Stepwise Tutorial: How to Recover Unsaved Google Docs

This post introduces how to recover unsaved Google Docs. You can recover the unsaved Google Docs from version history or Offline preview. Besides, we also offer you several methods to recover deleted Google Docs.


By Hester / Updated on April 3, 2024

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How do I recover a Google Doc that was not saved?


I was busy writing a resume of me this morning, and it takes me over an hour to complete it. But when I had added all the details in each section and was ready for a preview, the content just vanished! How to recover unsaved Google Docs?”

- Question from Google Forum

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How to recover unsaved Google Docs [3 options]

Google Docs is a Gsuite tool that functions as an online word processor, allowing you and your collaborators to create and format documents. 

Google Docs may store your work of every modification automatically to Google Drive by default, protecting your work from any data loss issues. But it not works well all the time due to weak Internet connection, full drive storage, etc.

In this part, we will discuss how to recover an unsaved Google doc.

Option 1. Recover unsaved Google Docs from version history

As we don't know when the autosave occurred, the most effective and hopeful option to restore an unsaved Google doc is to look through its version history.

Step 1. Open Google doc, click File from the top menu and click Version history > See version history.

Google Previous Version

Step 2. Then you can see the auto-saved editions of your file, locate the version you want to restore, and click the three dots icon > Restore this version.

Restore Google Previous Version

Option 2. Recover unsaved Google Docs from Offline preview

How to get back unsaved Google Docs? There is another option in File called Make available offline, which means you can sync files to a cloud drive, like create an automatic backup.

Google Docs Offline Backup

If you enabled this feature before, then you can now recover the unsaved doc from your Google Drive.

Step 1. On your computer, go to Google Drive and sign in.

Step 2. Click Ready for offline icon from the upper right corner.

Preview Offline Icon

Step 3. Click Offline preview, then you can see the documents, double-click on the target one to open it in a new window, then you can continue with editing or save a copy.

Preview Offline

Option 3. Contact Google support team for help

If you still have a problem with how to recover unsaved Google Docs, you could also ask the Google support team for help.

Step 1. On your computer, go to Google Drive Help Center.

Step 2. Scroll down to click Contact us.

Contact Us-Google Help

Step 2. Type in your problem in detail and click Next step.

Contact Us Next Step

Step 3. Select your Preferred language and click the Email.

Contact Options

Bonus tip: How to recover deleted Google Docs [3 options]

We often see accidental file deletion among users. In this part, we are going to tell you how to recover deleted Google Docs.

Option 1. Recover recently deleted Google Docs from Trash

When your Google Docs go missing, the first thing you should do is check Google Trash. The trash will hold all of the deleted data for 30 days. You can simply restore recently deleted Google Docs during these 30 days.

Step 1. On your computer, go to Google Drive and sign in.

Step 2. Click Trash from the left panel, and locate and right-click your deleted file to Restore.

Google Drive Trash Restore

Option 2. Recover recently deleted Google Docs with Google account

If you deleted the file from the last 25 days and didn’t find it in the trash, then you can restore all the data on that day with your account.

Step 1. Log in to your G Suite Admin account and click Users.

Google Admin Users

Step 2. Find which cloud you restore the files before, right-click it and click More > Restore data.

Google Users Restore Data

Step 3. Select the date range when you deleted the file, then click RESTORE.

Google Select Date Range

Option 3. Recover recently & permanently deleted docs via MyRecover

If Google Docs synced with your local computer, then you can use a Windows recovery tool like MyRecover to safely and quickly retrieve your lost files.

As a reliable and user-friendly Windows Data Recovery Software, MyRecover can recover your lost/deleted data from Windows within only 3 easy steps.

In addition to Google Docs deletion, you can also use this application to recover data from disk formatting, system crash, virus attack, etc.

Download Software Windows 11/10/8/7/Server
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Download and install MyRecover on the computer, and follow the next instructions to recover deleted files.

Step 1. Launch MyRecover. Hover the mouse over the partition saved deleted files before, and click Scan.

Select Partition to Scan

Step 2. The software will scan your partition at high speed, then you can see the list of your deleted files. (You can directly find the target files you want to recover by typing the file name in the search box.)

Scan Lost Data

Step 3. Tick all the files you want to recover and click Restore x files to get them back.

Recover Lost Data


This post introduce how to recover unsaved Google Docs. You can easily get the unsaved docs from version history or Offline preview. Besides, we also introduces how to recover deleted Google Docs in several ways. To recover the data quickly and safely, we recommend you use MyRecover.

Furthermore, to strongly secure your data, we advise using Windows backup software to create regular backups.

Hester · Editor
Hester, a great editor, is dedicated to offering effective data recovery solutions for Windows and iOS users.