Backing up our devices is something that many of us are either unaware of, or don’t prioritise. Losing your data is not only frustrating but can be very upsetting when stored memories disappear forever. World Back Up Day was started to prevent that and spread a little reminder every year to take control of your digital assets and look after them in the way they deserve!

Backing up is the act of creating a second copy (or third, or fourth, or fifth) of your data either on an additional device, or through a cloud based service.

Why should I back up my devices

So hopefully now we’ve convinced you, we need to think about how you go about backing up your data.

Smartphones and Tablets:

  1. Use what’s already there – many smartphones and tablets will come with features to help you back up contacts, calendars, notes apps, and the like. Head to Settings > Accounts and check what is already working. This information is backed up over the internet through a Cloud service which means it will stay with you from device to device as long as you know the login details for those accounts!
  2. Consider an app to back up and store photos – apps like Google Photos can be set up to automatically keep an up to date library of your photos in your Google account. For Android users, you may find the app is already on the device and going, for Apple, you can still benefit by downloading it from the app store. These sorts of apps can also help you to remove the photos from your phone storage once they’re safely backed up in the cloud.
  3. Back up all the data through another device – to get all the information in once place, you can also back up your device by plugging it into a laptop or computer. This is a great solution if you don’t want to rely completely on cloud services, or if your access to the internet is limited. Schedule this in periodically and it’s a really effective solution

 

Laptops and Computers

  1. Using an external device – take a regular back up of selected files, or a whole drive using an external hard drive. These sorts of hard drives are becoming more and more affordable and offer great value because of the amount of data they can store. You can find guides on how to do this for your particular device online
  2. Finding a cloud service – laptop users can still make use of offerings from Google and Microsoft for cloud storage space which many people have access to through their @gmail, @outlook, @hotmail email addresses. Both Google and Microsoft give you certain amounts of space for free but for a whole computer’s worth of data you’d need to keep up a subscription for more storage. There are lots of other services out there that can maintain back ups automatically too so it’s a good idea to shop around and do your research.

 

Once all the back ups are started and complete just remember to continue to do them. Back ups are immediately out of date as soon as they’re complete so get into the habit of keeping it up to date.

If you’re interested in knowing more about any of these tools as part of your journey with Positive People, participants in Devon and Somerset can access tailored digital support from Cosmic. Speak to your Change Coach for more information.