I’m Josh, and I product manage the team charged with making sure the DigitalOcean product experience meets, and hopefully exceeds, your expectations.
To that end, we're rolling out the ability for everyone to enable backups for existing Droplets, or turn them back on if they were previously disabled. We know many of you have been asking for this feature for a long time. We hope it helps.
Currently this feature is active in the Web control panel, and will be added to the API in the next few days.
To turn backups on, simply navigate to any Droplet page, click the Backups tab in the left column (it's below Settings and above Graphs), and you should see a big blue button to "Enable Backups." Click it, and you should be good to go.
Our team plans on delivering a lot more features in the future, and we'd love to hear from you.
If you have any questions or input, feel free to reach out to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for your patience!