Save the World: Minecraft PE

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Introduction: Save the World: Minecraft PE

Given the number of hours my children have played Minecraft. I'm glad they never lost their game data or Minecraft World, where they are working on. Like everyone else, I regularly backup my device using iTunes. And fortunately it has never been necessary to restore a device.

But what to do if something goes wrong? A full restore of an iPad, because something did not go quite right in survival mode, is going a little too far. And now my oldest daughter has her own smartphone, her "Minecraft World" must be ported.

Because of this, it became time to look at the iOS / Android file structure. And to figure out how to backup/restore the Minecraft Worlds separately. With millions of copies of this game sold, I will not be the only one with this problem. And now this is resolved, it's time to share my solution.

Step 1: Backup From Android

Stop the Minecraft app before creating a backup.

Open the "My Files" application and open the >games>com.mojang>minecraftWorlds-folder. Each folder on this location contains one Minecraft World.

The advantage of Android, over iOS, is the possibility to create a backup of a single world. Just copy the wanted world-folder to another location (e.g. SD-card) or zip the folder and upload it to Google Drive. Don't fortget to remove the zipfile after uploading.

Step 2: Backup From IOS

To make a backup of the Minecraft Worlds on an iOS-device, you must use iTunes.

Stop the Minecraft application before creating a backup. Connect your iOS-device, with an USB cable, to the computer. Select the device and open the Apps-viewer. Scroll down to "File Sharing" and select "Minecraft PE". This will show two, so called, documents: "games" and "internal". These are non-browsable directories in iTunes.

Select the "games"-folder and press the "Save to..." button. Now select your backup destination, and wait until all files are copied to this location.

All your Minecraft Worlds are now stored on your computer.

Step 3: Backup Folder

After saving the iOS or Andriod worlds, we have the following folders on the computer:

\Minecraft Backup
   ...\Games
      ...\com.moyang
         ...\minecraftpe
         ...\minecraftWorlds
            ...\[World Folder 1]
            ...\[World Folder 2]
         ...\snooper

World folders have names like "8XYDAAHLAAA=" and "9a0DAHVARAA=", but folders from older versions might contain the name of the world.

Levelname

Inside the [World folder] is a file named "levelname.txt". This file contains the name of the world. Changing this file doesn't alter the name inside the game. Opening the "level.dat" file reveals another levelname entry (hexadecimal):

0050h: B8 56 00 00 00 00 08 09 00 4C 65 76 65 6C 4E 61 ; ,v.......LevelNa
0060H: 6D 65 08 00 4D 79 20 57 6F 72 6C 64 03 13 00 4C ; me..My World...L

I dont't recommend changing the LevelName outside the Game. But this file is usefull for identifying the name of a world.

Step 4: Restore to Android

Restoring to Andriod can be done with the "My Files" application. Copy the folder from the backup location to the minecraftWorlds-folder. Or download and extract your backup-zipfile from Google Drive. Don't forget to delete the zipfile after extracting.

Step 5: Restore to IOS

Restoring the minecraft worlds on an iOS device overwrites all existing worlds on the device. And I recommend to make an additional backup, before restoring World data.

Restoring is the opposite of a backup. Use the "Add file..." button and select the games folder on the computer. There will be a message that the folder already exists. Select "Replace" and wait until all files are copied to the device.

There is no need to restore the entire backup. Just remember that the "Games" folder is the main folder. It's possible to delete or even duplicate worlds inside the Games folder before restoring.

\Copy of Minecraft Backup
   ...\Games                   <--[Restore Folder]
      ...\com.moyang
         ...\minecraftpe
         ...\minecraftWorlds
            ...\cx4DAAdUIAA=   <--[World Folder 1]
            ...\dx4DAAdUIAA=   <--[Renamed Copy of World Folder 1]
            ...\5LIDABcmCwA=   <--[World Folder 3]
            ...\5LIDABcmDwA=   <--[Renamed Copy of World Folder 3]
         ...\snooper
\Minecraft Backup
   ...\Games
      ...\com.moyang
         ...\minecraftpe
         ...\minecraftWorlds
            ...\cx4DAAdUIAA= [World Folder 1]
            ...\8XYDAAHLAAA= [World Folder 2]
            ...\5LIDABcmCwA= [World Folder 3]
            ...\9a0DAHVARAA= [World Folder n]
         ...\snooper

Step 6: Conclusion

Backup and restore using an iOS device is the easyest. But has one disadvantage: iTunes copies all your worlds to a single folder with multiple subfolders. Restoring, from this folder, overwrites all existing worlds on the iOS device. But it's possible to alter or merge backup folders before restoring.

On Android it's possible to backup and restore one folder at a time. The "My Files" app gives direct access to the filesystem. You can keep your backups on the same device (e.g. on the SD-card) or upload them to Google Drive.

And the best of all: Minecraft Worlds are OS independent. It's possible to restore an iOS backup on an Android device (and vice versa).

Finally, to round off, a zipfile with 2 Worlds. And they both contain a Village.

