If my phone goes bad, I spend a few awful moments remembering the last time I backed it up. These things always seem to happen at the worst time (like after a vacation), and the only way to avoid valuable data is to take precautionary measures.
Backing up my phone saved me a lot of heartache, but it's so easy to put it down again and again. Where do you start, if you have hoarded so much over the years? Well, do not hesitate – here are the best options to save the soul of your phone.
How to Secure Your iPhone
Option 1: iCloud Backup (duh)
iCloud is so simple and easy to use. When you sign up, you get 5GB of iCloud storage for free. But that will probably not be enough to secure your entire 16, 32 or 64 GB iPhone – if you're willing to pay $ 1 a month, you could upgrade to 50 GB of storage. This saves everything on your iPhone: the layout, settings, apps and especially photos and videos.
How to set up iCloud :
- Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network.
- Go to Settings> [your name] and tap iCloud. If you're using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings, then scroll down and tap iCloud.
- Tap iCloud Backup. If you are using iOS 10.2 or earlier, tap Backup. Make sure that iCloud Backup is enabled.
- Tap Back up now. Stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process is complete.
To check the progress and confirm that the backup is complete, go to Settings> [your name]> iCloud> iCloud Backup. Under Save Now you will see the date and time of your last backup. Repeat this process on other devices to keep your content up-to-date.
If you want iCloud to back up your device automatically every day :
- Turn on iCloud Backup under Settings> [your name]> iCloud> iCloud Backup. If you are using iOS 10.2 or earlier, go to Settings> iCloud> Backup.
- Connect your device to a power source and a Wi-Fi network.
- Lock your iPhone screen.
- Make sure that you have enough space available in iCloud for backup. If you need more iCloud storage, you can buy more from your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or Mac. The plans start at 50GB for $ 0.99 per month. Find out more about prices in your region.
iCloud storage is empty? Do that :
With just 5GB of free space, iCloud fills up quickly. If you do not want to pay for an upgrade, you should disable some apps that do not need to be backed up.
Go to Settings> tap [your name]> Select iCloud. Here you can switch on or off which apps should be backed up by iCloud.
- $ 1 / month for 50GB, $ 2 / month for 200GB and $ 10 / month for 2TB
- 200GB and 2TB plans can be shared with the family  5 GB of storage is free  Automatic backup every time you charge and connect to WiFi
- First month is free for all payment plans
- Synchronizes photos and videos on all devices
- Saves everything on your iPhone
Option 2: iTunes backup
iTunes lets you store as much data as you like, and only for iPhones. The biggest drawback is that you have to do everything manually:
- Open iTunes and connect your iPhone to your computer.
- You receive a message asking if you trust this computer, or you want to "trust" or "allow" "
- Select your iPhone when it appears in the iTunes sidebar. If your device does not appear in iTunes, do the following:
- Click Back Up Now.
- Free unlimited disk space
- Store everything on your phone
How to secure your Android phone
Option 1: Use your Google Account
The great thing about Android phones is that they do the most backups for you. However, it depends on you signing in to your Google Account on your Android phone.
You probably did that the first time you turned on the phone. If you did not sign in to your account or do not want to sign in, read option 2 under this section.
With this account, Google automatically backs up most of your data – including details of your Android settings, display settings, Wi-Fi networks, passwords, and more. Your account also uses Google Photos to back up photos and videos.
If you'd like to verify that Google backs up your phone, check out all these points :
- Go to Settings
- Tap the search bar at the top and look for "Backup" (there are two words )
- Choose the first option that appears – it depends on what type of Android phone you have
- If your phone shows at the top of the "Back to Google Drive" screen, make sure that it is turned on OR
- If "Back up my data" and "Auto-recovery" appears on your phone, make sure both are turned on
And if you have the e-mail you are using. Forgot email This switch is the Google account associated with your system backups. To change this account, touch the line of your current Google Account and select a list of accounts connected to your phone.
If you really do not trust what you can not see, you can instead transfer all the data from your Android phone to your computer using the instructions in the next section.
Google Account Highlights
- Free unlimited disk space
- Synchronized on all Android devices
- Stores everything on your iPhone
- Automatic backup
Option 2: Backup via USB  This means that you connect your Android phone to your laptop or desktop, but the process is slightly different, depending on whether you have a Windows PC or a Mac.
Android phone backup on a Windows PC :
Connect the Android phone to your computer using a USB cable. Swipe down from the top of the screen to receive notification of the USB connection. Tap the notification and select "Transfer Files" in the displayed menu. Aaand … that's it. Your phone is secure! If you want to edit or open the files:
Open a File Explorer window on your desktop, locate the phone icon near other portable devices, and double-click it. Here you can find all the internal memory of your Android device and you can click anywhere to browse and move folders or files.
Android Phone Backup on a Mac :
For Macs, you need to install a Google program called Android File Transfer. Your Mac needs to be updated to iOS X 10.5 or higher and your Android device should be running on Android 3.0 or higher – probably if it's a relatively new device. Once this is set up:
- Connect your phone to your Mac and unlock it.
- The USB status message is displayed – tap on it and select "Transfer Files".
- The program will automatically open on your computer Mac, with all the files of your phone in front of you.
- You can play as long as you want, transfer or back up files.
Android File Transfer Highlights
- Free unlimited storage
- Allows editing of phone files on different devices
- Saves everything on your iPhone
How to secure your Samsung phone
You can Securing a Samsung phone like any other Android phone are some additional tools built into the phone.
Samsung Cloud is for Samsung phones what iCloud is for iPhones. It stores all the content you select on your phone (messages, phone logs, app layout, photos, videos, etc.). You can turn on or off the settings you want to back up. To use the Samsung Cloud, you need a Samsung account that is not available on Verizon devices. If you have a Samsung phone but use Verizon, you can secure your phone with your Google Account (see above). Here are all the models that can use Samsung Cloud:
- Galaxy S9 / S9 +
- Galaxy S8 / S8 + / Active
- Galaxy S7 / S7 Edge / Active
- Galaxy S6 / S6 + / S6 edge / Active  Galaxy Note 8
- Galaxy Note 5
- Galaxy Note 4 / Note Edge
- Galaxy J3 (2016, 2017)
- Galaxy J7 (2016, 2017)
The Cloud Can Back up contents of your phone automatically or manually by selecting "Back up now" in Settings. With Auto Backup your apps are backed up once every 24 hours when your phone is charging, a Wi-Fi connection is in progress, and the screen has been off for an hour. So it's likely to happen while you're sleeping or inactive on your phone.
Locate these options by selecting :
- Settings> Cloud and Accounts> Samsung Cloud> Back Up My Data OR
- Settings> Cloud and Accounts or Account> Back up and reset> Back up my data
On the Settings menu, select all the items you want to back up and tap Back up now.
How to Update Your Samsung Device Memory :
- Settings> Cloud and Accounts> Samsung Cloud> Manage Cloud Storage> Change Storage Space
Samsung Cloud Highlights  $ 1 / month for 50GB, $ 3 / month for 200GB (payments vary between phones and mobile carriers)
Google Photos can be used to back up both iPhones and Android phones, but it is only for photos and videos, nothing else. It's handier and more convenient than iCloud because you can upload, edit, save, and share photos, videos, and videos through its mobile app. If your photo album consumes most of your iCloud or Samsung cloud storage capacity, use Google Photos to back them up and maximize storage in the cloud. That way, you can avoid having to pay for additional storage and keep your cloud light and fluffy.
Option 1: Google Photos (iPhone and Android Phones)
Google Photos can be used to back up both iPhones and Android phones, but it is only for photos and videos, nothing else. It's handier and more convenient than iCloud because you can upload, edit, save, and share photos, videos, and videos through its mobile app.
If your photo album consumes most of your iCloud or Samsung cloud storage capacity, use Google Photos to back them up and maximize storage in the cloud. That way, you can avoid having to pay for additional storage and keep your cloud light and fluffy.
Google Photos lets you organize your photos in albums and shared folders on your desktop and mobile device.
Screenshot of Stephen Shankland / CNET
With Google Photos, you do not even need to be connected to Wi-Fi or connected to backup your data. The app lets you automatically sync photos when you open them. You can even specify which folders to back up.
How to Back Up Photos and Videos with Google Photos :
- Download the Google Photos app
- Sign in to your Google Account. Sign in to your account as an Android user [+ logged in]
- Allow Google Photos to access, download, and save your photos
Google Photos offers unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and 1080 HD quality videos. You need to store larger photo files on Google Drive that charge a monthly fee after the first 15 gigabytes: $ 1.99 per month for 100GB and $ 1.99 per month for 1TB
Google Photos-Highlights  Free unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and videos up to 1080 HD
Option 2: Dropbox (iPhones and Android phones)
The Dropbox sign-in page
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Dropbox, like Google Photos, can be used to back up photos and videos on iPhones and Android phones. I've always used Dropbox to transfer photos from my computer to my phone, but it works both ways.
Your photos and videos are stored in the app and can be viewed and customized at any time. Turning on camera uploads in the Dropbox app will automatically save your photos in Dropbox (with or without Wi-Fi).
How to set up and use Dropbox :
- Download the Dropbox app on your phone and computer (recommended) or go to Dropbox.com
- Create an account and enter your information  When you download the app, Dropbox creates a folder on your hard drive
- Drag any desired photos or files into the
- folder. Dropbox automatically syncs these files online with other linked computers or mobile devices to your account
Dropbox already has 2 GB of free space. But if you back up all the photos and videos on your phone, you probably need more. There are options for more storage than that, but you have to pay.
Dropbox Plus Highlights
- $ 10 a month for 1TB of storage space
- Offline folder on mobile
- Remote device delete
- 19659016] Priority email support
Dropbox Professional Highlights
- All in Plus
- Smart Sync: Save disk space
- Showcase: Present and track your work
- Advanced sharing settings
- Full text search
- 120-day version history
- Priority chat support
My two cents
As an iPhone user, I love iCloud. The deal with the dollar fascinated me and 50 GB of stored data was more than enough for everything on my phone. Some people do not have the time (or discipline) for manual backups, especially for me, so it's important to have automatic backups with iCloud.
Samsung Cloud offers all these things for the same price, so I would recommend it to Samsung users. For all other phones, guess the manual options.
With these services, you can avoid panic attacks if the phone does not work.
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