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This is your reminder to back up your phone as soon as you can

It will save you some headaches in the long run.

NOBODY EVER LIKES losing or breaking their phone but it can be made even more frustrating if you have no way of recovering your data.

That’s why it’s so important to start backing up your phone. All the major providers allow you to update it automatically (usually when it’s charging) so when you do need it, it’s up to date.

If you’re doing this for the first time, you should be connected to WiFi – for both faster speeds and because it’s data heavy – and make sure you’re not doing anything important while your phone is backing up.

On your iPhone or iPad, you have two options: either do it through iCloud or iTunes. iCloud is the easiest method since it doesn’t require you to connect your phone to your PC or Mac.

To start, go into Settings > iCloud >  Backup to turn it on (if it isn’t already). When that is done, press Back Up Now to begin the process. It will back up your files daily when you have it connected to a power supply and is locked.

When that is done, you can see everything you’ve backed up by going into Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage > This iPhone. Here you can choose which apps and services you want to back up.

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Backing up through iTunes requires you to connect your iPhone to your PC or Mac. When you’ve opened up iTunes (it should do this automatically), go into File > Devices > Transfer Purchases to start the process. After that, you can check what you have backed up by going into Preferences > Devices.

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On Android, the easiest method is to go through Google’s own servers. By going into Settings > Backup and Reset, you can turn this option on.

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This is useful for apps and general information like contacts and messages, but for other things like photos, videos and music, it’s better to use other services like Dropbox, Spotify and Google Photos to carry some of the load.

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Quinton O'Reilly

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