Have you joined the Palworld game craze? You undoubtedly enjoy capturing and taming Pals in this action-packed survival game and showing off your skills in battles for supremacy.

Palworld creates backup files on your PC, allowing you to continue the gameplay from the last save point. However, your Palworld backup save data may not be 100% safe because you may also experience glitches and lose game progress. That's why backing up the files to another location is your best bet.

Discover how to back up Palworld save files, recover lost data, and reload lost saves.

In this article
    1. Manually Back up Palworld Save Files
    2. Back up Palworld Save Files Using Backup Software
    3. Back up Palworld Files Using Steam
    4. Back up Palworld Saves to the Cloud

How to Find Palworld Game Saves

Palworld game saves are in a default location on your PC. Here's how to find them:

  1. Open File Explorer.
  2. Go to C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Pal\Saved\SaveGames.
    default palworld game save location

You can also access Palworld backup saves through the game. Here's how:

  1. Launch Palworld.
  2. Click Start Game, select a world, and navigate to the Folder icon. It will open the save location on your PC.
    access the palworld game save folder

How to Back up Palworld Save Data

You can back up Palworld save data in four tried-and-tested ways. Check out the steps for each.

Manually Back up Palworld Save Files

Copying your Palworld saves to another location is the fastest way to create a backup. The destination can be another folder or an external device (e.g., a USB flash drive or an HDD) to safeguard your files if your PC encounters problems.

Here's how to back up Palworld save data manually:

  1. Connect an external drive to your PC if you don't want a local backup.
  2. Copy the SaveGames folder from Palworld's default location.
    back up palworld save files manually
  3. Paste the folder to the external drive or another location on your computer.

Back up Palworld Save Files Using Backup Software

Another way to back up Palworld save data is to use backup software. You can back up entire disks to protect all files from data loss and schedule regular backups for maximum peace of mind.

Wondershare UBackit is an excellent backup manager for Windows. It supports disk, disk image, partition, file, NAS, cloud, and Outlook backups and lets you clone disks and partitions. You can also set real-time, incremental, scheduled, and encrypted backups and restore files to previous versions.

Here's how to back up Palworld save files with Wondershare UBackit:

  1. Download and install the software to your PC.
  2. Go to Backup > File & Folder Backup.
    wondershare ubackit
  3. Find your Palworld backup save folder (SaveGames) in your local C drive. You can also back up the entire game folder (Pal). Click Select to set it as the source.
    select a backup source
  4. Choose your backup destination (a local or external drive) and click Backup.
    pick a backup destination
  5. Once Wondershare UBackit creates your backup, you can schedule automatic backups and encrypt your files.
    explore backup manager features

Back up Palworld Files Using Steam

Steam has a reliable Backup and Restore feature for saving backup file copies of the games you install through Steam to your PC. You can then reload them from previous backups if you lose game progress due to bugs or computer issues.

Here's how to back up Palworld save data using Steam:

  1. Log into your Steam account and go to Steam > Backup and Restore Games.
    steam backup and restore
  2. Click Back up currently installed programs and hit Next.
    back up currently installed programs
  3. Choose Palworld to back up save data and click Next.
    select palworld to back up save data
  4. Pick a directory for the backup files and hit Next. Steam's default is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\Backups, but you can change it (e.g., use an external drive).
    select a backup destination
  5. (Optional) Change the backup name and click Next. Ignore the file size option because it focuses on CDs and DVDs, including compressing files.
    rename the backup
  6. Once the backup is complete, click Finish and check if everything is in order.
    finish backing up palworld game saves

Back up Palworld Saves to the Cloud

Steam Cloud is another valuable option for Steam gamers. It provides free storage for game saves, client and game settings, and other user-related changes. However, each game in your Steam library has limited cloud storage. Palworld has approximately 950 MB, which is more than enough.

