Having a smartphone for an average period of two years means that a lot of memories, routines, information and the ups and downs of a relationship with a smartphone have built up quite a bank of information that screams “back up your smartphone!” You don’t need to start from scratch every time you get a new phone (Although sometimes a new beginning can feel good. But we’ll get to that another time).
If you’re anything like us, you’ll want to keep your beautifully crafted camera roll or your high profile contact list. Apple or Android, here’s how to back up your smartphone!
If you have an iPhone
If you’re an iOS user, you’re in luck. There are multiple ways for you to back your contacts, settings, photos, app downloads and more using iCloud and iTunes. However, these do come with limitations such as the fact that your iCloud account on your iPhone only comes with 5GB of free storage. You’ll have to pay (in American dollars, that is) for more. With iTunes, your limitation is the fact that you will most likely need a computer or laptop to complete the backing-up process. Nevertheless, make use of the below steps.
1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
2.Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup.
3. Turn on iCloud Backup if it isn’t already turned on.
4. Make sure you are on a WiFi connection and tap Back Up Now
5. Check your backup by tapping Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage, and then select your device.
Apple offers more iCloud storage, such as 50GB for $1 per month, 200GB for $3 or $10 for 1TB. It may not sound like much of an expense, however, there are other ways to backup your photos and videos without paying a monthly fee (See Google Photos below). Remember, it is vital that you are connected to WiFi during the backing up process, otherwise you can kiss your monthly data goodbye!
Backing up via iTunes means you’ll need a Mac or PC and a USB cable to connect to your iPhone. Sounds like a but of a mission, huh? Your computer needs to already have iTunes on it for this to work, and if not, it takes about 500 MB of your WiFI to download.
Follow the below steps:
1. Open iTunes on your PC
2. Connect your iPhone to it using a USB cable
3. Click File > Devices > Backup
Using this method backs up your videos, photos, contacts, text messages and app data, however, it’s definitely not as seamless as doing it all on your phone.
Google Photos (applicable to both Apple and Android)
One of the biggest things on your phone that takes up the most amount of storage are your photos and videos. So why pay for more storage or mission to use your laptop when you can use Google Photos? The app is free to download and operates well on both iOS and Android. For iPhone users, download the version titled “Google Photos iOS”, however, the process is exactly the same for both operating systems, except you won’t need to do the third step if you’re on Android:
1. Tap the icon in the top left corner with the 3 lines
2. Choose Settings > Backup & Sync > ON
3. Go to your phone’s actual Settings > Privacy > Photos and turn on “Google Photos” to allow the app to have access to your camera roll
Don’t forget – you will need to be connected to WiFi when you upload all of your content to Google Photos, as the uploading process will certainly take a chunk of your data! What’s cool about once you’ve backed up your media to Google Photos is that once you take a new photo, it is automatically uploaded and stored with the rest of your photos and videos.
If you have an Android phone
Remember, you can use Google Photos to backup and store your photos and videos, but your data and settings will need a separate process found in your Settings.
Simply go to Settings > System > Advanced > Backup, then turn on your backup service, which is often Google Drive for Android phones. Your Drive will store:
1. Contacts, calendar
2. WiFi networks and passwords
4. Gmail settings
5, Language, display, time and date
6. Apps and data for apps not made by Google
When you think of what is most important to you on your smartphone, make sure you’ve backed it up using the above steps. After all, living through our smartphones is never 100 percent reliable!