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Is there a Way to Recover Deleted Excel Files on iPad ?

by Sophie Green   Updated on 2022-08-12 / Update for  iPhone Tips

Is there a way to recover deleted Excel files on iPad? Of course there is. Excel files are very valuable, especially for professionals and businessmen who use them for accounting and other computational tasks.

Sometimes it can take hours or even days to input data and the various computational formulas while working on projects in Excel. If you accidentally deleted any of your Excel files or shut down your iPad without saving the files. Losing an Excel file means spending more hours of work redoing all the tasks you had previously done while creating the file.

We will share four methods you can use to recover unsaved Excel files on iPad in this article. The choice of which method to use depends on which one you find easy to follow . We will try to explain each method to make it as easy as possible for everyone to understand and follow.

Part1: 4 Ways to Restore Deleted Excel Files on iPad

Way 1: Restore Unsaved Excel Files from iPad with iTunes

If you continuously backup your iPad with iTunes on your Mac or Pc, it is possible to restore your deleted Excel files using iTunes. For those using macOS Catalina or newer, you can use Finder since it has all the iTunes backup and restore functionalities. Steps to restore Excel files using iTunes backup.

restore unsaved excel files from iPad with iTunes
  • Launch iTunes/Finder on your Mac or Pc. Connect your iPad to the computer using a reliable USB-C or lightning cable.
  • Once it is detected, click on your iPad’s name on the left navigation menu. Select the “General” tab to show the backup/restore menu.
  • Choose the most recent backup and click “Restore Backup.” Your iPad will be restored with any Excel files added to that backup.

Way 2: Restore Unsaved Excel Files from iPad with iCloud Backup

If you previously backed up your iPad on iCloud, you can use this method to restore the deleted Excel files. With this method, you don’t need to have a Mac or Pc. You can recover Excel files directly on your iPad. Have a stable and fast internet connection to enable faster downloading of the backup from the cloud.

restore deleted excel files from the icloud
  • Erase the iPad first. To erase the iPad, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPad and Tap Erase All Content and Settings.
  • After erasing the iPad, follow the onscreen instructions to set it up again. When you reach the Apps & Data screen, choose the “Restore from iCloud Backup” to restore your iPad’s data from iCloud.
  • Choose the most recent backup from the available backup files to start the restoring process. It will take a couple of minutes to have all the files downloaded from the cloud.
  • After restoring all the data from the cloud, continue setting up your iPad till you get to the home screen. The unsaved/deleted Excel files should now be available on your iPad.

Way 3: Recover Deleted Excel Files from iPad with iCloud Drive

If you save the Excel files you are working with on an iCloud drive, you can use this method to restore the ones you accidentally deleted. Please note that all recently deleted files on iCloud Drive can be restored within 30 days.

restore the deleted excel files from iCloud Drive
  • Log into your iCloud account using a browser of your choice. You might be required to input the 2FA code sent to any other Apple devices before accessing your iCloud dashboard.
  • Choose iCloud Drive after successfully logging in and look for the “Recently Deleted” option. Here you can view all the recently deleted files, including the Excel file that you want to restore.
  • Select all the Excel files you need and tap on “Recover” to restore these files to your iCloud Drive.
  • To get the Excel file back to your iPad, go to your iCloud Drive, select the file and click the “download” button from the top menu.

Way 4: Restore Your Unsaved Excel Files via UltData Data Recover Software

The final and most reliable method for restoring deleted Excel files on iPad is using Tenorshare UltData. UltData is data recovery software that you can use to recover all lost files on iPhones and iPad. With this software, you can recover any deleted files without losing your iPad data.

Features of UltData:

  • Restores deleted files on all iOS devices, including iPhone and iPad.
  • Recover files selectively.
  • Recovers data from encrypted backups.
  • Preview files before recovery.
  • Supported on both macOS and Windows.

Steps to recover Excel files using UltData:

  • Download and open UltData on your Mac or Pc and choose "Recover Data from iOS Devices".

    recover data from ios devices - Ultdata-guide
  • Connect your iPad to your computer. If you get the “Trust This Computer” prompt, input your iPad’s passcode to trust the computer. Your iPad should now be detected by UltData.
  • Scan for lost Excel files on your iPad. When UltData detects your iPad, it will display various types of files you can scan and restore. Tick the files you would like to restore and click Scan.

    start scan lost ios data with UltData
  • Preview files before recovery. When the scan is complete, UltData gives you the option to preview the Excel files before you recover them.

    preview photos by dates via UltData
  • Recover the files. Tick the Excel files you would like to restore and click the “Recover” button.
  • You can now view the Excel files on your computer when the recovery process is done.

Part2: Two Points about the Excel File for iPad

Is there a recycle bin on the iPad?

Desktop operating systems, including macOS and Widows, have a recycle bin or trash can store all deleted files. So, if you accidentally delete a file, you can always go to your recycle bin or trashcan and restore it to your computer. However, the iPad doesn’t have a recycle bin or trashcan. So, if you accidentally delete a file, you will be required to use powerful software like UltData to restore it. Otherwise, the file may lost permanently.

What to do after accidentally deleting the Excel file?

You should stop using the iPad immediately if you accidentally delete an Excel file. When you continue to use the iPad, new files could overwrite the deleted files, and deleted files will be harder to restore them. It is also best to use a reliable data recovery tool if you don’t want to lose any more data during deleted Excel files recovery.


We have shared four ways, you can recover deleted Excel files on your iPad. Choose any of the four depending on the tools you have at hand. However, the most reliable way to recover lost Excel files on your iPad is by using a powerful data recovery tool like Tenorshare UltData. With this tool, you will recover all the lost files without having to erase your iPad. So, there is no chance of losing more data in the process.