Mac Tip: Make the Library folder visible in Time Machine

Yesterday a reader question came in about making the macOS Library folder visible in Time Machine. Because Apple hides this directory both in the Finder and in the backup. However, if you want to restore a file or folder (for example "Mail") from the library using Time Machine, you will be faced with a puzzle. In the following I will show you the solution.

Find the Library folder in Time Machine Backup

Let's look at the first Library folder in the “Macintosh HD” directory. This is visible by default. Files from it can be restored or reset to an earlier state by opening the Finder, selecting the hard drive and then opening the Time Machine overview (for example, with the Finder open in Spotlight (cmd + space bar), entering "Time Machine" and to confirm).

Make the library folder visible in Time Machine by first calling up the Finder and then backing up the directory.

You can make the library folder in the main hard drive directory visible in Time Machine by first calling up the Finder and then backing up the directory.

Call up the library folder in the user directory in the backup

It works a little differently in the user directory, where there is also a "library". The folder is hidden by default. If you have hidden files and folders hidden, then it is important to make them visible first. Show hidden files in macOS is quick and easy with the Key combination cmd + Shift + period ("⌘⇧."). With this trick you can now display and open the library folder of the user directory in the Finder. Then call up the Time Machine overview - and use old saved games and file versions.

The hidden library element in the user folder must first be made visible.

The hidden library element in the user folder must first be made visible.

Useful tips and tricks

There is more information and tips about Time Machine, among other things on the Apple site. Here in the blog you will also find numerous instructions and how-to articles for macOS, iOS and other systems. For example, you can find it here the best keyboard shortcuts for Mac. In another guide I also described you as you do Deactivate WLAN and Bluetooth under iOS 11 can. And there are also always interesting articles about watchOS and tvOS. If you always want to be up to date, subscribe to Sir Apfelot newsletter.

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