How To Save DataVincent Mincey
Saving data has become more and more important as the age of information urges on. People have increased the amount of personal information they put on their phones, such as pictures, phone numbers, credit card numbers, email accounts, passwords, and even fingerprints. This information can’t just be picked up and taken somewhere safe, it’s all digital, so it’s up to you in order to make sure your information is secure and easily transferable. In this guide I am going to show you how to protect your information from events such as losing your phone and even damaging your phone.
– It’s a good thing that phone manufacturers notice the importance of saving data. That’s why there’s a iCloud, Google Backup, and more.
– If you have an iPhone, I strongly and really strongly suggest making an iCloud account. If you don’t know iCloud is where Apple stores all of your phone’s information like contacts, photos, videos, music, notes, etc. Apple gives you 5gb of storage to start off with and let’s be honest, most iphones are starting at 64gb now, so you’re going to have to upgrade your icloud storage. Luckily, Apple doesn’t charge that much to upgrade your icloud storage; the plans are very cheap. You can upgrade to 50gb for $1 a month, 200gb for $3, and 2TB (2,000 GB) for $10. You may think why should I have to pay more to protect my data when the phone is already expensive. That’s a valid point, but what other choice do you have? Saving your information to the iCloud is the most efficient way of saving you data on an iPhone. Your phone automatically backs up to the cloud every day when powered on, locked, and connected to a power source. I think paying to upgrade your icloud storage is a no brainer if you have important information on your apple devices. Oh, yeah, your iCloud storage will be used for all apple devices you own so that’s a plus. One of the only setbacks about iCloud is that you can only really see what’s saved on your icloud through an apple device backup. Meaning you would need an Apple device to access this information you save on your icloud. This sucks because it kind of forces you to keep using an iPhone. Overall I recommend using iCloud, because it makes it easy to store your data and I wouldn’t expect any serious data breach on a company that has the most popular phone in the world and prides itself on its security.
– On to the next method. Google is the best option for non-iphone users. Backing up photos and videos is very simple. If you don’t already have it, download Google Photos. Google photos automatically upload all your photos and videos to the cloud so you never lose your latest photos or videos. What’s great about google photos is that you get unlimited storage of photos and videos… in high definition quality. Make sure you change your upload quality so that you can receive unlimited storage. Note that this may downsize your file quality when selected however you will have unlimited storage in Google photos. If you choose to keep your file upload quality to the original quality, you will only have 15GB which uses part of your google drive storage. Google photos is a great option because it can be used for both Android and iOS devices.
– If you want to save other files, Google drive is a good option. Just download the app and upload your desired files. Google Drive comes with up to 15GB free, but this is likely to be lower if you use Google Drive already. You can upgrade your storage plans for a similar price to Apple’s iCloud storage plans. You can upgrade to 100GB for $1.99, 200GB for $2.99, and 2TB (2,000GB) for $9.99. Like I said, if you have some information you need to save I believe an upgrade is worth it.
– This one is for Samsung users only. Exciting, right? Samsung now has their own cloud service. Google used to be all Samsung had, but now things have changed. If you have a Samsung device older than the Galaxy S6, you cannot use this service. All you need to do is make a Samsung account and back up your content. Samsung Cloud back ups the following, calendar events, contacts on sim card and phone, call logs, homescreen layouts, settings, messages, music, voice recording, and documents. Unfortunately, photos cannot be backed up using Samsung Cloud. Despite that huge downfall, Samsung Cloud does allow you to view what is currently synced and backed up to your cloud unlike iCloud. You can manage your cloud storage on your phone and computer. However, Samsung Cloud doesn’t much storage as other cloud services. Samsung Cloud starts with 15GB free. You can upgrade to 50GB for $.99/monthly and 200GB for $2.99/monthly. This is another setback when using this cloud service, because Samsung’s Note 9 comes in a 512GB model, meaning you would have to revert to another service if you had more than 200GB of data you needed to save. Other than the low storage sizes and lack of ability to save photos, which are very important, I think using Samsung Cloud is good for users of Samsung who crave another service other than Google to back up their data.
– Maybe you like holding your pictures in the cloud though. You can always manually back up your photos and videos to your computer as long as your phone is still powering on and working. All you need to do is plug your phone up to your computer and locate your phone on your computer’s file system. Mac users will have to download Android File Transfer to transfer files on certain phones. Find the DCIM folder and drag and drop your files onto your computer. This way you know where your files are and can keep a copy somewhere else. Saving the data on your device can save you a lot of trouble. And a lot of money. Time and time again, we have customers who don’t use iCloud or back up their data, because they don’t like a business keeping their information. However, in times of emergency being able to secure your information and have it easily retrievable is essential in the modern world. Take the time to set up your cloud accounts and make sure you have enough storage to save your information. Be ahead of the curve when it comes to saving your data.