If you lost an audio file due to the
dreaded QuickTime crash, this tip could save the day.
Image: PSD.Graphics/Ste Smith

When you’re recording audio in QuickTime, there’s nothing more
frustrating than a crash before you’ve had time to click Save.
But all is not lost: This handy trick can help you recover lost
recordings in the QuickTime app.

It might just save you a whole lot of effort. Here’s how to use

I use QuickTime to record a lot of audio for my Cult
of Mac
videos. Some of my scripts can get pretty lengthy,
so it takes a while to get through them. When QuickTime crashes
before I hit Save, it is incredibly infuriating — but I’ve been
saved countless times by this QuickTime trick.

How to recover lost QuickTime files

If you need to recover a QuickTime recording, first go to the
Finder or your desktop and hold
Cmd+Shift+G. This will open up a go-to

Then type in (or copy and paste) this command:


Once you hit return, you’ll be taken deep inside QuickTime’s
directory, where you should see some automatically saved files.
Look for names related to QuickTime.

Tip: How to locate unsaved QuickTime files

Here’s a tip: All these saved QuickTime files should have the
words “unsaved” or “lost” and “QuickTime” in the title.
Switching to list view is a good way to sort through all these
files if you find a lot of them.

Once you locate the QuickTime backup file you want, drag it to
your desktop and open it as usual. If it’s a larger file, it
might be easier to open it in an app such as iMovie or Final
Cut Pro.

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