Tip: Recover a Deleted File from iCloud Drive

As noted by Macworld, Apple recently added a new feature to iCloud that I think everyone will appreciate. We can now log into iCloud.com from any computer and recover specific information that's been deleted. This is huge! Earlier this month, Scotty wrote an article explaining how to recover all your data from iCloud; this new iCloud Recovery feature is for individual pieces of information, like a specific file you accidentally deleted. This applies to Contacts, Calendars, Reminders, and files stored in iCloud Drive. You can pull data that's been removed up to 30 days. Here's how it works.

Log into iCloud.com, and navigate to the Settings web app. From there, go to the bottom of the page and look for the "Advanced" section. Here, you'll find options for recovering deleted data. Just choose what you're missing, and click "Restore files".

We've had similar abilities on the Mac for quite awhile with Time Machine, the software that allows you to back up a Mac to an external hard drive every hour. As far as other cloud services go, Dropbox also includes a nifty file recovery service. Sure, iCloud has a lot of catch up before becoming on par with every feature of Time Machine and Dropbox, but it's quite promising to see that Apple continues to push iCloud further. Data recovery gives us the assurance that iCloud is a safe place for important files.

iCloud Recovery is especially pertinent to those who perhaps do not have a computer. If you've been debating whether or not to ditch the computer and go iOS only, this latest addition might be the final nail in the coffin. I mean, not that your computer is going to die or anything... but when it does, maybe it won't need to be replaced because your iPad is quite capable and with iCloud Recovery, your data will continue to be safe.

Rick Stawarz

Minneapolis, MN

I am an Apple Certified Support Professional with over a decade of experience supporting families, schools, and businesses. Tech has always captured my imagination, but it's not my only passion. I'm an ordained Anglican minister;  Aeropress is a daily ritual of mine; I've driven across Mongolia; and I'm the father of three girls. I hope to provide for you a balanced and realistic perspective into the practicality of technology.