Backing up your smartphone or tablet is arguably more important than backing up your PC — after all, it’s much more likely to be lost or stolen.

Fortunately, backing up mobile data is also a much less painful process. Not only is there usually less data to worry about, but both Apple and Android phones have a backup feature built in. As it's World Backup Day, why not make sure your backup features are set up?

Apple iPhone

User of Apple's iPhone can back up using iCloud which stores your information in the cloud, or on a computer using iTunes.

Find out how to back up your iPhone here.


The steps below should work for all relatively recent Android devices, but the exact steps and wording will differ, depending on which version of Android you’re using. We used the Samsung Galaxy S7.


Step 1: Turn backup on

Set up Android back up


Android Backup Service lets you back up data from your Google account, such as Google Play apps and calendar settings.

Open the Settings menu and look for Backup and reset. Check that the Back up my data option is enabled under Google account and that the correct Google account is shown under Backup account — tap this section to add another account, if necessary.

Also check that Automatic restore is enabled, this backs up your app settings.


Step 2: Choose what to sync

Google account to sync

Go to Settings – Accounts and tap your Google account and you’ll see a list of what is being backed up to Google’s servers, including: Calendar, Contacts, Drive and Gmail.

Use the sliders to turn back up off.


Step 3: Back up your photos 

Back up your photos using the Google Photos app.

The first time you use this it may give you the option to Back up your photos and videos.

Android photo backup initial option

Otherwise, launch the Photos app, sign in with the Google account you want to use, then click Settings – Back up & sync and turn on the slider next to Back up & sync.

Android photo back up via Photos



Step 4: Choose how to back up photos

Android back up choose photo method

By default, backups takes place over wi-fi, but you can choose to use mobile data by tapping the slider next to Photos. If you opt for this make sure you keep an eye on how much data you use.

Google Photos provides ‘unlimited’ online storage for your photos and they’re private unless you share them with someone else. You can view them online at

BT Broadband customers get free storage with BT Cloud, which is available for Android and iOS. Other cloud services include One Drive and Dropbox.


If you lose your smartphone or tablet…

Logging in with Google account

Log in with your Google account (or iOS account if you are an iPhone user) and all the data back-up related to that account will be restored.

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