How often does Minecraft autosave?

Minecraft Pandas - does Minecraft autosave?
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Minecraft Pandas - does Minecraft autosave?
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To ensure players don't lose vast amounts of work, Minecraft has an autosave feature that's automatically set up, regardless of what platform you are using. But how often does Minecraft autosave?

The autosave feature protects players from server outages, power cuts, and crashes. This prevents losing significant progress and ensures that players can pick up right where they left off, minimizing frustration and maintaining continuity in the game.

In this guide, we will discuss the autosave frequency of Minecraft, so you can better understand how your game progress is preserved. But, before that, learn about the voice chat feature in Minecraft.

How often does Minecraft autosave?

Minecraft's autosave frequency can vary depending on the platform you're playing on and the game version.

For the Java Edition, Minecraft autosaves the game data to disk every 6000 game ticks, or approximately every 5 minutes in real time. For the Bedrock Edition, which includes game versions on consoles, mobile devices, and Windows 10, the autosave timing is around every 2 to 5 minutes.

Some versions of Bedrock Edition allow you to adjust the autosave interval in the game's settings, giving you some control over how often the game saves. Also, there are some versions which allow you to disable autosave.

How to turn on Minecraft autosave

The autosave feature in Minecraft is turned on by default. However, as we noted above, the feature can be deactivated on some legacy console versions.

If you are still playing one of those versions, and want to reactivate autosave, it is relatively simple. When you try to save your game, it should offer a prompt asking if you would like to reactivate autosave.

Should I use it?

If you are frustrated by autosave, then you may be able to turn off autosave through the following steps:

  • Go to File > Options > Uncheck the box next to AutoSave OneDrive and SharePoint Online files.

This may not be available to everyone. If this is true for you, then some players have resorted to copying their world before starting a new session. This could be an option for you to consider.

Then, if things go well, great. But if things go badly, they can just delete that version of their world, and revert to a previous save. Perhaps not ideal for everyone, but if you hate the autosave function, this may be your only option.

That covers everything about Minecraft autosave. We hope you found this guide helpful. Before heading off, check out how to fix the Minecraft GLFW error 65542.

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