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How to Backup and Restore News app Settings in Windows 10


The MSN News app is a preinstalled UWP (Universal Windows Platform) app in Windows 10. This app lets you see the top stories of the day and breaking news from the world’s best sources, curated by MSN editors and customized for you.

If you use the News app, you can manually backup your settings and local location to manually restore as needed to any account on any Windows 10 PC.

This tutorial will show you how to manually backup and restore your settings and local location for the News app in Windows 10.


 CONTENTS:

  • Option One: To Backup Settings and Local Location from News app
  • Option Two: To Restore Settings and Local Location to News app


EXAMPLE: News app settings and local location
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Backup and Restore News app Settings in Windows 10 OPTION ONE Backup and Restore News app Settings in Windows 10
To Backup Settings and Local Location from News app

1. If the News app is currently open, close it.

2. Open File Explorer (Win+E), copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter.

(current account)
%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.BingNews_8wekyb3d8bbwe

3. Copy the Settings folder to your desktop. (see screenshot below)

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4. Move the Settings folder on your desktop to where want to keep it saved at as your backup. It is safe to rename this folder to anything you like if wanted.

5. You can now close File Explorer if you like.






Backup and Restore News app Settings in Windows 10 OPTION TWO Backup and Restore News app Settings in Windows 10
To Restore Settings and Local Location to News app


Restoring a backup of your settings in the News app will replace your current settings.

1. If the News app is currently open, close it.

2. Open File Explorer (Win+E), copy and paste the folder location below into the address bar of File Explorer, and press Enter. (see screenshot below)

(current account)
%LocalAppData%\Packages\Microsoft.BingNews_8wekyb3d8bbwe\Settings

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3. In a separate File Explorer window, open the backed up Settings folder from Option One, select the contents in this folder, right click or press and hold on the selected items, and click/tap on Copy. (see screenshot below)

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4. Paste the selected files from the backup in step 3 into the Settings folder from step 2.

5. When prompted, click/tap on Replace the files in the destination. (see screenshot below)

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6. You can now close the File Explorer windows if you like.


That's it,
Shawn