How to back up your Android phone
Android doesn't offer a native backup service, so it's easy to ignore the need to do so. But don't wait until it's too late to start thinking about backing up your phone. Many of us rely on our phone cameras to snap day-to-day photos of our lives and save text messages to have some of the most important conversations. So before a thief swipes that phone, or a spilled cup of coffee bricks it, follow these tips:
Google has got you covered. Go to Settings > Privacy, and make sure that "Back up my settings" and "Automatic restore" are checked off. Go to Settings > Accounts and sync, open your Gmail account, and check off all options. With these settings in place, your contacts, system settings, apps, calendar, and e-mail will be restored whenever you set up a new Android phone with that same Gmail account.
Photos. Look to third-party apps to safeguard your photos. You might want to consolidate your mobile photos with those you already have stored in a cloud service. For instance, Photobucket Mobile will automatically upload newly snapped photos in the background to your Photobucket account. DropBox, Flickr Companion and Picasa Tool are also free apps that allow mobile uploading but don't do so automatically.
Drag and drop. Back up photos from your Android the traditional way. Connect your phone to your computer via USB, set it in Disk Mode and locate the drive (on the desktop for Mac, in My Computer for Windows). Open the drive, find the DCIM folder, and drag the photos you'd like to back up onto your hard drive.
Text messages. SMS Backup + figured out a smart way to back up your text messages in the cloud. The free app automatically sends your SMS threads to Gmail and stores them under a new label, "SMS.
How to back up your iPhone
Having a backup of your Apple device is helpful. It keeps all downloads, contact information, photos, messages, call log and more. It is always advisable to make a backup of your data on the Cloud or a PC. You can use them later if you have to move them to a new device or to the same device after a restore.
Obviously some of these steps are going to be unnecessary for certain users, so just skip the steps that do not apply to you. You will know which do or do not apply.
Install Apple iTunes onto your computer.
Create an Apple ID.
Open Apple iTunes software on your computer or laptop, and sign in with your Apple ID.
Power On your iPhone device and connect to your computer running iTunes using the appropriate Apple Cord.
Locate your device Icon in iTunes on the left menu and click on it.
PC Users Press (CTRL + S), Mac Users (CTRL + RIGHT CLICK) to toggle the side bar.
Choose how you want to back up your data. You have two options.
#1 – Backup to your computer.
#2 – Backup to iCloud. You are only allowed to back up 5 GB’s worth of data for free. Anything over that amount will cost you money to increase your storage size.