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Minecraft Worlds Lost When Using External Storage on Android Devices

Starting with the Caves and Cliffs Part 2 update, Minecraft will make required Android storage updates that may make player worlds disappear. The worlds are still on the device, but they must be moved manually for the game to continue to access them.

Worlds may disappear in these conditions:

  • The world is saved on External Storage (Settings > Profile > File Storage Location > External)
  • The game is uninstalled and reinstalled or the user backs up and restores to a new device

If you find yourself without access to your worlds, there are two approaches you can take to recover them. Due to the differences between Android vendors and implementations, you might need to try both approaches to find one that works for you.

 

Method 1: Moving your worlds directly to their new location

If you have access to the new location for External Storage, you can move or copy your world folders directly to their new location.

  • The old location: /games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds
  • The new location: /Android/com.mojang.minecraftpe/files/games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds

NOTE: These locations may vary depending on the device and version of Android you are running, and whether External Storage is located on removable media (such as an SD card).

Method 1a: Use a USB connection and a Windows computer

  1. Make sure you have run Minecraft and viewed the empty Play screen at least once. This will ensure the new folder exists.
  2. Connect your Android device to your computer using a USB cable.
  3. Make sure your USB connection is configured for transferring files. The way this is done will vary on Android devices. You may be able to change settings for USB Preferences, like this:mceclip0.png
  4. Open a File Explorer window on your Windows computer, open your Android device, and navigate to the OLD minecraftWorlds directory (usually /games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds).
  5. Select the contents of the minecraftWorlds directory, right-click and choose Copy.
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  6. Navigate to the NEW minecraftWorlds directory (usually /Android/com.mojang.minecraftpe/files/games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds), right-click and choose Paste.

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  1. Launch Minecraft, and your worlds should now be visible.

Method 1b: Use a file manager on your Android device

  1. Make sure you have run Minecraft and viewed the empty Play screen at least once. This will ensure the new folder exists.
  2. Use your device’s file manager or download a file manager you trust from the Google Play store.
  3. Throughout the process, you may be prompted to grant permission to access the directories you are entering. You will need to grant those permissions.
  4. Navigate to the OLD file location (usually games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds).
  5. Navigate to the NEW file location (usually /Android/data/com.mojang.minecraftpe/files/games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds) and press “Paste”.
  6. Launch Minecraft, and your worlds should now be visible.

Method 2:  Package your world as a .mcworld and import it into Minecraft

If you are unable to access the new location for your Minecraft worlds in Method 1, you may instead use a file manager on your Android device to convert your world to the .mcworld format and import it directly into Minecraft.

  1.  Use your device’s file manager or download a file manager you trust from the Google Play store. The file manager must support compression (creating zip files) to complete this option.
  2. Navigate to the OLD file location given in Method 1 (usually games/com.mojang/minecraftWorlds).
  3. Open the folder for the world you want to import. You can either repeat this process for every world or open the file levelname.txt in the folder to look for the name of a specific world you want to import.
  4. Long-press on one of the items in the folder to select it, then select each of the remaining items in the folder.
  5. Create a ZIP archive of these files. This varies by application, but it may be in a menu such as More > Compress. You may be asked to name the archive; you can choose any name you like.
  6. This should create an archive for you ending in “.zip”. Select this file, choose Rename, and change the extension from “.zip” to “.mcworld”.
  7. Launch this .mcworld file from your File Explorer. If prompted by the file manager to choose an application to open it with, choose Minecraft.
  8. After Minecraft is done launching, it should go through the import process, which will make your world available to play again. Confirm this by going to the Play screen and entering your world.

Last Updated - 2021-12-05 07:26:41 UTC

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