Unveiling the Mystery: Where Skyrim Saves are Stored on PC

Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary, over a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore – that is, the epic saga of Skyrim – I found myself in a predicament. I had just conquered the treacherous peaks of High Hrothgar, battled the fearsome dragons of the ancient world, and was about to claim my rightful place as the Dragonborn. But alas! My PC decided to take an arrow to the knee.

In the aftermath of this digital disaster, I realized the importance of knowing the ins and outs of Skyrim’s save files. It was like being a master blacksmith, but instead of forging weapons and armor, I was managing the very essence of my Skyrim experience. I knew then that other adventurers, like you, would find a guide to this crucial aspect of the game as valuable as a map to the hidden treasures of Tamriel.

In this epic quest of knowledge, we’ll delve into:

  • The mystical realm where Skyrim save files are stored on your PC and the incantations needed to access them.
  • The arcane art of moving your Skyrim save files to another location on your PC, akin to relocating your home base.
  • The vital ritual of backing up your Skyrim save files, a safety net against the unforeseen calamities of the digital world.
  • The noble act of sharing your Skyrim save files with others, a testament to the camaraderie among gamers.

So, grab your mead, sit back, and journey with me through the labyrinth of Skyrim’s save files. Let’s delve into the depths of this digital Sovngarde together. Keep reading, fellow adventurer, for the Scrolls of Knowledge await!

Where are Skyrim Save Files Stored on PC and How Do I Access Them?

Just like a seasoned adventurer who knows every nook and cranny of Tamriel, understanding where your Skyrim save files are stored on your PC is a crucial part of your gaming journey. It’s like finding a hidden treasure chest in a Draugr-infested crypt, only this time, the treasure is your precious game progress.

To access your Skyrim save files, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Windows File Explorer: This is your trusty map guiding you through the labyrinthine structure of your PC’s file system. You can access it by pressing the Windows key + E.
  2. Navigate to the Skyrim Save Files Location: The path you need to follow is akin to a secret passage leading to an ancient Nordic ruin. Here’s the path: C:\Users[Your Username]\Documents\My Games\Skyrim\Saves. Replace [Your Username] with your actual username on your PC.
  3. Access the Save Files: Once you’re in the ‘Saves’ folder, you’ll find all your Skyrim save files. They’re like Elder Scrolls, each containing a snapshot of your epic journey through Skyrim.

Alternatively, on Windows 11, you can open Windows File Explorer, navigate to the search box in the top right corner, and type “skyrim saves kind:=folder” That will bring up the Skyrim Save folder.

Remember, just like a Daedric artifact, these files are powerful and should be handled with care. Any changes you make can have significant effects on your game.

Can I Move My Skyrim Save Files to Another Location on My PC?

Moving your Skyrim save files is like relocating your home base from Whiterun to Solitude. It’s entirely possible and can be beneficial for various reasons, such as freeing up space or organizing your files better.

To move your save files, follow these steps:

  1. Access the Skyrim Save Files: Follow the path mentioned in the previous section to reach your save files.
  2. Select the Files: Once you’re in the ‘Saves’ folder, select the files you want to move. It’s like picking out your favorite weapons and armor before a big fight.
  3. Move the Files: Right-click on the selected files, choose ‘Cut’, navigate to the new location, right-click, and select ‘Paste’. It’s like using a Telekinesis spell to move objects around.

Remember, Skyrim will still look for the save files in the original location, so you’ll need to move them back before you play.

You can not change the default save location for Skyrim Save files.

How Can I Backup My Skyrim Save Files on PC?

Backing up your Skyrim save files is like having a resurrection spell in your arsenal. It can save you from potential disaster, such as data loss or corruption.

Here’s how you can create a backup:

  1. Access the Skyrim Save Files: Follow the path mentioned earlier to reach your save files.
  2. Select the Files: Select all the files you want to backup.
  3. Copy the Files: Right-click on the selected files and choose ‘Copy’.
  4. Paste the Files in a Backup Location: Navigate to the location where you want to keep the backup, right-click, and select ‘Paste’.

Now, you have a backup of your Skyrim save files. It’s like having a spare set of Daedric Armor, just in case.

Can I Share My Skyrim Save Files with Others?

Sharing your Skyrim save files with others is like passing on a legendary weapon to a fellow adventurer. It’s possible and can be a great way to help others experience the game in a new way.

To share your save files, you just need to send the relevant save file from your ‘Saves’ folder to the other person. They can then put it in their own ‘Saves’ folder to load it on their game. It’s like using a Conjuration spell to summon a creature from your realm to theirs.

Remember, the other person will need a similar game setup to yours, including the same mods, to ensure the save file works correctly.

In the vast world of Skyrim, managing your save files effectively is as important as mastering your shouts. With this guide, you’re now equipped to do just that. So, go forth, Dragonborn, and may your adventures be epic and your save files always safe.


And so, dear friend, our journey through the mystical realm of Skyrim save files comes to an end. We’ve navigated the labyrinthine file system of our PCs, battled the fearsome beasts of data loss, and emerged victorious, armed with the knowledge to conquer any save file challenge that dares cross our path.

Let’s take a moment to bask in the glory of our newfound wisdom:

  • We’ve discovered the secret location of Skyrim save files on our PCs.
  • We’ve learned the art of moving these precious files to new locations.
  • We’ve mastered the crucial ritual of backing up our save files.
  • We’ve embraced the noble act of sharing our epic Skyrim journeys with others.
  • We’ve understood the importance of handling these files with the care of a master blacksmith.
  • We’ve realized that managing our save files effectively is as important as mastering our shouts.

Now, it’s time to take this knowledge and apply it in your own epic saga. Read on to the “What Next?” section to find out how.

What Next?

As a fellow adventurer, I always believe in leaving you with something actionable to do after our journey together. Here are some tasks you can embark on:

  • Navigate to your Skyrim save files location and familiarize yourself with it.
  • Try moving a save file to a new location and then moving it back.
  • Create a backup of your current Skyrim save file.
  • Share a save file with a friend and see if they can load it on their game.
  • Regularly check your save files to ensure they’re not corrupted.


Nick Sinclair

Nick Sinclair, a gaming aficionado since the Commodore 64 era, studied Creative Computer Games Design in university before founding his own gaming company. Discovering a passion for content creation, Nick now helps gamers squeeze every drop of fun out of their favorite gaming hardware

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