Forza Horizon 4 PC Guide: How to Transfer, Back Up Save Files

Here's how to play Forza Horizon 4 on PC, as well as transfer and back up your save files from console to PC.

Forza Horizon 4 is now out on Steam. Since many of those PC players have already purchased the game for their Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles, many are wondering if there is a way to transfer save files from one platform to another.

Currently, it is only possible to transfer Forza Horizon 4 save files from Xbox console to Microsoft Store version of the game, but not to the Steam version or vice versa. This guide will provide you with tips on how to transfer Forza Horizon 4 files where applicable, including save file locations for both Steam and Microsoft Store versions in case this transfer option becomes available in the future. It will also highlight a few ways you can play Forza Horizon 4 on PC without technically transferring files. 

Xbox Play Anywhere

The fastest way to transfer save files from Xbox to PC is to use the Xbox Play Anywhere service.

Follow these steps to access Xbox save files on your PC:

  1. Go to Xbox Play Anywhere website
  2. Log in using your existing Xbox account
  3. Type in "Forza Horizon 4" in the search bar
  4. Select the game from the list and press "Install"
  5. Wait for the download and file syncing to complete

You don't need to re-purchase the game you already own, but you need to download it to your PC, including the save files from the Xbox store. When that's done, you can play Forza Horizon 4 on your PC using your old save files.

Stream Forza Horizon 4 on PC

If you don't want to re-download the game to your PC, you can stream it instead from your Xbox console to your PC using the following method:

  1. Make sure that your Xbox console and your PC are connected to the same WiFi network
  2. Type in "Xbox" in your Microsoft 10 search window
  3. Select "Xbox Console Companion" from the list
  4. Click on the "Xbox Connected" tab in the left menu
  5. Select "Add a device" option in the top right corner
  6. Choose your Xbox console from the list and press "Connect"
  7. Log in using your Xbox gamertag
  8. Select "Forza Horizon 4" from the list
  9. Click on "Stream" option at the top

Now you can play Forza Horizon 4 on your PC without downloading the game again and waiting for the save files syncing to complete.

Back Up Save Files

If you don't want your save files to be lost because of network errors or other malfunctions, then you can use Xbox Live Cloud Storage to store your Forza Horizon 4 save files independently from your console or PC.

Follow these steps to back up your save files on Xbox console:

  1. Select "Settings" option in the Xbox menu
  2. Go to "System" tab
  3. Select "Storage" feature
  4. Press on "Cloud Saved Games" option
  5. Confirm by selecting "Enable Cloud Saved Games"

Now your save files will be saved to both your device and Xbox cloud storage. In case your original files get corrupted, you will always be able to retrieve them.

Forza Horizon 4 PC Save File Locations

Microsoft Store Save File Location

If you're looking for your Forza Horizon 4 save files on your PC to be able to back them up manually, here's where you can find them:

  1. Press Win+R key combination
  2. Type in the following line into the command window: %localappdata%\Packages\Microsoft.SunriseBaseGame_8wekyb3d8bbwe\SystemAppData\wgs
  3. Press OK to confirm

A new window with the game's save folder will open up, and you can back it up quickly.

Steam Save File Location

If you've purchased Forza Horizon 4 at Steam, then follow these steps to access the game's save folder:

  1. Press Win+R key combination
  2. Type in the following line: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\
  3. Press OK to confirm
  4. Sort the folder view by "Date Modifed"
  5. Open the most recent folder

There you should find the game's save folder, which is titled "1293830". This is Forza Horizon 4 application identification number for Steam.

Although you can't transfer save files between the Microsoft Store and Steam versions of the game right now, this feature may become a possibility in the near future.

However, all players, regardless of platform, will still share the following game data:

  • Leaderboards are staying the same for all gamertags.
  • Clubs also stay the same for all.
  • Share codes can be used on all platforms as well.

That's everything you need to know on how to transfer and back up Forza Horizon 4 save files on PC. If this article was helpful to you, then consider giving it a share.


Sergey has been a freelancer in the video games industry for more than five years, writing for various publications around the world. His favorite games are MtG, Dark Souls, Diablo, and Divinity: Original Sin.

Published Mar. 15th 2021

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