How to use Time Machine on MacOS Part 2

Restore a backup with Migration Assistant 

If you need to restore an older version of macOS, you will need to use Migration Assistant.


How to use Time Machine on MacOS  Part 2
Use Time Machine on MacOS  Part 2


This is great if you want to revert to an older version of macOS or if some important file gets corrupted. The time machine makes this process easy and simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Make sure your Time Machine backup is plugged in or that you are on the same network as your backup location.
  • Step 2: Open Finder. On the left-hand menu, scroll down to Applications> Utilities.
  • Step 3: Click on Migration Assistant. When you are asked how you want to transfer information, select From a Mac, Time Machine backup, or a Startup disk.
  • Step 4: Select Time Machine and hit Continue, then choose the backup you want and click Continue again. On the next screen, you can select what types of information you wish to transfer, such as user profiles or applications. Click Continue once you’ve chosen them.

If the backup is not working then don't worry, you should re-check to make sure it's properly connected first. If it's still not working then at this point you will need to use Disk Utility to try to fix it. If that doesn't work, you will most likely need to reformat the drive and create a new backup.

Restoring certain files

You don’t have to restore your entire Mac to get back a few select items. You can dig into the backup data and retrieve files individually.

  • Step 1: Open Finder and navigate to the folder the deleted document was original. If it’s an item from the desktop, you don’t need to go anywhere.
  • Step 2: Click on Launchpad (the rocket ship icon originally on the far left side of your dock) and navigate to Time Machine. Alternatively, get to Time Machine by clicking the Time Machine icon in the menu bar. If it's not there, hit the Apple icon, then select System Preferences> Time Machine. When the Time Machine menu pops up, select Show Time Machine in the menu bar.
  • Step 3: Once Time Machine launches, it will show a visual timeline of backups. Use the arrow keys to navigate to the desired backup. If a backup is red, that means it is still loading or validating.
  • Step 4: Once you select a backup, you can browse through and select the missing items, then click Restore.

All missing files should be back to their original location. It's that simple. in case it doesn't work or you have problems, it may be easier to restore a full backup.



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