Since there’s always a possibility that a device could be lost, stolen, or broken, you should back up your data with services provided by Apple:

When using Time Machine with its default settings on the Mac, Things’ data will also be backed up as part of that process. When using iCloud or iTunes with iOS devices, it’s likely that Things’ data will also be backed up as part of that process.

There are also several ways to back up your Things data so that you can restore it independently of a full device backup. Below we explain these methods.

Store your to-dos in Things Cloud

The easiest way to keep a backup of your to-dos is to create a free Things Cloud account. This will allow you to quickly restore your data to a new or existing device by simply logging back into your account. If you use Things exclusively on iOS, Things Cloud is the only way to restore your data if you ever need to reinstall the app.

Unlike traditional backup solutions, Things Cloud only stores a current snapshot of your data, mirroring what you can see on your devices. It’s not build to roll back to previous versions of your to-dos or selectively restore a particular task.

Back up your to-dos locally

In addition to Things Cloud, which stores your to-dos on a remote server, you can create a local backup.


Things automatically stores daily backups of your entire database from the last ten days; you can learn more about automatic backups in this article.

You can also manually back up your current database with these steps:

  1. On your Mac, quit Things.
  2. In your Dock, click Finder.
  3. In the menu bar at the top of your screen, click GoGo to Folder.
  4. In the sheet that rolls out, paste the following path: ~/Library/Group Containers/
  5. Click Go to navigate to the folder.
  6. Copy Things Database.thingsdatabase to your backup drive. Don’t move the original file, as this can cause problems.
iPad & iPhone

You can export Things’ database from iPad or iPhone. You’ll need a Mac and Things Cloud to restore this backup to an iOS device. Learn more on this page.