Stardew Valley for iPhone and iPad lets you import save games from your PC or Mac. You can also transfer save games from your iPhone or iPad back to your PC or Mac, or between iPhones and iPads.
If you’ve used mods in Stardew Valley on PC, your save files will probably not work correctly. However, if you haven’t touched mods, they’ll work perfectly.
How to Find Your Stardew Valley Saves Folder
Your Stardew Valley save games are stored in a folder on your PC or Mac. On a Windows PC, you’ll find them at:
You can open this folder by launching File Explorer, pasting the address into the address bar, and then pressing Enter. Or, you can press Windows+R to open the Run dialog and enter the path there.
On a Mac, your save games are in the following location:
You can open this folder by launching Finder, clicking Go > Go to Folder (or pressing Command+Shift+G), pasting this path into the box, and then pressing Enter.
Each subfolder in the Saves folder represents a single character. The folder’s name begins with the name of your Stardew Valley character, followed by a random number. If you have multiple characters, you’ll see multiple separate folders—one for each character.
How to Transfer Save Games Through iTunes
To transfer save games, you’ll need iTunes installed. On a Windows PC, download iTunes from Apple. On a Mac, it’s already included.
After installing iTunes, connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer with its included Lightning-to-USB cable. You’ll be prompted to let your computer access information on your device if this is the first time you’ve connected it to iTunes on this computer.
On your iPhone or iPad, you’ll have to unlock your device, so tap “Trust,” and enter your PIN to continue. If you’ve already trusted your PC or Mac in the past, you can skip this part, and the device will be immediately available in iTunes.
After it’s connected, click the device icon on the toolbar at the top left corner of the iTunes window.
Click “File Sharing” in the left pane and select “Stardew Valley” from the Apps list. Any Stardew Valley save files on your iPhone or iPad will appear in the “Stardew Valley Documents” section here.
How to Transfer a Save Game From PC to Mobile
To copy a character from your PC or Mac to your iPhone or iPad, just drag and drop the entire character folder to the Stardew Valley Documents area in iTunes.
The character folder will appear under Stardew Valley Documents.
Click “Sync” to finish the process, copying the files to your iPhone or iPad.
You’re now done. When you launch Stardew Valley on your iPhone or iPad, you can tap “Load,” and you’ll see the saved game from your PC or Mac, which you can continue on your iPhone or iPad.
How to Copy Save Games From Mobile to PC
You can also move save games from your iPhone or iPad to your PC or Mac. For example, you can create a new character on your iPad and play it on the go, and then transfer it to your PC. Or, you could copy a character from your PC to your iPhone, play for a while, and then transfer it back to your PC to continue.
To do this, connect your device to iTunes and head back to device > File Sharing > Stardew Valley. Drag and drop the appropriate character folder from Stardew Valley Documents to the Stardew Valley save game folder on your Windows PC or Mac.
How to Move Your Stardew Valley Saves Between Mobile Devices
Unfortunately, Stardew Valley for iPhone or iPad doesn’t use iCloud to synchronize your save games. This is particularly disappointing because Stardew Valley on PC and Mac uses Steam Cloud to synchronize your save games. So, even if you’re playing Stardew Valley on a Windows PC and Mac, Steam keeps your save game synchronized between both.
If you’d like to move your Stardew Valley save games from one iPhone or iPad to another, you can do it via iTunes File Sharing. Just connect your iPhone or iPad to your computer and drag and drop a character folder out of the Stardew Valley Documents section.
You now have a folder containing the save data from your iPhone or iPad. You can even back it up if you want.
To move the save games back to another iPhone or iPad, connect the other device to your PC or Mac. Drag and drop the character folder to the Stardew Valley Documents area on the second device.
If you’ve been playing Stardew Valley on Linux, you’ll need to use a Windows PC or Mac to copy the files over. You could try messing with iTunes in Wine, but we haven’t tested it and wouldn’t recommend it.