Xbox Guide: How to Use Cloud Storage

Store your saved games in the cloud
Overview

If you have more than one Xbox 360 console or you want to play games at a friend’s house, you can store your saved games in the cloud (on our Xbox LIVE servers). Because your saved game is stored in the cloud, you can continue playing the game on a different console, right from where you left off.
 

Note Your Xbox LIVE profile does need to be on multiple consoles. For information on how to download your Xbox LIVE profile to another console, please see Download, move or delete your Xbox LIVE profile.
 

Cloud Saved Games
Set up cloud storage for saved games

To use cloud storage for your saved games, you need:
 

  • An Xbox LIVE Gold Membership
  • A console connected to Xbox LIVE
  • 514 megabytes (MB) of storage space on your console (local cache)
     

Step 1: Turn on Cloud Saved Games (for a console)
 

  1. From the Xbox Dashboard, go to Settings and then select System.
  2. Select Storage, and then select Cloud Saved Games.
  3. Select Enable Cloud Saved Games.
     

A local cache is reserved on your console, and you can now save or move saved games to the cloud. For more information about this cache, see When is my cloud game save uploaded to the cloud?
 

If you get an error when you turn on cloud saved games, see Troubleshoot game saves in the cloud.
 

Step 2: Save or move a saved game to the cloud
 

  • New game: When you start a new game, the game usually asks you where you want to save your game progress (your saved game). If you turned on Cloud Saved Games (step 1), select Cloud Saved Games as the storage device. Now every time you sign in to your Xbox LIVE profile and play the game, your saved game is automatically stored in the cloud.
  • Existing game saves: If you have an existing saved game that you want to store in the cloud, you can move the saved game to the cloud. Here’s how:
     
  1. Sign in to your Xbox LIVE profile.
  2. Go to Settings, and then select System.
  3. Select Storage.
  4. Select the storage device that contains the saved game that you want to move to the cloud.
  5. Select Games.
  6. Select the game with your saved game.
  7. Select your saved game.
  8. Select Move.
  9. Select Cloud Saved Games.

You can copy, move or delete saved games that are stored in the cloud, just as you would copy, move or delete items on your hard drive. For more information, see Copy, move or delete content.
 

Use a cloud game save on another console
  1. Sign in to your Xbox LIVE profile.
  2. Turn on Cloud Saved Games (see Step 1: Turn on Cloud Saved Games).
  3. Start the game with the cloud game save.
  4. When prompted, choose Cloud Saved Games as your storage device.

Now you can play on the other console, right where you left off. When you’ve finished playing, your game save is saved in the cloud.

When is my game save uploaded to the cloud?

While you’re playing a game, your game save is cached locally on your console. When you exit the game, your game save is automatically moved to the cloud. You don’t need to do anything to make this happen (other than the two setup steps above). If you look at your Active Downloads list, you can see the status of your game save being uploaded to the cloud (to see your active downloads, press the Guide button on your controller, go to Marketplace, and select Active Downloads).

In a hurry to turn off your console?

Don’t worry! You can turn off your console before a game save is uploaded to the cloud. When you turn off your console, your console stays in low power mode until the game save is uploaded to the cloud (that is, as long as the console has power and is connected to the Internet).

Important Unplugging your console or disconnecting your console from the Internet will cause the game save upload to pause until the next time your console connects to Xbox LIVE. If this happens, you won’t be able to use the saved game on any other consoles. If you get an error related to cloud game saves, see Troubleshoot game saves in the cloud.

Use cloud game saves when you’re offline

There are two options to turn off cloud storage for game saves:

1. Move saved games out of the cloud and turn off cloud saves

First, you need to move your game saves out of the cloud. See Copy, move or delete content for steps on how to move content from one storage device to another (for example, from Cloud Saved Games to Hard Drive).

Once you've done this, you can turn off cloud storage. Here’s how:

  1. From the Xbox 360 Dashboard, go to Settings, and then select System.
  2. Select Storage.
  3. Highlight Cloud Saved Games, and then press Y.
  4. Select Disable Cloud Saved Games.

2. Keep saved games in the cloud and turn off cloud saves

You can turn off cloud storage for a single console and keep your saved games in the cloud for you to use on another console. Here’s how:

  1. From the Xbox Dashboard, go to Settings and then select System.
  2. Select Storage and then select your primary storage device.
  3. Select System Items, and then select Cloud Storage Console Copy.
  4. Select Delete.

Note You will be asked to confirm that you want your saved games to remain in the cloud, and future updates to your saved games will not be synced with this console.

 

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Last updated July 4, 2018 Views 129 Applies to:

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It doesnt work that well tbh. Its just the same as having a USB stick, you still have to fiddle around with moving saves about.

It would work better if once you turn cloud storage on all local saves are synced to the cloud and you can continue where you left off automatically on another console.

well you can, as you choose what storage to use when you start a game, if you copy or move the savefile from console to cloud, then choose the cloud when you go into the game, it will use that save file...then when you get back to your console, choose cloud as default storage in the game and it should use the one online instead of console..thats how I understand it anyway

After messing about with this today, for me, best and really only good new feature this Dashboard has brought

I have reported this as I think it should be a STICKY!

Good thread Mr Charmer very helpful, Thank you mate.

It was a complement; many copy and paste crap but my old son done good!

Also Bah Humbug!

Nice job!  Make sure if you have any questions about the update you check here.

be interesting to see how many people and how much data is stored in the Cloud in a weeks time!

What happens if my gold expires and my saves are moved on the cloud? Will it move the synced copy to my hdd?

I would expect that if your Gold Membership is about to expire you will be warned by email before hand giving you enough time to move the save files from the Cloud back to your HDD in the same way it advises you to do if you plan to play it offline

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