Matt Coneybeare


How to Backup Your Apple Airport or Time Capsule Settings So You Don't Get Burned

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Recently, while trying to simply restart my Time Capsule router from the iOS Airport Utility App, I accidentially reset the router to it’s default settings.

Too Damn Close!

Why, oh why Apple did you have to place that “Reset” button so close to the “Restart” button where it is oh-so-easy to hit before your morning coffee? Anyway, I digress. I had to setup all my port forwarding, mac address filtering and passwords again from scratch, taking a half-day to complete with my complicated setup.


Here is how you can backup your Apple Airport and Time Capsule settings so you can recover from a reset with ease:

These instructions pertain to the Mac version of Airport Utility, but the PC version is probably similar. Or not, I don’t know. I have been fortunate enough to not have to do any real work on a PC in almost a decade.

  1. Open Airport Utility

    Step 1

    You can find it in /Applications/Utilities/Airport

  2. Click on the Device You Want to Backup

    Step 2

    This little overview sceen pops up and shows you a few details about your device.

  3. Click Edit

    Go ahead and click it. I’ll wait…

    Step 3

    After clicking edit, you should be looking at your setup for your device.

  4. Export Your Configuration File

    Step 4

    Go to the menu bar, then select File > Export Configuration File…

  5. Save The File Someplace Safe

    Step 5

    You might have to set this up again after a crashed computer without backup, so I advise storing these files someplace like Dropbox or Google Drive.

Later, if you have to restore the configuration file, repeat steps 1-4 but select Import Configuration File… instead.

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My name is Matt Coneybeare, I design and develop for the web, iOS (iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch), and MacOS out of New York City. In 2008 I started a software company called Urban Apps that has made some pretty popular apps such as Ambiance and Hourly News. In 2019, I joined the team at Ticket Evolution as a Senior Software Engineer. My current Stack Overflow reputation is about 27k.

I was a Rockstar a decade ago, but then went back to school and collected a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science from U.C. Berkeley and a MBA from Quantic. Now I am settled down with my beautiful wife Di and our dog Hamachi. When not at my desk, I love exploring New York City as a Yelp Elite, or training for marathons.

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