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Technology 324 views Jun 27, 2018
5 Things to Know About Backing Up Your Smartphone

Over the past few years, our lives have rapidly become more involved with our smartphones. On our devices, we store all forms of personal information, photos, work files, music, videos and so much more. We make bank transfers, book appointments, set up our calendars, and keep all our contacts.  Powered by a wide range of attractive mobile internet packages, the nifty little device becomes a truly indispensable tool.

Take a moment and think of how integral your smartphone is to your daily life. Do you know any of your contacts’ numbers off the top of your head? Do you remember the time of your next flight? Do you take photos of your loved ones with a camera or with your cell phone?

As our smartphones continue to become a more significant part of our lives, we need to pay more attention to ensuring the security and privacy of the abundance of data that is stored on it. Backing up this data is one of the most critical aspects of security.

Here are five things to know about backing up your smartphone.

1. Too many people overlook the importance of backing up their smartphone.

Your smartphone is (probably) permanently in your hands, or by your side. And you use it to make urgent calls, catch precious moments, search the web, make appointments, and so much more. In fact, for most people, the majority of their life is organized and stored on their device.

However, at any moment, something could happen to your smartphone. It could be stolen, you could drop it in a toilet, or the hardware could malfunction. These are everyday occurrences and, if the data on your phone is not backed up, then it is going to be lost as well.

That being said, most people overlook the importance of backing up their smartphone. Whether they don't think it is necessary or are just forgetful about doing it, the fact is that it often isn't done.

2. It will protect you if it gets stolen.

You have likely had a smartphone stolen (or know someone close to you who has), as smartphone theft is one of the most common crimes today. For most people, losing their device is costly and inconvenient, but losing all their personal and work-related data is far more disastrous.

By routinely backing up your smartphone, you are ensuring that if your phone does get taken (or misplaced) that you still have access to irreplaceable photos and videos, your entire contact list, and any other work or life-related data that you need on a daily basis.

3. It will guard you against hardware malfunction.

People often lose their data due to hardware malfunctions that occur out of the blue. Your smartphone is going to crash at some point, and you won’t be able to know in advance when it is going to happen. By backing up your data, you are protecting yourself from losing your valuable information due to this form of failure.

Furthermore, mobile malware can make your device inoperative. If you accidentally download a virus to your phone, it can sabotage its operating system and everything that is stored on it. If this happens, you can replace the smartphone, but not the data — unless you have backed it up.

4. There are a variety of ways to back up your device.

There are a few different options for backing up your device. You can connect your device to your computer and back it up there (you should also back up your computer to an external hard drive). Alternatively, you can utilize a Cloud service (such as Dropbox, iCloud, or Google Drive) or you can adopt a mobile backup app.

5. Backing it up weekly is ideal.

The only way to protect yourself against costly data loss is by frequent backups. It is recommended that significant data should be backed up at least once a week, preferably once every 24 hours. You can set this back up to be done manually or automatically.

If you use a cloud-based software, it is easier to set up automatic mobile data backups. However, many people prefer to back up their phones through their computers for extra security.

Do you back up your smartphone? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments below!


Al-moottil P Antony is a C-Suite Executive Support Professional for Zain, a leading mobile and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 8 Middle Eastern and African countries.

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