Whether you are trying to dust off an old Realm or just forgot to extend your time, you may look 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! Once you have purchased a new subscription and created 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 often is a good habit and can ensure you always keep your world safe. Here is a quick and easy guide to creating a backup.
In Minecraft for Windows 10, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, or mobile devices) just go into Edit Realm in Realm’s menu. You'll see an 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 here.
You can export your maps from any versions of Realms at any time within an 18-month period after your subscription has expired. Once your subscription has been inactive for more than 18 months, your world will be permanently deleted from Minecraft’s servers.
Replacing a new world with a backup
After purchasing a new realm subscription and creating a new world within that realm, 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 preventing you from downloading your world, or if you are having difficulty uploading your world you can contact support for further assistance here.