[2023] How to Recover Unsaved or Deleted Pages Document on Mac

Connie Wisley
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iWork Pages is a document type designed by Apple to contend with Microsoft Office Word, but it is easier and more stylish to create files. And this is just the reason why more and more Mac users prefer to work with Pages documents. However, there are possibilities that we may leave a Pages document unsaved due to sudden power off or accidentally closing Pages without saving, or just mistakenly delete a Pages document on mac.

Here, in this quick guide, we will cover the solutions to recover unsaved, deleted or lost pages document on Mac, even we will explore how to recover the previous version of a pages document.


How to Recover Unsaved Pages Document on Mac?

To recover a Pages document that wasn’t saved on Mac, there are 3 solutions listed as following.

Method 1. The Most Efficient Solution

It has been proved that the most efficient solution for unsaved pages document recovery is to utilize a professional Data Recovery Program, because Pages AutoSave might fail often.

For Mac users, we highly recommend Cisdem Data Recovery, it provides abundant features to recover deleted PowerPoint, Word, Excel, Pages, Keynote, Numbers and others fast, smartly and efficiently. Also, it supports the latest macOS Ventura and M2 chip.

Main Features of Cisdem Data Recovery for Mac

  • Recover Pages, Keynote, Numbers and 1000+ file formats
  • Recover files unsaved or lost due to power off, formatting, deletion, virus attack, system crash and so on
  • Restore files from both Mac internal and external storage devices
  • Repair damaged videos
  • Use both quick scan and deep scan to recover any files
  • Preview files before recovery
  • Recover to local drive or Cloud

Steps to Recover Deleted or Lost Pages Document on Mac

  • Step 1. Download and install Cisdem Data Recovery on your Mac.
    Free Download
  • Step 2. Go to Disk Data Recovery, choose the hard drive where you lost the Pages documents.choose scan mode
  • Step 3. Click Search for lost files to start the scanning process, go to Type>Unsaved Documents, or use the filter to find specific Pages document on Mac.scan hard drive
  • Step 4. Preview the Pages document before recovery. Then select and recover.recover pages cisdem 02

Tips: If you cannot find the unsaved Pages document in Unsaved Documents Folder, you can go to Type>Documents>Pages, or use the filter to find the wanted Pages document.

Also, you can check the YouTube tutorial video here:

Method 2. Use Mac Auto-Save

Auto-save is a part of MacOS, allowing an app to auto save the document users are working on. When you are editing on a document, the changes are saved automatically, there will be no “Save” command appears. If you have turned AutoSave ON and want to recover an unsaved Pages document free without software, use this feature.

Steps to Recover Unsaved Pages Document on Mac with AutoSave

  • Step 1. Go to Find a Pages Document.
  • Step 2. Right click to open with “Pages”.
  • Step 3. Now you will see all the Page documents that you leave opening or unsaved are opened. Choose the one you want to restore.auto save01
  • Step 4. Go to File>Save, and store the pages document that is unsaved onto your mac.pages auto save

Tips: How to Turn On Auto-Save?

Basically, auto-save is turned ON on all Mac, but maybe yours is turned off for some reason. To save your troubles on “Recover unsaved Pages document” in future days, here we recommend you to turn on the Auto-Save.

Go to System Preferences>General, un-check the box before “Ask to keep changes when closing documents”. Then the Auto-save will be ON.


Method 3. Recover Unsaved Pages Document on Mac from Temporary Folders

If you have re-launched the Pages application, but it doesn’t open the unsaved files again, you will need to find the unsaved pages document in temporary folders.

  • Step 1. Go to Finder>Applications>Utilities. 
  • Step 2. Find and run Terminal on your mac.
  • Step 3. Input “open $TMPDIR” to Terminal, then press “Enter”.recover from tem folder01
  • Step 4. Find the Pages document you didn’t save in the opened folder. Then open the document and save it.recover from tem folder02

Method 4. Retrieve the Untitled Pages Document that Wasn’t Saved on Mac

In the case you just create a new Pages document, you don’t have enough time to name the file before any problems happen, and hence have no idea where did you store the pages document, here is the solution to recover the untitled pages document that wasn’t saved.

  • Step 1. Go to Finder>File>Find.finder-find
  • Step 2. Choose “This Mac” and select file kind as “Document”.recover untitled pages02
  • Step 3. Right click on the blank area of the toolbar, choose “Date Modified” and “Kind” to arrange files. Then you will be able find your Pages document fast and easily.
  • Step 4. Open the found Pages document and save it.

Of course, when you open the unsaved Pages document, you can go to File>Revert to>Browse All Versions to recover your preferred unsaved Pages document.

How to Recover Deleted/Lost/Disappeared Pages Document on Mac?

Besides leaving pages document unsaved on mac, we may sometime mistakenly delete pages document or an iWork Pages document just went disappeared for unknown reason, then we need to recover deleted, lost/disappeared Pages document on mac.

The methods to recover deleted/lost Pages document are quite different from those for recovering unsaved Page document. It may require a 3rd party program or a backup. You can use Cisdem Data Recovery to restore deleted or disappeared Pages document as well, but here we will introduce free methods to retrieve your Pages document.

Method 1. Recover Deleted Pages Document on Mac from Time Machine Backup

If you are the one get used to back up files with Time Machine, you are able to recover deleted Pages document with Time Machine. As we talked above, Time Machine is a program allowing users to back up their files onto an external hard drive and find the deleted or lost file back when files are gone or corrupted for some reason.

  • Step 1. Click on the Apple icon and go to System Preferences.apple icon
  • Step 2. Enter Time Machine.
  • Step 3. Once you are in Time Machine, open the folder in which you store the Pages document.
  • Step 4. Use the arrows and timeline to find your Pages document fast.
  • Step 5. Once ready, click “Restore” to recover deleted Pages document with Time Machine.recover from time machine02

Method 2. Recover Deleted Pages Document on Mac from Trash Bin

This is an easy yet easily-overlooked way to recover a deleted Pages document. In fact, when we delete a document on the Mac, it is just moved to the Trash bin instead of being permanently deleted. For permanent deletion, we need go to Trash bin and delete manually. If you haven’t performed the step of “Delete Immediately” in the Trash bin, you can still recover the deleted Pages document.

  • Step 1. Go to Trash Bin and find the deleted Pages document.
  • Step 2. Right click on the Pages document, choose “Put Back”.mac trash back
  • Step 3. You will find the recovered Pages document appears in the originally saved folder.

Extended: How to Recover A Replaced Pages Document

Thanks to the Revert feature of iWork Pages, we can even recover a replaced pages document, or put it simply, recover an earlier document version in Pages, as long as that you did the Pages document editing on your mac, instead of receiving the Pages document from other.

Steps to Recover A Replaced Pages Document on Mac

  • Step 1. Open the Pages document in Pages.
  • Step 2. Go to File>Revert to>Browse All Versions.auto save02
  • Step 3. Then choose your version by clicking the up/down button and click “Restore” to recover a replaced Pages document.auto save03
  • Step 4. Go to File>Save.


In conclusion, no matter you want to recover Pages document on Mac, or no matter you want to recover unsaved or deleted Pages document, as long as you use the appropriate method, we are able to find them back. Also, we should always remember that, backup all your important files before your file are gone forever.

Connie Wisley
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Connie has been writing for Mac productivity and utility apps since 2009. Each review and solution is based on her practical tests, she is aways energetic and trustworthy in this field.

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  • Megan

    I found this page useful. Love the tutorial video inserted. I have got back my deleted Pages document successfully.

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