How to Recover Deleted Applications from Mac Hard Disk Drive

Summary: This blog is a beacon of hope for users who have permanently deleted important applications or files from Mac storage drive.

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Losing important files, folders, and applications to accidental deletion can be devastating. And there are a number of scenarios that can lead to such accidents. While a few years back, a Time Machine backup or a hard drive clone were probably the only ways to restore such deleted data; but with the introduction of iCloud, the dynamics have changed. By default your Apple device takes a backup of all your data and saves it in your iCloud account. So you can download and restore any files, folders as well as application information that you lose out on. But in severe situations, even iCloud may not be able to help you recover deleted macOS applications. That’s where reliable Mac data recovery software come into play and performs a safe and non-destructive deleted recovery process to help you regain all your deleted data.

In this article, we’re going to discuss a few scenarios under which the apps can be deleted from Mac hard drive, common fixes that you can try to restore such deleted apps, and a sure-shot way of recovery through third-party software.

How apps get deleted from Mac Hard Drive

An average Apple user installs several apps on his Mac like Flash, iTunes, Adobe Illustrator, Lotus Notes, etc. Unlike Windows where apps once installed can only be removed from the system by uninstalling them from the Control Panel, on Macs a simple action like deleting the app folder from within the Applications folder can remove an app. Therefore, users need to be more careful while dealing with Mac apps.

The following are the common reasons behind app deletion on Mac:

  • Deleting an app folder from within the Applications folder
  • Removing an app for favor of another only to later want the previous one back
  • Apps getting removed due to unplanned system format
  • Failed app update leading to its crashing and subsequent deletion

Recover deleted apps

There are a number of methods through which you can restore deleted apps on your Mac.

  1. Restore from ‘Trash’

The most common way to delete data from Mac is by sending it to the Trash folder. Thus, if you find any app missing, check your Mac’s Trash folder to see if the app folder is there. In case you find it, then right-click on it and select ‘Put Back’. Alternatively, you can also drag the app folder to the desktop and then put it back to the Applications folder manually.

If, however, you cannot find the app folder in Mac Trash, this means that the Trash was emptied recently. In such a case, you should try the subsequent options.

  1. Restore from App Store

If you purchased the app from the App Store, you can easily reinstall it without having to spend money again. Just go to the App Store on your Mac and click on the ‘Purchased’ tab. Under this tab, you’ll be able to see a list of all the apps that you’ve purchased from the App Store. Find the deleted app from this list and click on the ‘Install’ button next to it to have it back again.

  1. Restore from Installation CD

If the deleted app was pre-installed on your Mac when you bought it and you cannot find it in your App Store list, you can restore it from your installation CD. That said, some programs cannot be installed directly from discs, you need an installer program first. Download and install an appropriate installer and then insert the CD. Thereafter you should be able to extract and install the app you want from the CD.

  1. Restore from iTunes or iCloud

iTunes and iCloud are magic apps. In addition to their basic functions, these apps let you take complete backups of your data from which you can restore anything if need be. Just open iTunes on your Mac and click on ‘Apps’ tab from the sidebar. Thereafter, locate the app that got deleted and click on the install button next to it.

  1. Recover using Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac

If none of the above-mentioned methods works for you, then we suggest a sure-shot solution left to help you out. Download and install Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac software which can help you:

  • Recover deleted Flash files
  • Recover Adobe Illustrator V9 or later
  • Recover Macromedia – SWF, FWS, CWS, FLV
  • Recover iPHOTO
  • Recover Apple Scripts SCPT
  • Recover Apple Mails ELMX
  • Recover iTunes PLIST
  • Recover Lotus NSF
  • Recover Pagemaker Files PTF

Additionally, with this software, you can recover deleted archive files from Mac hard drive and it also lets you perform functions such as Create Disk Image, monitor drive’s SMART status, etc.

Follow the steps below to recover the deleted apps —

Step 1) Download, install and launch Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac

Free download Mac

Step 2) On the software’s main screen, select the type of data that you want to recover

Select What To Recover

Step 3) Next, from the list of all volumes on your Mac hard drive, choose the desired drive or partition.

Select Location

Step 4) Click on Scan to initiate the scanning

Step 5) The next screen shows the list of all the found recoverable files or folders. You can select the desired file or folder from a tree-view list and launch its Preview

Step 6) Thereafter, select the files or folders to be recovered and click on ‘Recover’ button. When prompted, specify the destination folder for saving recovered data.

This completes deleted application recovery from Mac.

Final Thoughts

If you cannot find your Mac apps or they have been accidentally deleted, the above-mentioned tips will prove helpful; and, if nothing else works, then leverage the safe and reliable Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Mac software.

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