Free and Low Cost Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone

Posted on 10/15/2013

Anyone who has lost videos of their baby's first laugh or photos from their Disney vacation knows it can be a heart wrenching experience. Smartphones hold our lives, but backing up those precious photos, videos and information can be expensive. Check out these free and low cost ways to back up your Smartphone and never feel the heartache of lost data again.

Everyone gets a free terabyte of storage on Flickr. According to Apple that's enough space to hold about two million photos! Use the free If This Than That app to tell your phone to automatically back photos up to Flickr. You may want to change your privacy permissions to limit who can see or comment on your uploaded photos.

Google +
If you haven't jumped on the Google + bandwagon this may motivate you to give it a try. Download the free Google + app on your Smartphone then allow the app to automatically back up photos and videos as you take them. Don't worry-- backups are for your eyes only. Log into your account to decide what you want to share with the world.

Dropbox is a storage service that allows you to save files and access them from any device or computer. Download the free Dropbox app. Very easily drop files like photos and videos into your Dropbox folder. You'll start with 2 GB free, but for every person you refer to Dropbox you'll earn an additional 500 MB of free storage space. After that pro accounts start at $9.99 a month.

MobiSaver Free 2.0
One of the world's leading data recovery solutions providers, EaseUS Software, is now offering a free data backup program for all iPhone users. EaseUS MobiSaver Free 2.0 helps iPhone users recover data like photos, videos, texts, contacts and more. The company claims it's a pretty simple process too. Simply connect your device to your computer and launch MobiSaver Free.

SMS Backup
Is it text messages you are worried about losing? Check out the free SMS Backup app, available in the Google Store. SMS, MMS and call log entries are automatically backed up into Gmail or Google Calendar.

My Contacts Backup
The easiest way to backup and restore contacts from your phone is the free My Contacts Backup app. With a single touch your contacts can be emailed to you. Restore them by opening the .vcf file in your mailbox with the iOS Mail app. Important phone numbers and email addresses will never go missing again.

By Alison Storm

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