How Do I Convert a SketchUp File to Backup?

So you’ve created an amazing 3D model in SketchUp, and now you want to make sure you have a backup of your file. Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

In this tutorial, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of converting a SketchUp file to backup. Let’s get started!

Step 1: Opening SketchUp

First, open SketchUp on your computer. If you don’t have it installed, you can download it from the official website and follow the installation instructions.

Step 2: Opening Your Model

Once SketchUp is open, go to the “File” menu and select “Open” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+O (Command+O on Mac). Locate your SketchUp file that you want to convert to a backup and click “Open.”

Step 3: Saving Your Model As a Backup

Before making any changes to your original file, we recommend saving it as a backup. This way, if anything goes wrong during the conversion process, you’ll still have your original file intact.

  1. In the File menu, select “Save As” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+S (Command+Shift+S on Mac).
  2. A dialog box will appear asking you to choose a name and location for your backup file. Boldly, type in a new name for your backup file to differentiate it from the original.
  3. Select a folder or create a new one where you want to save your backup file.
  4. Click “Save.”

Step 4: Closing Your Original File

Once you’ve saved your backup file, close your original SketchUp file without making any changes to it. This ensures that you don’t accidentally overwrite your original file while working on the backup.

Step 5: Making Changes to the Backup File (Optional)

If you want to make changes to your model, now is the time to do it in the backup file. You can modify, experiment, or try out new ideas without worrying about losing your original design.

Step 6: Saving Your Changes

Remember to save your changes regularly as you work on the backup file. Use the “Save” option in the File menu or press Ctrl+S (Command+S on Mac) to save your progress.

Step 7: Exporting as a SketchUp File

If you’re satisfied with the changes made in the backup file and want to convert it back into a SketchUp file, follow these steps:

  1. In the File menu, select “Export” > “3D Model” or use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+E (Command+E on Mac).
  2. A dialog box will appear. Choose a location where you want to save your converted SketchUp file.
  3. Type a name for your converted file and ensure that it has a .skp extension at the end.”


You have successfully converted your SketchUp model into a backup and exported it back as a SketchUp file if needed. Now you can rest easy knowing that your hard work is securely backed up!

Remember to follow these steps whenever you want to convert a SketchUp file to a backup. This way, you can avoid losing your progress and have peace of mind.

Happy modeling!