How to back up and restore Microsoft Launcher

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After you've used Microsoft Launcher for some time, you'll figure out the settings and layout you like. You can back up these settings onto the cloud to save you time when you set up a new device or want to revert to a previous layout. Microsoft Launcher backs up your settings, icon layout, wallpaper, and more.

How to back up Microsoft Launcher

  1. Download Microsoft Launcher (opens in new tab) or see the mobile app link below.

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  1. Press and hold your home screen. This will show a page with options to add widgets, change your wallpaper, or change launcher settings.
  2. Select Launcher Settings (you can also reach this page by clicking on Launcher in the app drawer).
  3. Scroll down and select Back up and restore.
  4. Select Back up Microsoft Launcher.

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  1. Select Back up.
  2. Select Back up now.

You've now backed up Microsoft Launcher. Your home screen, wallpaper, icon layout, and other settings should now be backed up onto the cloud.

How to restore Microsoft Launcher

After you've backed up Microsoft Launcher, you can restore it on another device. You can also restore your settings and other content on the same device following a reset or after you've changed things around.

  1. Press and hold your home screen. This will show a page with options to add widgets, change your wallpaper, or change launcher settings.

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  1. Select Launcher Settings (you can also reach this page by clicking on Launcher in the app drawer).
  2. Scroll down and select Back up and restore.
  3. Select Restore Microsoft Launcher.

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  1. Select Restore.
  2. Pick the backup that you'd like to restore and select Restore.
  3. Select Restore Now.

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  1. Select Confirm to replace your current layout.

Microsoft Launcher will now download and restore your layout and more from your chosen back.

Sean Endicott
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Sean Endicott brings nearly a decade of experience covering Microsoft and Windows news to Windows Central. He joined our team in 2017 as an app reviewer and now heads up our day-to-day news coverage. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com (opens in new tab).

10 Comments
  • Can Microsoft let users to choose more news sources or let users to choose whether they want bing related news or just use Google feed...
  • Hopefully someone can help me. Since the update, under my dock when I swipe up, I no longer have quick access to my flashlight, wifi, Bluetooth, etc. Is there a fix? Now there's just a giant space under my dock folders.
  • Same here! I really liked that little quick settings area. Maybe they removed it since it was redundant with the built in Android options (when you swipe down from the top)?
  • I don't think they removed it, per se. This new version was apparently built from the ground up with new code, and they didn't add that to the new code. Hopefully, they'll do so eventually.
  • But yeah, most of it is kind of redundant, so it might be gone for good.
  • I thought it was something I did on my settings. But yes, I used it a lot too.
  • In your instructions, at step #2, you say, "Press and hold your home screen". I've done that. Either nothing happens or I get a popup asking me if I want to edit the folder settings. So, what am I doing wrong?
  • You need to press and hold in an area that doesn't have any apps or folders. You can get to the same me u by going to Microsoft Launcher in your app drawer.
  • Thanks for reminding me about this. I had to move my layout from the preview build to the main one and I forgot about this feature. Did it in seconds. Thanks!
  • Is this Feature on Surface duo, because i can not finde it. But I really like my old app layout.