Keep your data safe this World Backup Day

Don’t be an April fool…
Keep your data safe this World Backup Day

One of the worst things that can happen in the modern world is for all your digital stuff to just vanish. A lost phone means you have no idea how to get in touch with your friends, it means lost photos and memories, and it can even mean losing months of work.

That’s why every year, on 31 March, World Backup Day strives to remind us to not be an April fool and backup our data.

What is a backup?

A backup is a second copy of all your data. Instead of having everything like photos, contacts and work saved on just one device, you create another version of it that’s kept separate in case anything happens to the original.

Why should I create a backup?

Losing all your data is more common than you might think. One in seven phones are lost or stolen before the end of a contract, and if all your stuff’s stored on your phone, that can cause bigger problems than just having to buy a new phone.

A third of phones that aren’t lost or stolen during a contract are broken before they can be upgraded. And with water damage being the second biggest cause of breaks, that’s a lot of data that gets lost forever.

Incredibly, despite data loss being so common, 30% of people have never backed up and only a quarter of us backup regularly.

How do I backup my phone?

The easiest way to back up your phone is to use a cloud service, like iCloud, Google Drive or OneDrive. It’s easy because at least one of these services will be built into your phone already, and could even be doing automatic backups right now. But to make sure you’re backing up everything you want, follow the simple steps below.

iCloud on iPhone

  1. Connect your iPhone to a Wi-Fi network
  2. Tap Settings > iCloud > Backup
  3. Make sure iCloud Backup is turned on

With iCloud Backup turned on, your phone will automatically back up everything regularly. But if you want to make sure everything’s safe straight away, you can hit the ‘Back up now’ button.

Google on Android

  1. Connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network
  2. Tap Settings > Backup & reset > Back up my data
  3. Make sure it’s turned on

Once Back up my data is turned on, Google will automatically save important information to the cloud so you can access it on another Android phone by logging into your Google account.

Google’s auto-backup doesn’t save photos, so if you want to keep your snaps backed up start using Google Photos. In the app’s settings, be sure to switch on ‘Auto upload’ as it’ll keep all your photos saved to the cloud so you can view them anywhere.

OneDrive on Windows

  1. Connect your phone to a Wi-Fi network
  2. Tap Settings > Backup
  3. Tap each backup option and turn them on

With Microsoft’s backup, you can easily choose what you want to store on the cloud.

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