In one sense, it’s even more important to back up your smartphone or tablet than your computer.
Why? Switching to a new device at upgrade time becomes much simpler. Smartphones also get damaged and lost far more often than laptops do, whether it’s from phones falling into swimming pools, being left behind on planes or getting washed and dried in the pockets of your pants.
By backing up your data, you get peace of mind from knowing your information is protected—no matter what phone you own or what might happen to it.
So, how do you back up your data? Depending on the type of smartphone or tablet you use and your wireless service provider, there are a number of options, including free services. Keep in mind that any data backed up using your wireless network may incur fees according to your data plan.
Backup AssistantSM Plus
Verizon Wireless customers who are billed monthly can sign up for Backup Assistant Plus, a secure online storage service that lets you back up photos, contacts, music, documents and videos. Also, because Backup Assistant Plus stores your data “in the cloud,” you can access it from a computer, mobile phone, tablet, netbook or web browser. All you need is an Internet connection. The service is available at no monthly charge for up to 500 MB of online storage, and more storage is available starting at $2.99 per month for 25 GB.
Backup Assistant Plus is a new Verizon Wireless service that combines the features of V CAST Media Manager, Backup Assistant, and Sync & Connect. If you currently subscribe to any of those services, you will receive an upgrade to Backup Assistant Plus—at no additional cost. Check to see whether your phone is compatible at verizonwireless.com/baplus.
With most phones running Android 2.2 or later, you can readily back up many types of data to a free Google account—including Gmail and Google Calendar, phone settings (e.g., Wi-Fi settings, your wallpaper, etc.), and (as long as the developer enabled backup capability) even apps and app data. To save other data, like photos, you might consider Verizon’s Backup Assistant Plus or another third-party solution available on Google Play.
BlackBerry Protect, available from Research in Motion on Blackberry App World™, is a free app that you can use to wirelessly back up and restore contacts, calendars, memos, text messages and more. Also, if you lose your smartphone, you can log on to BlackBerry Protect to lock the device and locate it on a map.
What did we miss? Let us know what your favorite backup tool is and what type of phone you’re using it on.