Mobile phones have become an integral part of our lives and have successfully replaced several essential attributes and mediums, which we relied upon, earlier. Our smartphones are often stuffed with all the data, be it contacts, calendar jotting down events, reminders, photos, messages and more. Now picture this – you have important client calls to make and you're on your way to work and in an instant your phone is stolen or it’s a rainy day and for some god forbidden reason the phone slips into a puddle, making it redundant forever. Getting a newer, higher-end handset could just be a matter of time, but the data is something that you may have to kiss good bye. Here’s when taking a backup of all that data becomes essential, especially when we are looking at users who find those contact details and messages of utmost importance, let alone photos and videos. The only solution to this is appropriate and timely backup of all your data in a secure place, which can then be easily restored onto your newer devices. This is what we are going to discuss here, some ways to backup that precious, critical data.

Taking backup with e-mail services
E-mail services come pretty handy, while taking mobile backups. Most of us access our e-mail everyday, so backing up mobile data using the varying services is simple. Google and Yahoo! accounts will let you sync your contacts easily, be it Android, iOS, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. Google Mobile sync lets you backup all data from devices, such as iPhone, BlackBerry, several Nokia phones and Windows Phones. While companies like BlackBerry go a step ahead with backup provided through its Enterprise server and also by offering the BlackBerry Protect, which is a free application to automatically back up contacts, text messages, calendar and bookmarks, wirelessly. So, we know why BlackBerry is preferred by the corporate sector.

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Save it on cloud

Online syncing services
Besides e-mail services and BlackBerry’s in-house backup options, users can also opt for some online syncing services, which help you backup the data. Although still debatable, cloud services could be a great way of taking backup of your mobile phones. Mobile giants have introduced their own cloud services, like Apple has iCloud for all its iDevices, Skydrive from Microsoft and Google’s cloud service. RSeven, is an online solution that saves mobile data, like call logs, e-mail, contacts, messages, video, audio, images and calendar online on its secure website. It can even record calls and playback voicemail on the website. It easily backs up all this data when you switch to another phone. Besides, Dropbox (iOS, Android and Blackberry), SugarSync (iOS, Blackberry, Windows, Symbian and Android) and iDrive (Blackberry, Android, iOS) are also great options of securing your data. With a limited storage space initially, you can buy additional space.

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Secure contact details

SD card and SIM card reader
Saving data on the SD card comes across as one of the simplest and cost effective ways of taking a timely backup of one's data. All contacts can be saved on the SD card and then imported on a different handset. Google popularly uses the .csv format to import and export contacts on Android devices as well as their Gmail service. One can effortlessly back up data on the memory card via Contact settings. There are SIM card readers available, which allow you to backup the SIM data, too. However, SIM memory is limited and you may have to delete some messages frequently.

Apps
With an app for almost all daily needs, one wouldn't struggle to find a neat app to sync and backup data on their mobile device. Android users can look around for MyPhoneExplorer that lets users backup almost all data, including bookmarks, contacts, call logs and more. Another option that appears to be pretty nifty is MyBackupPro. The Apple App Store also offers some good backup apps, like the My Contact Backup Pro. The Windows Marketplace isn’t far behind with some decent Backup apps on the plate. Though BlackBerry users won’t really have to look elsewhere to backup their data, the BlackBerry App World has some handy apps to pick from.

Apps can backup data

Apps can backup data

Network operators
This, by far, seems the simplest way to backup data. ‘Simplest’, because, even if you forget to backup your data, someone else is doing it for you all the time. Some network providers, like Airtel, Vodafone and Loop Mobile offer their backup services for their customers. For instance, Loop Mobile provides a backup for your essentials like contacts, calendar, to-do lists and SMS just by subscribing to their Phone backup service. Now, in case you plan to switch to a new handset, all your data will be automatically transferred to your new handset, and for that all you need to do is just send a message from the new handset. The timely backups will cost you Rs. 30 per month.

Network operators come to the rescue

Network operators come to the rescue

PC softwares
Manufactures have also simplified syncing and storing of data. Each manufacturer has their own syncing PC software that allows saving data. For instance, Nokia has the Nokia PC suite, Sony Ericsson has the PC Companion, iPhone has iTunes, and so on. Similarly, phone users can backup their data, especially contacts, using such software on the PC.

Note: Taking backup on e-mail services is faster and simpler, but could be risky, if you use your e-mail services from any unsecure connection. Taking a backup on a spare SD card is suggested rather than the one inserted in the phone as the backup would be redundant, if your phone is stolen. Saving data only on the PC could be risky incase the computer crashes.

A piece of tech is always ‘to each his own’, so if there have been other convenient ways of mobile data backup, then do let us know. Add in your preferred software, apps and so on.

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