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How To Back-Up Your Mobile Phone To A Cloud Service

If you lose your mobile phone and it’s not backed up, you could lose lots of precious things, from treasured photos to vital work documents. Thankfully, help is at hand in the form of cloud-based storage systems which ensure your digital possessions are secure should you misplace your smartphone.

 

However, many of us still avoid backing up – because it sounds complicated, or time-consuming, or boring. So here’s a handy step-by-step.

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Which cloud service should I use?

 

There are lots of competing cloud services in the digital sky, and most of the big players have their own. Some of the main ones are:

 

 

Most offer free storage, but only up to a certain point. Once you reach a data ceiling (typically 10GB or 15GB), you’ll have to pay if you want more space.

 

Top tip: remember that a cloud system might already be linked to your phone. This will offer the easiest and most direct way to protect and preserve your data.
OK – once you’ve settled on a cloud service, it’s time to back-up. Let’s look at how to do it for Android, Apple and Microsoft phones.

 

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For Android

 

Uploading your information to Google Cloud couldn’t be simpler on an Android device.

 

  • Head to ‘Settings’ and select ‘back-up & Reset’
  • Log-in to your Google account
  • If it’s not already ticked, select ‘Automatic Restore’ – this will remember your data and preferences when reinstating any app

 

For iPhone and iPad

 

Apple’s iCloud is also one of the more fiddly clouds to deal with.

 

  • Start at ‘Settings’ – selecting ‘iCloud’, then ‘Storage and back-up’
  • On this screen, turn on the switch for ‘iCloud back-up’
  • Next, go back one screen. Here, there are toggle options to turn on or off the data you want backed up from your Apple apps.
  • To save data from any other apps, return to the ‘Storage and back-up’ page and select ‘Manage Storage’. Your device will be listed at the top of the screen.
  • Next, select ‘Show All Apps’. This will list all of your treasured apps, so you can choose the data you wish to save.

 

Top tip: When you’re deselecting an app, it may offer you the opportunity to ‘Turn Off and Delete’. That may sound dramatic, but it’s fine to proceed – this is only referring to deleting the pre-existing back-up, and the app and its existing data will not be harmed.

 

  • Once you’ve sorted that – plug your device in, connect to the WiFi and leave your phone locked while you go and make a much deserved cup of coffee.

 

For Windows Phone

 

Really simple.

 

  • Navigate to Settings from your App List.
  • Select ‘Back-up’. To back-up manually, select ‘Apps + Settings’, then turn on ‘Settings back-up’ and choose ‘Back-up now’.

 

Top tip: If you want to protect your app data as well as your phone data – crucial particularly for work documents and those priceless email threads – make sure to turn on ‘App back-up’ once you’ve selected ‘Settings back-up’. That’ll do it.

 

A matter of minutes, and that’s all your data safe in the cloud, ready for when you need it and updating automatically. Who said it had to be difficult?

How To Find Your Mobile Phone’s IMEI Number

If you want to sell or recycle your mobile phone or report it stolen, then it’s likely you’ll be asked for something called an IMEI number. This 15-digit code can prove tricky to find, so we’ve created this handy guide to help you do just that.

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It stands for International Mobile Station Equipment Identity. But what’s more important is that you’ll probably need your mobile phone’s IMEI number, used to identify mobile devices, if you want to:

 

  • unlock your phone
  • sell it, recycle it
  • get it repaired
  • notify your provider if it gets nicked or you lose it

 

Every single mobile phone owner in the UK (there’s 35 million of us, according to Deloitte) is the proud owner of one of these unique codes – ain’t that great? Need your IMEI? Here’s how you find it.

 

A quick win is to dial the following into your phone’s keypad:

 

*#06#

 

The IMEI should then flash up. Jot it down and get on with your day. But this method doesn’t always work, so here are some other options…

 

If you have an iPhone, some models have the IMEI printed on the back of the device, in a itsy-bitsy teeny-tiny font. But if you don’t have an iPhone or your model doesn’t have it…

 

Go to the Settings menu on your phone

 

You should be able to get the IMEI from the Settings menu (or similar) on your device. Here’s a simple walkthrough using my HTC One:

 

Go to SETTINGS then scroll right down to the bottom and touch About:

 

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From there, touch Phone identity:

 

 

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Et bingo, le IMEI:

 

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But if even this proves fruitless, continue your hunt for the IMEI by checking under the battery. Whip the back of your phone off, pull it out, wipe away that gunk that always seems to accrue and you should see it on a sticker somewhere.

 

Last but by no means least, the IMEI will usually be stickered on the nice shiny packaging your phone was originally delivered in (if you kept it, that is. I didn’t).

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Once you’ve found your smartphone’s IMEI number, remember to keep a note of it somewhere. You never know when you might need it next!

 

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5 Upcoming Phones to Challenge The Smartphone Throne

We all love getting our mitts on a brand new phone, there is nothing more exciting than receiving your phone and opening the cellophane to reveal your new toy. Let’s face it, there are nowadays more Smartphone’s to choose from than ever before, and they are all very, very good.

5 Upcoming Phones to Challenge The Smartphone Throne

Did you know that Brits tend to upgrade their mobile phones every 12 – 16 months? No longer can we wait until that 24 month period where our contract renews, we want the latest phones as soon as they are released. (source: lifehacker.co.uk)

The subject of today’s post is to take a look at the top 5 phones that you can still expect to see in 2015, along with some advice on trading in your older models.

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10 Old Classic Mobile Phones to Take You Down Memory Lane

Despite classic phones being 15-20 years old some of them still hold good value and at SellMyMobile, we still see 5% of popular old classic phones traded in year on year.

10 Old Classic Mobile Phones to Take You Down Memory Lane

I happen to be a child of the 1990’s when mobile phones were really starting to take off, and I got my very first phone back in 1998. The phone was a Nokia 5110 which held about 10 text messages, used Orange as a network provider, had games such as Snake, and benefited from changeable fascias. The phone back then cost £100, and in 2015 it has been deemed a classic in the mobile phone world.

Today, we wanted to highlight the top 10 classics that we all remember from our childhood, starting with that all-time classic I just mentioned, the Nokia 5110.

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The Top 10 Android Features You Didn’t Know About

In the last year alone SellMyMobile.com have seen over 37% of phones being traded in as Android models, which is up 8% from the previous year. It’s no real surprise that Android devices appear twice in our top 5 most popular mobile phone trade-ins, with the Galaxy S4 and S3 showing in 2nd and 5th respectively.

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With over 50% market share you would think that everyone knows all the little tips and tricks and handy features that Google have implemented into the Android operating system, but you would be surprised just how many features you didn’t know existed.

Thats why we wanted to unveil some of the best hidden gems that you will find in your Android phone, so when you come to upgrading you make think twice about moving from this operating system.

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