Backup Quickstart

To follow along, you will need a DigitalOcean account. If you don’t already have one, you can register on the sign up page.

Enable Backups

You can enable backups during Droplet creation or for existing Droplets.

To enable backups during Droplet creation:

  1. On the Droplet create page, under Add backups, click the radio button for Yes (recommended).

To enable backups on an existing Droplet:

  1. In the control panel, click the name of the Droplet.
  2. In the left menu, click Backups, then click Enable Backups.

Restore Droplets from Backups

  1. In the control panel, click the Droplet you want to restore.
  2. In the left menu, click Backups.
  3. Locate the backup you want to restore from, then open its More menu to the right and choose Restore Droplet.

Save Backups as Snapshots

Backups are retained for four weeks, but snapshots are retained for the life of your account. To convert a backup into a snapshot:

  1. In the control panel, click the Droplet you want to restore.
  2. In the left menu, click Backups.
  3. Locate the backup you want to convert, then open its More menu and choose Convert to snapshot.

Disable Backups

  1. In the control panel, click the name of the Droplet for which you’d like to disable backups.
  2. In the left menu, click Backups.
  3. Click Disable Backups.