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Backing Up Minecraft Worlds

As with many games, there are a “few” bugs in Minecraft, and some of the bugs can cause havoc with your world. This article will show one method of backing up your worlds, so if the worst happens and you corrupt your world, you’ll have a copy to restore from.

How often should I backup?

You should get into the habit of making a backup each time you finish playing. It is also advised to take a backup before you make any major changes in the world.


  • Minecraft Java Edition.
  • 7-Zip, or similar alternative.
  • A cloud storage account. This tutorial will use OneDrive.


  1. Open a new explorer window.
  2. In the address bar type %appdata%
  3. Open the ‘.Minecraft’ folder.
  4. Open the ‘saves’ folder. This is where all of your Minecraft worlds are stored.
  5. Right click on the world you want to backup.
  6. Choose 7-Zip > Add to worldname.7z.
  7. Rename worldname.7z to worldname-date.7z
  8. Click and drag the file into the OneDrive folder.
  9. Thats it! You have now backed up your Minecraft world and it is safely stored on the cloud.

If you are still having trouble taking a backup of your Minecraft world then create a post on r/MinecraftHelp and we will be happy to guide you through it. Happy crafting folks!

If you need to restore from a backup, see this article

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