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TECH TIP: Back Up!

TECH TIP: Back Up!

If you were lucky enough to receive a smart device for Christmas, now is the time to back it up!

“Backing up” protects your data in the event of loss, theft or damage. It’s never too late to back up – that is, of course, until something happens to your phone or tablet. There is a free and simple way to back up; the cloud. The device is replaceable, but your content is not; so do the right thing and back up now!

Both Gmail and Microsoft give users a large amount of cloud space for free – all that is required is an email address.

Android users are required to have a Gmail account to purchase applications. Using this same address it is possible to sync contacts and calendars. This means if the phone is lost or stolen, all numbers are safe and ready to sync onto a new device.

All those with a Gmail account have a Google + account. It is both simple and free to use this profile to back-up photographs. These photos are not published for the public to see – simply stored in the cloud, accessible to the owner no matter where he / she is.

If the thoughts of a Google + account is off putting, a must-have app is Dropbox. The free application gives users 2GB of free cloud space and the option to automatically send all photos taken to a private cloud space.

iOS users have access to the iCloud and iTunes for back-up purposes; but there is no harm in availing of Google’s free offerings!

Here is a brief step-by-step guide to backing up on both Android and iOS.

If you have a Gmail account and are using an Android phone:

  • Go to Settings – Backup and Reset

  • Check that the Backup My Data tab is ticked

  • Insert your Gmail address as the back-up account.

On iPhone, using a Gmail:

  • Settings – Mail, Contacts, Calendars – Add Account

  • Enter Gmail details

  • Tick the Contacts box

  • Save

Your contact information will then appear in the contacts section of your Gmail account.

1 thought on “TECH TIP: Back Up!”

  • Hello Jessica, I wonder if you could help me. I have LOADS of techie questions/ needs but am pretty bad if not TERRIBLE at all these new gadgets. I’d appreciate it if there’d be a time we could chat or meet. Thanks. Rosemary

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