Backups Support

Backups are automatically-created disk images of Droplets. Enabling backups for Droplets enables system-level backups at weekly intervals, which provides a way to revert to an older state or create new Droplets.


You cannot change the frequency of Droplet backups, but you can use SnapShooter or the API to create daily snapshots of your Droplets.
You can recover your Droplet if you have taken a snapshot of the Droplet or signed up for automated backups.
Backup schedules and frequency cannot be changed, but you can use Snapshots to backup a Droplet at anytime.
Destroying a Droplet destroys the backups along with it. You’ll want to preserve your backups first.
You cannot currently download DigitalOcean backups or snapshots, but you can use third-party tools to save your data locally.
You can manually back up a Droplet using DigitalOcean snapshots or backups or, alternatively, using a third-party tool like rsync or SFTP.
You can transfer snapshots of Droplets to other users by email address.
Creating a backup or snapshot takes roughly 2 minutes per GB of used space.