How Do I Backup My Smartphone – Tablet ?

This week with the new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 plus being released and those that are swapping from the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 due to its recall will be concerned that they may not back everything up when switching phones. I am also asked this question constantly , especially after an event when people have lost everything. Apple Devices – iPhones iPads There are 2 ways via iCloud or iTunes – instructions are at the link below – but the quicker way is always through iTunes with a password on the backup so that your passwords are transferred. How to back up your devices using iCloud or iTunes Android Devices It largely relies on Google as all Android devices ” should ” have a Google account tied to them  How to backup Android in 5 easy steps How To Backup Your Device Using Your Samsung Account How do I… Read More

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Windows File History – A Great Way To Recover Files & Back Up

Turning on Windows File History is a quick and easy way to back up for Windows 10 and Windows 8 users. The steps are that you plug an external hard drive into your computer , open up File History which is in the Control Panel , turn it on and it will save copies of your documents , photos , music etc. To quote from the Microsoft website  “File History only backs up copies of files that are in the Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, and Desktop folders and the OneDrive files available offline on your PC. If you have files or folders elsewhere that you want backed up, you can add them to one of these folders.” Setup a drive for File History File history will also allow you to go back and find previous versions of documents  Restore Files or Folders Using File History Further information can be found… Read More

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What Should I Be Backing Up On My Computer ?

I am asked all the time what should I be backing up from my computer , especially when you are going to reinstall the operating system. Documents Photos Music ( iTunes library if you have one ) Videos Desktop – yes people store so much on their desktop Email ( Your PST file if you are on Outlook ) – Export Mail if you are using a Mac – you would not have to bother if you used Gmail or Outlook.com – it is all in the cloud Internet Favourites – its in your user profile or export out of IE , Chrome or Firefox Software you have downloaded – don’t forget activation keys which maybe in emails. Also   Make sure you know your email password from your provider and your settings for your email client : Tip , Take a photo of your email settings  Know your social media logins… Read More

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Some Of My Technology Highs & Lows For 2015

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Google Photos For Your Computer , Tablet , Smartphone

Google have released Google photos to keep your photos organised and stored for all your devices. Google Photos can be accessed from your Google account on your browser for your computer  The Google Photos app can be installed on your smartphone, tablet  ( iOS or Android ) and means that you can access all your photos across all devices. You can upload all your photos to Google then have access to them and be assured that you have a backup copy of all your photos. Google also include a “Photo Uploader ” that you can install that will search your computer for photos to upload. More information can be found here: Google Photos Google Photos Review  Google Photos Is Your New Essential Picture App

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Format Your Mac & Reinstall The Operating System

A clean install is a great thing to do to your mac computer , especially if you have just installed / updated one operating system on top of another , such as a move to Yosemite  First backup by using Time Machine : Time Machine Guide  Make sure you can access your backup ! Collect your programs if you need to reinstall them Make sure you know your Apple ID and password Erase the hard drive and reinstall the operating system : Format Guide  Check for updates at the App store ( sign in ) Open Migration Assistant from Utilities and recover your system : