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How to Change Creation Date of a File on Mac?

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Check out this easy way to change the creation date of a file on your Mac computer.

There are many reasons why you would want to change the creation date. One of which is, is, better organisation of files.

If you save a file on a flash drive, on SSD, or even your computer, it makes things easy for you Sort the files according to the creation date, so that you can get to the file you want.

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It is also helpful when you use apps like Google photos where you can upload unlimited photos and videos.

You may have made edits to some of your photos using Lightroom,  Photoshop or any other photo editing app, and now the creation date has changed, but you want to to get the original creation date of the file, so that it appears where it should appear in Google photos.

Here is how you can change the creation date of any file in Mac.

You will required to access the terminal on your Mac computer. If you can’t see it it will be available in utilities in apps.

Method 1

Once you launch the terminal you need to type in the following command, in the following order.

SetFile -d ‘MM/DD/YYYY hh:mm:ss’

If you want to change the creation date to 13th November 2010 at 12:30 PM, here is how you will have to write the command.

SetFile -d ’11/13/2010 12:30:55′

After that, you need to drag and drop the file you want to change the creation date. And hit enter. When you right click on the file and go to get info you will notice the creation date is changed.

Method 2

Alternatively, you can also use the following command

touch -t YYYMMDDhhmm

If you want to change the creation date of the file to 15th July, 2015 at 12PM, you need to use the format mentioned in the command.

touch -t 201507151200 

After writing this command, hit space bar, to make a space, and then drag and drop the file to change its creation date.

If you have multiple files to change, select multiple files and drag and drap them all.

If you want to change the Modified Date of a file, you need to write -mt instead of -t.

touch -mt YYYMMDDhhmm

You can then upload it to Google photos and it will appear right where it should appear.

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