Our phones have become much more than a way to simply call each other. Now, they’re packed full of precious memories – from text conversations with loved ones to photos, videos, favourite songs and much more. With so many priceless things saved on your device, it’s absolutely essential that you know how to back up your phone and keep it safe even if something happens to your handset. To help, we’ve put together a handy how-to guide for some of the most popular phones out there, so you’ve got no excuse not to keep your data safe!
How to Back Up an iPhone
There are two main ways to back up your iPhone, so you can choose the one that suits you best.
To back up using iCloud, you first need to connect your phone to a WiFi network.
Then, tap settings and scroll until you hit iCloud.
Tap Back Up, switching the slider to green, and wait until the process is complete.
Afterwards, head back to Settings > iCloud > Storage > Manage Storage so you can double check the date and time to see that your back up was successful.
For an iTunes back up, open iTunes on your computer and connect your device.
Select your iPhone when it appears in iTunes and check you’re in the Summary field on the left hand side.
When you are, you’ll see the options to back up now and you can select to back up to iCloud or to your computer.
How to Back Up a Samsung Galaxy
To back up and restore your data on Samsung devices running Lollipop and higher, follow these steps.
All you need to do is select Apps > Settings.
Then, scroll down to Personalisation and tap Accounts. From there tap Samsung Accounts (if you don’t already have one, you’ll be promoted to create one to allow you to continue the back up process).
Tap Auto Back up to start immediately or hit Options to choose which areas you want backed up.
How to Back up a Sony Experia
Keep all the data on your Sony Experia safe by backing up with the below instructions.
On the home screen, tap the square icon.
Find and tap Back up & Restore > Back up.
Tap the bar under Where to store data and select the destination you’d like to store your content in.
How to Back Up a Microsoft Lumia
Look after all of the pictures and conversations you save on your Microsoft phone by backing up regularly.
Make sure you have an activated Microsoft Account. This is associated with your phone and other Microsoft devices and software.
Connect your device to WiFi and swipe left to select Settings.
Scroll to tap Back up > Apps + Settings > Turn Setting back ups on.
Repeat the process for Photos + Videos and Text Messages too, to make sure you have everything you need backed up.
How to Back Up a Motorola G4
Ensure your data is safely stored elsewhere by backing up your Motorola G4.
Connect your phone to WiFi and select Apps.
Scroll down to tap Settings > Back up & Reset.
Select Back Up My Data then choose Back Up Account and the account you’d like to back up under.
Hit Menu > Sync Now to back up your details and data.