# Move a UniFi controller using Backup and Restore

This article will explain in detail how to use the UniFi backup and restore to move your configuration from one Controller to another.


  1. Take a "Settings Only" backup of your controller.

  2. Restore the backup file on your hosted controller.

  1. Move the devices to your hosted controller

Option A. Replace your custom domain name record with a CNAME DNS record and point it to your hosted controller name (example.cloudunifi.com)

Option B. On the existing controller, go into settings>controller>controller settings, where it says Controller Hostname IP input your new hosted controller name (example.cloudunifi.com) and check the box that says "Override inform host with controller hostname/IP". Your devices will automatically move over to the new controller, but it may take 5-10 minutes.


  1. For Option A, contact our support team to update the TLS certificate on your controller with your domain name.