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CrashPlan Support

Manually Starting A Backup

Applies to:
  • CrashPlan for Home
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CrashPlan backs up new and changed files automatically based on your backup schedule. However, there may be situations when you want CrashPlan to back up on demand, regardless of when your next backup is scheduled to occur. This article describes how to manually start a backup, so you can immediately back up new files and file changes.


CrashPlan backs up new files and changes based on your backup schedule’s frequency setting (every 15 minutes for CrashPlan subscribers, by default). Between these scheduled backups, the CrashPlan app creates a To do list of all the new files and file changes.

In most cases, we recommend simply letting the CrashPlan app run its automated backup schedule to back up recent changes. This helps to ensure a good balance between file version history and computer performance.

However, there may be cases when you want to immediately back up the files in your To do list. For example, you may wish to:

In these types of situations, you can use the play icon Play button to manually start a backup in-between your automated backups.

Back up now

To back up on demand, open the CrashPlan app and select the play icon Play button next to the backup set and destination you want to back up. If a backup is currently in progress, a pause button displays instead of a play button.

Click the play icon to manually start a backup

Backup Runs Between Specific Times
If CrashPlan is set to back up only between specific times (for example, between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m.), you can only start a manual back up within that time frame. However, once started, a manual backup will continue until it’s complete, even if it extends beyond the scheduled backup window’s end time.