There’s really nothing worse than losing a phone and also losing everything on it—photos, videos, contacts, the works. But it’s pretty easy to prevent that because cloud services allow users to back up their valuable data from their devices for free or for a low monthly cost.
No more plugging in your iPhone to the computer to save everything: you can set up iCloud services to constantly create backup files of everything on your phone. So if that dreaded day comes when your cell is lost or stolen (or maybe you just dropped a non-waterproofed phone into the toilet) you’ll still have all of your memories.
How To Set Up iCloud
- Make sure your device is connected to Wi-Fi.
- Go to settings > [your name] > iCloud.
- Tap iCloud Backup.
- Tap Back Up Now and make sure you stay connected to Wi-Fi until the back up process has been completed.
Now that everything has been transferred to the cloud (which you can access here from a desktop, tablet or phone with your login information), it’s probably a good idea to set up routine automatic backups so that you never have to worry about your most recent photos and videos.
How To Set Up Automatic iCloud Backups
- Go to Settings > [your name] > iCloud > iCloud Backup and make sure that backups are turned on.
Now, your phone should automatically back up your files each day.
Keep in mind that if iCloud’s 5 GB of free data is too little for you, it costs 99 cents per month for 50 GB, $3 per month for 200 GB or $10 per month for 2 TB of storage space.
How to Upgrade iCloud Storage Space
- Open Settings > go to [your name] > iCloud > Manage Storage or iCloud Storage.
- Select Buy More Storage or Change Storage Plan.
- Pick the plan that suits you best (200 GB is a good fit for most people).
- Tap Buy and follow the onscreen instructions.
And finally, even though Apple’s iCloud service is probably not going anywhere, it’s always a good idea to back up your backups. Consider Google Cloud or the Amazon Web Services Cloud. Or, if you don’t feel like paying for more cloud services, you can periodically hook up your iPhone to a computer to manually save copies of your files.
How To Back Up iPhone Files
Connect your iPhone to the computer. On Macs with macOS Catalina 10.15, open Finder. If using a Mac with macOS Mojave 10.14 or earlier—or if you’re using a PC—open iTunes.
- There may be a pop-up dialogue box that asks you to Trust This Computer or enter a device passcode. Follow the onscreen steps.
- Find your iPhone on the computer.
- Click Back Up Now.