Data and backups

1Password backups

Learn everything you need to know about 1Password backups, like how to create and manage them and where they are located.

Tip

Want to get your 1Password data onto a new device? You don’t have to restore from a backup, there’s an easier way.

Your 1Password account is backed up automatically

Everything in your 1Password account is automatically backed up every day:

  • all your vaults on 1Password.com
  • all your items on 1Password.com

This makes it easy to access your data from anywhere, and you don’t have to worry if you lose your devices. Simply sign in to 1Password.com, or sign in on a new device.

You can also restore previous versions of items.

Your standalone vaults are backed up automatically on your Mac or Windows PC

1Password automatically creates backups of the standalone vaults on your Mac or Windows PC every day if there have been any changes made since the last backup. This includes vaults you’re syncing with Dropbox or iCloud.

If you’re syncing with Dropbox or iCloud, a copy of your data is also stored separately with Dropbox or iCloud.

You can also create and restore backups of standalone vaults

Mac: Create a backup

Open 1Password and choose File > Backup.

To find where the backup files are kept, choose 1Password > Preferences > Backups and click Show Files.

Mac: Restore a backup

Open 1Password and choose File > Restore. Select the backup you want to restore and click Restore.

iOS: Create a backup

  1. Open and unlock 1Password on your iOS device, then tap Settings > Advanced > Create Backup.
  2. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  3. Connect your iOS device to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device. If you see “Trust This Computer?” on your iOS device, tap Trust.
  4. Click your device in iTunes. Get help if you can’t find it.
  5. Click File Sharing in the sidebar, then select 1Password in the list of apps.
  6. Drag the Backups folder from the 1Password Documents list to a folder or window on your computer.

    You can also select the Backups folder from the 1Password Documents list and click “Save to”, then find the folder on your computer to which you want to copy the files and click Save To.

iOS: Restore a backup

  1. Open iTunes on your Mac or PC.
  2. Connect your iOS device to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device. If you see “Trust This Computer?” on your iOS device, tap Trust.
  3. Click your device in iTunes. Get help if you can’t find it.
  4. Click File Sharing in the sidebar, then select 1Password in the list of apps.
  5. Drag a Backups folder or .1p4_zip file from a folder or window on your computer onto the 1Password Documents list to copy it to your device.

    You can also click Add in the 1Password Documents list in iTunes, find a Backups folder you want to copy from your computer, and then click Add.

    If iTunes prompts you to replace the existing Backups folder, click Replace.

  6. Open and unlock 1Password on your iOS device, then tap Settings > Advanced > Restore Backup and follow the onscreen prompts.

Windows: Restore a backup

  1. Create a folder called 1Password.opvault on your desktop:
    1. Right-click your desktop and choose New > Folder.
    2. Name the folder 1Password.opvault.
  2. Open Start, type %LOCALAPPDATA%\1Password\Backups to search, then press Enter. You’ll see a list of folders, one for each vault 1Password has backed up.
  3. Open the folder for the vault you want to restore. You’ll see a list of .zip files with names corresponding to the date and time of each backup.
  4. Right-click the .zip file you want to restore and choose Extract All.
  5. Click Browse, choose the 1Password.opvault folder on your desktop, and click Select Folder.
  6. Click Extract. If you see “There is already a file with the same name as the folder name you specified”, contact 1Password Support.

To add the vault to your existing 1Password data, open 1Password and choose 1Password > “Open vault on this PC”.

To replace all of your existing 1Password data, reset 1Password and choose “Sync using folder” on the welcome screen.

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