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How to Update DaVinci Resolve 18+ & Safely Backup Data

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Published 3 January 2022

Last updated on 26 October 2022

“New software update available! What a drag… I don’t want to go through all that hassle again”. While this might be what many think about whenever they have to update a piece of software, when it comes to Resolve, you don’t have to worry about the time you have to invest in updating DaVinci Resolve.

The process is simple and fast! Above all, it will provide the best performance and give you access to the latest new features and bug fixes.

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Quick Runthrough

To update DaVinci Resolve, you have to follow these simple steps:

Step 1: Create a backup to your database. (see details below)
Step 2: Click DaVinci Resolve in the top left and select Check for updates.
Step 3: When it’s finished downloading, install the update.
Step 4: If required, upgrade the database.

Note: Repeat this procedure for each database if you have multiple databases.

Detailed Guide: DaVinci Resolve Software Update & Database Backup

Before you start updating Resolve, take a moment and consider making a backup of your important files.

No one wants to lose their work, something might go wrong during the update, and you might lose important data. Avoid this by making a backup in advance and taking no risks whatsoever. 

Step 1 – Create a Database Backup in DaVinci Resolve

Here is how you back up your DaVinci Resolve database if it’s been built locally on your computer. To create a database backup in DaVinci Resolve:

  1. Go to the “File” menu
  2. Open the “Project Manager
Davinci resolve project manager
  1. This will open up a new window with all the projects. Click on the “Local” tab, then click the (i) icon.
Click local then (i)
  1. Now click on the “Backup” button
Click backup
  1. Select a location on your computer where you would like the backup file to be stored and hit Save.
Save your database
  1. DaVinci Resolve will prompt you with a message when the backup is done. Suppose you have multiple databases, no worry. Repeat this procedure for each database.
Backup multiple databases in davinci resolve

This is it! This is how you safely back up your local database in Resolve.

Step 2 – Updating DaVinci Resolve

Now that all the data is safe, it’s time to update DaVinci Resolve. In this article, I will show you how to update DaVinci Resolve from inside the program. You can also go to the Blackmagic Design website and download any new DaVinci Resolve updates that are available.

Click DaVinci Resolve in the top left > click “Check for updates”

Go to the DaVinci Resolve menu at the top left of the screen and select “Check for Updates“. If any updates are available, you should be able to download the newest version. If available, go ahead and download the new update.

This works for both the free version and paid version of DaVinci Resolve.

Check for update

Once the download is complete, find the file on your computer if the installation did not automatically start.

It should be in the download folder or in the location you selected before the file was downloaded. Double-click on the downloaded file to begin the installation process and follow the prompted instructions.

Upgrade the database after installation

After the installation, you might be asked if you want to upgrade the database when the project window opens. Go ahead and select upgrade and wait for it to complete.

Backup projects using Blackmagic Cloud

Recently, Blackmagic released the Blackmagic Cloud. It’s a new system to enable users to back up their projects ts to the cloud and be able to access them from multiple devices.

It does cost $5/month, but if you want to store your projects safely online, this is the way to do it.

It’s still quite new and in Beta at the time of this article, but if you’re interested, you can learn more about Blackmagic Cloud.

Blackmagic cloud

Video tutorial – backup your data

If you prefer to be shown what to do, please check this tutorial on how to back up your DaVinci Resolve projects.


This is it! Now you should be up to date and be able to start working again!

Never forget to back up your databases and check for new software updates. Why not have all the latest and best features at your fingertips if available?

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After spending 6 years in the post-production studio, Mihai decided to share his insights on video editing and computers.

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