How to copy/backup savegames

To copy a singleplayer savegame, you’ll have to first of all locate the directory where you have saved ARK. Usually, that’s

C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\ARK

However, if you have selected a different Steam Library during installation it might differ. In that case right-click on the game in your Steam Library, go to “Properties”, click on the “Local Files”-tab and click “Browse Local Files”. That will bring you to the folders for your game.

From now on we will assume that ARK points to your ARK-folder. There are three files that you will have to copy over


Put those into the equivalent directories on your other device, and you’re ready to go!

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  1. I did this and now I am not considered my original bases owner. All the gates are locked, i can’t demolish or repair anything and had to bash my way back into my base. I can’t even place a new gate where I smashed the other up as I am not allowed to build so close to an enemies base. Is there a fix for this? Help would be appreciated.

    1. Console / Commands: GiveToMe – Changes the owner of the targeted entity (structure or dino) to the current player. However, note that this command does not actually tame dinos – their inventory will not be accessible and they will not be rideable unless they were already tamed by another player or you use one of the dino taming commands afterwards.

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