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How to recover a deleted Minecraft world

You just finished building the world of your dreams on Minecraft, and you can't wait to show it to your friends. Everything seems perfect, but the worst of the unexpected happens: your world suddenly disappears. If everything seems lost to you, well, know that it is not: in this tutorial, in fact, you will find out how to recover a deleted Minecraft world.

Through the simple processes that I am about to illustrate, you will be able to get your Minecraft world back, regardless of the reason that led to the loss of it. All you have to do is have a little patience and a few minutes to dedicate to driving: you will see that everything will be as before!



That said, cross your fingers and, with a bit of luck, you will be able to review your Minecraft constructions regardless of which device you use, be it a PC, a smartphone or a tablet. Because yes, it is possible and I will explain how to do it both in Minecraft Java Edition for computers and in Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. Happy reading and good luck for everything!

Index

  • How to recover a deleted Minecraft world on PC
    • Backup restore
    • File replacement
    • Software to recover deleted files
  • How to recover a deleted Minecraft world on smartphones and tablets
    • Backup restore
    • File replacement
    • Software to recover deleted files

How to recover a deleted Minecraft world on PC

Before explaining yourself in detail how to recover a deleted Minecraft world, you might be interested in learning more about this topic, for example on the causes that lead, in fact, to the loss of one of the worlds created in the famous title of Mojang.



Well, the most common cause is the deletion of the world, voluntary or following an error. It could have happened to you too: maybe you removed one of your bailouts thinking you no longer needed it, only to regret it soon after; or it could also be that you did it incorrectly, pressing the wrong key. The worst cases could be an accident caused by an external person who has access to your device, or the formatting of the latter, resulting in the deletion of all data on it.

An equally unpleasant case can be there corruption of save data. This, in most cases, happens when Minecraft is closed without saving the open world at that time. Game files become corrupted and the world in question no longer appears in the list of those available on the device.

Thankfully, regardless of the type of problem that may have led to the loss of a world in Minecraft, there are solutions that can be applied to fix it. Which? Read on and you will find out.

Backup restore

If you've been cautious enough to make a preventive backup of your Minecraft world, then it will come in very handy to recover the latter and go back to playing it. All you need is access to the folder where the Minecraft world save data is stored.

In case you are playing Minecraft Java Edition, to find the save folder, the first thing you need to do is go to the search field of the Windows taskbar (or in the menu Home), write % Appdata% and press the button Submit on the keyboard.


This command will show you a folder, within which you will need to open subfolders .minecraft > saves. The path in question contains all the saves of the worlds present on your device. If you are using a Mac, you will find the same files in the path ~ / Library / Application Support / minecraft / saves, accessible from the menu Go> Go to folder of Finder (up).


If, on the other hand, you are playing Minecraft Bedrock Edition (available only for Windows 10), the save folder is in a different place. Go, therefore, on the path % Appdata% as explained above and then access the folder roaming. From here, go back to the previous folder, that is AppData.

At this point, open the folders Local> Packages> Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_ [numbers and letters]> LocalState> games> com.mojang> minecraftWorlds. Arrived here you will find the saves of your worlds in Minecraft, which will have different names from those you assigned them, but you just need to open the folders and then the file level name to view the name you previously decided.

What you need to do now is take the backup folder and copy it into the save folder ("Saves" per Minecraft Java Edition, e “MinecraftWorlds” for Minecraft Bedrock Edition): you can do it with a simple copy-and-paste.

Once this is done, you just have to start Minecraft, and you will see that your world will be back on the list, as usual.

If you haven't done a backup manually, you can always count on Windows or macOS doing it for you. In Windowsin fact, there is a function that allows you to restore a previous state of a folder. You can then apply this process to the folder that contains your Minecraft worlds ("Saves" per Minecraft Java Edition, e “MinecraftWorlds” for Minecraft Bedrock Edition): to understand how to do it, I leave you to my guide in which I explain how to restore the previous version of a file on Windows.


On macOS you can achieve the same result using the built-in backup system time Machine: you can find everything explained in my tutorial on how Time Machine works.


File replacement

In case the files in your Minecraft world have become corrupted and you cannot recover them from a backup, you can resort to another possible solution to the problem: I am referring to the possibility of replace some files in the save folder of the lost world.

To proceed, the first thing to do is create a new world in Minecraft, from which you can then extrapolate the files needed to place them in the save folder of the corrupt one. In case you don't know how, I refer you to my guide where I explain how to create a world in Minecraft.

Before proceeding, I suggest you make a backup of the corrupt world, to avoid problems. To do this, just locate its folder using the procedures explained above, right-click on it and select the item Copy give the menu check if you press.

At this point, go to a folder of your choice, right click inside it and select the item Paste paste from the context menu. This will give you a copy of the corrupt world, in case something goes wrong.

Once the new world is created, you need to access its save folder. If you are using Minecraft Java Edition, you will find it by writing % Appdata% in the search field of the Windows taskbar or Start menu and pressing Submit. This command will open a folder, from which you will need to go to the subfolder .minecraft > saves.

If you use macOS, you can find the same files in the path ~ / Library / Application Support / minecraft / saves, accessible from the menu Go> Go to folder of Finder (placed at the top).

At this point, the first thing to do is to extract some files from the save folder of the new world. To do this, open the folder in question and locate the files level.dat, level.dat_mcr (not always present), level.dat_old e session.lock. At this point, select them all and right click on one of them, then select the item Copy give the menu answer.

