Living in the technological age, it’s more important than ever to back up your data on both your laptop and smartphone. As both of these devices continue to play a role in our daily lives, we may take their capabilities for granted. Remember, though, that devices can die without warning, and it’s important to ensure your data is safe! Below, we share some of the ways we recommend that you back up your laptop and smartphone, just in case.
For your laptop:
Your laptop is a vital tool, and may contain more than just personal information. For both work and personal use, it’s important to back up everything on your laptop – frequently! There are a couple different ways to ensure your data is safe.
- An external hard drive: This is a hard drive that you can plug into your computer (via FireWire or USB) and backup the entire contents of your computer. If you only want to backup certain folders or elements from your computer, you can drag and drop them into your external hard drive. Our tip when using an external hard drive? Remember that you have to plug it in and tell it to perform a backup, so make sure you have a plan as to how often you will sit down and back up your data!
- A cloud storage system: There are many different services online that allow you to back up the data on your computer. These can range from free to paid services and in all different sizes of allowed data. Before using these services, make sure you read product reviews from other customers.
For your smartphone:
Not all phones have SIM cards, so unfortunately many phones only save data directly to the phone itself. It’s a scary world out there for smartphones, because something as small as a few drops of rain or a fall to the floor can render your phone unusable. To ensure that all of your data is safe, we recommend checking in with your software provider to see what backup options they offer.
- If you have an iPhone or a BlackBerry, you’re in luck! Both of these providers have desktop software (iTunes and BlackBerry Desktop Manager, respectively) which allow users to backup their smartphone data onto a computer via a USB cable. Be forewarned though: while iPhones will back up your photos, BlackBerry does not. To ensure you don’t lose your photos, save them to an SD card rather than your phone.
- At this time, Android doesn’t provide backup software. Rather, they store information in the cloud, where it can be pushed back to your phone if necessary. To ensure that your data is backed up, pros suggest using My Backup Pro.
These are our suggestions on how to keep your documents, photos, and other information safe. What do you do to back up your data? Leave us a comment below and let us know what method you use to backup your devices!