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Make backups regularly

Life around talks about good habits and simple activities that can ultimately make life better. In the new issue - about where and how to store files and photos.

Vlad Filatov,

high tech journalist, video blogger

There are more and more files with different information in our life every day: we take photos, shoot videos, save data found on the network, and receive them by mail. How to make sure that all this is not lost, while it’s logical to catalog and use at any time? Let's see what categories of data and how we can backup.

Backup of the entire mobile gadget

A full backup of the smartphone can be done, however, not all models have it available. iPhone is the most advanced in this regard and makes it easy to make a complete cast of the system and then restore it. This is done very simply: through the cloud from the system settings and locally through iTunes. In the first case, all data will be stored in encrypted form on Apple servers; in the second - only on your computer, which is better - you choose.

There are other manufacturers that provide the same functionality, but already within the operating system (further OS - approx. Ed.) Android. So, for example, Samsung and Huawei will easily make a complete cast of the system, but Android’s approach is a bit different from the very beginning - these are exactly the improvements of the manufacturers themselves. Google’s mobile OS only makes a cast of what you’ve installed, contacts and some other data, but backup of photos and files does not occur.

Backups photo

The minus of the principle of backup from Apple is that the size of the occupied space in the cloud varies from the amount of your data and you have to pay for it - only the first five GB are free. What takes up most of the data in the copy? Of course, your photos and videos. For example, in two or three months I have accumulated about a thousand photos, which occupy up to 60% of the total allocated storage in my smartphone. How to be

I am using Google Photos. The application allows you to upload an unlimited number of photos to the cloud - provided that they are shrunk up to 12 megapixels. This quality is enough, since in 80% of cases the size of the photo from the smartphone is just 12 megapixels - it turns out you have nothing to lose. Pinching from 16 to 12 megapixels in fact is also invisible in terms of quality, which means that Google Photos is a free and unlimited alternative.

The application understands when the photos were uploaded: you can easily navigate the timeline and view photos without storing them on your smartphone. Cleaning photo albums on the device is done with one click: all photos uploaded to the service are deleted from the smartphone’s memory, and you get a bunch of free space for new ones. It all works on both iOS and Android, the photo is always with you, even if the gadget is dead or stolen. On Android, there is also background photo download - when the smartphone is charging and connected to Wi-Fi.

You can also view the downloaded photos through the web version of the service, which is small, but still a plus - you can do this in any operating system: open it in a browser, go to your account and enjoy the photos.

Another option is to copy the photo to Yandex.Disk, where Yandex.Photo service was integrated last year. Now, with autoload enabled, the disk provides unlimited space for storing photos, and for free. In addition, Yandex. The disc does not pinch photos, unlike Google Photos. To search for documents and specific photos, computer vision technology is used: it distinguishes content from the picture and compares it with the keyword in the search. However, Google has the same technology.

File backups

Everything is a bit different with the files: it is also worth using software, but in order not to get confused in the future, it is better to immediately build synchronization in a certain order. For file backups and synchronization between several devices at once - for example, a smartphone and a computer - cloud storage is best suited. There are several of them, but everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses.

The main principle is to create the necessary number of folders in the cloud storage that will clearly meet your needs. In my case, these are: Documents, Pictures, Archives, and Files. There may be something else in yours. Then everything is simple: any files uploaded to the cloud must be placed in the appropriate directory. The main thing is not to forget to do the same on your PC, since after installing the cloud storage application on your computer, all folders will automatically appear, you just need to get used to copying all the data into them.

Google drive

Self-contained cloud system with a set of applications and a web platform. This means that you can create documents, presentations within it, edit them together, share using a link with individual rights to edit, and so on. The key point is a comprehensive platform, that is, if you have a strict workflow, you are tied to Microsoft office products, then it is not always possible to achieve the proper level of comfort. Therefore, install Google Drive on your smartphone and computer, try to work with it for a couple of days - and only after that decide whether it suits you or not.

Yandex Disk

Everything is the same as Google Drive, only in a very truncated format. You can view documents and even edit them, but you should not wait for such a well-developed office functionality as the search giant. Everything is convenient, and if you use the services of Yandex itself, then either for free or for very modest money you will receive a full backup of your files.


In the case of this service, the developers did not make a cool office system in the cloud, but integrated with most of the popular office applications, including Microsoft Office. You can literally in a couple of clicks configure everything so that documents will be saved where you need to.

From the point of view of work, everything is implemented here in such a way that you do not feel the use of cloud technologies at all: applications do their work unnoticed by you. On iOS, this can be a great alternative to the file system, which is not there in a full format. Dropbox is easily integrated into the OS, and you can save all incoming files to mail downloaded in a browser (including third-party ones) right there. It's comfortable.

The downside is that the free volume is only 2 GB, but paid tariffs go immediately from 1 TB - and for not very affordable money. Is it worth it, is there enough free limit - it's up to you.

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