I've just restored my MacBook Air.

On icloud.com, I can see all the folders and files I used to have on my computer before the restoration:

My folders on icloud.com

But locally I no longer have them: My folders locally

What can I do to make them appear on my Mac?

Thanks for your help!

edit: After four days, it finally appeared on my computer! Thank you all for your answers

  • Welcome to Ask Different. As long as you're signed-in to the same iCloud account, it could many hours to sync the data back to your device. The time will depend on many things, including your internet and wifi speed. How long have you been waiting for the sync to complete? – fsb Feb 12 at 15:23

If you have access to the folders and files in iCloud I think that you can view them in iCloud. There you can click the download file next to the folders or files that you want back on the computer.


If you just restored your MacBook it could take several hours to sync depending on the size of the documents and your WiFi speed.

If after several hours it doesn’t sync, make sure you are signed in with the same Apple ID.

  • Thank you for your answer. I restored it 24h ago and the WiFi is fast. I am also signed in with the same Apple ID (my calendar and contacts are well-sync for instance) – Ludmilaex Feb 12 at 15:40
  • @Ludmilaex same Apple ID? Go to system pretences iCloud and make sure iCloud Drive is on – user310476 Feb 12 at 15:41
  • same Apple ID, and iCloud Drive is on – Ludmilaex Feb 12 at 21:18

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