Snapshots are on-demand disk images of DigitalOcean Droplets and volumes saved to your account. Use them to create new Droplets and volumes with the same contents.
Snapshots are charged at $0.05/GiB per month. Pricing is based on the size of the snapshot, not the size of the filesystem being saved. There is no additional charge for making a snapshot available in multiple regions.
Snapshot billing is separate for billing from Droplets and volumes.
Snapshots are available for all Droplets and block storage volumes across all regions.
Snapshots provide a full copy of a DigitalOcean Droplet or volume. Creating a snapshot saves everything from the Droplet or volume's disk to a disk image saved in your DigitalOcean account. They're an easy way to archive a Droplet or volume at a point in time.
You can use snapshots to create new Droplets or volumes with the same contents of the snapshot. You can back up the contents of a block storage volume, restore a Droplet to the point in time when a snapshot was taken, or migrate a Droplet to a different region.
Snapshots are retained indefinitely until manually deleted. Snapshots are independent of the Droplets used to create them. When you destroy a Droplet, snapshots from that Droplet remain accessible on the Images page in the Snapshots tab.
You can now create a maximum of one snapshot of a volume every 10 minutes. See the snapshots overview for more details.
Droplets created from custom images now support snapshots and backups.
For more information, see all Snapshots release notes.