Regularly synchronizing and backing up your phone or tablet protects you from losing contacts, pictures, music and other data and keeps your phone updated. You can sync and back up your phone locally (to your computer hard drive or a back-up drive) or remotely (cloud storage).
Synchronizing (syncing or synching) is a two-way exchange of info between two phones/tablets so they both contain identical data. So, say you add a song to your tablet and take a photo with your phone; syncing will copy the song to your phone and the photo to your tablet so that the data on both is identical.
- Syncing allows you to access the same contacts, photos, videos, music and other data on all your phones/tablets.
- Many phones and apps allow you to automatically sync data across all your phones/tablets whenever you make changes.
Backing up is a one-way transfer of info from one phone/tablet to another, copying any changes made since your last backup. This creates a ‘spare’ copy of your data that you can restore when you upgrade to a new phone, or if your phone is ever lost, stolen or damaged.
- Many phones and software allow you to schedule automatic backups of your data.