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Manually start a backup

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Small Business
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The Code42 app backs up files automatically based on your backup schedule. But you might want to back up on demand, regardless of when your next backup is scheduled. This article describes how to manually start a backup, so you can immediately back up new files and file changes.


The Code42 app backs up new files and changes based on your backup schedule’s frequency setting. Between these scheduled backups, the Code42 app creates a To do list of all the new files and file changes.

In most cases, we recommend simply letting the Code42 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 click Run backup now to manually start a backup in-between your automated backups.

Back up now

To back up on demand:

  1. Open the Code42 app.
  2. Click Details next to the device containing your new or updated files.
  3. Click Run backup now next to the destination to which you want to back up your new or updated files.
    If a backup is currently in progress, the option to Run backup now is unavailable.

Run Backup Now

Backup runs between specific times
If the Code42 app 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.
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