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Find your product plan in the Code42 console on the Account menu.

Incydr Professional, Enterprise, and Gov F2
Incydr Basic, Advanced, and Gov F1
Other product plans

Incydr Professional and Enterprise, no.

Incydr Basic and Advanced, yes.

CrashPlan Cloud, yes.

Other product plans, yes.

CrashPlan for Small Business, no.

This article applies to app versions 6, 7, and 8.

Other available versions:

Version 5 | Version 4

Code42 Support

Manually start a backup


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, let 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:

  • Ensure all of your files are backed up before going offline (for example, before you board a plane).
  • Access a file from the CrashPlan web app right away.

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. (Code42 app version 6.8.2 and earlier) 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.
  • The Run backup now option is unavailable when the status message is "Preparing to back up" or "Synchronizing".
  • Code42 app version 6.8.2 and earlier: If a backup is in progress, the option to Run backup now is replaced by the Pause option. For more information about pausing backups, see Pause backups and downloads.


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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