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 the vaults stored in your 1Password account
  • all the items stored in your 1Password account

This means you don’t have to worry if you lose your devices. To access your data from anywhere, sign in to your account on 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

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.

Restore a backup

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

Create a backup

Open and unlock 1Password on your iOS device, then tap Settings > Advanced > Create Backup.

If you’re using macOS Catalina or later

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device.
  2. In Finder, click your device in the sidebar. Get help if you can’t find it.

    If it’s the first time you’ve connected this device, click Trust on your Mac. Then unlock your iOS device, tap Trust, and enter your passcode.

  3. Click the Files tab, then click the disclosure triangle next to 1Password.

  4. Drag the Backups folder to your Desktop or other folder on your Mac.

If you’re using an earlier version of macOS or a Windows PC

  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. Select the Backups folder from the 1Password Documents list and click “Save”.
  6. Find the folder on your computer to which you want to copy the files and click “Save” or “Select folder”.

Restore a backup

If you’re using macOS Catalina or later

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer using the USB cable that came with your device.
  2. In Finder, click your device in the sidebar. Get help if you can’t find it.

    If it’s the first time you’ve connected this device, click Trust on your Mac. Then unlock your iOS device, tap Trust, and enter your passcode.

  3. Click the Files tab, then click the disclosure triangle next to 1Password.

  4. Drag a Backups folder or .1p4_zip file from a folder or window on your Mac onto the 1Password icon.

  5. Click the Sync button to copy the files to your iOS device.

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

If you’re using an earlier version of macOS or a Windows PC

  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 asks 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 instructions.

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.

To export your data to an OPVault folder:

  1. Open and unlock 1Password.
  2. Enable Dropbox, WLAN Server, or local folder sync.
  3. Tap Settings > Advanced > “Export primary vault”.

Your 1Password data will be saved to a folder named 1PasswordExports in local storage on your device.

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