8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 20, 2013 6:56 PM by Sepoh
floridacharlotte Level 1 Level 1

Just got off the phone with Apple Support.  With Lion, your User/Library/Calendar file is now hidden.  Here is how to find it in order to restore data to your iCal.



Close iCal


  • Open FINDER
  • Use “GO” button located across top
  • Hit and hold the OPTION key on your keyboard
  • You’ll see LIBRARY appear in the list  (this is a hidden file you cannot see otherwise)
  • Select LIBRARY
  • Select CALENDAR
  • (you can see all the .calendar files under this item)



Go to day/time you want to restore back to

Highlight the CALENDAR file (which can now be seen by virtue of your efforts above)

Select RESTORE from Time Machine


Open iCal to view the updated data.

iMac, iOS 5.0.1, iCal
  • white bellied Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks, tried this, when I Open iCal to view the updated data, there's nothing there. Is there a missing link for this?



  • HappyWanderers Level 1 Level 1


    I just found your solution; I had lost my ICal during an Ipad sync and could not restore it with time machine until I read your solution.



  • pmrose Level 1 Level 1



    I've got a dumb question - I've tried this a number of times.  You have given the clearest directions that I've read so far.  However, after trying a number of different dates, it still will not populate.  Most of my calendar entries were done with an iPhone, then synced via iCloud to laptop.  Would that prevent them from being synced to the Time Machine?  I'm at a loss (in more ways than one).


    Either way, thanks for the help.



    Message was edited by: pmrose

  • floridacharlotte Level 1 Level 1

    Dear pmrose,

    I am at a loss as to what to tell you.  I am not a techie by any means.  I wonder if you are backing up to the iCloud or to Time Machine.  Since you are syncing via the iCloud, maybe your data can be recovered there?  Good luck! 

    and keep us posted!


  • Ferd II Level 7 Level 7



    RESTORING iCLOUD CALENDARS FROM TIME MACHINE OR A BACKUP, by Roger Wilmut is the best set of instructions that I know of to help you restore your calendars.

  • pmrose Level 1 Level 1

    Floridacharlotte and Ferd II,

    Thanks so much for the help.  I've been able to get it restored.....via good old fashioned memory.  I've tried every way thru the Time Machine, but could not get it to work.  I appreciate you looking out for me, though.

  • Sepoh Level 1 Level 1

    In response to initial instructions left by floridacharlotte.....I was hoping/thinking that I finally had a answer to my problem....I got right through to Highlighting the Calendar file (2nd last instruction) but alas I was not given the option to "restore" .....the restore button did not highlight so I was not able to select it.....

    any other ideas?