How to Use File History in Windows 10

Backing up your personal data gets more manageable with file history build-in feature of windows 10. Whether it is an old photograph that you deleted long back mistakenly and now wish to revisit its memory, or it’s a critical office document that you have lost along the lines and want to have it again. 

File history keeps saving the different versions of your files to an external device connected over USB or your home network. Over time file history builds up a whole library of your previous versions of documents that can be retrieved when you get into the crises of acquiring that old document back.

Backing up data through file history feature can be divided into two parts:

-Switching on file history back up

-Retrieving the file

Let’s check out how this works: –

Switching on File History back up

On the bottom left corner of your Windows screen and select the “Settings” options under settings, go to “Update and security”>> “Backup.”

Plug in your external device with the system and then go to settings and click on “+” next to add a drive option. A pop up will appear to choose a drive, select your preferred drive from the options. File history will start saving your data, and now a sliding button will appear under a new heading called “Automatically back up my files.”

From now, Windows 10 will save all your data in your drive automatically until space is available in the external drive. It will keep backing up your data every hour and will keep it in the drive for forever. To change any setting, you can click on “more option” below the sliding button of on/off.

After that, you will have to go to the “backup options” menu. Under which you can manually control the setting of backup options like you can control the frequency of backing up the data ranging room every 10 minutes to every day. You can also control the duration till when you want that backup to stay safe in your drive, and after that time, it should automatically go away, by this you will be able to save more space in your drive. 

To add different folders in your backup drive, you can click on “+” right after “add a folder” option, and to remove a specific folder, you can click on that particular folder and select the “remove” option.

You can also add multiple backup drives in your file history; however, you will only be able to use one at a time. 

Retrieving the file

Once you wish to retrieve the older version of your data, it becomes pretty easy once you have backup drive placed and backup option on from your settings. 

>>You can simply go on your file explorer; select the file you wish and right-click on it.

>>Select restore previous versions

You can also do it by going into the properties after right-clicking on the file and choosing the previous versions window.

Once you get the older version of your file, you can save it in your system’s internal space and use it without running the entire system recovery for hours and hours like the older version.

An alternate method to activate the feature:

Those who are not able to find the aforementioned options to turn on the file history feature in their systems they can also check the following steps to turn it on through other mediums.

This option of file history is also available in the control panel of your windows. Now, take a look at the bottom left corner of the screen and hit the windows button. And select the control panel option. You can also use the “search the web and windows” option and type “Control Panel” in it.

Once the control panel screen pops up, select the “system and security” option. And then the file history option.

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