Today’s devices are loaded with apps and data—all hosting valuable and precious data that you don’t want to lose without being able to restore.

Cover All Your Locations

Conventional wisdom recommends backing up your data in more than one place. Such as keeping copies of important files saved on at least two or three different flash drives, two desktops (home and office), smartphone as well as a laptop.

Use Automatic Capabilities

Use your smartphone’s operating system which offers automatic backup capabilities you can use to store critical data, including photos, passwords, address book contacts, email messages and the files you create in apps. Set up these automatic assistants to take care of your crucial files, syncing them to your email address. Built-in capabilities usually give you enough free storage through their respective clouds to back up the average person’s data. Look for this feature in the device settings.

Timing Your Backups

Smartphone operating system and app updates add functionality, improve performance, squash bugs and heighten security. Be aware of updates though as an unexpected update can cause problems instead of solving them. Before you apply upgrades, back up your data to avoid losing access to critical files. Because you can download apps again, you typically don’t need to back them up. You may need to make an exception before an update, especially if rolling it back requires access to backups of more than one type of information, including older app versions. If you need to reset your phone to resolve a technical problem, you’ll want a data backup that precedes that technical problem.