How to Recover Uninstalled Programs on Mac [3 Ways]

Updated to macOS Data Recovery Tips by Robert on Feb 23, 2024 | Approved by Jennifer Allen

It’s painful to uninstall important programs on Mac. Here in the following, we’re going to go through 3 ways to recover uninstalled programs on Mac. You can download the software before getting down to the task.

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Uninstalling programs on Mac is far more easier than doing it on Windows PC. It’s done and done by dragging and dropping a program to the trash bin. That’s why some people found their programs on Mac had been uninstalled right after letting a kid play the Mac. When you find you have uninstalled some apps, you can try the following 3 ways to recover uninstalled program on Mac.

Part 1. How to Recover Uninstalled Programs on Mac Quickly

You know that uninstalling a program does not only mean the app never be there and work again, but also the former created data from the program is also deleted. In this case, if you want to recover uninstalled programs, you must want to the data back as well, right? In this case, you need iBeesoft Data Recovery for Mac for help. It will recover uninstall program on Mac, namely the .dmg installation package, as well as the former data created by the program, preventing data lost. Downloading and reinstalling an application is easier. The hardest is to getting the previous data back. Here are the steps for how to recover uninstalled programs on Mac with iBeesoft Data Recovery.

Step 1. Install the program data recovery software for Mac

Click the DOWNLOAD button to get the installation package of the best free Mac data recovery software on your Mac. It’s fully compatible with macOS, including the latest macOS 10.15, Catalina. You can only download it from the official site. It is not available at App Store yet. Please set up your system preferences as "allow apps from the App Store and identified developers". Install the app.

Note: if you need to recover uninstalled program from Windows PC, please select the Windows version.

Step 2. Select file types to scan

Next, launch the software right after the install. You can see all file types are selected and the software is ready to recover uninstalled programs on Mac. The installation package .dmg file belongs to the "Others" type. And there must be some files for the program belong to other file types. Please keep all the file types selected. Though it takes longer, it ensures all useful files scanned and recovered. Click "Start".

Step 3. Select hard drive to scan

From the next window, all hard drives available on your Mac are listed. Please select the one where the uninstalled programs once existed and click "Scan", letting the software scan the hard drive, looking for the uninstalled programs on your Mac as well as the previously created data by these programs.

Step 4. Recover uninstalled programs on Mac

When the progress bar stopped, you can see the all the found files are put into the categories on the left side. You can select the file type to preview the found files on the right panel. When finding the uninstalled program file, .dmg, select it and click "Recover" to save on your Mac. Later, you can reinstall the program. You can check out other file types. When finding the uninstalled program corresponding files, select to recover them as well.

Part 2. How to Recover Uninstalled Programs on Mac by Restoring from Trash Bin

If you did not uninstall a program from Finder > Applications, then you must drag and drop the program to the trash bin. In this case, you can try your luck to recover uninstalled programs on Mac by restoring them from the trash bin. Here are the steps:

1. Command-click the trash bin at the bottom right to open it.

2. Try to find the uninstalled programs. When finding one, right-click on it and select "Put back". Next, follow the guide, confirm the operation. Generally speaking, if you have uninstalled the programs recently, you can retrieve the uninstalled programs on Mac from the trash bin. If not, you must have emptied the trash bin or the system has removed them.

This mode works on you don’t clear the trash after uninstalling the program. If you have emptied it or remover program for more than 30 days, you can use this way to find the deleted app by recover emptied trash on Mac.

Part 3. How to Recover Uninstalled Programs on Mac with APP Store Purchased

If you had downloaded the programs from Mac App Store, then you can restore uninstalled programs on Mac by downloading them again from App Store. Here are the steps.

1. Launch the App Store on your Mac.

2. Click the "Purchased" on the top of the screen, then you can see the list of the purchased programs.

3. Find the uninstalled programs, redownload and install them again.

You can try the above mentioned 3 ways to recover uninstalled programs on Mac. Compared with part 2 and part 3, the part 1 covers recovering uninstalled programs data. It depends on your want to recover the previous data or not. If you want, download the data recovery to have a try!