Backing Up Your Blogger Blog

Blogger is a popular blogging platform because it is both free and easy to use.  But because it’s free, there aren’t many built-in features like you will find with other platforms, and processes like backing up your blog’s content, as well as design, must be done manually.  Backing up your content and design ensures that even if you encounter a “worst case scenario” with your blog, you won’t lose all it all.

It’s a quick and easy 5-step process to back up your content.

Backing Up your Blogger Blog’s Content

1. From your Blogger dashboard, choose Settings, then Basic.

You’ll see 3 options – Import Blog, Export Blog and Delete Blog.

2. Choose the Export Blog option.


Your page will then look like this:

Blogger, blog backup

3. Click the orange Download Blog button.

From there, you’ll see a pop-up that asks if you want to Open or Save the file.

4. Choose Save.

5. You’ll be asked what you want to name your exported blog file, and where on your computer you’d like to save it.  I suggest including the date of export in the file name so you can easily keep track of your most recent export.

Now, a few more steps to back up your Blogger design, too.

Backing Up your Blogger Blog’s Design

1. From your Blogger dashboard, choose Design, then Edit HTML.

Blogger-Edit-HTML2. In the Edit Template section, click the box next to Expand Widget Templates.


3. Just above the Edit Template section, you’ll see a link to Download Full Template. Click it to download your Blogger design.


Now you’re done, and you’ve successfully backed up your Blogger blog’s content and design!


  1. Alexandra

    I LOVE this advice.

    Thank you.

  2. Amy ~ Eat. Live. Laugh. Shop.

    Holy corn chips, batman! I cannot believe in I’ve never heard this little morsel of advice before! Thank you. Goodness!

  3. Made With Pink

    Thanks for the info on this. For the past 6 months I’ve been wanting to re-design the layout of my blog, but have been worried about loosing the current content, layout, tabs, comments, etc of my blog. I found the my current blogger template online a year ago when I started my blog. It’s not a blogger layout, so I’m worried that when I update it to one of the new blogger ones I like that it will get messed up, and I’ll loose some vital information. Do you have any info on how to install a new blogger layout after I’ve backed up my old layout, and how to ensure that I don’t loose all of the information? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

  4. Coffee Lovin' Mom

    Thanks – I love the advice you give and share whenever I can!

  5. Dana

    Help! I’m trying to follow your amazing advice and I’m having trouble. After I click on Download Blog, there’s not a pop-up option to save. It just opens the entire file. What am I doing wrong? Thanks ahead of time!

    • Admin

      Hi Dana,

      It’s hard to say what the issue is for sure without seeing it, but do you know if you are using the new Blogger interface?

  6. classic•casual•home

    Hello..this is so helpful but I am having a problem…after pressing the orange download button…all the comments and posts appear but not this…
    “From there, you’ll see a pop-up that asks if you want to Open or Save the file” Is there another way?

    • Admin

      Is it possible you have a pop-up blocker installed?



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