Here's how to back up Palworld save data to the cloud:

  1. Launch Steam, switch to the Library tab, right-click Palworld, and select Properties.
    palworld properties on steam
  2. Toggle the Steam Cloud switch under General.
    enable steam cloud for palworld

Steam will also save your Palworld cloud files locally. The default location is C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\[steamID]\1623730 . Your Steam ID is a 17-digit number, and 1623730 is Palworld's app ID.

Bonus 1: How to Restore Lost Palworld Save Files

Palworld creates automatic saves every few minutes, so you can't lose much of your progress. Still, losing Palworld save files due to game glitches or computer issues can be frustrating. Fortunately, you can restore them with data recovery software.

Wondershare Recoverit is a fantastic choice. It supports 1,000+ file types, including game formats, and can quickly restore Palworld saves on your PC. It scans your device for lost or deleted data and recovers it to your desired destination.

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Therefore, if you've lost Palworld save files, download and install Wondershare Recoverit on your PC and follow these steps:

  1. Click Hard Drives and Locations and select the Local Disk (C:) to initiate an automatic scan. That's the default Palworld storage unit, but pick another if you've lost a Palworld backup.
    choose a palworld recovery source
  2. Use the File Type filter to select the Game format for faster retrieval.
    filter the scan results
  3. Once the software finds your lost Palworld saves, select them, click Recover, and browse your PC for a secure file path (not the original location).
    select a palworld recovery destination

Wondershare Recoverit offers file previews before recovery, but they don't apply to game data. Still, it will recover your saves and be an excellent addition to your toolbox because it's compatible with 2,000+ devices and can retrieve lost data in 500+ scenarios.

Bonus 2: How to Reload Lost Palworld Save Files

Reloading your lost Palworld save files may seem complicated, but our clear instructions will make it a breeze. They include first turning off Steam Cloud synchronization (if you use Steam Cloud) to avoid overwriting local saves and losing current game progress.

Here's what to do:

  1. If you've enabled Steam Cloud, log into your Steam account and go to Steam > Settings. Otherwise, go to Step 3.
    steam settings
  2. Turn off Steam Cloud synchronization under Cloud. You can also do it by right-clicking Palworld in the Library tab, selecting Properties, and toggling off the Steam Cloud switch.
    turn off steam cloud synchronization
  3. Open File Explorer and navigate to your default Palworld backup save location (C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Pal\Saved\SaveGames).
  4. Open the folder with your Steam ID (a 17-digit number) as the name.
  5. Open a folder with a random number-and-letter combination. That's your Palworld save data directory, storing backups and current player and world data.
    palworld save data directory
  6. Go to backup > local and open the desired save folder according to date and time.
    local palworld backups
  7. Copy the LocalData.sav file, return to the Palworld save data directory, paste the file, and click Replace the file in the destination. You can also use the drag-and-drop functionality.
    local palworld backups
  8. Go to backup > world and open the save folder matching the time and date of the one you've just overwritten. Copy the Players folder, the Level.sav file, and the LevelMeta.sav file and paste them into the Palworld save data directory, replacing the current items.
    local palworld backups
  9. Launch Palworld. The game will start from the reloaded save.
  10. If you've turned off Steam Cloud synchronization, turn it back on to keep your progress in the cloud.


Backing up Palworld save files is a walk in the park with Steam and backup software like Wondershare UBackit. Manually copying them to another location and enabling Steam Cloud for synchronized backups are also excellent options.

If you ever lose Palworld save files, including local backups, you can restore them with trusted data recovery software like Wondershare Recoverit.

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  • Where are the Palworld saves stored?
    Your Palworld saves are in C:\Users\[your username]\AppData\Local\Pal\Saved\SaveGames.
  • Can I back up Palworld save files manually?
    You can copy your Palworld save files to any location to safeguard your progress. Whether you choose a local or external drive, copy and paste the SaveGames folder from the default Palworld location on your PC.
  • How often should I back up Palworld saves?
    We recommend creating backups after every gaming session to save the latest progress. Wondershare UBackit can help you update the backed-up folders, files, and disks to include the newest data.
David Darlington
David Darlington May 14, 24
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