Using Atlas Recall

Need help getting started? Follow these steps to get set up.

1. Let Atlas Recall Work its Magic

Atlas Recall onboarding screen.

Welcome to your new photographic memory! After installation, Recall gives you the power to search for all the things you’ve seen on your computer and across your digital life. Simply complete the 15 item challenge by browsing your favorite docs, web pages, emails, chat messages, etc. We'll let you know when we have enough for you to try out a search.

2. Now Open Recall and Try Searching

After you've looked at some content, Recall will now remember these for you. Open it up and try searching for anything you just looked at. Search by keyword, date, and content type. Each item gives you a quick thumbnail of the content Recall remembered.

3. Open Any Result

Click on any item to see a larger preview of the file, webpage, or email. You can now click on the download button to instantly open up the file from your secure cloud.

4. Narrow Your Results

If your search returns a lot of items, you can easily narrow your results by either choosing a specific kind of content from the pull down bar or clicking on any of the links located around the edge of the results.

5. Privacy

To Block an item, simply click the item you don't want Recall to remember and the Item View will open. Click on the trash can icon located at the bottom of the screen. This will delete the item from Recall and add it to your "Block List", meaning all future visits to that file or webpage won't be remembered by Recall.

With Pausing, simply click on the Atlas logo in your Mac's status menu (located the top of your screen near the clock) and choose how long you'd like Recall to stop remembering content on that device.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Atlas?

Atlas Informatics is a startup in Seattle with an audacious goal to redefine search as we know it.

What is Atlas Recall?

Atlas Recall is software that makes you smarter and more productive by giving you a searchable photographic memory for your entire digital life. Anything you see on your device can be searched - while keeping you in control of your data.

How does Atlas Recall work?

Recall runs in the background as you work, chat, play, and surf, taking note of what is important to you. It remembers everything that you see and interact with on your device, then stores it in a secure cloud, enabling you to return to it from any device where you've installed Recall.

How Is Atlas Recall Different than searches like Google or Spotlight?

Google, Spotlight, and Cortana do a great job at helping you find content within a limited sphere. Google specializes in web searches, while Spotlight and Cortana help you find local files on your device. Atlas Recall makes the search services you use every day better, giving you the power to search for anything you see across your entire digital life with one simple search.

When can I start using Atlas?

Atlas Recall is ready now for Mac and iOS. You can also join the waitlist for the upcoming Windows 10 beta here.

Which devices will Atlas Recall work on?

During the public beta, Recall will work on Mac OS X, and iPhone. Feedback from our beta participants during this period will help the Atlas team improve Recall and expand access to other platforms and devices in the near future.

How is Atlas collecting my data and keeping it safe?

Bottom line, your data is YOUR data. We’re keeping it safe by ensuring that your digital items are encrypted at rest and in motion and we will never sell your data to a third party. The Atlas team may analyze product usage in order to improve its design, tools and new features, however, our team will not have access to the contents of the documents or files remembered or shared through Recall beyond the minimum required to operate Recall and its associated services. To learn more, check out our Privacy Promise.

Once I find what I’m looking for, can I open the file?

Yes. With Recall, you can search for any content you’ve seen on one device, then open it on the same device - or any other one you have Recall installed on.

What’s an iPhone Companion app?

During this beta period, Recall for iPhone will let you easily find, open, and share the things you’ve seen on your desktop. At this time, Recall doesn’t yet capture the things you interact with on your iPhone. Imagine being able to finally search for hard to find text messages!

What happens if I don’t want Recall to remember a site or file?

No problem. You can tell Recall to not capture specific files, URLs, and application types, meaning all future visits to that file or webpage won't be captured by Recall. You can also use the Pause function in Recall to temporarily suspend Recall while you work on sensitive information.

How do I know if Recall is running?

Recall runs in background as you use your device. You can tell if it’s running by looking for the Atlas logo in your Mac’s status menu (located in the top of your screen near the clock). If you see it there, then Atlas has your back.

Can I run Recall on multiple devices?

Absolutely. Install Recall on your other desktop computers and mobile devices to have access to the power of Recall across them all. Just make sure to use your same log-in information on all of your devices and you’ll have instant access to your digital life no matter where you are.

Do I need to log into my email and web accounts to use Recall?

No. Recall doesn’t need any log-in information for any of your accounts to work.

What types of content does Recall remember?

Anything you see on your screen, Recall remembers. This includes web pages, social media, docs, apps, chats and pretty much everything else. And if you prefer Recall to not remember any element, you’re empowered to pause it or block it at any time.


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