If your Minecraft world has been deleted, we feel your pain. You’ve spent hours building, exploring, and perfecting your world only to see it disappear due to hardware failure, file corruption, or accidental deletion.
Unfortunately, if you didn’t back up your world, there’s nothing you can do to get it back. But this is how you can restore a deleted world in Minecraft if you have a backup and a backup of your save files so this never happens again.
How to restore a deleted world on PC
Recovery of a deleted Minecraft world is only possible if you have backed up your game saves (for example, through File History and automatic backups on your Microsoft Windows PC). This is because when Minecraft deletes a file, it does so permanently, bypassing the recycle bin.
To get your deleted world back:
- Open the start menu, type To run, and press enter.
- Type %application data% and press Get into.
- In the appdata folder, navigate to .Minecraft.
- Open the save file. the directory is \Users\YourName\AppData\Roaming\.minecraft\saves
- In the saved games folder, right click on an empty area and select Properties. Alternatively, open File Explorer and select History from the House tab in this folder.
- Select the previous version tab.
- Hopefully you should see a list of deleted folders. Choose the folder that corresponds to your deleted world and press Restore.
- You should now be able to find your world the next time you launch Minecraft.
Note: This method should work regardless of whether you are playing Bedrock Edition or Java Edition.
How to restore a deleted world on phone or console
Unfortunately, there is no way to restore a deleted world in Minecraft PE or the console version of Minecraft (Bedrock Edition) if you haven’t backed up your Minecraft world folders. However, if the save file simply got corrupted, the game will try to recover and repair it automatically.
How to backup your Minecraft worlds
The safest option with any type of data is to ensure that it is backed up to a separate location (or a few locations). Fortunately, backing up your Minecraft world is easy and many apps (including Windows) will do it for you automatically if you take the time to set it up.
How to backup Minecraft Worlds manually on Windows:
- Press windows key + R to open Run.
- Type %application data% and hit Get into.
- navigate to .Minecraft.
- Copy and paste the save folder to a new location, preferably on a separate hard drive.
How to Backup Minecraft Worlds Automatically Using Windows File History
- Press windows key + I open Settings.
- Select Update and security.
- In the menu on the left, click Back.
- Under Backup using File History, make sure you select a drive and that backups are taking place. If not, select add a unit.
- Wait for your drives to load, and then select which hard drive you want to back up to.
- Click More options.
- Click Copy now and wait for the process to complete.
- Scroll down and make sure the .Minecraft the folder is included in Backup these folders.
- If not, select Add a folder.
- navigate to %application data%, click .Minecraft and select choose this folder.
Note: You can also automatically back up files using Google Drive or OneDrive. This is a great way to ensure your files are always safe as they are backed up to a secure cloud server.
How to Backup Minecraft on Xbox
If you play Minecraft on an Xbox and have an Xbox Live account, your save files should automatically be backed up to Xbox cloud storage.
How to backup Minecraft on PlayStation 4
If you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber, you have access to up to 100GB of cloud storage. To enable automatic backups, select Settings > Application data management > automatic loading > Enable automatic uploads. Your save data should be automatically backed up to the PS Plus Cloud.
You can also manually back up your Minecraft saves by selecting Settings > System > backup and restore, then transferring your Minecraft files to an external hard drive.
How to Backup Minecraft on Android or iPhone
The only way to back up your Minecraft mobile world is to back up your entire phone. If you lose your Minecraft world or it gets corrupted, you can restore your phone to a previous version.
On Android, you can do this by selecting Settings > Accounts and support > backup data and ensuring that the Applications the option is activated.
On iOS, open Settings > [Your Name] > iCloud > iCloud backup and turn this on. Your phone will now back up to iCloud automatically once a day when connected to Wi-Fi.
You can also back up your Android or iPhone using services like Google Drive.
Note: You can try to use data recovery software or specialists to recover a lost Minecraft world; however, there are no guarantees that it will work. Also, data recovery is almost impossible on Android without a backup.
Use backups to protect your Minecraft worlds
There’s nothing worse than having to start a new world and lose all your progress in a game you’ve spent tens or even hundreds of hours on. Backing up your data is always a good idea, especially for games known to delete or corrupt save files.
Hopefully, with this tutorial, you’ll never have to worry about your Minecraft worlds again.