How to backup and restore deleted Minecraft worlds

Minecraft is as endless as your creativity. It is possible to spend hundreds or even thousands of hours on your Minecraft world, building villages and setting them up with adequate protection. So after protecting your home and belongings in Minecraft for so long, why not protect your Minecraft world itself?


Losing your Minecraft world to a corrupted file or even accidentally deleting it would be tragic to say the least. But as long as you have backed up your files before, there is a way to get back your deleted Minecraft world.


Backing up a Minecraft world

The first step to protecting your Minecraft world is to back it up. This way you can reinstall a previous or even current version of your Minecraft world if something goes wrong. If you’ve never backed up your world, unfortunately there’s no way to get it back.

There are several ways to back up your Minecraft world, depending on what system you’re playing it on.

If you play Minecraft on a console like the PS5 or Xbox, your data should automatically be saved to the cloud. If you’re not sure if your PS5 is set up for this, follow our guide on backing up your PS5 data.

If you play Minecraft on a mobile device, the only way to back up your world is to back up your device itself. Follow our guides on backing up your iPhone or backing up your Android device for help with this.

If you’re playing Minecraft on a PC, follow the instructions below to back up your Minecraft world:

  1. press the Windows key and the l button to access your settings.
  2. Go to Updates and security.
  3. Select Backup from the menu.
  4. Select Add a disk and select the desired location.
  5. Press More options and Backup now.
  6. Check the list below Back up these folders to make sure your Minecraft data is included. If not, press Add a folder to select it.

Your computer should now automatically back up your selected files.

Make a copy of your Minecraft world

You can also make a copy of your Minecraft world in another save file. This will protect you if you accidentally delete your first one or even if your original file gets corrupted. This method also works regardless of what system you’re playing on.

Making a copy of your world is by far the easiest way to back it up, but it’s not the most reliable. If you delete Minecraft yourself, the copied file goes with it and cannot be recovered.

Follow the instructions below to make a copy of your Minecraft world:

  1. Find the world you want to copy in the loading screen.
  2. Open Game Settings.
  3. Select Copy world.

This process can take anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes, depending on how much work you’ve done on your Minecraft world.

How to retrieve a deleted Minecraft world

Now that you’ve backed up your Minecraft world, it’s easier to rest. If something happened to it, you could get your Minecraft world back and continue crafting.

Restoring your Minecraft world to a console or mobile is as easy as getting your backup data from the cloud. Getting your Minecraft world on a PC is a bit trickier. Here’s how:

  1. Open the Get started menu and type in Run.
  2. Type %app data% in the Open field and press Enter.
  3. Scroll down until you find yours .minecraft folder.
  4. Right click on the .minecraft folder and select Properties.
  5. Navigate to the Previous versions tab.
  6. Here you should see a list of your deleted folders. Find the right one and select To recover bottom right.

Your Minecraft world should now be restored. These instructions work for Bedrock or Java versions.

Keep your Minecraft world safe by backing it up

Losing all your progress in a game can be a real shame. But with a game like Minecraft, where you can easily spend years on the same save file, losing it can be devastating.

There is no way to get your Minecraft world back if you haven’t backed it up before. So make sure you protect your Minecraft world by backing up your world data before it’s too late.

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