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How to back up your iPhone and Android phone

You know how important it is to back up the files on your computer. But are you also backing up the files on your smartphone? Thankfully, backing up your phone is simple and can be completed in just a matter of moments. So if your phone is lost, stolen or damaged, you won’t have to worry about how you’ll get back all of those irreplaceable photos and videos from your device.

Asurion Experts are here to help you take care of all of your tech. In this article, they’ll share everything you need to know to back up your phone.

What does backing up your phone do?

Backing up your phone makes sure that you don’t lose any of the data that’s important to you, such as your:

  • contacts
  • photos and videos
  • Wi-Fi network and passwords
  • music
  • apps and app settings
  • email
  • passwords, and more.

How to back up your Android phone

Directions on how to back up your Android phone can vary—the instructions for a Google Pixel 5 will be different than, say, the Samsung S21. An easy solution is to use Google’s backup service, since it’s built into all Android devices, but you can also use the backup solutions provided by the manufacturer too, like Samsung.

How to back up your Samsung phone:

  1. Go to Settings, then tap on your name.
  2. Then, tap on Back up data. If you’re doing this for the first time, you may have to click on No backups instead.
  3. Tap Back up data again.
  4. Go through and select the data you’d like to back up. Then, tap Back up.
  5. When the sync is completed, tap Done.

How to back up your phone to Google:

  1. Open Settings.
  2. Tap on Accounts and backup.
  3. Next, tap Back up data. If prompted, enter your Google username and password.
  4. Tap on Back up now.

From this screen, you can also choose when to automatically back up going forward, and toggle on Use Wi-Fi only to save battery and data.

How to back up your iPhone to iCloud

Backing up your iPhone keeps personal data and information safe in case of device damage, loss, or replacement. Before you get started, make sure you’re connected to a strong Wi-Fi connection and that you have your Apple ID and password to sign into iCloud—if you need help, check out our guide on how to set up iCloud.

  1. Tap Settings.
  2. Scroll down and tap iCloud.
  3. Once in iCloud, scroll down to tap Backup and make sure that iCloud Backup is switched on.
  4. Tap Back Up Now.

Be sure to stay connected to your Wi-Fi network until the process completes. To make sure that the backup finished: Tap Settings > iCloud > Storage Manage Storage, then select your device. The backup should appear in the details with the time and backup size.

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