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 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, who can then recreate the Droplet on their account from the snapshot.
Creating a backup or snapshot takes roughly 2 minutes per GB of used space.