Wayward: Save & Backup Guide

This guide will show you how to manage your saves and backups in Wayward.

 

Exporting Save Data

1. You can export your individual game saves using the “Export” icon next to each save in the “Load Game” menu:

2. You can also export your global save data using the “Export non-world Save Data” button in the options menu in “Save Data” section:

This save data includes global settings, milestones, key bindings, and more.

You will need to do both of these to restore your game to its full state in the case of data loss, corruption, or migration.

Importing Save Data

1. You can import your individual game saves using the “Import” icon at the bottom of the “Load Game” menu:

Alternatively, you can also drag and drop your saves into the Wayward window to import them.

2. You can also import your global save data using the “Import non-world Save Data” button in the options menu in “Save Data” section:

WARNING: This will overwrite everything including global settings, milestones, key bindings, and more.

You will need to do both of these to restore your game to its full state in the case of data loss, corruption, or migration.

Importing Automatic Backups

By default, Wayward will keep the latest five backups of each game save and your global save data. These are stored in your main Wayward directory by default. You can disable this functionality in the options menu.

To open the Wayward directory:

1. Right-click on the Wayward entry in your Steam library and select “Properties.

2. Click on the “Local files” tab in the new window that opens up. Next, click on the “Browse…” button to open the Wayward Steam folder.

After the Wayward folder opens, you will see a backups folder:

In this folder, are two subfolders, one for “Games”, and one for “Global”. You can navigate through these folders to find the backups for what you are looking for. Use the “date created/modified” properties of each file to get the correct copy of each. Follow the “Importing Save Data” section above to import these backups.

Manually Creating/Restoring Backups

If you are looking to create a quick manual backup of all Wayward save data, you can do this by navigating to the “save” folder, which by default is located in the main Wayward directory. To get here:

1. Right-click on the Wayward entry in your Steam library and select “Properties.

2. Click on the “Local files” tab in the new window that opens up. Next, click on the “Browse…” button to open the Wayward Steam folder.

You can now copy/paste the “save” folder into another directory on your computer. Using external software such as 7-Zip, WinRAR, or WinZIP, you can also simply “archive” this whole folder for easy future restoration.

This folder is what Steam Cloud syncs to by default.

When restoring this folder, make sure to completely remove the “save” folder that is there first. Simply overwriting the folder may lead to corruption.

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