on Mac

You may lose your folders or files on Mac in the following scenarios:

  • Drag a document or a folder to the trash can
  • Right-click on a file or folder and select move to trash
  • Regularly empty the trash to remove deleted files permanently
  • Permanently delete folders by using option command delete hotkeys
  • Use the delete immediately option under the drop-down list of the file menu
  • Click on the Finder menu and selecting empty trash in the drop-down to delete folders

If you have lost data on Mac by any of these ways, is it possible to recover deleted folders? The answer is YES. There are five practical methods that you can use to recover deleted folders on Mac, even recovering folders after you've emptied the trash bin.

Part 1. Recover Deleted Folders Mac with EaseUS Folder Recovery Tool

Why do we put this plan first? According to a large number of feedback from our users, most users can't restore removed folders in the trash bin, and there is no backup. In this case, to restore the lost important data as soon as possible, we highly recommend you first try EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac.

Being versatile and powerful, EaseUS data recovery software for Mac enables you to:

  • Fully recover lost data due to accidental deletion without a backup, format, virus attack, system crash, hardware failure, unexpected shutdown, or human error
  • Retrieve over 200+ file types from various Macs and conventional storage devices, such as recover deleted Word on Mac 
  • Support data recovery on any device, including MacBook, iMac, hard drive, memory card, USB drive, camera, video player, etc.
  • Support HFS, HFS+, FAT, NTFS, ExFAT, and APFS data recovery
  • Create a bootable USB drive that will be of great help to restore data when your Mac won't boot
  • Monitor your disk status and recover data in a fast-ever speed with the data protection feature

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" button to get them back.

click recover now button to recover deleted files on your Mac

To prevent complete data loss, you can either grow a habit of backing up your files on Mac or learn how to perform data recovery on your computer. Equip your computer with such an accomplished tool is always a good choice for you.

For users who don't like to recover deleted folders on Mac with software, you can try to restore lost folders through the "Put Back" option in the trash can, undo feature on Mac, Time Machine backup, or Terminal. 

Part 2. Recover Deleted Folders on Mac from Trash

The simplest case could be that you deleted the items using "Delete", "Command + Delete", or just by dragging them to the Trash Bin, in which you can recover your deleted files or folder using one of the three options below:

  • Open "Trash" > drag the items out
  • Go to "Trash" > select the items > click "File" > choose "Put Back"
  • Open "Trash" > choose the items > tap "Edit" > choose "Copy [filename]" > paste the items to elsewhere

It's rapid and easy to recover deleted folders in this way, but it's not always the case. Many users find their need is to recover deleted files from emptied Trash Bin. If you get data lost by emptying the Trash or using "Comand + Shift + Delete", you can only recover your deleted files using a professional Mac data recovery tool. 

Part 3. Recover Deleted Folder Mac with Undo Option

If you accidentally deleted folders on Mac, you can easily restore them by the "Undo" option. But if you've done more copy and paste, this method may not work.

After deleting files, go to "Edit" and select the "Undo Move of xxxx" option. Or you can simply use command + Z key to undo the delete operation.

recover deleted folder mac with undo option

Part 4. Restore Deleted Folder Mac from Time Machine

How to recover folders on Mac without the software? If you have turned on Time Machine and back up your Mac to an external hard drive regularly, you can recover deleted folders on  Mac in the following way. But the essential problem is that most users don't have the habit of backing up. So, this method isn't practical for a lot of users. 

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 Files/Folders from Time Machine Backup

Part 5. Restore Deleted Folder Mac Through Terminal

If you want to recover deleted files on Mac without software, using Terminal is an excellent choice. But note that Terminal command can only recover deleted files from Trash on Mac. If the Trash becomes empty, turn to a Mac file recovery tool for help.

To restore deleted files on Mac via Terminal, follow these steps:

Step 1. Go to "Finder" > "Applications" > "Utilities" and  double-click "Terminal".

restore deleted mac folders from terminal - 1

Step 2. Type command cd .Trash and press the "Return" key on your Mac

Step 3. Input "mv xxx../" and hit "Return". (xxx means the name of the deleted file)

Step 4. Type "Quit" in the Terminal to exit the Terminal window. 

recover Mac deleted folder from terminal - 2

To Wrap Up

To recover deleted folders from Mac, MacBook, or external device, you have five solutions to do it. If you haven't permanently deleted the folder or haven't emptied the trash bin, you may restore the lost folders from the trash bin or with the undo approach. If these two methods don't work, you can also try to restore folders from a backup.

But if you have permanently deleted the folder and haven't made any backups, your best bet is to apply EaseUS Mac data recovery software to retrieve missing folders without effort. What's more, if you want to recover emptied Trash or recover deleted folders on Mac Free, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard for Mac Free is available for you.

FAQs About Mac Recover Deleted Folder  

Here are a few questions related to recovering deleted folder Mac. If you also have any of these problems, you can find the methods here.

Is it possible to recover deleted files on Mac?

To recover deleted files on Mac, download and use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard by following the steps below:

Step 1. Select the location where files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

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.

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.

How do I recover permanently deleted folders?

There are two ways feasible to recover permanently deleted folders on Mac:

1. Recover from Time machine backup (only works if you have created backup before)

2. Recover deleted folders by using EaseUS folder recovery tool on Mac in three steps:

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.

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

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

How do I recover a deleted folder in Mac Mail?

Apple Mail is the built-in email client included with Mac running OS X 10.0 or later. If you have accidentally deleted emails, the missing email messages are recoverable even they were permanently deleted as long as you find reliable solutions to recover deleted emails on Mac. Read the tutorial and see how to do it.  

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