How Do I Restore a Backup?

The way you restore your files depends on the method you used to backup your files.The information listed below provides detailed instructions on how to download and restore full backups in cPanel, as well as providing steps to restore your Home Directory and request a MySQL Database restore.

Warning! Restoring a backup will overwrite any existing files and data!

Full Backup

For detailed instructions on how to generate, download and restore a full backup in cPanel, please see the following article:

Home Directory Backup

For detailed instructions and a video walkthrough of how to download and restore a home directory backup in cPanel, please see the following article:

MySQL Database Restore

For detailed instructions on how to download and restore a MySQL database backup in cPanel, please see the following article:

Third Party Backup Service

The method used to restore backups created by third party services varies. For the best experience, we recommend contacting the provided directly for assistance with their services.


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