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How to backup your computer, tablet or phone

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You may have hundreds of precious memories on your phone, or you have put a lot of work into creating your computer files; damage or loss of these files and photos could be devastating. But if you have a backup of digital files, you’ll have a copy safely stored away; and you don’t have to be a computer whizz to keep your files safe!

 

What is backup?

A backup is a secondary copy of all of your important files.

 

But why should I backup?

Have you ever lost your phone? Has your computer ever crashed? One small accident could mean you lose all of your files.

So, how do I backup?

Two easy options!

  1. Make secondary copies on an external hard drive or USB stick
  2. Use online storage, such as Dropbox or iCloud on your Apple device

Here are a few tips:

  • Backups are about multiple copies, not about a single copy on a USB stick. You need to have one copy on a USB stick, and one copy on your computer as well.
  • You only need to backup what you care about losing.
  • Cloud storage is a great and convenient way to backup your computer. If you’re happy to pay per month, Microsoft OneDrive will automatically backup your Desktop, Pictures, and Documents.
  • Paying Apple less than a coffee per month, allows you to completely backup your iPhone automatically via iCloud. It’s a worry-free solution to protect your phone.
  • If your data becomes corrupt and it’s not backed up, don’t worry! Most of the time, it can be recovered and repaired by data recovery experts for a fee.

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