How to Get Back AppData Folder on Windows 11

The AppData folder in Windows is a hidden system folder that stores application-specific data and settings for user accounts. In some cases, the AppData folder may not be visible by default in Windows 11 File Explorer. If you’re unable to locate the AppData folder and need to access it, don’t worry.

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This guide will walk you through the steps to make the AppData folder visible again in Windows 11.

Method 1: Show Hidden Files and Folders

The first method involves adjusting the folder view settings in File Explorer to display hidden files and folders.

  1. Open File Explorer by pressing the Windows key + E or by clicking the File Explorer icon on the taskbar.
  2. Click on the “View” tab at the top of the File Explorer window.
  3. In the “Show” section, check the box next to “Hidden items”. This will enable File Explorer to display hidden files and folders.
  4. Now, navigate to the following location in File Explorer: C:\Users[YourUsername]Replace [YourUsername] with your actual username.
  5. Within the User folder, you should now see the AppData folder. You can access it by double-clicking on it.

Method 2: Type the Folder Path

If the above method didn’t work, you can try directly typing the folder path to access the AppData folder:

  1. Press the Windows key + R to open the Run dialog box.
  2. Type “%AppData%” (without the quotes) in the Run dialog box and press Enter.

  3. The AppData folder will now open, and you can browse its contents.

By following these methods, you can easily restore the visibility of the AppData folder on your Windows 11 PC. However, it’s important to note that the AppData folder contains critical system files, and modifying or deleting them can potentially impact the functionality of applications. Therefore, exercise caution when working with system folders and make sure to create a backup of important files before making any changes.

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