Now go back to the folder containing all your saves and open the corrupt world one. Once there, delete the files that have the same name as the ones just mentioned, selecting them, by right clicking on them and choosing the item Delete from the menu that is proposed to you. Now replace them by pasting the new world ones into the folder. To do this, right click inside the folder and press on the item Paste present in the context menu.

Note that in the Java Edition, this process will also result in the loss of inventory and spawning at a random point on the map.

In case the procedure does not go well, you can try the reverse and copy the folder Region from the corrupted world to the root folder of the newly created world, replacing the existing one.

Se, invece, stai using Minecraft Bedrock Edition, the procedure is very similar. Here too you will need to create a new world and access its save folder. To find the latter, you have to write % Appdata% in the search field of the Windows taskbar or Start menu and press Submit, arriving, therefore, at the folder roaming. From here, you will have to go back to the previous folder, that is AppData. Then open the folder Local> Packages> Microsoft.MinecraftUWP_ [characters and numbers]> LocalState> games> com.mojang> minecraftWorlds and you will find yourself in front of the folder with all the worlds present on the device.

Now that you've gotten here, you need to extract some files. Then open the folder of the new world you just created, locate the files level.dat e level.dat_old, and select them. At this point, right-click on them and press on Copy; then go to the folder of the corrupt world. Then delete the two files with the same name as those just copied, selecting them, right clicking on one of them and then selecting the item Delete give the menu check if you press.

To replace them with the new ones, click with the right mouse button in the folder and press on the item Paste of the menu that is proposed to you. Then start Minecraft and you should be able to play in your world again.

Software to recover deleted files

If none of the methods I have shown you worked, then there is a need to resort to external software. In particular, you have to resort to applications made especially for recover deleted data.

Using them, if it has not been long since the deletion of the Minecraft worlds from your PC, you may be lucky enough to recover the files that compose them and bring them back into the game folders. In any case, I warn you, it is a fairly remote probability.

However, I advise you to consult my tutorial on how to recover deleted files and give it a try: trying doesn't hurt!

How to recover a deleted Minecraft world on smartphones and tablets

Also on mobile devices, of course, it is possible to lose your world in Minecraft, either through data deletion or corruption. The reasons are almost always accidents: how many times have you happened to play something on your mobile or tablet, and see them turn off at their best? In any case, you don't have to worry, as here too there are various solutions you can adopt.

Unfortunately, these are solutions mainly dedicated to Android: iPhones and iPads have a more closed system and it is therefore much more difficult to go and edit game files, in order to restore any corrupted or lost worlds.

Backup restore

If you have a backup of your Minecraft world on Android, you can restore it by copying the related files to the game folder, using any File Manager (eg. Google files). All you have to do then is go to the backup folder, select the latter holding it down and select the option Move (or that Copy) from the app menu (you may need to press on an additional icon, e.g. the three dots, to view it).

Now you need to head to the folder where the Minecraft worlds are saved, that is Internal Memory (or SD Card)> games> com.minecraft> minecraftWorlds e paste the files selected above, by selecting the appropriate item.

If, on the other hand, the backup is on a computer, you will need to connect the two devices. To do this, I leave you to my guide where I explain how to transfer files from PC to phone. You will then need to move the backup to your mobile device folder Archive> Internal Storage (or SD Card)> games> com.mojang> minecraftWorlds.

If you have one iPhone or iPad, as I told you, things are a bit more complex. Not being able to modify the game data directly, the only thing I would like to recommend is to try to restore an iPhone (or iPad) backup, thus returning the entire device to a previous state. Clearly decide whether it is worth taking such a drastic measure just to recover a Minecraft world.

File replacement

Your Minecraft world is gone corrupt? Then I recommend that you try this method before throwing in the towel. Just like on PC, even in the Bedrock Edition for devices Android you can recover worlds by creating new ones and then replacing some files.

I recommend that you again make a backup of the corrupt world before proceeding, so as to be sure that nothing can happen to it. To do this, open the folder Archive> Internal Storage (or SD Card)> games> com.mojang> minecraftWorlds with a file manager for Android (eg Google files) and locate the world in question.

You will see that the present worlds will have names that are different from those you are used to, but to distinguish them all you have to do is open the folders and then the file level name, which will show you the name of the world in question. At this point, press and hold on the folder, to then press on three dots (if necessary) and immediately after on the option Copy. From here you can decide where to create the copy of the aforementioned folder.

First, you need to create a new world in the game. To do this, open Minecraft and press pulsating Play. Then press on the options Create New> Create New World on your pulse Crea. Now that the world has been created, you can close it by pressing the 🁢🁢 key located at the top center of the screen and then on the item Save and exit.

Now that you've created a new world, you need to extract files from it. First, though, you need to erase some of them from the corrupt world. Then go back to the folder containing the save of the aforementioned world and locate the files level.dat e level.dat_old. Select them both, holding them down, then press on the item Delete, top right, and come on confirmation.

Now you can go to the new world folder. Open it and locate the two files named like the ones just mentioned, select them holding on, presses on three dots at the top right (if necessary) and then press on Move. It then arrives at the folder of the corrupt world. Then press on Done and you should be able to see your world in the game again.

Software to recover deleted files

If, alas, the proposals I mentioned above were not useful to you, I recommend that you resort to an external application for the recovery of deleted data on mobile devices.

As already pointed out above, it is very difficult to be able to recover all the files of a Minecraft world in this way, but given the lack of alternatives, it does not hurt to try: to find out more, I redirect you to my tutorial on how to recover files deleted from Android.

Once you have recovered the save folder, just move it to the folder where all the worlds on the device are contained, as seen before. Good luck!




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