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How to Restore Files from Time Machine Feature in Mac

Last Updated on March 27, 2021 by Muhammad Junaid Khalid


Can’t find something important on your Mac? If you regularly back up with Time Machine, you can go back in time to restore files in Mac. You can also find folders, apps, emails, and contacts, and then restore them to a previous version. Let’s take a look at how to recover files with the time machine feature in Mac.

How to Restore Files from Time Machine Feature in Mac

  • 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.

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  • Then click the Time Machine icon in your menu bar and select Enter Time Machine.

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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.

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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.

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  • Now click Restore and enter your system password if prompted.

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Phew! You have recovered the file with the time machine.

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