Aternos offers users around the globe to create a free Minecraft server and play with their friends without paying any money.
We take over the complete hosting and also the storage of your world, plugins, etc. while the server is not running.
To have the thousands of worlds and server data of all players always available when they are needed, we have multiple specialized machines forming a storage cluster together from which all Minecraft servers are loaded from on every server start and saved to when the server stops (You can see that as "Saving" and "Loading" status on the website).
Due to the specific requirements and features of this storage system, this is one of the most expensive components at Aternos.
To prevent this storage system from being loaded with data from users who have left us and this also remains financially viable, we are forced to delete data that has not been used for some time.
We try to save your server data for at least three months after you used your server for the last time.
The actual time when your server gets deleted depends on the general usage and the current financial situation of Aternos.
Generally, we recommend creating a backup or to save your world in a different location if you plan not to use your Aternos server for a longer period of time.
If you do not create a backup of your server (either in Google Drive or by downloading your world) it is not possible to restore your server.
However, if you had a Google Drive account connected to your server and the server was deleted, you can re-connect the same Google Drive account to a new server and restore your old backups.
Some further notes:
The deletion of servers does not affect...
- Your account and account related settings. You can still log in with your usual credentials after your server data has been deleted.
- Your backups saved in Google Drive. We won't touch them in any way when we delete server data.
If you want your server data to be deleted now you can just reinstall your server on the options page to start with your server from scratch or close your account if you want to leave us and want all of your data permanently deleted.