/How to Back up Your Personal Data on iOS and Android

How to Back up Your Personal Data on iOS and Android

Video: How to Back up Your Personal Data on iOS and Android


– Welcome to Quick Fix, the show where I answer your most commonly asked tech questions in 90 seconds or less. Today's question is an important one, so listen up. Start the clock. (funky techno music) Phones break or get lost all the time, but that doesn't mean you have to lose all your photos and contacts when and if that happens. Just remember to back up your data. So let's start with how to back up your iPhone or iPad. Don't worry, Android users, we'll get to you, too. So, there are two main ways to back up your Apple device: on iCloud or on iTunes. For an iTunes backup, just plug your device into a computer, unlock it, give permission, open iTunes, and click back up now.

You are responsible for making sure you do this regularly. iCloud backups, on the other hand, happen automatically on a daily basis, as long as your phone is connected to wifi and plugged into power. You'll wanna navigate to your iCloud settings and make sure you have enough space, though, because Apple gives everyone an abysmal five gigabytes for free, and that's just not enough for most people. You can also initiate the backup yourself here, or check when the last successful backup was completed. Regardless of which method you choose, always double check your iCloud settings to make sure your notes, contacts, calendars, et cetera, are also backed up. You can go down this list and decide which things to turn on and off, but most people should just turn them all on. Every Android device will be a little different, but the easiest way to back up your Android phone is through your Google account and Google Drive.

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In your device settings, navigate to the backup section, or just search for it, and simply turn it on. Like iCloud, this backup happens automatically when your device is plugged in and on wifi. And there we go, all your data is now safely backed up, and your precious memories now exist somewhere in the ephemeral cloud. Welcome to the dystopia that is 2019. Hey, thanks for watching this video. I hope I answered your question, but if you have more tech questions that you want me to try and tackle in 90 seconds, leave a comment below or email me, and as always, don't forget to subscribe to Lifehacker on YouTube. Thanks so much for watching..