How to Restore Deleted Files from APFS Drives on macOS High Sierra/Mojave/Catalina?

Posted by Molly to Mac Data Recovery on July 19th, 2018

According to Apple, drives and volumes formatted with APFS don't crash that often and secure your data from randomly corruption or loss. However, at times, restoring deleted files from APFS drive is still necessary, no matter whether the files are deleted mistakenly or not. In this article, we're going to show you how to restore/recover deleted files from APFS drives on macOS High Sierra, macOS Mojave and macOS Catalina in 3 simple but feasible ways.

How to restore deleted files from APFS drives on macOS High Sierra?

Method 1: Restore deleted files from Trash

Step 1: Go to Mac Trash.

Step 2: Locate the deleted file and right-click it.

Step 3: Click "Put Back". You can successfully undelete files from APFS drive.

Method 2: Restore deleted files from Time Machine

If you have been using the Time Machine Backup on macOS High Sierra 10.13, Mojave 10.14 or Catalina 10.15, recovering deleted files from APFS drive will be easier for you.

Step 1: On the menu bar, click the Time Machine icon and select "Enter Time Machine".

Tips: Did you know how to show Time Machine icon on the menu bar?

  1. Click Apple icon at the top-right corner.
  2. Select System Preferences… and then click on Time Machine.
  3. Check Show Time Machine in menu bar.

Step 2: At the bottom right corner, choose a date and time you would like to roll back to. Click "go back in time".

Step 3: A list of the files stored in the computer at the specified time will be shown.

Step 4: Preview a file, select it and press the spacebar.

Step 5: Click the "Restore" button to restore it.

Method 3: Recover deleted files from APFS drive with APFS data recovery software

If unfortunately you have emptied Mac Trash and haven't made a backup in Time Machine, you still have a chance to recover the deleted files from APFS drive with APFS data recovery software.

iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery is the best APFS data recovery software which is capable of APFS and encrypted APFS data recovery. It's able to recover deleted photos, videos, documents, music files even emptied from Mac Trash, recover deleted files from APFS formatted external hard drives, USB drives, SD cards, memory cards, Pen drives, etc. as well as recovers deleted APFS partitions with ease.

How to restore deleted files from APFS drives on macOS High Sierra with iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery?

Step 1: Download and install iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery on our Mac.

Step 2: Launch iBoysoft Mac Data Recovery, and choose the APFS drive you've deleted files from.

Restore deleted files from APFS drive on macOS High Sierra

Step 3: Click "Next" to scan for lost files.

Step 4: Preview the results and choose files you want to recover, then click "Recover" button.

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