How To Restore Files And Software Using Time Machine Backup On Mac

How To Restore Files And Software Using Time Machine Backup On Mac

You can use Time Machine, which is the built-in backup feature on your Mac, to restore all your files.

Creating a Time Machine backup:

For creating backups with your Time Machine, you just need an external storage device.

Connecting the external storage device:

You can connect any one of the devices given below:

  • Any external drive connected to your Mac like a USB, FireWire, or Thunderbolt drive.
  • An AirPort Time Capsule
  • A Mac that is shared as your Time Machine backup destination
  • An NAS device that will support Time Machine over SMB

Selecting the storage device as your backup destination:

  • If you are connecting any external drive to your Mac directly, you will be asked whether you wish to use that drive to back up with Time Machine.
  • Now, choose the Encrypt Backup Disk option.
  • Next, select the Use as Backup Disk option.

In case Time Machine does not request you to use your drive, then make use of the steps given below to add the drive manually:

  • From the Time Machine menu in the menu bar, open Time Machine Preferences.
  • Click the Select Backup Disk option.
  • You will see a list of available disks on your screen. From this list, choose your external drive.
  • Select the Encrypt backups option.
  • Then, click on the Use Disk button.
  • Once you choose a backup disk, Time Machine will start making periodic backups. It will do this automatically. Now, no further action is required from your side.
  • The very first backup will usually take a long while. This will happen depending on the number of files that you have.
  • We have now seen how to restore files using Time Machine backup on your Mac.