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Back up your site with Jetpack VaultPress Backup

Use Jetpack’s backup feature to automatically create backups and restore your site with a single click. Track every change, go back in time, and rest assured your content is always safe. Jetpack’s backup feature uses’s servers to back up your site, so you never have to worry about losing your content.

What do I need to do to use Jetpack VaultPress Backup?

  1. A Jetpack plan that includes backups (VaultPress Backup, Jetpack Security, or Jetpack Complete)
  2. A working Jetpack connection
  3. The full-featured Jetpack plugin, or the standalone Jetpack VaultPress Backup plugin

Your first backup

Your first backup is created as soon as you complete your purchase and Jetpack is connected.

The first backup can take some time to complete. You can see your backup progress by going to Jetpack → Backup in the dashboard. Future backups should take less time.

View your backups

You can view your backups, browse and download individual files, and restore a full backup or individual parts.

  1. Start by going to Jetpack → Backup in the dashboard, or
  2. You’ll see the most recent completed backup there, with information about the date and time of the backup, and what was included. If a backup hasn’t happened yet today, you’ll see the schedule for the next one.
Screenshot of a Jetpack completed backup, with the date and time of completion. Also indicates that 18 plugins, 11 themes, 116 uploads, 6 post, and 26 pages were included. There is an Actions button in the top right corner.
  1. Click the Actions button to show the options to restore the backup, download the backup, or browse the backup files, via View Files. You can also download individual files from there.
Screenshot of the Actions menu, including: 
Restore to this point 
View files 
Download backup

Add server credentials to Jetpack

At the top of the Backup page, you may see a prompt to set up server credentials. Click Enable restores to be taken to the credentials page.

​​These credentials allow backups to continue if your Jetpack connection isn’t working. They’re also required to restore your site from a previous backup. There are more details about restoring a backup in the Restoring with the Jetpack Plugin guide.

If you don’t see a notification at the top of the Latest Backup section in Jetpack Cloud indicating that a backup is running, try adding credentials to start backups.

See the guide on Adding Credentials in the Jetpack Plugin for detailed information on adding your server credentials.

If we lose contact with your site and your backups stop working, we’ll send you an email after the second failed backup attempt.

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

What data is included in a Jetpack VaultPress Backup?


The backup data includes all the unique and irreplaceable data you have stored in WordPress, and everything properly integrated into the WordPress installation. Jetpack VaultPress Backup backs up the following data:

  • Your WordPress database. This includes any tables that begin with your WordPress database’s table prefix and also have a unique key or primary key. 
  • All files in the pluginsmu-pluginsthemes, and uploads directories.
  • Everything in your WordPress root directory that isn’t part of another WordPress installation.
  • Certain other files inside the wp-content directory.

When does a backup occur?


Jetpack VaultPress Backup will back up your site at least once a day. If your plan includes real-time backups, we will additionally back up your site after certain events (post or page published or updated, theme and plugin installation and update).

Adjustments to the daily backup schedule are not possible (for instance, it’s impossible to configure backups to run either on an hourly or weekly basis). Additionally, you cannot designate a specific time of the day for the backup process to occur. The timing is handled automatically by our system, and normally happens about 24 hours after the previous backup.

What data is not included in a Jetpack VaultPress Backup?


We do not back up:

  • The core files of WordPress. These can be downloaded from at any time.
  • Files outside the directories listed above.
  • Database tables that don’t look like they belong to WordPress.
  • Database tables whose rows have no unique identifier.
  • Cache and backup directories.
  • Additional WordPress installs, such as ones that are included inside a subdirectory.

What kind of backups does Jetpack run: full, incremental, or differential?


Jetpack VaultPress Backup performs all three types of backup on your site. The first backup is a full backup of your site. Subsequent backups are incremental, backing up only the files and/or database tables that have been changed since the last backup was saved. Finally, differential backups are the “real time” backups, saving the data that was introduced or changed since the last complete backup.

Does Jetpack VaultPress Backup work on a multisite installation?


No. The Jetpack VaultPress Backup feature doesn’t currently support websites built on WordPress multisite.

Where are the backups stored?


The Jetpack VaultPress Backup plugin stores your backups on servers in our secure data centers around the world.

While it isn’t possible to restrict data storage to a particular geographic location, what we can provide is the Standard Contractual Clauses, which we include in our Data Processing Agreement (DPA). DPAs are contractual tools for websites and companies to make commitments to their customers, vendors, and partners that their data handling complies with the law, including transferring data out of the EU.

If you are interested in having a DPA with us, you can request one from the Privacy Settings page in your dashboard at

Can I stop a backup that is already in progress?


There is no way to interrupt a backup once it has started. If there’s some reason you need to stop an in-progress backup, or if you want to disable backups entirely, please contact support for assistance.

Still need help?

Please contact support directly. We’re happy to advise.

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