Saving your progress is one of the most important features of any video game. Fortunately, almost every new game provides this option, with rare exceptions where an inability to save the game is an intentional feature.
In addition to saving your progress as a file on your storage drive, it is a good idea to create backups. This is especially true if you have been playing a game for months to reach your current level of progress.
In this guide, you will learn how to access Origin cloud saves and create backups of your data to ensure your in-game progress won’t be lost if anything happens to your local files.
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Reasons You Should Back Up Game Save Data
Many Origin users are unaware of the following details, so we have included them here to ensure you are informed before uninstalling or modifying the app.
- Uninstalling an Origin game means you will also lose your saved data for that title, unless you have a backup.
- Uninstalling Origin will also delete the saved data for all games you have installed via the client. The only backup might be the cloud sync, which is not always reliable or up-to-date.
Sometimes the Origin cloud data is different from the local data stored on your computer. If the Origin cloud sync servers were not functioning properly when you last saved, your most recent progress might not be archived.
If you plan to reinstall Origin or the game in question, it’s best to create a local save and then make a backup to ensure you can continue from where you left off.
To do that, read the next section.
Creating A Backup Of Origin Saved Game Data On Windows
Even if you are doing this for the first time, backing up your saved game data should be relatively straightforward.
You will only need a few minutes and somewhere to store the backup. This can be a USB drive, a separate drive on your PC, cloud-based storage, or an external hard drive.
Follow the steps below:
- Open File Explorer by pressing Windows + E on your keyboard.
- Find your Documents folder and open it. Open the Electronic Arts folder it contains.
You need to decide whether you want to copy the entire folder or only the saved data for a specific game you have installed.
This is largely determined by whether you intend to uninstall Origin or reinstall one game for troubleshooting reasons.
If you plan to uninstall the Origin app, copy the entire Electronic Arts folder.
- Find somewhere safe to store your save files and paste the items you just copied from the Electronic Arts folder.
You can now uninstall both Origin and your games without worrying about losing your in-game progress. If you ever want to reinstall Origin and continue from where you left off, follow the steps below.
- Download the latest version of Origin and install it onto your PC.
- Open the Electronic Arts folder, which should be in the same location.
- Copy and paste the backup files you previously created.
- Launch Origin with administrator privileges and open your Game Library.
- Right-click the game you want to play and select Game Properties. Then, click Cloud Saves and choose Restore Save.
The Origin client will warn that you are reverting to a local save file instead of using their Cloud Sync Service. Click OK to confirm this change.
You can now launch the game and continue playing without losing your progress. You can also use this method to continue playing a game on multiple computers.
For maximum convenience, store your backups on a device that is easy to relocate, such as a lightweight SSD or a USB flash drive. Alternatively, you can upload the data to a cloud service and remotely access it from anywhere.
It’s important to keep a backup of your saved game data so you can continue playing without losing any progress. Now that you know how to do it, be sure to frequently update your backups if you often switch computers or make a lot of progress in the games you’re playing.
If the Origin cloud sync service doesn’t work as expected, don’t hesitate to contact Origin’s support team for further help and guidance.