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This article is about things that are useful to know, when travelling regularly.

Getting started faster[]

This is only possible, after completing your first Journey.

Right at the start, after walking some steps,

  • See Controls for the respective button assignment.
    • PC-only-SMALL-75x43.gif Open the Menu
    • PS3-only-SMALL-75x43.gifPS4-only-SMALL-75x43.gif Go to screensaver and select "Options"
    • IOS-only-SMALL-75x43.gif Go to screensaver
  • then "Chapter Select"
  • choose "Yes"

It asks you to confirm, telling you, that your progress will be lost. No worries, at this point you've only made a few steps so nothing will be lost -- Chapter Select brings you forward to the middle of the pit at the first level.

You will already have the Scarf from the very first Symbol if you have previously picked it up. Remember to grab the other two Symbols in this level, if desired.

PC-SMALL-75x43.gif You can open the menu anywhere anytime even during cutscenes (not recommended) and select Chapter Select right away.

Graphics options[]

For this beautiful game its highly recommended to use some minutes to check how the game looks on different settings, to get the best out of it. Higher contrast and brighter colors can make the sand even more sparkly.

PS3-SMALL-75x43.gif PS4-SMALL-75x43.gif PlayStation gives you little settings to adjust your game graphics. Stick to the settings of your TV/monitor!

PC-SMALL-75x43.gif Take some time in the first level to check your settings in the game, at your monitor and/or settings at your GPU and see the differences.

Here are comparison pictures and more information about graphic settings on PC: Information on how to tweak your graphic settings.

  • Stick to the settings on your TV/monitor and try preset option or adjust colors and contrast to your liking. This can make a huge difference, colors being more vivid etc.
  • At least once you should play Journey with a headset/headphones, more details to hear with that.

Travelling offline / playing offline[]

PlayStation versions[]

To be able to connect to other players, you need a (stable) internet connection and be logged in to the PSN network.

PS3-SMALL-75x43.gif In-game

PlayStation Network log out-method

  • Press PS button
  • Navigate to PlayStation Network
  • Press triangle on "Account Manager" and select Sign Out
  • to go online again: PS button -> PSN -> Sign In (alternatively in-game: Press start then square)

Terms of Use-method

This method may not be possible after the first time accepting them or for players in most countries.

  • Press Start and square to enter the terms of use
  • Decline them and go back to game
  • Now you will not meet other players
  • For going online again just press Start again, Square, and accept the TOS

PS3-SMALL-75x43.gifPS4-SMALL-75x43.gif System menu:

PS4 network settings

  • PS3-only-SMALL-75x43.gif Exit the game
  • Navigate to Settings > Network
  • uncheck "Connect to the internet" box (PS4) - Set "Internet Connection" to "Disabled" (PS3)
  • to go online again, check the box
  • Video that also shows this menu (video's about setting up the connection at first), starts at 00:26: How to connect your PS4 to the internet.
  • PlayStation manual on how to toggle your console Internet Settings PS4 - PS3.

PC-SMALL-75x43.gif PC Versions[]

The respective section in PC Version FAQ gives many hints on settings and troubleshooting too.

Companions Met Along the Way (CMATW)[]

For the CMATW it pays off to have a camera/phone ready so you don’t have to write the names down.

You might want to note the symbol of your companion already in game, so you can identify them.

Screenshots can be taken easily on PS4, on PC press Alt-PrtScn to take a screenshot from the active window (game) and paste it to a picture program.[1]

For more in depth information about the CMATW list, see the main article.

Backup and restore a certain level with certain Robe, Scarf and same Symbol[]

(Not possible on the Epic Games version)

Sometimes you just want to start with a long scarf at a certain level (maybe to meet a friend or just do half a Journey.)

In this section we will tell you how to backup and recover the save files (does not work across platforms).

Note: It is not possible to backup the paradise level. When quitting the game in Paradise you will start at the Snow level.

What is saved?[]

  • your symbol
  • cloak color and embroidery tier
  • scarf length
  • level
  • list of companions you have had and their symbols. See Note below.
  • list of symbols you have retrieved from each level
  • the symbols that you have discovered and picked up, this is needed for the Transcendence trophy
  • some other stuff that you won’t care about and hasn’t been reliably identified[2]

Hint-SMALL-75x43.gif Recommended to do an offline Journey to get your save files.


  • On PlayStation you need to quit and restart the game, thus disconnect on eventual companions.
  • The list of Companions is saved, your will have the people you met on your savefile-Journey always on your CMTAW.

