How to Recover Data From Mac Trash

Deleting helps you clear the clutter and make space for the new files. However, in many cases, users delete important files without noticing. For all those users who accidentally deleted important files and are looking to recover Mac trash, this article provides you with a perfect solution.

Before proceeding, here are a few precautions.

  1. Stop using your computer until you recover data from Mac trash
  2. Do not install Mac Trash recovery software on the same drive where the deleted files used to exist

Usually, you will encounter two scenarios when you are trying to recover files from Mac trash

  • Recovering data from Mac trash
  • Recovering data from emptied Mac trash folder

Fact: Annually around 32% of mac users encounter data loss.

Recover data from Mac Trash

When you delete a file, Mac OS temporarily stores the file in the Trash before permanently deleting it. By default the time period is 30 days(customizable), exceeding 30 days the file is permanently deleted from your Mac. 

In that time period, there is no need for any tools. You just need to open the Trash folder from your desktop, select the files and drag them on to the desktop. 

However, there are users who permanently delete the files either by tapping the “command+delete” key or emptying the Trash can as soon as deleting the files.

In this situation, the files are no longer available in trash or visible anywhere on the Mac. To recover files from emptied Mac trash you need the help of suitable Mac Trash recovery software such as Remo Mac Data Recovery software. 


Remo Recover is capable of accessing the Mac hard drives storage sectors and recovering the files that are hidden or inaccessible.

For further explanation on how to recover data from emptied Mac Trash please move to the next section of the article.

Fact: 11% of data loss happens due to human errors

Recover Emptied Mac Trash

When a Mac Trash is emptied the files are not permanently erased, rather the files are marked deleted and space is marked ready to be overwritten for new files.

Which is why you should stop using the Mac to avoid the recoverable files getting overwritten with new data. 

However, these files will be invisible and cannot be accessed by a normal user. In such situations, Remo Mac Data Recovery software can help access the storage sectors and recover data from MacBook trash or a Mac trash. 

Note: Do not install Remo Mac Data Recovery software on the same drive where deleted files used to exist.

To Recover Emptied Mac Trash download and install Remo Mac data recovery software.

Launch the Remo Mac Data Recovery software and select the “Recover Files option”

  • In the next screen, select Recover Deleted files option. This will load the volumes available on the Mac.

recover mac trash files

  • Select the volume and click on the Next button to initiate a scan. 

select drive while recovering files from mac trash

  • After scanning the drive Remo Mac Data recovery software will display the recovered files from emptied trash on Mac.

files recovered from mac trash can

  • Select the files and click on save to complete recovering data from emptied Mac Trash.

Is it possible to recover data from emptied trash can without using any software

Yes, you can recover data from a Mac trash can using the terminal. Terminal is a command-line interface that allows users to undo the emptying of the mac trash. 

Go to utilities and double click on the terminal 

using terminal to recover emptied mac trash

Type “cd trash” and press enter 

Next type mv (filename) and press enter (remember that the file name should be exact including the extension)

Exit the terminal and check whether the file is recovered or not.

However, using this process you can only recover one file at a time. Not only that,  you also need to enter the exact file name. If the file name is wrong, you can’t recover the file.

Time Machine Backup

You can also use the time machine backup application to recover the data from emptied trash. However, time machine backup only works if there is an existing backup file. Without a backup file, you cannot recover data from emptied Mac trash.

using time machine backup to recover data from mac trash

Nevertheless, it is advised to make use of Time Machine backup and set up regular backup files so that you can avoid data loss situations.


When files are deleted they become hidden and inaccessible. Since the files are hidden and inaccessible, the recovery process becomes extremely complicated for a normal user.

To make the entire Mac trash recovery process simple Remo Recover is designed with a straightforward user interface. So that even a novice user can restore data from the Mac Trash folder.

Remo Mac data recovery software is a professional tool that can scan and scavenge the Mac storage sectors and undo emptied Mac trash. 

It might be Catalina, Mojave or High Sierra Remo Recover works seamlessly with all the Mac OS versions. Not just that you can use Remo Recover on MacBook Air, MacBook pros (all versions).

Additionally, with the help of this Mac trash recovery software, a user can also recover photos, videos or any kind of digital media from Mac trash without any fuss.

How to Recover Data From Mac Trash was last modified: January 16th, 2020 by John Harris

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