How to recover deleted caches, log Library files on macOS

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    Updated on February 16, 2021

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Summary: This blog shares reliable methods for recovering permanently deleted log files, caches, and library files from Mac start-up disk. Further, you can install file recovery software for Mac which is now compatible with Big Sur 11.

How to recover deleted caches, log Library files on macOS
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It outlines two approaches for recovering deleted library and logs as follows:

1- Manual approach
2- Software-based approach

Most websites use cookies and create temporary caches on your Mac when you browse the Internet. While this helps improve your online experience by quickly loading images and data every time you visit the site again, it creates files on your hard drive that can eat up space unnecessarily. Over time, not only does it slow down the performance of your web browser but also of your whole Mac. Thus, experts suggest that clearing system caches and browser cookies can help improve browser and Mac performance significantly.

All of this sounds quite straightforward, but in reality, it requires caution. When trying to manually delete cache and other log files that aren’t required by the Mac, many users inadvertently delete system files that are needed by other applications. As a result, some system apps can start behaving unexpectedly. In such a scenario you either need to uninstall and reinstall those apps or reformat your Mac. Alternatively, if you can recover deleted log files and caches, the problem can be solved.

Let us have a look at some of the simplest ways to recover deleted macOS caches, log files, and Library folders.

Recover deleted system files manually

From the Trash folder

Om macOS, when you select files and press the ‘Delete’ button, they’re moved to the Trash folder. If that’s how you’ve deleted caches and log files, recovering them through the below steps—

  1. Open the ‘Trash’ folder by double-clicking on the trash can icon on the desktop
  2. Locate the files you wish to recover
  3. Right-click on the files
  4. Select ‘Put Back’
  5. If the original location of the files no longer exists, drag the files to the desktop and then move them to any other desired folder

From Time Machine Backup

Most macOS users rely on Time Machine to take regular backups of all data on their hard drives. If you’ve permanently deleted cache files through ‘Command + Shift + Option + Delete’ operation, your latest Time Machine backup is where you can get them back from. Follow the below steps—

  1. Connect your Time Machine backup drive to your Mac
  2. Select the backup that you wish to restore
  3. Click on ‘Restore’

Recover macOS caches folder, log files, Library folders automatically

If your data has been permanently deleted and you don’t have a backup from which you can recover it, the most reliable option to restore them is to opt for the secure and reliable Mac Data Recovery software. Backed by powerful scanning algorithms, this competent software scans your entire Mac hard drive to search for recoverable data and performs safe and accurate recovery. With it, you can easily recover deleted Library folders, macOS cache folders, log files, and other documents, photos, music files, or videos that have been deleted from APFS, HFS, HFS+, FAT, ex-FAT and NTFS format based file systems.

When the recovery process completes, you should be able to view all deleted caches, log and library files accurately recovered on your macOS.


Almost all deleted data can be recovered safely if you exercise caution and act quickly. Keep the above methods in mind as they will aid you considerably; and if all else fails, then leverage the secure and reliable Stellar Data Recovery for Mac software.

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