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How to restore files from a Time Machine back up — Apple Support

How to restore files from a Time Machine back up — Apple Support


Uh-oh. Can’t find something
important on your Mac? If you regularly back up
with Time Machine, you can go back in time
to recover lost work files, folders, apps,
emails, and contacts, and then restore them
to a previous version. Let’s take a look at how
to restore specific items from a Time Machine backup. First, open the app
that held the missing file. For example, we’re going
to restore a lost PDF from our Documents folder, so we’ll open Documents
in the Finder. Then click the Time Machine icon
in your menu bar and select Enter Time Machine. If Time Machine
isn’t in your menu bar, you can find it
in System Preferences. Time Machine can help you
browse files from the past, including old
and deleted versions, so you can find exactly
the file you need. You’ll see a timeline
on the right edge of your screen that shows items in your backup
as they were at that date and time. Use the arrows to find
the version you’re looking for, or use the Search field to search for an item
by phrase or date. You can click the folder name
that appears in Finder to view results
within that folder instead of your entire Mac. When you find
what you’re looking for, click the item, and then press the Space bar
to preview it and make sure it’s the version
you want to recover. ♪ Music playing ♪ No, that’s not it. ♪ It’s this one. Now click Restore and enter your system password
if prompted. ♪ Phew! You’ll find the file back
in its original location. Crisis averted. ♪ To learn more about
Time Machine, subscribe to
the Apple Support channel or click another video
to keep watching. ♪

Comments (26)

  1. sairam gopal here good night from india i will soon be a proud owner of an iphone x soon

  2. Dramatic! But smart Apple for solving it!

  3. That is really cool/good………
    Apple really do, do it better 😮

  4. A…ma….zinggggg! ❤️

  5. Instructions unclear, now I’m back to the pass

  6. Y'all's main channel posted 4 videos in 2

  7. this is apple😅

  8. What? Comments are enabled?🤷‍♂️
    Also everyone should use time machine, saved me a lot of trouble a month ago when I deleted my FCPX project by accident and didn’t realise for two weeks!

  9. I would love a tutorial on how to reduce the file size of how to quickly find the biggest files (for example several GB no longer needed videos) in old backups to reduce the huge consumption space through time machine.

  10. Hey apple, i have ios 13 beta. And im trying to download files on my phone. But it wont let me download any apple apps? Can you please help me. Thank you

  11. How about make a good product for once then i might give a crap

  12. Apple my device got activated lock I tried calling but didn’t work I forget the old details it was asking me about first Id and all I can even proof ownership

  13. Plssplslspslspolssssss help me I’m on my phone and I don’t see device management and the ways to get it I have to add Apple ID but it says it can’t use the ID with iCloud in it which is what mine has pls help me I need another way to trust an app

  14. Apple my Device

  15. Why I clicked this video? Whereas I already know it

  16. How to properly clean Mac so that will not voide warranty? Conditions comes with MacBook by Apple regarding warranty! This video is needed for me.
    Thanks Apple

  17. When will Apple add Serbia because I cannot create apple Id I can't do a anything with my phone except the things that don't need it I need Instagram youtube etc??????

  18. Hey Apple! I wish that this were in iOS too! iCloud Backup is nice, but only when restoring a device.

  19. I love the music in these videos <3

  20. hey guys!! after software update what happened to all data?? will they delete??

  21. how much space in an external HDD do I need for a dedicated drive? My MacBook has a 512gb SSD and I'm only utilizing 100Gb for now

  22. What about programs like Adobe software…Are these restored? Or Movie Editing Software?

  23. but I thought time machine backed it up for you? if not what's the point? I lost important information and I thought this would help me since I lost it while trying to back it up.

  24. Can I recover my deleted files from 2 years ago?

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