Restoring from a Backup

Last Updated: May 18, 2017 05:27PM CEST

Here’s how to restore a backup of your to-dos.

Restore your to-dos from Things Cloud

If you are storing your to-dos in Things Cloud, it’s easy to get them back. This is the fastest method, especially if you have just installed Things on a new device or had to reset your current device.

Restore your to-dos from a local backup

If you are not using Things Cloud, or have made accidental changes which you need to roll back, you can restore a local backup of your database on your Mac. Things for Mac backs up your to-dos every 24 hours while it’s running.

It’s not possible to restore just one particular to-do, project, or area; restoring from a backup will replace everything.

Here’s how to restore a previous version of your data:

  1. Disconnect your Mac from the internet.
  2. On your Mac, quit Things.
  3. Click the Finder in your Dock.
  4. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Go > Go to Folder
  5. Copy and paste the following path and click Go: ~/Library/Containers/com.culturedcode.ThingsMac/Data/Library/Application Support/Cultured Code/Things/
  6. Rename Things.sqlite3 to Things.sqlite3.old
  7. Go into the /Backups folder.
  8. Find the backup you’d like to use and select it.
  9. Copy the backup by hitting ⌘ Cmd + C.
  10. Go back by clicking the < button in the top-left corner of the Finder window.
  11. Paste the backup file by hitting ⌘ Cmd + V.
  12. Rename the backup to Things.sqlite3
  13. Launch Things. Your backed up data should be visible.
  14. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click Things > Preferences > Things Cloud.
  15. If Things Cloud is on, turn it OFF by clicking the switch.
  16. Reconnect your Mac to the internet.
  17. If you were using Things Cloud, turn it back on.

Backups on other devices

Things for iPhone and Things for iPad don’t create automatic backups for you like Things for Mac does. On your iOS devices, download your data from Things Cloud to restore your to-dos.



 

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