How do I backtrack on Mac?

Answered by Jarrod Smith

To backtrack on a Mac, you can use a tool called Backtrack. This app is designed to continuously record audio on your Mac, allowing you to go back in time and save important moments that you may have missed. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to use Backtrack:

1. Install Backtrack: Start by downloading and installing the Backtrack app on your Mac. You can find it on the Mac App Store or the developer’s website.

2. Launch Backtrack: Once installed, open the Backtrack app. You’ll notice a small icon in your menu bar, indicating that Backtrack is running in the background.

3. Understanding the recording window: Backtrack continuously records audio in a 60-minute window. This means that it’s always recording, but only keeps the most recent 60 minutes of audio. As time goes on, the audio recorded earlier gets overwritten, so you need to act quickly if you want to save something.

4. Dragging the icon: When something happens that you want to backtrack to, simply click and drag the Backtrack icon downward. This action will reveal a timeline of the past 60 minutes of audio recordings.

5. Selecting the desired time: As you drag the icon down, you’ll notice the timeline moving backward. Release the icon at the specific time you want to backtrack to. For example, if you want to backtrack to an event that happened 30 minutes ago, release the icon at the half-hour mark on the timeline.

6. Saving the audio file: Once you release the icon, Backtrack will automatically save an audio file to your desktop. The file will contain the audio recorded during the selected time frame. You can then rename and organize the file as needed.

7. Playing the audio file: To listen to the saved audio file, simply double-click on it, and it will open in your default audio player. You can then listen to the recording and access the important information you may have missed.

It’s important to note that Backtrack only records audio and not any visual content. Additionally, keep in mind that Backtrack is continuously overwriting the previous 60 minutes of audio, so you need to act quickly if you want to save something.