Backup Your Phone, by Will Saunders
How often do you back up the information on your phone? If you’re like most people, you have tons of information that would cause you distress if you couldn’t access it. From appointments, to names and numbers, essential banking data, purchased music or movies, photographs and videos, email, and lots of other valuable content.
I think of all the names and numbers in my phone that I don’t know by heart, some of which I did know when I had to manually dial them manually. It’s dumbed me down. I suspect thats how it is for most people. I either scroll down the list and push their name (or their picture) and the phone calls them — or I just give a verbal command, such as “Call John Doe” or “Call Jane X” and the phone obliges. In the not too distant past, when I had to dial the digits, it was easy to remember a person’s number. Not anymore. I can only recite the phone numbers of a small, paltry amount of my contacts. So, I back up my phone frequently.
I just got the iPhone X on Saturday, and boy was (am) I excited, I love this thing. Not to digress too much from the point of this post, I got it early. I ordered it mid November and they gave a ship date of December 13th, and Verizon promised me a $366 rebate for sending in my old iPhone 7 once I got the new one. I completed an online questionnaire and my responses helped the automated system offer that $366 rebate amount. I was quite paranoid that I would scratch it up or crack the screen or break one of the buttons before I had a change to mail it in. Fortunately, I didn’t have any mishaps, and I was able to return an almost good as new phone.
Anyhow, back to my post. As I was manually backing up my old phone and restoring my data onto my new phone, I was reminded of how much information is in my phone. I’m bringing all this up after something I witnessed the other day. I got on an elevator and a woman was running to catch it before the door closed. As she entered the elevator, she dropped her phone and it fell through the little slit on the floor at the door’s opening. She peered down and watched it fall. First of all, who would you call to try and get the phone returned? Secondly, the phone probably ended up breaking up in to pieces and badly damaged beyond usability even if she got it back. I asked her if she had backed up the data in her phone, and she didn’t understand what I was asking…which meant she probably lost all of her data along with her phone. What a double whammy.
If your phone isn’t backed up, go ahead and handle it. You can either back it up to a cloud environment or save your data to a hard drive. You can even put it on a schedule so the backup happens automatically. That’s what I do. I do it manually when I have a reason to and don’t want to wait for the auto-backup to kick in. It’s a beautiful thing. As expensive as a phone can be, I sure don’t want to lose it. But if I do, at least I won’t also lose all my information along with it.