Over half of mobile phones on the market in 2012 were running Android software, show stats. The penetration of smartphones is highest with 18- to 44-year-olds. About half of small businesses also use smartphones as part of their regular operations. This is why mobile backup solutions are essential for safeguarding data.
iPhone and Android Backups
Nearly all mobile providers have some sort of online backup. For the iPhone, Apple has programmed its devices to automatically backup without user interaction as long as they remain powered on and within range of a Wi-Fi connection. You can back up with iCloud for wireless convenience. Or you can take backups with iTunes and these will be saved to locally on your computer (you would need to connect your phone with a cable to your computer). Android operates through Google if you connect a Gmail account to a phone. This means any contacts, emails, events and data will sync to your online account. This will update constantly without draining the battery of the device.
Alternative Mobile Backups
You should consider other solutions as well, just in case a smartphone is compromised or inaccessible. Third-party services allow users to connect to online storage services like Dropbox and upload changes in data and other personal information. You can then access this information by virtually any web-enabled device.
It’s also possible to upload data to a backup hard drive simply by connecting it to a computer. Keeping a backup of your phone data on a hard drive can be a reliable solution. Be sure to have a mobile backup if you save important work files, invoices or other financial information on your smartphone.