Pain is losing your cell phone and not having any single back up of your contacts, calendar, etc. Imagine having to look for the contact numbers of all your friends again and keying them in from scratch. And don’t forget all those appointments and events on your calendar. Whether your phone has been damaged beyond repair, or you have misplaced the phone, it can be a true nightmare, but you can avoid that nightmare by backing up your phone data.
- Learn to use PC Suite (or other back up software): Some phone manufacturers supply free data back up software in the sales package or even from their website. Learn how to use them to back up your important data, especially your contacts and calendar. Back up can be done through cable or even through Bluetooth. Usually this software enables you to synchronize your contacts and calendar information to an email program (e.g. Microsoft Outlook). This is a great advantage because you can then print hard copies of your contact and calendar information and keep it as a back up. You never know when hard disks crash too.
- Get an extra memory card: An extra memory card means that you can back up your phone data on it and won’t have to worry so much if something happens to the card you’re currently using.
- Choose the right card. Memory cards come in different types and sizes (SD, mini SD, micro SD, MMC, Memory Stick, etc.). If you do not know which type of memory card to buy, bring your phone with the memory card to the shop. They will be able to recommend the right type of memory card for you.
- Format the memory card. Phones usually require you to format the memory card before use. Formatting the memory card can be done through the phone itself.
- Back up onto the extra card. Once you have the extra memory card, do a back up immediately to both the memory cards and keep the extra one at home after back up.
- Use a diary (with Name and Address section): The last alternative is to manually back up your contact and calendar information in a diary book. This is the most tedious, but at least you have a hard copy of your important data.
If these options don’t work for you, here are some alternatives:
- Call the manufacturer’s helpline for instructions (you can get the helpline number from their company website, e.g. www.nokia.com).
- Visit the manufacturer’s service center and ask them to show you how to do it.
- Bring the phone back to where you bought it and ask them how to do the back up.
Whichever way you choose to back up your phone data, do it now and update it on a weekly basis! You never know when you could lose the data, be it through phone theft, irreparable damage or just leaving the phone in a cab. So learn the correct way to do the back up.