PC-SMALL-75x43.gif Steam version: Backup Savefiles[]

Backing up or resetting your save is possible on the Steam version, but it is somewhat complicated to do so.

Spoiler-SMALL-75x43.gif Backing up, restoring, or resetting a save

Backing up your save:

Create a folder somewhere to hold your backups. Then open your Steam install folder (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam) and open the sub folder userdata. If there is a single folder open that folder and continue. Otherwise follow the steps in "finding your Steam Id" and then continue here. Open the folder 638230 and then the folder called remote. Copy SAVE.bin into the folder you created and rename as you please. That's it.

Restoring a backup:

(For all of these steps you want to select yes, overwrite the existing files) Then open your Steam install folder (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam) and open the sub folder userdata. If there is a single folder open that folder and continue. Otherwise follow the steps in "finding your Steam Id" and then continue here. If you didn't already, open the folder named 638230. Then copy the backup from your backup into the folder called remote. Delete the existing file called SAVE.bin inside the remote folder and rename your backup to SAVE.bin

Resetting your save:

First, turn off your network connection. Open C:\Users\%username%\AppData\Local\Annapurna Interactive\Journey\Steam and delete the file SAVE.bin (You may have to change this path if C: is not your primary drive) Then open your Steam install folder (usually C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam) and open the sub folder userdata. If there is a single folder open that folder and continue. Otherwise follow the steps in "finding your Steam Id" and then continue here. Open the subfolder 638230 and delete remotecache.vdf Then open the subfolder remote and delete SAVE.bin Finally, turn of your network and start the game. Once Journey is on the main menu, you can turn your network connection back on.

Finding your Steam Id

If only one user has ever played Journey on this computer, then this step is fairly easy. Just go through each folder inside userdata and determine which one contains a subfolder named 638230. Open whichever folder does, continue the rest of the steps above.

If more than one user has played Journey on this computer, then you can try selecting the folder that was modified last or using a website such as <> to find your id. To use the website, simply type in your Steam name and click "Get SteamId". Find the line that looks like steamID3: [U:1:123456789]. You want the part that looks like 123456789. That is your Steam Id. If that value is zero, then the website could not find your Steam Id. Otherwise, you can continue with the rest of the steps.

If the value was zero or you were otherwise unable to find your Steam Id, please ask in the Journey Discord server. As of yet much of this information is still very new, and new methods are still being discovered.

Spoilers end here.

Spoiler-SMALL-75x43.gif Delete / reset all progress (not Achievements). Go back to first run
This is a quick copy/paste from Discord and was not tested by the editor that added it.

Warning this method causes a steamcloud error-dialogue. which needs to show, to change the folder for the save.bin..

Link to the actual message, with images: (talk) 18:18, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

by RONG_R 蛤 05.09.2020

Please backup the original white robe before resetting.

1. Please leave/sign out of steam before resetting, no need to shut down the network.

2. Enter, C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\userdata\user-number\638230

638230 is the folder number of the journey in STEAM.

4. Enter 638230

5. Delete remotecache.vdf

6. Enter remote folder

7. Change the SAVE.BIN file format to open with Notepad.

8. Open "SAVE" that has become a notepad file, and delete all contents.

9. Open and log in to STEAM.

10. Enter the collection library, click JOURNEY . ((Please don't press start game))

11. Go back to the 638230 folder and delete the newly generated remotecache.vdf again.

12-13. From the journey in the collection library, click to start the game.

14. Choose this computer host file upload.

15. The experienced red robe players, go and enjoy the journey~

Spoilers end here.

PC-SMALL-75x43.gif Epic Games version: Backup Savefiles[]

Since the new version 1.59 the old and also new save files do not reset the current state of the game, aka "it is not possible to make backup saves work".

The community is trying to find a way to delete all your progress and start as a first run again (02-05-2020), eventually also finding a way how to backup a certain level again.

If you have found a solution, please share your discovery here.

Spoiler-SMALL-75x43.gif old text for backups on epic games
Find the savefiles. Open the explorer and navigate to a folder called something like: C:\Users\YourUsername\Documents\Journey or a specific folder you chose. File: save.bin, the journey.cfg is only for configs (you might play around with the numbers in that file, but be sure to make a backup first!)

