How to recover a deleted Minecraft world

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You have just finished building the world of your dreams in 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, you should know that it is not: in this tutorial, in fact, you will discover how to recover a deleted Minecraft world.


Through the simple processes that I am about to illustrate, you will be able to recover your Minecraft world, regardless of the reason that caused it to be lost. You just need to have a little patience and a few minutes to dedicate to driving: you will see that everything will be back to the way it was before!


That said, cross your fingers and, with a little luck, you'll be able to check your Minecraft builds regardless of the device you use, whether it's a PC, a smartphone or a tablet. Because yes, it is possible and I'll explain how to do it on both Minecraft Java Edition for PCs and Minecraft Bedrock Edition for Windows 10 PCs and mobile devices. Happy reading and best of luck with everything!

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  • How to recover a deleted Minecraft world on PC
    • Reinstalling from backup
    • Replacing files
    • Software to recover deleted files
  • How to recover deleted Minecraft world on smartphones and tablets
    • Reinstall from backup
    • File Replacement
    • Software to recover deleted files

How to recover a deleted Minecraft world on PC


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


Well, the most common cause is the deletion of the world, voluntary or following a mistake. It could also have happened to you: maybe you deleted one of your ransomware thinking that you no longer needed it, only to regret it shortly after; or it could also be that you did it incorrectly, pressing the wrong key. The worst-case scenario could be an accident caused by an outsider gaining access to your device, or formatting it, resulting in the deletion of all the data it contains.

There may be an equally unpleasant case of corruption of saved data. This, in most cases, happens when Minecraft is closed without saving the open world at that time. The game files become corrupted and the world in question no longer appears in the list of those available on the device.

Fortunately, 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 one? Read on and you will find out.

Reinstall from backup

If you have been cautious enough to make a preventive backup of your Minecraft world, then it will do you a lot of good to recover the latter and play it again. All you need is access to the folder where your 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 to go to the search field in the Windows taskbar (or in the START menu), type % AppData% and press the Send button on the keyboard.

This command will show you a folder, inside which you must open subfolders .minecraft> saves. The path in question contains all the save games 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 Go> Go to Finder folder menu (above).


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

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

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


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

If you haven't backed up manually, you can always count on Windows or macOS to do it for you. In Windowsinfact, there is a function that allows you to restore a previous state of a folder. You can then apply this process to the folder containing your Minecraft worlds ("saves" for Minecraft Java Edition, and "MinecraftWorlds" for Minecraft Bedrock Edition): to understand how to do it, I leave you 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.


Replacing files

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

To proceed, the first thing you should do is create a new world in Minecraft, from where we will then extrapolate the necessary files to place them in the save folder of the corrupted one. In case you do not know how to do it, I refer you to my guide where I explain how to create a world in Minecraft.

Before continuing, I suggest you make a backup copy of the corrupted world, to avoid problems. To do this, simply locate your folder using the procedures explained above, right click on it and select the Copy item from the menu that opens.

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

Once the new world is created, you must access your save folder. If you are using Minecraft Java Edition, you will find it by typing % AppData% in the search field of the Windows taskbar or Start menu and pressing Send. This command will open a folder, from which you should go to the .minecraft> save subfolder.

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 Finder folder (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 and session.lock. At this point, select them all and right-click on one of them, then select the Copy item from the context menu.

Now go back to the folder containing all your saved files and open the corrupted world. Once there, delete the files that have the same name as the ones just mentioned by selecting them, right-clicking on them and choosing the Delete item from the menu that is proposed to you. Now replace them by pasting the ones from the new world into the folder. To do this, right-click inside the folder and click on the Paste item 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 other way around and copy the Region folder of the corrupted world to the root folder of the newly created world, replacing the existing one.

If, on the other hand, you are using Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, 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 must type % AppData% in the search field of the Windows taskbar or Start menu and press Send, thus reaching the roaming folder. From here, you will have to go back to the previous folder, i.e. 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 have arrived here, you need to extract some files. Then open the folder of the new world you just created, locate the level.dat and level.dat_oldyfiles and select them. At this point, right click on them and press Copy; then go to the corrupted world folder. Then delete the two files with the same name as the ones just copied, by selecting them, right-clicking on one of them and then selecting the Delete item from the menu that opens.

To replace them with the new ones, right-click on the folder and press the Paste item from 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 it is necessary to resort to external software. In particular, you have to resort to applications created especially for recovering deleted data.

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

However, I advise you to check out 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 Minecraft world, either by deletion or data corruption. The reasons are almost always accidents: how many times have you played something on your mobile or tablet and see it shut down in its prime? In any case, you don't have to worry, as here too there are several 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 edit the game files to restore corrupted or lost worlds.

Reinstall from backup.

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 (e.g. Google files). All you have to do then is to go to the backup folder, select the latter by holding down and select the move option (or that Copy) in the application menu (you may need to press an additional icon, for example, the three dots, to see it).

Now you must go to the folder where the Minecraft worlds are stored, ie Internal Memory (or SD card)> games> com.minecraft> minecraftWorlds and paste the selected files at this point, selecting the appropriate item.

If, on the other hand, the backup is on a computer, you must connect the two devices. For this, I leave you my guide where I explain how to transfer files from PC to phone. Then you will need to move the backup to the folder on your mobile device File> Internal storage (or SD card)> games> com.mojang> minecraftWorlds.

If you have an iPhone or an 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 a backup of an iPhone (or iPad), thus returning the entire device to a previous state. Clearly decide for yourself if it's worth taking such a drastic measure just to recover a Minecraft world.

File replacement

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

I recommend that you back up the corrupted world again before continuing, to make sure nothing can happen to it. To do this, open the File> Internal Storage (or SD card)> games> com.mojang> minecraftWorlds folder with an Android file manager (e.g. Google files) and locate the world in question.

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

First, you need to create a new world in the game. To do this, open Minecraft and press the Game button. Then press on the Create New> Create New World options and on the Create button. 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 Save and Exit item.

Now that you have created a new world, you need to extract files from it. However, you must first delete some of them from the corrupted world. Then go back to the folder containing the world save mentioned above and locate the files level.dat and level.dat_old. Select both of them, holding them down, then click on the delete item, top right, and go to confirmation.

Now you can go to the new world folder. Open it and locate the two files named as those just mentioned, select them by holding, press three dots at the top right (if necessary) and then press move. Then get to the corrupted world folder. Then press Done and you should be able to see your world in the game again.

Software to recover deleted files

If, unfortunately, the proposals I mentioned above did not work for you, I recommend that you turn to an external application for deleted data recovery on mobile devices.

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

Once you have recovered the folder to save, simply move it to the folder where all the worlds on the device, as seen above. good luck!



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