[WoW] Manually Backup Addons and Settings

Before doing any kind of changes it is always best to backup and save your Addons and Settings so that if anything happens you have a copy that has not been touched.

 

Please be aware things may look different or be located in a slightly different location depending on the OS version you are using. 

Addon & Setting Locations

First you will need to locate your World of Warcraft folder.  This is fairly easy to do.  Log into the Battle.net Launcher and click on the Blizzard icon in the upper left corner.  Select Settings from the dropdown menu.

Select Game Install/Update from the list on the left side.  Then scroll down until you find World of Warcraft.  It may have "Warlord of Draenor", "Legions", or which ever expansion you have installed.

You do not want "Beta" or "PTR".

In the image the location of the World of Warcraft folder is W:\World of Warcraft.

By default, for Windows, it is:

C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\

or

C:\Users\Public\Games\ World of Warcraft\

However, some people have their harddrive partitioned or have multiple drives so World of Warcraft may be installed on a different pathing.

For Mac, you will use this location:

Macintosh HD/Applications/World of Warcraft/

Windows

We will be using the Command Prompt to copy your addons and settings to a safe location.

In the search bar (this is by default located next to the Start button in the lower left corner) type Command Prompt.  Right click on the Command Prompt under Programs.  Select Run as administrator in the drop down menu.

You will now have a Command Prompt window.  We're going to have them save to the desktop in a folder called WoW Backup. You will want to type out the follow:

Interface:

xcopy /s "WhereYourWorldFolderIs\Interface" 
"c:\Users\(username)\Desktop\WoW Backup\Interface"

WTF:

xcopy /s "WhereYourWorldFolderIs\WTF" 
"c:\Users\(username)\Desktop\WoW Backup\WTF"

Example:

xcopy /s "w:\World of Warcraft\interface"
"c:\Users\Shankill\Desktop\WoW Backup\Interface"

Do the Interface folder.  You may be prompted with:

Does c:\Users\(username)\Desktop\WoW Backup\WTF specify a file name 
or directory name on the target
(F = file), D = directory)?

Select "D", and then let it run.  You should see a lot of text scrolling by.  When it stops do the same for the WTF folder.

You should now have a folder (WoW Backup) on your desktop with an "\Interface\Addon" and "\WTF" folders.  You have now safely copied your addons and settings.

Mac

We are going to be using the terminal for copying your folders.  

Start by creating a folder on your desktop labeled WoW Backup. Click on Shift ⇧ + Command ⌘ + U.  This will open your Utilities.  Now find your Terminal, and double click on it to open it.

You will now have a Terminal window.  We're going to have them save to the desktop in our folder WoW Backup. You will want to type out the follow: 

Interface:

cp -r "/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface" 
"User/(username)/Desktop/WoW Backup"

WTF:

cp -r "/Applications/World of Warcraft/WTF" 
"User/(username)/Desktop/WoW Backup"

Example:

cp -r "/Applications/World of Warcraft/Interface" 
"User/Shankill/Desktop/WoW Backup"

Do the Interface folder.  Then check the folder on your desktop to make sure you now has an "Interface/Addons" folder will all your addons in it.  If it does continue with doing your WTF folder.  

You should now have a folder (WoW Backup) on your desktop with an "/Interface/Addon" and "/WTF" folders.  You have now safely copied your addons and settings.