No Man’s Sky – Save Game File Location for Backup Manually

No Man’s Sky game guide focuses on where to find save game files location.

Save Game File Location

No Man’s Sky save games can be found here:


  • C:\Users\Username\AppData\Roaming\HelloGames\NMS\DefaultUser

You have to replace username with your PC User.


  • Win+R (Shortcut for Windows Run)
  • Copy and Paste in the text box: %AppData%\Avorion\galaxies

Note: Sometimes you need to show hidden folders in Windows. It is important to enable Show hidden files, folders. To do that:

  1. Open File Explorer from the taskbar.
  2. Select View > Options > Change folder and search options.
  3. Select the View tab and, in Advanced settings, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and OK.

How do I know which save is which?

Cut some of the saves out of the folder, then copy them back one by one to know which is which one. Or you can just look at the date of the files.

This path only works on Steam, if you get it through game pass or on the Microsoft store, it is encrypted.

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