The Why And How Of Backing Up Your Smartphone

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Have you ever wondered how you would survive without your smart phone? If so, you are not alone. As smartphones become an ever increasing part of our daily lives, giving us the ability to quickly check our calendar, call for an Uber, listen to our favorite song, even pay for groceries, backing up your smartphone should become second nature. The good news is that backing up your phone is a quick and easy process, so don’t take the unnecessary risk of losing your saved data, pictures, and other personal information that is stored on your phone’s hard drive. As the majority of Americans are now using their smartphones for many of the operations that used to need a laptop or desktop computer, it has become all the more important to have your data saved somewhere else in case of an accident, loss, or theft. The convenience that smartphones offer is indeed a blessing, but if you’re not careful, it can quickly become a curse. It’s all too easy to walk away from somewhere and leave your phone behind, or to accidently delete your favorite family photos or essential work documents with the slip of a finger. Hardware failures are also a scary possibility. If you’re the type of person that likes to get the most out of each phone and use one until it no longer works, you’re setting yourself to be a victim of a hard drive crash. If your data isn’t backed up, these items are gone forever! Fortunately, with a quick and simple backup, losing your smartphone or accidentally deleting your data doesn’t have to be the end of the world.  

There are two ways to backup your phone, and both methods take only minutes to complete. The first is to plug into a device with a bigger hard drive and upload your data onto that hard drive. External hard drives are an obvious choice, but most laptop or desktop computers will also do. All you need is a USB cable to connect your phone and transfer your files from your phone’s hard drive onto the larger hard drive. After you’ve done this once, many devices will be able to sync your hard drives automatically the next time you plug in. One drawback with this option, however, is that there is always the possibility that the larger hard drive will also crash. Though unlikely both devices crash at the same time, it is possible. Also, as smartphones become more and more powerful, many people have determined they don’t really have a need for larger devices. If this sounds like you, the second and even easier way to backup your data is to upload your phone’s data onto a cloud. Cloud storage is readily available for both Android and Apple phones and it’s as simple as downloading an app. There are apps available for all different levels of backup. The most basic applications will store your phone’s data and pictures, but more advanced apps can backup and store everything from text messages to call logs and will even save your phone’s personalized settings. The best part of backing up your phone to a cloud is that the data can then be accessed anywhere there is an internet connection. If you get a new phone, all you have to do is download the app and all your information is exactly as you left it. So why put yourself through so much needless worrying? Backup your data today and don’t take the risk of losing all your invaluable documents and photos. Backing up your device is too easy and too valuable to be ignored.

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