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What Is Photoshop Auto Save and How to Recover Adobe Photoshop File


Is there auto save feature on Adobe Photoshop CC 2015/2017, CS6, CS5 or CS4? Accidentally lost unsaved PSD files? This post will tell you what Photoshop Autosave is in details. Moreover, a powerful PSD file recovery software is recommended to help you recover Photoshop PSD files.

There is no folder called "AutoRecover" inside Adobe Photoshop software like C:\Users\AppData\Roaming\Adobe\Adobe Photoshop CC 2015\

Where are Photoshop autosave files stored? How to set my Photoshop to make it save recovery files?

Photoshop Autosave

Different from the Microsoft Word auto-save feature, Adobe Photoshop software won't help you save all your operations constantly. But Adobe Photoshop software does have an auto-save feature.

When you suddenly lose power, Photoshop software crashes, or something else goes wrong, the Adobe Photoshop auto save function will activate automatically and create a backup of the file you were working on. If you are using the new Photoshop CC version, the backup file will be opened by default when you next run it.

Next part, we will show you what exactly the Photoshop auto-save is.

Part 1. Photoshop Auto Save

Photoshop Auto Save is more like an emergency function, which enables Photoshop software quickly save a backup copy of your work when something goes wrong and Photoshop crashes.

With this auto save feature in Adobe Photoshop, you can continue working on an image, rather than losing everything you've done and starting all over again from scratch when app crash. You can select the time interval for automatically saving your files like every 5, 10, 15, 30, or 60 minutes.

Photoshop Auto Save is very like an auto recover feature. Actually, it has been a part of Photoshop for a long time. But only since the Photoshop CC 2017, users know and figure out it is a very useful function.

Part 2. How to enable Photoshop auto save

Photoshop auto save feature should be enabled by default. But when it crashed and led to lots of lost work, you need to make sure Photoshop autosave work well. You can follow the next steps to turn it on.

Set Photoshop auto save on Windows PC

Open Photoshop and go to File > Preferences > File Handling > choose auto save recovery time.

Set Photoshop auto save on PC

Set Photoshop auto save on Mac

Open Photoshop and click Photoshop menu, choose Preferences > File Handling > choose auto save recovery time.

Set Photoshop auto save on Mac

Part 3. Where are Photoshop autosave files stored

All saved files such as PSD or PSB can be found in the Photoshop Auto recovery folder. That's where all Photoshop autosave files stored.

Go to: System drive (C:)/Users/ your user name here/AppData/Roaming/Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or CC)/AutoRecover.

Photoshop Autosave Files Stored

Part 4. How to recover deleted, lost or unsaved PSD files in Adobe Photoshop CS6, CC 2017

If Photoshop app crashed, you can rely on the auto save recovery to find them back. How about the mistakenly deleted or lost PSD files?

When you accidentally lost unsaved PSD files in Adobe Photoshop CC 2017/2016/2015 or CS6, or deleted some PSD files by mistake, you can use the professional Photoshop PSD Recovery to recover them.

Photoshop PSD Recovery enables you to recover all types of images like PSD, PSB or JPG, PNG and more with ease. More than that, it has the capability to retrieve documents, emails, audio, videos and more from computer, hard drive, flash drive and memory card. Besides, even the Photoshop images are corrupted, it can repair and recover them easily.

Just free download it and take the following guide to make the Photoshop PSD files recovery.

Step 1 Run Photoshop PSD Recovery

With the download button above, you can easily get this powerful Photoshop PSD file recovering software downloaded and installed on your computer.

Run Photoshop PSD Recovery

Step 2 Select data type and disk drive

As an all-featured data recovery tool, it can help you recover any frequently-used data type like image, document, email, audio, video and more. So first, you need to choose the data type for recovering. Here you can choose Image. Then choose disk drive(s) where you can recover Photoshop files.

Select Data Type

Step 3 Scan lost Photoshop PSD files

This Photoshop recovery offers two scan ways, "Quick Scan" and "Deep Scan". At first, you can choose "Quick Scan" to try finding the lost data.

Scan Photoshop PSD Files

Step 4 Choose and recover Photoshop files

After scanning, all the missing images files will be listed in the interface. To quickly locate the deleted PSD files, you can use the "Filter" feature. Select all the PSD files you want to recover and then click on Recover button, you can finish the Photoshop PSD files recovery within just a few seconds.

Recover Photoshop PSD File

Part 5. Quick way to recover unsaved PSD files from Adobe Photoshop

For the unsaved PSD files, you can try the Photoshop auto save recovery tool. When you want to use it to find Photoshop files back, you should ensure the Auto Save feature is enabled. In that case, when it's too late to save PSD files, you can use Photoshop auto save to recover them.

Step 1 Open Photoshop Auto Recover folder

Go to: System drive (C:)/Users/ your user name here/AppData/Roaming/Adobe Photoshop (CS6 or CC)/AutoRecover.

Step 2 Show hidden files

Many saved files are in hidden condition. So if you can't find anything in this folder, you can try showing these files first.

Go to View/Option in the File Explorer and tab on View. Turn on Show hidden files and then you can choose and save PSD files into a safe location on your computer.

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We mainly talk about Photoshop Auto save in this article. We give you an introduction about Photoshop autosave feature and how to enable this function. What's more, we recommend a powerful Photoshop PSD Recovery to help you recover deleted/lost Photoshop files. If you still have any question, you can leave us a message. Please tell us in the comments if you have any other solutions to recover Photoshop files.

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April 19, 2018 14:30 / Updated by to Recover Windows Data

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