Backup and restore on BlueStacks 5

Are backup and restore available on BlueStacks 5?

At the moment, taking a manual backup of your files, such as apps installed, Google Play login and performance settings is possible. However, this backup can be restored only on the same version of BlueStacks 5, if in case you have to reinstall it for any reason. 

You will soon be able to restore backups between different versions of BlueStacks 5. Stay tuned to our Release Notes for the announcement. 

How can I take a manual backup of my files on BlueStacks 5?

1. To backup the files for BlueStacks 5 installed on your PC, go to the following path on your computer: "C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks_nxt"


2. Copy the "Engine" folder and the "bluestacks.conf" file.


3. Paste the files to a different location on your PC.

4. Uninstall and reinstall the same version of BlueStacks. To know how to check the version number of your BlueStacks, please refer to this article.

NOTE: For the restore to work successfully, make sure that you reinstall BlueStacks 5 in the same drive where it was installed at the time of taking the backup. 

5. After the installation is complete, go to the location where you had saved the files in step 3.

6. Copy the "Engine" folder and the "bluestacks.conf" file.

7. Go to the following path on your computer: "C:\ProgramData\BlueStacks_nxt"

8. Paste the files here. You will see a message stating that files with the same names already exist in this folder. Select "Replace the files in the destination".


9. Launch BlueStacks. All your files will be restored.

Questions you may have:

Q. Can I restore a backup from BlueStacks 4 on BlueStacks 5?

A. This is not possible as BlueStacks 5 is built fundamentally different from BlueStacks 4. However, you can move your apps and your game-progress to BlueStacks 5. To do this, you must:

1. Transfer your apps and their data from BlueStacks 4. With this method, you won't need to reinstall your apps on BlueStacks 5 and your game-progress will be transferred as well, if it was saved locally on your PC.

2. Link your in-game progress to a social media account. If the game allows you to do this, then your in-game progress will be restored every time you log in with a linked account. 

Thank you for choosing BlueStacks, we hope you enjoy using it. If you have any further questions, please contact us at Happy Gaming!


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