Whether you are trying to dust off an old Realm or just forgot to extend your time, you may want to renew an expired Realm. Currently, it is not possible to add time to an expired Realm. However, the world within the expired Realm is not lost! After you purchase a new subscription and create a new Realm it is possible to move any backups made of the world within the expired Realm to the new Realm.
How to Create a Backup of an Expired Realm
Creating a backup of a world is simple and easy. Creating backups is a good habit and can help you make sure you always keep your world safe. Here is a quick guide to creating a backup.
In Minecraft for Windows, Xbox, PlayStation®, Nintendo Switch, or mobile devices, just select Edit Realm in the Realms menu. Select the option to Download World. Make sure there is enough room to store it on your device!
In Minecraft: Java Edition, manually back up your Realm by simply closing and then reopening the Realm. Whenever you do this, it instantly creates a backup. To download the world, follow our in-depth guide at Java Edition: How Do I Download My Realms World?
You can export your maps from any version of Realms at any time within an 18-month period after your subscription has expired. After your subscription has been inactive for more than 18 months, your world is permanently deleted from Minecraft servers.
Replacing a New World with a Backup
After purchasing a new Realm subscription and creating a new world within that Realm, you can access the new Realm game settings. At the bottom of the page, select Replace World and choose the backup you’ve created of your previous Realm. Your new Realm should now contain your previous world.
If you encounter an error that prevents you from downloading your world, or if you are having difficulty uploading your world, please contact Minecraft support for further assistance.