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    26 Discussions

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    p_e_d_r_o
    p_e_d_r_o

    Tip 9 days ago

    before making the world backup, make sure that you changed the file storage location to external, you can do this by clicking settings>profile>File Storage Location>external, otherwise the worlds won't appear in the minecraftWorlds folder, i hope it helped :D

    edit: to use the worlds the same method apply, otherwise the world will won't appear in the world list
    edit 2: don't change the File storage Location while in the world, this may corrupt the world, and makes it behave in a strange way (no animations, you can swim in lava, you don't drown, mobs stop moving, blocks don't have breaking animation) and if it don't get corrupted, all your progress after you changed it will be deleted.
    and lastly, i had a problem while changing the file storage location, because if you started a world while the file storage location was in application, you can't change it back to external, i tried and my minecraft crashed :( now i can't backup my world

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    CateF2
    CateF2

    5 months ago on Step 6

    You are an absolute lifesaver!! My son had 52 worlds containing amazing creations by everyone in the family and you made it possible for me to save them and even back them up to my phone!! Thank you thank you thank you!!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    ivanlozancic89
    ivanlozancic89

    Question 5 months ago on Step 1

    It says that i dont have any worlds but i have like 12

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    malibagohans14
    malibagohans14

    Question 9 months ago on Introduction

    Where I can Find files of my worlds if it is not in the minecraft world folder in android?

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    Magda71
    Magda71

    Question 1 year ago

    This was a great instructable! Easy to follow. I did exactly what was said. I copied the worlds from my daughter's old android tablet onto an sd card then put the card in the new android tablet and copied the worlds into My Files > Games > com.mojang > minecraftWorlds and I can see them all there. But when she opens minecraft, she only sees the two new worlds she created on the new tablet. None of the copied worlds show up in the app.
    Have I done something wrong??
    Many thanks

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    AndriT3
    AndriT3

    Question 1 year ago

    What if there are no worlds showing in the folder"MinecraftWorlds" ? I got four worlds and suddenly one went missing but theres nothing in the folder.....?!

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    Gosse Adema
    Gosse Adema

    Answer 1 year ago

    On what OS/device? And is there an SD card.

    I've installed MinecraftPE on an android 8 device. And it looks like the game data isn't stored on the SD card, only in the device's memory:

    TA... (internal memory)
    Android
    games
    com/mojang
    minecraftworlds
    VuMFACXAAA= < this is the folder with all files.

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    AndriT3
    AndriT3

    Reply 1 year ago

    Hi! Thanks for a quick reply...

    Minecraft PE on Android, Sony Xperia L1, Android version 7.0 - no SD card. There are currently 4 worlds in the game, the fifth (and the most important) has disappeared.

    Yesterday I connected the phone to my PC and went to ">games>com.mojang>" none of them called "minecraftWorlds". So I read somewhere on the net I should change the settings in Minecraft PE to "External storage" and create a world in that mode and then log out, log in again, change to "Application" and then the missing world should appear but that didn´t happen. BUT, when I connected the phone to the PC again I could see the "minecraftWorlds" folder with one other folder inside called "TRIAAHW±AAA=", I guess that´s the world I created in "External storage" mode, right?

    Like I said earlier, there should be at least 4 worlds somewhere, the question is where and is it possible that the 5th world is also where the other 4 are?

    Thanks for your reply!

    Brgds,

    Andri

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    Gosse Adema
    Gosse Adema

    Reply 1 year ago

    Can you scan your entire device for files with the name: "levelname.txt". There should be 4 files, one for each world.

    This file contains the name of the minecraft world.

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    AndriT3
    AndriT3

    Reply 1 year ago

    Only one file called that and I can´t open it, "Unidentified error"

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    llamalovinpanda
    llamalovinpanda

    Reply 1 year ago

    I know it's been months, but did you ever figure out how to find your world files? I recently got a new phone and have been trying to move my world files, but they don't show up. I can get to ">games>com.mojang>minecraftWorlds" but there was nothing there. I also tried creating a world in External storage, and now that world shows up, but none of my original worlds, which were created in Application Storage. I'm using an Android 8 device.

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    AlexanderK197
    AlexanderK197

    1 year ago

    you can try MCPE Backup application from Google Play Store

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    Gosse Adema
    Gosse Adema

    Reply 1 year ago

    Actually, I had thought that Microsoft would eventually make a solution for this. And I never thought about making an app for this. But because this is my most visited instructable (!), apparently there is a need for this.

    I have not yet tested your app, but it looks good in the app store!

    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sk.a2k.mcpebaresy.pro

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    ScottF161
    ScottF161

    1 year ago

    Ok, I did this and backed up my iPad Pro. 1 world. Next, Minecraft now is crashing at start(the reason I learned how to back it up). So, after reinstalling MCPE the app worked. Once I add the worlds again the app goes back to crashing. Any clue? Is it a mcpe problem?

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    InkBoy3
    InkBoy3

    1 year ago on Introduction

    Bit how do you restore Minecrafr worlds on Android witjout a computer?

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    JacquelineS53
    JacquelineS53

    1 year ago

    As of July 22, 2018, the instructions for iOS worked. Instructions are simple, clear, and definitely not bogus! Saved HOURS (months even) of my kid's work...THANK YOU!

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    CorinneR8
    CorinneR8

    1 year ago

    Thanks for this - the most-helpful and straightforward info when I googled for help.

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    ChadC86
    ChadC86

    Question 2 years ago

    Well, my last question may be unnecessary anyway. When it finally got done copying all of the files over, they instantly went away. Then I got a message from itunes saying: "games" could not be copied because an error occured. You do not have enough access privliges for this operation. Dang!

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    ChadC86
    ChadC86

    Answer 2 years ago

    Okay, I changed the file location and it's working now.

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    ChadC86
    ChadC86

    Question 2 years ago on Step 5

    My 9 year old daughter's ipad has a number of worlds that she paid for, and they are now locked again. It's telling her she has to use coins to purchase them. I have no idea why, and will this process work. I can see the folders for all of her worlds, and some of them are the locked ones. Thanks in advance.