Best Ways to Backup Your Smartphone

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With Smartphones having become a tech necessity in today’s world we are going to outline the best ways to backup your smartphone. They contain our personal information such as phone numbers, addresses, email addresses, pictures, and work files; all of which is often stored only on our smartphone. Simple disasters like water damage and lost or stolen phones are painfully common experiences that can render this information inaccessible, and without information back-up, it can be lost permanently. Here are a few easy ways to backup your smartphone so that you can be sure phone accidents don’t leave you helpless.

iCloud. Your iPhone can be backed up onto Apple’s cloud-based system simply through WiFi in just a few minutes. Apple users get up to 5 GB for free, but if your back-up requires more space you’ll have to pay for the extra storage. The iCloud backup can be turned on for each individual app, allowing you to save precious cloud space for apps not currently backed up on another cloud system, such as Google apps. With this feature activated, your iPhone will back-up automatically each time it’s plugged in to a power source and the WiFi is turned on.

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iTunes. Your iPhone can also be backed up to your computer’s hard drive through iTunes backup. It can be done over a wireless connection provided your phone is connected to the same WiFi network as your computer, and offers more free space usage than the iCloud system. Keep in mind that your computer may be susceptible to major dangers like fire or theft and it should be backed up to another source for maximum security.

Google Sync. Google provides superior information storage for Android users, and all the information is stored in Google’s cloud under the chosen Google account. With user permission, phone sync is automatic and happens quickly once the initial back-up occurs. Google sync protects you from loss even if your computer and phone both happen to fail at the same time.

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Cell Company backup Services. Some cell phone companies provide backup services for their customers. For instance, T-Mobile offers Mobile Backup which provides storage for contacts making the transition to a new phone easier, even if your previous phone is lost or damaged. This storage system is not as comprehensive as Google’s backup, but if contacts and photos are your main concern, contact your cell phone provider to find out if they offer any type of mobile backup.

Hardware Backup. Any Android or iPhone can be manually backed up to an external hardware device, such as your PC/Mac, laptop, or external hard drive. This involves connecting the phone via its USB cable to the device and transferring the content. Android users with Mac computers will need to download the Android File Transfer freeware. Just like the iTunes back-up, your hardware can be susceptible to the same damage or theft as your smartphone if they’re both commonly stored in the same place, so it’s always a good idea to also keep your hardware devices backed up for extra security.
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Phones meet all kinds of fates, from being lost or stolen to being dropped into the toilet or the Chesapeake Bay (seriously, that’s happened). For this reason, it’s always best to ensure your data is safely stored in a secondary place. Cloud based storage offers simple retrieval regardless of device damage, while hardware storage is a tangible system that doesn’t require any internet connection for retrieval. Whichever storage system you choose, by backing up your information you’ll never have to endure that unmistakable sinking feeling that comes with smartphone demise.

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