How to back up your phone

Today 83.89% of people own a smart phone which equates to about 6.64 billion people. Imagine the vast amount of information stored on their phones and what would happen if they lost it all? That’s why so many people choose to back up their phones and computers to the cloud 

The cloud, simply put, is a space you can access remotely over the internet, where you can store files, photos and all the information from your smart devices. The two most well-known versions of the cloud are Apple’s iCloud and Android’s Google Drive. 

Why should you back up your devices? 

Backing up your devices means that you can recover your data by accessing it from another device connected to the internet. For example, in the case of:  

  • Loss 
  • Theft 
  • Switching to a new device 
  • Running out of battery on your device 
  • Damage to the device beyond repair 
  • Viruses 

How to back up your devices 

Backing up your devices is easy. You can set your device up to back up automatically which means that you don’t even have to bother remembering to do it yourself regularly. To do this make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network until the backup is complete and follow these steps: 

For Android users: 

  1. Open your phone’s Settings app. 
  1. Select Google > Backup.
    Optional: If this is your first time, turn on Backup by Google One Drive and follow the on-screen instructions. 
  1. Tap Back up now. 

Your Google One Drive backup can take up to 24 hours. When your data is saved, ‘On’ will be below the data types that you selected.  

For iOS users: 

  1. Connect your device to a Wi-Fi network. 
  1. Go to Settings > [your name] and tap iCloud. 
  1. Tap iCloud Backup. 
  1. Tap Back Up Now or make sure the iCloud Backup slider is green. 

With the increase in hybrid working due to the pandemic, it is important that workers are able to access work files, data and other information from the cloud wherever they are. However, it’s estimated that 48% of data in the cloud is sensitive which is why it is essential that organisations secure it properly, thus preventing hackers from accessing it.  

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