How to Retrieve Deleted Screenshots on Mac

Q: “There were some important screenshots saved on my Mac. But I have accidentally deleted them the other day. Is there a way to recover the screenshots that have been deleted?”

We have received a lot of questions asking how to recover the deleted screenshots on Mac, like above. I bet you have faced the same problem. If you want to know how to find your precious screenshots back, then this post will help you with that. There will be 3 solutions for you to find and recover the lost screenshots or any other files.

How to Recover Deleted Screenshot

Part 1. Best Way to Recover Permanently Deleted Screenshots on Mac

If you find the screenshots have been deleted permanently, you can employ Apeaksoft Data Recovery, the best Mac file recovery software, to get them back. Whether your data loss is due to accidental deletion, hard drive damage, virus attack, or other issues, you can easily retrieve your lost file. Using advanced scan technology, this software can help you find the file you need without wasting time.

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Step 1 Download & Install Apeaksoft Data Recovery

Free Download and install Apeaksoft Data Recovery on your computer. After that, open the software.

Main Interface

Step 2 Select Data Type & Location

Select Mac Data Recovery in the main interface. Then you need to select the type and location of the file that you want to recover. This will help the program to scan and detect the lost file more precisely.

If you only want to find screenshots, you can just check the Image option. As for the hard disk drive, it depends on the default path that you set to save the screenshots. If you don’t know, you can select both. Click Scan.

Choose All Data

Step 3 Select Scan Mode

First, this recovery tool will initiate quick-scan mode to search for your lost file with fast speed. You can also select Deep Scan to scan the drive comprehensively and thoroughly.

Quick Scan Images

Step 4 Find the Deleted File

After scanning, you will see an Image folder that keeps all the scanned images, including screenshots, in the left list. Open it and find the data you need. Then click Recover to retrieve the deleted file.

Recover Images

Step 5 Save the Screenshot

Select a saving path in the pop-up window. Then you will get your important screenshot back.

Save Path Images

Besides retrieving the deleted screenshots, this software can also help you recover music, photos, videos, documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF), emails, and more. So, you don’t have to worry about data loss anymore.

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Part 2. Find & Retrieve Deleted Screenshots on Mac without Software

If the screenshot is recently deleted, you actually can try the methods below without installing a third-party program.


If the screenshot is deleted in the Photos app, you can recover it with ease. Because the Photos app can not only manage your pictures and videos but save the deleted image/video files into the Recently Deleted album for 30 days.

Step 1 Open Photos on your Mac. Select Albums and find the Recently Deleted folder.

Step 2 As long as the screenshot doesn’t expire, you will see it on the list. Select it and click Recover in the upper right corner. It will return to the original album.

Photos Recently Deleted


When you remove a file from the desktop or a folder, the deleted file usually will be thrown into the Trash.

Step 1 Click the trash bin in the bottom right corner of the desktop to open Trash.

Step 2 Find the screenshot you want to recover, right-click on the item and select Put Back. The deleted file will go back to where it was saved once.


Time Machine

If you have enabled the automatic backup feature in Time Machine, then you can effortlessly restore the old version of your files. By the way, backing up data regularly is really a good habit. It will save you from a lot of unnecessary data loss issues.

Step 1 Click Finder and search for the Time Machine app.

Step 2 In the lower right corner of the Mac screen, you will see a timeline. Scroll it to find the date when the screenshot was still alive. Then select the deleted picture and click Restore.

Time Machine


The last method is to check your iCloud Photo Library, which can save the photos or screenshots that you take on any of your iOS devices.

Step 1 Go to the website of iCloud. After signing in, please click Photos first. Then select Albums and find the Recently Deleted album.

Step 2 If you find the screenshot you want to restore, click Recover.

Part 3: FAQs of Recovering Deleted Screenshots

1. How do I get back a deleted iPhone screenshot?

Open the Photos app on your iPhone. Then go to the Recently Deleted album. Look through the list and find the picture you need and recover it.

2. Where are my screenshots saved on Mac?

They will be saved to your desktop by default if you don’t change the default location.

3. Why are my screenshots not saving to desktop on Mac?

You should check the saving settings. Find system preferences on your Mac. Then select Keyboard. Choose Shortcuts. You will see Screenshots. Please check the settings. If you want to save the screenshots to desktop, you can restore the default.


Today you have learned 5 ways to get your screenshots back on Mac. Hope one of them works. If you have emptied your Trash or you cannot find the screenshots everywhere, then you should use Apeaksoft Data Recovery immediately.
If you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.

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