Hi, this is gary with macmost . on today’s episode let’s look at how you can possibly recover files from iCloud Drive that you have deleted. Now if you use iCloud Drive, like I do, one of the things that you may be concerned about is backups. You don’t have to worry about backups in terms of disasters because if say you loose your MacBook then you know that all your stuff on iCloud Drive is safe in the cloud and you can simply sign on another Mac, get a new Mac and sign on with that and.
All your files are there. But you may worry about what happens if you accidentally delete a file because if you do that not only is it deleted from your current machine but it is deleted from iCloud which then deletes it from all the machines you are using. So you accidentally delete something and it’s gone. It is kind of the opposite of doing it outside of iCloud where it might be backed up in Time Machine and you can easily get that file back.
But there is a way to actually get back deleted files using icloud drive. So as an example here I’m going to select a couple of files. Let’s select this one. It is in my iCloud Drive under just a folder I’ve created. Let me select this file and this file and I’m going to drag them to the Trash to delete them. It’s going to give me the warning that it’s going to delete from other iCloud devices as well. Let’s go in and say let’s delete Presentation as well.
Okay i’ve deleted these files and they’re gone. there is just no way to get them back. They are in my Trash here but let’s say, let’s be really daring here, empty the Trash and they are completely gone. Okay, now how do I get back these files? Well if you are a Mac user then you really should be using iCloud otherwise you are missing out on a lot of great features. If you are using iCloud then you really should check out what’s available on the web. Because if you go to iCloud and you sign in there,.
There are a lot of cool things. So here I am in my iCloud account and, of course, I am using the same Apple ID and the same iCloud account as I’m signed into in System Preferences on my Mac. I’ve got all my different apps here and things I can access. Under Settings, not only do I get information about storage and such, but I go to the bottom and I see there are some stuff under Advanced including Restore Files. I click on that it.
Will actually bring up a set of controls here, restore files, restore contacts, restore calendars, Restore Bookmarks. I’m just going to concentrate on Restore Files right now. Sure enough if I look here I see a bunch of files that I deleted and it tells me how long ago they were deleted. It also tells me I’ve got how many days remaining. It is only going to keep them for thirty days. I can sort by Date Deleted, Size, Name, and I can select one.
So let’s select all of these and i’m going to hit restore. now i can also hit delete if I really want to delete something, say some sensitive information or something that I can actually clear it out of this kind of iCloud trashcan early. But I’m going to hit Restore and it will say restoring four files and it says Done. Now back here in the Finder under iCloud Drive I can see it has restored my Presentation, I can see that it has restored the files. So I’ve got my files back even though I deleted.