Is there any possible way to restore my watchlist back to a prior date?

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Is there any possible way to restore my watchlist back to a prior date? I had an unexpected computer crash and wishing to restore my watchlist to what it contained on 1/29/19 if possible. Thx
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Jacque Duval

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Dan Dassow, Champion

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Hi Jacque Duval,

If you know your User ID and you had your watchlist public, you may be able to find an archived version of your watchlist.

For instance, this is the internet archive of my watchlist:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.imdb.com/user/ur0127678/watchlist

This is the internet archive of Col Needham's watchlist:
https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.imdb.com/user/ur1000000/watchlist

To get the internet archive of your watchlist, replace the user ID with yours in one of the two links shown above.
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Also, why would your computer crash erase your watchlist? IMDb stores the data, not your computer.  It sounds like you may have just signed-in to a different account following the computer issue? If so, please see https://help.imdb.com/article/imdb/general-information/my-watchlist-ratings-and-setting-are-gone-wha...
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Jacque Duval

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Looking on the IMDb app on my phone it appears my watchlist is set to private so archive not an option I believe. It’s a long story but bottom line is shortly after I removed 20 items or so from my watchlist my computer crashed before I had a chance to fully document what all was removed. I don’t know my way around enough to try and fetch my watchlist link although being set to private it may not make a difference. Also not sure where I find my user id. I only have access to the app on iPhone and iPad right now. Thank you very much!
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Hi Jacque,

Any changes you had made to your Watchlist would have been saved immediately. I'm not sure we're understanding what information would need to be restored.

Can you please provide us with more info on what you're attempting to do with your Watchlist?
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Jacque Duval

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I’ve figured out to some extent what I needed, so I’m good for now on that topic.
One other question please...
In IMDb if it says year 2017 for a movie what does that mean exactly?
It was in theaters in 2017? The movie finished production in 2017?
Thank you!
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Hi Jacque,

Good to hear!

Please note that the year in the title is derived from the date of earliest release. This includes any festival release dates. For more information, you can check out our Help page: Release dates

Please let us know if we can offer any further help.
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Jacque Duval

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Ok thanks very much!