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We are all living a life that is more connected and more attached to our technology than ever before. It’s become something of a trendy topic to highlight the risks of being too attached to our phones, but let’s not forget how convenient and genuinely important they can be to us, helping us keep memories and files that are important to us, having a calendar in hand for appointments, letting us keep in touch with people to strengthen our friendships and so on.
I’ve unfortunately lost or broke or yes even dropped a phone in the toilet before. Once I had my phone in my back pocket and backed up into a car with my booty and yes, cracked the screen. Lawdy. I’m also perpetually losing my phone and have a tile to help find the thing! Am I alone in this?
Losing a phone can be more than just losing an expensive piece of tech, it could be like losing something that facilitates your lifestyle. Here are some ways to make sure you don’t lose what’s important if you lose your phone.
Make use of the Cloud
Many phones will already have some methods of backing up automatically for you that you simply have to enable to make sure that you are able to keep all the files on your phone should they be lost. For instance, iPhones will allow you to backup your phone using the iCloud, which is a separate server that you can then access from other devices, so long as you have the right access details, and can then re-download your files from. Enable automatic back-up from the iCloud and keep your login details secure.
Back it up to the device directly
You can also backup your phone using other devices such as a PC or a Mac. Usually, this means that you have to connect the phone to the device, open the phone on the device in either Windows or the Finder on Macs. There are different ways to backup devices based on their type. For backing up your iPhone on your Mac, for instance, you need to click ‘General’ on the Finder Window and then select “back up all of the data on your iPhone to this Mac.” Naturally, this process will need to be repeated any time that the data on your iPhone is changed drastically.
Save those images
Some apps on your device may back things up automatically, but if you take a lot of photos, in particular, and would be devastated to lose them, then you should take the time to back them up specifically. There are apps you can use that can help you better manage photos as well as other locally made content, like videos, so that you can back these up. Some may be able to back them up automatically but if they do not offer that function, then you should schedule a reminder to do it yourself.
Keeping your contacts list
It’s not just the files on the phone that are worth saving. The phone might be your connection to the wider world, as well, meaning that the contacts list can be very important as well. When you’re setting up any Cloud backups, make sure that they offer the ability to keep your contacts list and learn how to transfer contacts from iPhone to Mac. These contact lists are usually saved in a format that makes them easy to import back into other devices, or you can explore them from your desktop device to take down or copy the information manually.
Saving your browser data
If you use your phone to browse the internet on a regular basis, then it may very well be the case that you have some sites in your internet history that you don’t want to lose. More importantly, you may have bookmarks that you don’t want to lose or settings such as saved passwords that might be crucial for how you use those sites. Make sure you’re using browsers that allow you to sync your history and data to your account and then use that account from a different device. Change your account password if you lose your phone, however, so that those who access your phone don’t also get your internet history and potential access to your passwords.
Make it easier to locate the phone
Of course, prevention is the best cure. You can’t do anything to 100% stop yourself from ever losing your phone. You may, however, be able to activate features that make it easier to track if you lose it. Most phones have these features built-in already; they just need to be activated. However, for those that do not, there may be apps you can download that give them that functionality. Like I mentioned about I use the Tile app and it has already helped me just around my house when I can’t remember where I’ve placed it.
I’m hoping the tips above will help you get back to what’s important if you do lose your phone. But I’m hoping even more that you don’t lose your phone or it isn’t broken! Good luck!
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