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Backups and Recovery

Sometimes you’ll edit a document, pause and think it over, then change your mind. Happens to the best all of us.

Revert To

For situations like this, iA Writer for Mac includes built-in Revert To functionality when working in iCloud.

How Does it Work?

To revert to a previously saved version of a file, simply select the File menu → Revert To, then select if you want Last Opened/Previous Save or to Browse All Versions…

‌Last Opened/Previous Save: Reverts the document to the last opened version or the previously saved version of the file.

‌Browse All Versions…: Opens a new window where you can select from a list of previously archived versions. (Requires iCloud to be enabled for iA Writer)

You can use the arrows to navigate through the list (1), or select the desired date from the timeline (2), then press Restore to revert your document to this state.

Cloud Backup & Recovery

iA Writer for Mac includes native cloud support for iCloud.

Above and beyond the benefits of having documents synced across devices, users gain the additional security of online recovery tools provided in iCloud.

Deleted iCloud documents/files can be restored for up to 30 days following deletion from the library.

Depending on how the document was deleted, you may be able to recover this in either of two ways:

  1. iCloud’s Restore Files (Account Settings)
  2. iCloud Drive’s Recently Deleted folder

iCloud’s Restore Files (Account Settings)

  1. Log into
  2. Click on Account Settings
  3. Scroll down to Advanced section (near bottom of page)
  4. Click on Restore Files
  5. Select desired files from list then click Restore

iCloud Drive’s Recently Deleted folder

iA Writer 6.0 and above adds support for iCloud Drive’s Recently Deleted function. Files deleted within the app are sent to the Recently Deleted folder. To recover these files:

  1. Log into
  2. Click on iCloud Drive icon
  3. Click on Recently Deleted (bottom right corner)
  4. Select desired files/folders then click Recover

Other Cloud Storage

Many cloud storage providers (including Dropbox, Google Drive and OneDrive) preserve multiple versions and backups of your documents for up to 30 days.
We recommend logging into your cloud storage provider’s web console, then search for Trash or other recovery options.