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How to Backup/Restore Your 3DS Saves

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In order to backup or restore your 3DS saves, you will first need access to CFW or homebrew.  Plailect's comprehensive guide on how to set up CFW can be found here.  If that guide gives you no options, check Smealum's homebrew website to see if you have a compatible homebrew entrypoint.  If you do not have one, you cannot backup or restore your 3DS saves without a Cybergadget, which only works on Japanese retail cartridges and is outside the scope of this guide.  Powersaves, the SMS4, and the NDS Backup Adapter Plus will not work because the export the raw save.  It must first be decrypted, which can only be done with a hacked 3DS or a Cybergadget.

If you're using CFW:

  1. Download the latest version of JKSM and copy the CIA file to your 3DS's SD.
  2. Install the CIA with FBI.
  3. Open JKSM
  4. If you wish to backup or restore a save on a retail cartridge, choose Cartridge.  If you wish to backup or restore a save on an eShop game, choose SD/CIA and choose the correct game.  If your game is not listed, go back to the main menu, choose "Refresh Games", and try again.
  5. Choose "Save Data Options".
  6. Choose "Export Save" or "Import Save" (depending on what you want to do), choose a save slot, and follow any additional prompts.
  7. Your save should now be imported or exported.

If you're using Homebrew:

  1. Download the latest version of JKSM and copy the 3ds folder to the root of your 3DS's SD.
  2. Open the homebrew menu using your favorite homebrew entrypoint.
  3. Choose JK's Save Manager, and target the game you wish to manage.
  4. Choose "Save Data Options".
  5. Choose "Export Save" or "Import Save" (depending on what you want to do), choose a save slot, and follow any additional prompts.
  6. Your save should now be imported or exported.
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The .cia file, then you can use Decrypt9 to install it via the injected Health and Safety app. If you have no idea what I'm talking about you probably don't have CFW, visit https://3ds.guide/.

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