Make a new folder whereever you would like, rightclick and new --> folder, click it once to rename/rightclick rename. Recommendation: in that journey folder or in your documents, just so you dont have to open a completly different location. Maybe even send to desktop as link, for faster access (at least while you are doing the backups). Within that folder create other folders for every level like CS, BB etc. and a tag if its redrobe or white robe backup. The game saves only at the end/start of a level. So you can do a backup anytime (when no companion to lose :)) for a certain level. Needs testing: you have to close the game? shouldnt be the case. In game you can alt+tab into windows, go to the save-file folder and mark both files. Press ctrl+c or rightlick on them and select "copy". Open your specific backup folder and insert the copied files with ctrl+v or rightclick and "paste".

Restore the backup

Just go to your backup folder, mark the backup-files and press ctrl+c or rightlick on them and select "copy".

Then go to the C:\Users\YourUsername\Documents\Journey folder delete the files or just overwrite them when windows asks you, when you try to copy. Press ctrl+v to paste the files or rightcick and choose paste.

Then start journey and press continue.

Spoilers end here.

PS3-SMALL-75x43.gifPS4-SMALL-75x43.gif PS3/PS4: Backup Savefiles[]

2 Versions: USB or Backup-User on PS[]

USB-Stick: only some KB are needed, but only one save per USB works. Follow the instructions, you don't need to make another user account.

  1. Create another user on same PS. There is no account/login needed or login in PSN needed. You can make as many as you like.
  2. You first need to set up the state you would like to backup of course.
  3. Go to the level that you want to save, with the scarf, robe color and embroidery you like, then: quit the game.
  4. Go to the game-directory, move up until “Saved Data Utility”, select it,
  5. then scroll to Journey and press triangle. PS4: under settings, “Application Saved Data Management“.
  6. Choose copy and then copy to that USB or the other account that you made before. Note: There is the PlayStation+ symbol, but for copying onto USB/user you don't need PlayStation Plus. Just select "copy" and a menu will open, asking where to copy.
  7. You can now start the game and journey as normal. Making another backup at next level...
Restore the backup[]
  1. Delete the savefiles from main-account: Go to the game-directory, move up until “Saved Data Utility”, select it, then scroll to Journey and press triangle and choose delete. this is needed because it cant overwrite existing save-files.
  2. Then login to the backup-account, go to Saved Data Utility, Journey, hit triangle and copy TO the main account.
  3. Go to your main account and start Journey, choose select to start at the backed up state. Enjoy.
  4. USB: copy from the USB to main account.

Warning It will say at the start, that it cannot save new content, because you are not owner of the files. It doesn’t really have an effect in-game. Trophies are saved online, you cannot redo them, even if you delete your savefile. Your companion can recognize that you didn’t got a trophy (for example: if you are first run and see the ancestor and no ping sound appears, they will know that you deleted the savefiles).

Additional info: its seems the red robe skill improves with more embroidery and some white robes with only 2nd run embroidery are more experienced then some 4th run white robes. Meaning: some people choose the special not-full embroidery white robe to show that they actually know a lot. See also Companions.

Remapping controller[]

The Claw

The standard buttons assignments can be found in Controls section in How to play guide for Journey article.

Remapping means to change the function of the buttons on your controller, beyond the default options given in the game.

It was already a thing for PS4 player to accomplish certain tricks more easily when using the shoulder buttons for fly (see How to play guide for Journey, Zen jump, Faceplant Jump (FPJ)).

Without remapping buttons you might find yourself using the Claw for certain tricks or flying.

PS3-SMALL-75x43.gif PS3[]

There is no official way to remap buttons on PS3.

PS4-SMALL-75x43.gif PS4[]

You can change the function of the buttons within your PS4 system, no extra software needed:

  • Navigate to the PS4 menu
  • Settings
  • Accessibility
  • Button Assignments
  • Enable Custom Button Assignments
  • Customise Button Assignments
  • Choose the button you want to change and press X, to open the menu for this button.

Or see this video: How to remap PS4 controller buttons via settings.

PC-SMALL-75x43.gif PC version[]

NOTE: DualShock mode only works if a DS4 is natively detected by the game. This puts the correct button representations in-game and options and makes use the lightbar like on PS4.

In-game bind options[]

The game provides you with basic remapping options. Open the menu and check "options". Use the arrow keys, controller's stick or mouse to navigate through the menu.

