The AppData folder includes your Roaming folder, which often includes critical application files and/or save games. In order to view the folder you need to unhide system files and folders first.

About AppData & Roaming

Roaming folders are useful because they can be signed with other computers on a network. If you run your own home network, synching your roaming folders will give you access to commonly shared application data such as bookmarks or save games.

The local folders usually only include files that are tied to your current PC and cannot be moved without breaking something. In general you don’t need to touch these folders.

Unhide AppData

1. Browse to your main drive where Windows resides, e.g. C:

2. Go to the folder C:\Users

3. Dig deeper into the folder with your username e.g. Oliver, Dave, Jon, Alex etc. (or whatever you called your PC). If you don’t know your username, you should see it when you log on or out of your PC.

4. Next, you simply use the View tab at the very top and tick the option

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What If I Can Still Not See The AppDate Folder?

There are some advanced methods to hide system folders that include removing the view options from your hard drive. This is tricky and you may need some help from your local geek to fix this if you are not familiar with the command prompt, but if you want to attempt it, here’s how it would work:

NOTE: Please proceed with extreme caution, if you enter it incorrectly you may hide your entire hard drive

1. Open a command prompt

2. Enter attrib -s -h C:\Users\myusername\AppData

3. The command above would remove any attributes set on this folder that could hide the folder. To test it you should hit the “arrow up” on your keyboard after executing the command above and it will appear again. Then replace -s and -h with +s +h as you can see in the picture below:

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Now the folder should be greyed out.

It’s rare, but under certain conditions, simply using the option to unhide hidden folders does not work and you can only use the options above and then this guide will come in handy.

So, give it a try and see what works for you.