Can’t Find AppData Files? Fixed!

Can’t find AppData files? Get corresponding methods to find temporary files and recover files from temp folder on this page. You can also get some related data loss prevention measures.


By Penny / Updated on April 3, 2024

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What is AppData folder used for?

Application data (AppData) is a folder that contains data generated by programs and applications. Because almost every installed program on your PC can create an entry in the AppData folder to save its information and configuration.


It’s useful when transferring application information between two computers. Let’s take Google Chrome configurations as an example. There’s no need for you to re-download Google Chrome because you can copy and move its entry from one computer to another.

How do I access my AppData folder?

Can’t find AppData folder? You can go to This PC\C:\Users\UserName to check first. Likewise, you can press “Win + R” to open the Run command window. Then type “%appdata%” in the window and hit “Enter” to open the AppData folder.


If you can’t find AppData files or your AppData folder not showing up, please read on.

How to fix the AppData folder not showing?

Sometimes, your AppData folder is not showing up because it might be hidden by fault. In this case, you may can’t find AppData folder on your User Profile page. You need to log in as an administrator before changing its default hidden settings with the following steps.

Step 1. Press “Win + E” to open Windows File Explorer. Then click View > Options.


Step 2. In the Folder Options window, click View > Show hidden files, folders, and drives. Please remember to Apply it and click “OK” to close this window.


But if your Windows 10 show hidden files not working via File Explorer, which implies your AppData files might have been removed from your PC. If you’re not sure, you can go to the next part.

Further reading: Recover files from temp folder using data recovery software

Users often go to C:\Users\UserName\AppData\Local\Temp to delete their unwanted temporary files manually because of limited storage space.

Some users even set certain settings to make Windows automatically delete temp files.

But after deletion, some related programs cannot work properly. So how to recover files from temp folder to bring your applications back to normal?

In this scenario, you’ll have no recourse but to use professional Windows data recovery software like MyRecover because few users could back up temporary files specifically.



● If possible, please avoid writing new data to your Windows computer because any newly added files could overwrite your deleted & missing temp files.

● The sooner you begin the data recovery process with MyRecover, the better chances you’ll be.     

★Please get an overview of this utility below.   
Powerful features: Recover deleted & lost MS Office files, folders, compressed files, photos, videos, audio, and hundreds of file types from HDD, USB, SD cards, etc.
Easy-to-find: During Quick Scan and Deep Scan, you can search your wanted files by Path, Filename, Date, etc.
Convenient: Retain the original Format, Path, and Filename for the deleted files.   
Excellent compatibility: Support NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, and ReFS file systems.

Wondering how to recover files from temp folder with no effort? Download MyRecover on your Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Windows PC to recover temp files as many as possible!

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Step 1. After launching MyRecover, hover the mouse over your local disk C drive and click Scan.


Step 2. You can quickly locate your desired temp files by Name, Path, Date, or Type. You can also wait to view all the deleted & lost files after the scanning process.


Step 3. Go to the Deleted Files/Recycle Bin/Other Missing Files folder and select the temp files you want to restore. Then click the “Recover x files” button.


After the Windows data recovery process, you’re supposed to save these restored temp files in another location on your PC.

In the end

Can’t find AppData files? First, please go to the default path to reconfirm your AppData folder. If there’s no sign of your desired AppData files, you can refer to the first solution to show the hidden AppData folder.

Otherwise, seek help from the above-recommended data recovery tool, MyRecover to get your needed temp files back.

Moreover, there’re some related data loss prevention measures for you.

  • Please think twice before deleting AppData/temp files.
  • To prevent data loss at the source, it’s a good time for you to back up files, folders, disks, partitions, or systems regularly via free backup software for Windows.


  • Please don’t put all your eggs in one basket to protect your important data. 
Penny · Editor
Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.