Recovering Deleted Files From iCloud Drive

Deleting a file from iCloud Drive means that it is deleted across all of your devices. A copy will remain in the trash of the Mac you are using. But even if you empty the trash there is a way to recover the files using iCloud.com.

Comments: 15 Responses to “Recovering Deleted Files From iCloud Drive”

    Ivan
    3 years ago

    This is great! In reading “a copy will remain in the trash of the Mac you are using” I deleted an iCloud Drive test file from my iPad, thinking it would be in the Trash on my Mac, but wasn’t. That would have been super cool. But I restored using iCloud.com and it was there, something I didn’t know you could do.

    3 years ago

    Ivan: Right, it will only appear in your Mac’s trash if you are deleting the file from your Mac.

    Antrim
    3 years ago

    Great tip. I use iCloud but after your comments, realize I should check out its features more thoroughly.

    Dr Praveen
    3 years ago

    Great talk.. Is there any way that the deleted files are more than 30 days ..?Great Job Gary .. I am a big fan of yours ..👍

    3 years ago

    Praveen: No, then it is gone. At some point the files you indicated that you want to delete must actually be deleted. 30 days is quiet generous, IMHO.

    Peter
    3 years ago

    Hi Gary. When I go to iCloud.com on my iPad I get a screen to set up iCloud on my device. It is already set up there. I can’t find the sign in screen to get to the finder window that you were using in your video. What am I doing wrong?

    3 years ago

    Peter: The Finder is on Macs, so you won’t find that on an iPad. Not sure you are seeing what you are seeing on your iPad. You are going to iCloud.com in Safari, right?

    Ron
    3 years ago

    Can I restore Calendar the same way? Where is the calendar file?

    3 years ago

    Ron: Depends what type of calendar. If it is a modern iCloud calendar, then no.

    Peter
    3 years ago

    I have answered my own question I think. It’s not possible to see the iCloud screen you were using on an iPad. It all works fine on my MBP. Many thanks.

    3 years ago

    Peter: I didn’t realize that Apple had removed the ability the view iCloud.com on the iPad. Strange that they do that.

    abhishek
    3 years ago

    can I restore videos deleted from my icloud drive

    3 years ago

    Abhishek: If you use Time Machine you can try. Just go to that folder on your Mac and enter Time Machine to see if you have that in a backup from the previous day(s).

    Rick Conners
    3 years ago

    How can I delete files from iCloud on my computer but leave them in the cloud? My Keynote presentations are too large for my computer. My iCloud storage is 200GB but my computer is only 120GB.

    3 years ago

    Rick: iCloud Drive isn’t what you want in that situation. What you need is a remote storage solution. You can use DropBox or something else for that. But it sounds like if you are creating large Keynote presentations, then a 120GB local drive is the wrong machine for you and you may want to consider changing.

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