04 June 2014
As much as we are becoming a nation of smartphone lovers, it seems we don’t care enough to back up the precious data stored on our handsets. But with more and more of us using our smartphones to store everything from confidential documents to work emails and personal photographs, can we really afford to leave the data in danger? The good news is that backing up a smartphone need not be complicated, and it really should be done. You never know when a phone might be lost, stolen or damaged, so putting things in place to protect the data can make it far easier to deal with such occurrences. There are options for all types of handsets and with smartphones becoming our device of choice, these options really should be explored.
Cloud storage, such as Dropbox or Google Drive, is best if you are solely interested in backing up files and documents from your phone but are less bothered about apps and settings. Cloud storage is simple and straightforward and it's available for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry, so it is perhaps the most popular and common of all back-up devices.
Working in a similar way to cloud storage, Apple iPhone users automatically benefit from back-up protection built into their smartphone’s operating system. As such, every piece of data or information from a lost or stolen iPhone can be easily retrieved simply by accessing the iCloud through a separate device. Similarly, Windows Phone users have the opportunity to activate ‘Back Up My Stuff’ as soon as they sign into their account — this service also uses a cloud to store and back up data and is quick and easy to navigate.
But if you do not have an iPhone or Windows Phone, you can still fully protect your smartphone’s apps, data and settings as long as you are signed up to the right services and tools. For example, Android users have a choice between Titanium Backup and Helium. Both are free but the former is perhaps more useful as it is able to back up a broad range of information, from app data to prized personal photos.
For the more traditional amongst us (or those who simply find fathoming the notion of a ‘cloud’ too much to handle) there is also the opportunity to manually back up information to a trusted PC or desktop. By simply connecting your smartphone with a USB cable, files and information can be copied and pasted into new folders on the computer. It may be more time-consuming than the alternative options, but it is a tried, tested and trusted system. Whether you choose to access cloud storage or sync your smartphone to your computer, backing up your smartphone is essential to make sure you, your contacts and your data are protected.
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Rahima Aktar on Wednesday, June 04, 2014 · Leave a Comment
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