How to Recover WPS File with Ease [Free]

How to recover WPS files? Here, some effective and free methods will be provided to recover unsaved, deleted, or corrupted WPS documents from Windows 10 and 11.


By Ellie / Updated on April 16, 2024

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Losing WPS files is always a distressing experience, so don't worry if you are also in such a situation. This comprehensive guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions to recover WPS files including deleted, unsaved, and corrupted documents.

About recovering WPS file

WPS Office is a comprehensive office suite developed by Kingsoft that includes WPS Writer, WPS Presentation, WPS Spreadsheet, and many other office word processing functions, compatible with different operating systems. As an alternative to Microsoft Office,  WPS is popular with the working population.

Although WPS gives users a great experience, users may still be plagued by certain issues. Among them, the most serious may be WPS files unsaved, deleted, or corrupted.

How to recover lost documents in WPS? Wait! You need to figure out the reasons why WPS file loss.

  • Accidentally deleted or formatted. This is one of the biggest causes of WPS document loss. Some users have reported that they have accidentally deleted Excel files in Microsoft Excel, things will be similar when using WPS.
  • Storage Device Failure. Storage media such as hard disk, USB flash drive, removable hard disk, etc. may also lead to the loss of WPS files if they are physically damaged or logically incorrect.
  • Software Exception. When the WPS Office software crashes or closes abnormally, files may not be saved correctly, resulting in loss.  whenever you fail to save your document or when a file unexpectedly closes.
  • Virus or Malware Attack. When your computer is infected with a virus or attacked by malware, WPS files may be corrupted, deleted or encrypted, resulting in file loss.
  • OS issues. Operating system crashes, reinstallations, or updates may result in file loss, especially some users also have questioned about “Windows crashed, how to recover files”. 

For WPS to recover unsaved file, the following content lists some effective solutions for you to choose from, please read on.

WPS Office

How to find unsaved documents in WPS

There are 2 ways available when you need to recover unsaved WPS files, including restarting software and trying Auto backup.

▶ Option 1. Restart WPS Office

Sometimes, when you are using WPS Office to edit a document in Windows 10 or Windows 11, you may encounter a software crash so you will not be able to save the document successfully. For this, you can try to recover unsaved documents by restarting the application.

Step 1. Close the WPS Office and then restart it. Then, a dialog box will pop up: WPS Office encountered an unknown error.

Step 2. Click Upload Now. Then you can access the unsaved WPS document file.

Step 3. After opening the document, choose "Save" or "Save As" to save the file to your favorite location.

Tip: If your computer suddenly crashes, you should restart your computer before opening WPS Office.

▶ Option 2. Try Auto Backup

Like Microsoft Office users would ask “Where does Word save AutoRecover files”, WPS Office can also back up your files to local at a time as well in case of emergencies like a power outage. Refer to how to recover unsaved Word document in WPS Office with the following steps.

Step 1. Go to Menu > Backup and Recovery > Auto Backup.

WPS Backup and Recovery

Step 2. Click Local Backup, then you’ll see all the automatically saved files. For example, if you would like to know how to recover unsaved Excel file in WPS, just click XLS to see all the Excel files. You can open any version of the unsaved files by double-clicking it.

Local Backup

Step 3. Click Setup, you can also change the backup type. With a backup feature, you can safely recover your wanted data. No wonder creating file backups is a good idea.

Auto Backup Setup

How to recover deleted/lost WPS files easily

Accidentally deleted fileis also one of the annoying issues. Usually, users who have made backups in advance would just restore from the backup files. However, for those who are not equipped with any backups, how to recover deleted/lost WPS files? There are 2 options you can refer to.

▶ Option 1. Recover WPS file by using data recovery software

The easiest way to retrieve lost documents is to use professional data recovery software,  because it will help you maximize the data recovery effect. MyRecover would be your second-to-none choice. It is developed by a sophisticated team from the leading benchmark in the data security industry. With amazing features, all users can easily get their documents back.

 Apply to all-inclusive file loss situations: deletion, formatting, system crashes, viruses, etc.
 Restore the most frequently used documents and spreadsheets: docs, xlsx, CSV, pptx, as well as media files & compressed files.
 Support sorting/searching/filtering/previewing files while scanning.

Compatible with Windows 11/10/8/7/Server.

Now learn how to recover deleted files in WPS Office without backups in Windows 11/10.

Step 1. Install and launch MyRecover.

Download FreewareWin 11/10/8.1/8/7/Server
Secure Download

Step 2. Select the drive that you used to store your deleted WPS file and click Scan.

Select Location to Scan

Tip: Normally, your WPS files are saved in the following path. Go to Menu> Options> File Locations to check.

WPS File Location

Step 3. Then the scanning process will start automatically. You don’t need to wait for the process to complete if you find the files you want to recover. You can type the filename of your files in the search box or use the Filter feature to find your files quickly.

Scanning Drive

Step 4. Choose the files that you want to recover. Click Recover xx files and choose a destination path to save the restored files.


Note: To prevent potential disk write operations if your data is lost, please close all programs that can be closed. While running, some programs may create a large number of temporary files, which may replace files that need to be recovered. Please be aware that overwriting will harm your lost files once more.

▶ Option 2. Restore WPS files from the Recycle Bin

When a WPS document is deleted it is moved to the Recycle Bin. Therefore, you can also try to recover it from the Recycle Bin when it is not emptied.

Step 1. Open the Recycle Bin on the desktop.

Step 2. Find the deleted WPS document. Then right-click it and select Recover.

Empty Recycle Bin

How to recover corrupted WPS files

If your files are garbled or cannot be opened for any reason, WPS Office can also help you fix your corrupted files. Let's see how to recover corrupted WPS files.

Step 1. Go to Menu > Backup and Recovery > Files Repair.

Files Repair

Step 2. Select your damaged file and then follow the guide to repair it.

WPS Files Repair

Then you could see if you can open WPS files as usual.

Bonus tip - Recover WPS documents with Previous Versions

Previous Versions is a practical way for users to get several older or earlier versions of your files or folders. If you have activated File History or System Protection on the local disk where the desired WPS document is stored, you can use this method to restore WPS to a previous version.

Step 1. Press “Win + E” to open Windows File Explorer.


Step 2. Locate the folder that contains your disappeared Word files. Then right-click on it and click the “Properties” button.


Step 3. Select a Word document version and “Restore” it to its original saved path.


To set a new saved path, you can right-click on Restore and select Restore.



This post explains how to recover WPS files after they are deleted, corrupted, or unsaved. Even though we give you practical solutions for dealing with various types of file loss, you are still urged to use a reputable data backup tool, such as AOMEI Backupper, to back up your important files and guard against data loss.

Ellie · Editor
Ellie, a professional and experienced writer who is good at solving iOS-related problems and writing iOS backup/transfer tips.