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Provide the ability to turn backups on or off after a droplet has been created

Currently if a droplet is created without automatic backups enabled, the option to backup that droplet becomes unavailable. This should be something we can turn on and off at any time.

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    AlexAlex shared this idea  ·   ·  Admin →
    Mitch WilliamsMitch Williams shared a merged idea: How do I enable backups from the DC Control Panel?  ·   · 
    RubenRuben shared a merged idea: re enable buckups  ·   · 
    AlexAlex shared a merged idea: When creating a droplet, warn a user that the 'Enable Backups' option is not reversible  ·   · 
    completed  ·  Serge LobatchAdminSerge Lobatch (Product Manager, DigitalOcean) responded  · 

    Hi everyone!

    I’m Josh, and I product manage the team charged with making sure the DigitalOcean product experience meets, and hopefully exceeds, your expectations.

    To that end, we’re rolling out the ability for everyone to enable backups for existing Droplets, or turn them back on if they were previously disabled. We know many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time. We hope it helps.

    Currently this feature is active in the Web control panel, and will be added to the API in the next few days.

    To turn backups on, simply navigate to any Droplet page, click the Backups tab in the left column (it’s below Settings and above Graphs), and you should see a big blue button to “Enable Backups.” Click it, and you should be good to go.

    Our team plans on delivering a lot more features in the future, and we’d love to hear from you.

    If you have any questions or input, feel free to reach out to me personally at jviney@digitalocean.com

    Thanks for your patience!

    - Josh

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      • Lewis CowlesLewis Cowles commented  · 

        Thanks Josh, and Serge, and all the DigitalOcean team; I Love the updates, that you all care, and are constantly improving your product

      • Josh VineyAdminJosh Viney (Product Manager, DigitalOcean) commented  · 

        Hi everyone!

        I’m Josh, and I product manage the team charged with making sure the DigitalOcean product experience meets, and hopefully exceeds, your expectations.

        To that end, we're rolling out the ability for everyone to enable backups for existing Droplets, or turn them back on if they were previously disabled. We know many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time. We hope it helps.

        Currently this feature is active in the Web control panel, and will be added to the API in the next few days.

        To turn backups on, simply navigate to any Droplet page, click the Backups tab in the left column (it's below Settings and above Graphs), and you should see a big blue button to "Enable Backups." Click it, and you should be good to go.

        Our team plans on delivering a lot more features in the future, and we'd love to hear from you.

        If you have any questions or input, feel free to reach out to me personally at jviney@digitalocean.com

        Thanks for your patience!

        - Josh

      • Gavin BoticaGavin Botica commented  · 

        I agree that this should be user controllable -- however, I opened a ticket with DO support to reserve my IP while I recreated my droplet in order to enable backups and I was told that while this is not possible in the DO control panel, DO support can do it from their end -- they enabled backups on my droplet immediately -- didn't even need to power down.

      • AriAri commented  · 

        You must be kidding.
        The backups started having problems. So I disabled them assuming I could enable them again.
        There wasn't even a warning that this would kill all backups.

      • GauravGaurav commented  · 

        Must required feature. I am currently in this situation and accidently disabled the backups :(

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        This is actually a joke... Good by DO, wish you lots of luck.

      • TT commented  · 

        It is stunning that we can't enable this on an existing droplet. This really needs addressing.

        Also, backups can't be downloaded? Your backup system needs serious work.

      • MurrayMurray commented  · 

        Yes, please implement :-)

      • Krish MurugaKrish Muruga commented  · 

        This is a very serious limitation. I was all excited by your offering but this shortcoming is a downer.

      • Craig WongCraig Wong commented  · 

        Yes, this is a very important function for user experience!

      • Anonymous commented  · 

        Not just be able to turn it on off but also have a schedule, instead of "periodic" backups we should be able to choose daily, weekly, or monthly. For me I only need weekly, and it would be nice to know that it's backed up ever Sunday rather than have it be random and not know whether to panic or not when something goes wrong.

      • Richard HolmesRichard Holmes commented  · 

        Very disappointed to find this out now. It should be made very clear when creating a droplet that the backup option is a once in a droplet opportunity not to be missed! Please add this option soon!

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