Today our mobile is the only thing where we keep all our secrets. We have our contacts, bank details, emails, pictures, etc. So it is also a key to steal anything and everything from us if falls into the wrong hands. So here is something which can help you to back up your data somewhere safe.
USING THE CLOUD
- From the main menu, select “Settings.”
- Select “Accounts and Sync.”
(If there is already a Gmail account listed, skip to #3)
- If there is no Gmail account listed:
Select “Add Account” and follow the directions to sign in to your existing account or create a new one.
Note: Select “Keep this device backed up with my Google account” option when setting up your account (if applicable).
- From the account list, select the name of your Gmail account to bring up the sync options.
Note: If there is more than one Gmail account listed, try the one with the “g” icon first.
- Select “Sync Contacts” and any other data you want to back up.
(If you do not see the options you are looking for, try another account.)
- If there is a “Sync Now” button, select it. Otherwise, select the home key and wait for the sync to complete.
You can verify your data is backed up to your Google account by logging in to your account in a web browser. All your contacts, pictures and other data should be there.
USING YOUR COMPUTER
- Connect the phone to your computer with the USB cable. If the phone prompts you to choose a connection type, choose “USB Mass Storage,” “Options,” “Disk Drive” or something similar. If it doesn’t prompt you, swipe down from the top of the screen and choose from there.
- Your computer may automatically generate a pop-up auto play menu that offers several options. Look for:
Sync photos and videos to your computer. Follow the instructions given, and you are done backing up photos and videos
Open to view files. This option will allow you to click and drag images or other files (like your exported contacts file) to your hard drive.
- If the computer doesn’t automatically prompt you as described above:
Select “My Computer.”
Select the connected device.
Find the DCIM folder.
Drag the folder to the computer desktop or other file location you’d like to store the backup.Note: There may be a second DCIM folder on the SD Card (you will need to search through the folders to find it).
Browse to find any pictures and files you wish to save and drag them to the desired location on your computer.
USING AN SD CARD
Part 1: Back Up Your Contacts
- Open your “Contacts.”
Note: It may be called “People” or “Address Book.”
- Select “Menu”
- Select “Import/Export”
- Select “Export to Storage” or “Export to SD.”
- Follow the directions.
- When it exports, note the name of the file (it will end with “. vcf”)
- You are finished. You can remove the card.
Part 2: Back Up Your Photos and Videos
- Open the “File Manager” app on your phone.
Note: It may be called “Files” or “My Files.
(HTC phones may need to download a file manager from the Play Store).
- Find the DCIM folder, and select and hold it.
- Select “Move” or “Copy”.
- Find the “SD Card” and select “Move” or “Paste.”
- Remove the SD card from the phone, and then check your phone for the photos
— If they are no longer in the gallery or photo album, then they have been successfully moved.
iCloud provides unlimited storage for music, movies, TV shows, apps and books purchased from iTunes. You also get up to 5GB of storage for other things, including contacts and photos. You may prefer to use iCloud instead of (or in addition to) iTunes. The advantage to iCloud is that it backs up automatically, without being attached to a computer. The disadvantage is that your photo storage is limited. If you have lots of photos, it’s a good idea to back them up to iTunes on your computer instead.
Note the following before creating a backup:
- Use the latest version of iTunes.
To verify you are up-to-date, select “Help” then “Check for Updates” in iTunes.
- Photo Stream does not back up all photos automatically. You must also set up the Camera Roll back up.
- Because the type of file iTunes uses to back up photos, you cannot browse your pictures in your backup file. If you want to see them, you must import them to a computer.
- Verify you are connected to Wi-Fi.
- Navigate to “Settings.”
- Select “iCloud.”
- For new iCloud users you will need to log in using your Apple ID and password, accept the terms and allow the device to “merge” with the iCloud. You will also need to have “Location Services” turned on (found in the “Settings” app under “Privacy”).
- Choose what you would like to back up and switch the appropriate items on/off.
If they are set to OFF, they will not be backed up.
- Scroll down and select “Storage & Backup.”
- Make sure “iCloud Backup” is set to ON.
- Select “Manage Storage.”
- Select the name of the device. It may also be labeled with “This iPhone.”
- Scroll to “Backup Options.” switch “Camera Roll” to ON. Be sure to switch ON any other apps that have data you’d like to save.
- Select the button in the upper left to go back until you are back on the “Storage & Backup” screen.
- Scroll down and select “Back Up Now.”
- Unlock your device and connect it to your computer.
- Open iTunes (it may open automatically once the device is connected).
- If iTunes is set to sync automatically, wait until it is complete before proceeding.
- Select the your device in iTunes. It should appear as a button in the upper right. Be careful not to select the eject icon.
- Under the “Automatically Back Up” section, select “This Computer.”
- In the “Manually Back Up and Restore” section, select “Back Up Now.”
- When the backup is complete, select the eject icon and disconnect your device.
For windows phone, you must have a windows live id so make sure you create one if you do not have.
USING THE CLOUD
- From the home screen, swipe left to bring up the apps list.
- Select “Settings.”
- Select “email+accounts.”
- Select the account you’d like to back up to.If it’s not there, select “add an account” and follow the on-screen instructions.
- Scroll to “Content to sync” and select the data you want to sync.
- Ensure that “Contacts” is checked (if not available, you must link to a live.com, outlook.com or hotmail.com account).
- Select “Done” at the bottom of the screen.
- Repeat for each account.
Windows 8 only — Check your backup settings:
Most Windows phones automatically save pictures to the SD card, if the phone is equipped to use an SD card. If your phone has an SD card, remove it. If the photos no longer show up on the phone after the card is removed, the photos are saved on the SD card and you can simply keep the card. Windows 8 phones will back up photos and videos automatically as long as “Photos+Videos” backup is turned “on” as explained above. You can also back up your photos manually to the cloud with Microsoft’s SkyDrive for an added level of protection and we recommend it.
- From the main screen, swipe left to bring up the apps list.
- Select “Pictures” or “Photos.”
- Select “camera roll.”
- Select the three dots (“more”) in the lower right, then “turn on auto upload.”
This will sync all the pictures automatically for you.
- You can also manually select photos by selecting the photo to see it full screen.
- Select the three dots (“more”) in the lower right, then “Share.”
- Select “Upload to SkyDrive” — may be called “One Drive.”
- Enter a caption and select “Upload.”
- Repeat for all other important photos.