How many pictures and recordings do you have on your phone? How often do you back up the images and recordings you own? Although the exact number of images and shots varies from person to person, statistics say that the average smartphone user takes about 150 photos and 8 shots per month and stores them on their phone. However, what if you lose your phone or data from it?
If there is physical or software damage to the device itself, there is a small chance that you will get your data back. However, if your phone is stolen, you will hardly get back your recordings from the concert and pictures from your last summer vacation. To prevent something like this from happening to you, take the opportunity to back up your images and recordings in time and store your data on one of the online services or on an external hard drive. We will help you do it quickly, easily, and (more or less) for free today!
Backup images and recordings on online services
The easiest way to save all your pictures and recordings is to store them on one of the specialized services that deal with data storage, such as Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, iCloud, and others.
What is important to note is that each device has the option to make an automatic backup of images and recordings on one of these services and it is up to you whether you want to have this option turned on or not. To be able to store data on these services, you must first create an account on them. There will be a certain amount of space available where you can store some other data in addition to your pictures and recordings.
If you want to use a service other than the one recommended by your phone, here’s what you need to do:
- install the mobile application of that service on your phone,
2, create an account on that service,
- find the “Settings” option,
4 .here should be the options “Camera backup” or “Camera upload”, find it and mark it,
- if necessary click “Save”.
And that is all. You can use this procedure if you are disabling Dropbox, OneDrive, or another service. It is important to know that Android will offer you Google Drive as a data storage service (unless the phone manufacturer has a contract with someone else, as Samsung occasionally has with Dropbox), Microsoft phones use OneDrive, and iPhone of course iCloud.
Another handy thing with online data warehouses is the ability to keep pictures and recordings from multiple devices (phones, tablets, computers) on them. This way, those pictures, and recordings will be available to you everywhere and always. All you need to have is the application of the given service installed (which you have chosen to use) and it is necessary to be logged in to that service. Everything else is fully automated.
Backup images and footage on social media
It may sound strange, but you can also use social networks to back up pictures and recordings. Today, Facebook and Instagram are the most famous galleries of personal images, in addition to being places where you can share the news with friends.
I believe that there is no need to explain how to upload your pictures on Facebook because most of you probably already have several albums on this platform. Images will be saved here and this is guaranteed by one of the largest companies in the world (of course, it’s about Facebook).
And while Facebook is a mix of multimedia content, Instagram puts images in the foreground. You can’t sort images into albums here, but you can use tags (#nekitag) and include your images in one of the global galleries. Some of the most popular tags are #fashion, #friends, #smile, etc. users of this social network have also secured their photos and footage from the disappearance and received a guarantee that their data is safe from another giant from Silicon Valley – Instagram.
Backup images and recordings on an external hard drive
If you are not a fan of cloud storage, a reliable way to back up images and recordings is to copy all your data to an external hard drive. Depending on the amount of data, you can use hard drives with a capacity of up to 1 TB, which is quite enough for the average user.
To start data transfer, you need to connect the external hard drive and the phone to the computer via a USB cable. When a device is recognized by your computer, you may need to install some additional drivers, but don’t worry too much about that. In most cases, the computer itself will automatically recognize the missing driver, download it from the Internet and install it.
What you need to do after connecting your computer and phone is to set your phone to behave like USB Mass Storage in the device settings. Your phone’s memory will now be displayed on your computer as a USB device. You can now copy your data from your phone to an external hard drive and easily back up the images and recordings you have. You can also use the accompanying software that usually comes with the purchase of the phone, or you can download it from the official website of the manufacturer and make the process even easier.
Remember – always back up!
Backup pictures and recordings from your phone, as well as other data you have here, is something you should definitely do. Now that you know that there are several ways to do this, it is up to you to choose the one that suits you best and click “Backup”.
In our opinion, online backup and storage services are the best choices and we warmly recommend them to you. These services offer great service, are free (or cost very little), the data protection systems they apply are at an extremely high level and are constantly being improved, so the chances of losing your images and recordings stored on Google Drive, Dropbox -in, OneDrive, iCloud or some similar service very small (almost none). We believe that this is a more efficient method of storing data even than your own backup on an external hard drive, because in the event that the hard drive is damaged or lost, the chances of your data being restored are very small.