List of available binds

Controller Move/Look: left stick or right stick or disabled

  • DualShock
    • Chime/Fly: X or circle or square or triangle or L1 or R1 or L2 or R2 or Disabled
    • Pause/Menu: Share or Options or Disabled
  • Xbox
    • Chime/Fly: A or B or X or Y or LT or LB or RT or RB or Disabled
    • Pause/Menu: Start or Back or Disabled
  • Keyboard
    • Move/Look: WASD or IJKL or Arrows or Keypad or Disabled
    • Chime/Fly: Space or Enter or Shift or Ctrl or Alt or TAB or Backspace or P or Disabled
  • Mouse
    • Move/Look: Enabled or Disabled
    • Chime/Fly: Left or Right or Middle or Disabled

Remap your buttons on the controller with external software[]

Note: No liability assumed. The use of programs is under your own responsibility!

For the PC version, with extra programs such as DS4Windows, InputMapper and others (the Epic Games version doesn't have a built-in option to remap a controller directly).

  • If you have a DS4 controller, you can use DS4Windows to remap controller buttons (and it's a good software to have with DS4 anyways). This works well with Windows 10 (and a PS4 controller)
  • InputMapper might have many ads, consider using adblock. Also it seems to not work with Windows10. Here is a PDF on how to set it up.
  • Another program is: AntiMicro. "Graphical program used to map keyboard buttons and mouse controls to a gamepad. Useful for playing games with no gamepad support."[3] See above, Journey does support gamepads.
  • ScpToolkit seems to be a good solution to get other (e.g. PS3) controllers to work. Github Link
  • JoToKey is a program allows you to map the keyboard keys to your controller

Screenshot taking made easy for InputMapper users. Win10[]

InputMapper screenshots.JPG

There are two ways to go about this,

  • One is if you have a single monitor; you can use the Windows Key + PrtScn, just remap those two keys to two buttons on your controller, screenshots will save to your Pictures folder.
  • If you have two monitors like I do then you can go to Settings and Gaming and assign Shift + some key to "Take Screenshot" (Start/Stop recording Video is available too) and then just assign those two keys to two buttons on your controller. Screenshots/videos will save to Videos folder. You can use Alt+Tab to make sure you are screenshotting your game and not the other monitor lol. Here's what my InputMapper looks like. Square+Right for image, Square+Left for video. R2+L2 also for image.


There are two ways to change controller configuration using steam settings (no extra software needed, but you can if you prefer it). NOTE: DS4 gets converted to XInput with this method, thus making DualShock mode unavailable.

Change general controller configuration:[]
  • Go to Steam > Settings
  • Choose Controller in the list on the left side
  • Push 'General controller settings' button
  • Choose your controller
  • Push 'Define layout' button
  • Now you can reassign buttons; to do that click on the name of the command you need to change and press the needed button on your controller.
  • Save your settings

Change local controller configuration:[]

To use it, you need to first check the appropriate 'Controller Configuration Support' in the general controller settings!

  • Go to game settings (the gear wheel icon on the right side, opposite play button)
  • Choose Manage > Controller configuration
  • Reassign buttons: click on the name of the command, then on the name of the button under 'Full Pull Action' line, then choose the needed button by using arrows or controller sticks to navigate to it and by pressing Enter on keyboard or A on controller to set it.
  • Go back to change another button.

When finished with setting your configuration:

  • Export your settings as personal (any other option won't be available until you play the game using your configuration).
  • Close the window (the configuration is applied automatically).

Now you can find your configuration every time you go to configuration settings > browse configs > personal. If you play using this configuration for more than 5 minutes, you will be able to share it with your friends or community.

Path to local controller configuration .png Local controller configuration window.png Remapping Left Trigger command.png
Remapping window.png Exporting config.png Exporting config menu.png

Link to final configuration by kandiana: steam://controllerconfig/638230/2474496724


  • Using general configuration you cannot assign one button to two different commands. For example, if you set RB button to Right Trigger command, the Right Shoulder command will no longer have a button assigned to it unless you do it manually. Don't forget to do it, make sure all of the buttons on your controller are assigned to commands, or you won't be able to use them.
  • General configuration will be applied to all of your games and their local settings, which can cause some unexpected results. For example, if you switch RT and RB buttons (assign RB to be RT and RT to be RB) using both general and local configurations, they will cancel each other out and the game will see RT as RT and RB as RB.
  • Using local configuration you can actually assign one button to two different commands (see the images above). What will happen if you do it needs checking, but it would be better to simply avoid such situations.
  • You can create several local configurations for one game. Moreover, you can apply local configurations to other games through configuration settings > browse configs > your other games.

IOS-SMALL-75x43.gif iOS[]

Information about how to remap buttons when using a controller connected to your iPhone or iPad is unknown to this wiki.

How to connect a controller to your iPhone or iPad.