Don’t want to lose your Minecraft progress or like to continue working on your world on another computer? Here’s a simple way to backup Minecraft Windows 10 edition to OneDrive.
In the regular Minecraft Java edition, you can change the save folder to anywhere you want. This allows you to sync worlds with OneDrive or other similar cloud services and access them on any computer without losing progress. However, in Minecraft Windows 10 edition, also known as Minecraft Bedrock edition, you simply cannot change the save location. If you are curious, you can find Minecraft Windows 10 save folder in the AppData folder in C drive. If you want to backup the Minecraft worlds, you have to manually copy the files.
Now, manually backing up or syncing Minecraft worlds is doable. But it’s a chore and you don’t have to do it when there are automatic and better ways. With a simple trick, you can backup or sync Minecraft with OneDrive.
Note: The method below is applicable to Minecraft Windows 10 edition or Bedrock edition only. If you are using the regular Java edition, you can simply change the save location to OneDrive from the game settings menu.
Also, I assume that you’ve already installed OneDrive in Windows.
Sync Minecraft with OneDrive
In case you are wondering, no, we are not going to use some third-party program to sync Minecraft with OneDrive. Rather we are going to utilize a built-in Windows function called Symbolic links. To put it in simple words, you create a folder in the OneDrive folder and link it to the actual Minecraft saves folder.
Once the folders are linked, any changes made in either of the folders will be reflected in the other folder. This simply means that all your Minecraft save files will be backed up and synced to OneDrive. Though sounds complicated, it is very easy to do.
Just follow the steps below and you will be good to go in no time.
Steps to Follow to Backup Minecraft Windows 10 Edition to OneDrive
Creating a symbolic link between two folders is nothing hard. All you have to do is execute a single command.
1. First, open the start menu, search for “cmd” and click on the result to open Command Prompt.
2. In the Command Prompt window, execute the below command while replacing <BackupFolderName> with the folder name of your choice. In my case, I chose “Minecraft” as the folder name.
Note: If you’ve moved the OneDrive folder to some other location then change the OneDrive path in the command below to match that.
mklink /J "%UserProfile%\OneDrive\<BackupFolderName>" "%LocalAppdata%\Packages\Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_8wekyb3d8bbwe\LocalState\games\com.mojang\minecraftWorlds"
3. If the command is successfully executed, you will see the “Junction created” message.
That is all you are done. If you go to your OneDrive folder, you will see a new folder with the name you chose earlier.
Open the folder to see your saved Minecraft worlds.
As long as you are using the same OneDrive account on the other computer, you can access the Minecraft save data with no problems. Any game progress will be automatically saved to OneDrive and synced in other systems.
If you ever decide not to sync Minecraft save data with OneDrive, delete the Minecraft backup folder in OneDrive folder. This action will remove the junction link but will not delete the source Minecraft save folder. If you are unsure, backup data before deleting the folder.
That is all.
Hope that helps. If you are stuck or need some help, comment below and I will try to help as much as possible.