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iCloud update lets you save your deleted files

by Jacob Kleinman | August 14, 2015August 14, 2015 10:20 am PDT

Apple rolled out a few new features for iCloud this week focused on offering a better desktop experience. The update seems to focus on bringing back files after they’ve been deleted, which previously wasn’t an option.

Moving forward you’ll be able to restore a file after deleting it in iCloud. Just open the Advanced Settings menu and hit Restore Files, Restore Contacts and Restore Calendars. Apple even offers a list of snapshots that show each deleted file still saved to the cloud so you can quickly find what you’re looking for.

There are a few catches. First, Apple won’t hold your deleted files forever. 9to5Mac notes that the limit seems to be set at 30 days. The bigger issue is that un-deleting your Calendar or Contacts means restoring the entire backup and losing any recent changes. Thankfully that’s not the case with documents, too.

Still, this is a pretty nice update for anyone using iCloud.com on a regular basis. It’s also a solid step forward in bringing Apple’s cloud storage service up to speed with the competition, even if it still needs some work.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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