Every single day, all over the world, people of all ages and all lifestyles fall victim to cell phone theft, loss, damage, or hardware and software issues that can put your cell phone and all the information inside of it in peril. While the thought of replacing such an expensive and vital piece of hardware is stressful in itself – the real stress comes when you realize that you may have just lost everything – from your contacts to your calendar, memos, photos, and videos.
Whether it is your coworker’s phone numbers or your coveted inventory of memes – losing the memory in your phone can be a time consuming and anxiety-inducing process to fix. Luckily, it is incredibly easy to prevent this loss-no matter what brand of phone you use.
Here are just a few ways to ensure that your phone’s memory is safe and sound.
Google Drive is a perfect option for backing up information if you have a Gmail email account. The basic version comes with 15GB of storage for personal use, 30GB for business accounts – included with the creation of a Gmail account. For just $2.79 per month, you can upgrade this storage to 100GB and you can upgrade all the way to 1TB for $13.99 per month.
Google Drive can back up all emails, documents and files that come through your email account, as well as your photos and videos through Google Photos.
In the email settings on your mobile device, you are also able to designate your email address as the backup account for your cell phone contacts.
Google Photos, a division of Google Drive, is accessible via your mobile device, tablet or computer simply by logging into your Gmail account. It allows you to back up photos and videos at 16MP photo quality and 1080p HD video quality. It will back up your photos and videos in real-time over either Wi-Fi or the data network (you decide) and they can be accessed instantly from any device. Once the media is backed up, you are able to delete the files from your device to free up your internal storage.
Google Photos is also an excellent and intuitive tool for searching for photos. You can easily play around in the application to teach it to recognize familiar faces and create folders, and you can do a search for a specific colour, object, date, etc and it will scour your photos for results. It’s impressive!
If you are using a Samsung device, you may have been prompted to create a Samsung account. This account allows you to access the Samsung app store, but most importantly it will do regular backups of your basic information, like contacts, settings, and apps.
If you are an iPhone or iPad user, iCloud is your one-stop-shop for backing up any and all information on your Apple device. You are automatically assigned 5GB of storage and you are able to assign what aspects of your phone information that you want actively backed up to iCloud. Additional storage can be purchased for as low as $1.29 per month for 50GB.
iCloud can be shared amongst other Apple devices and with other family members as long as you all sign into your device using the same Apple ID. When backups are turned on, your device will automatically back up every 24 hours when the phone is connected to Wi-Fi and plugged in to charge. If you haven’t had a backup done in awhile and want to ensure that your information is secure- you can perform a manual backup at any time through your iCloud settings.
These are just a few options to ensure that your information is always backed up somewhere in the event of loss, theft, hardware and software damages and simply making the process of getting a new device easier. For more information, contact our wireless experts through our free Bolt Mobile app and we will be able to assist you! Download it now.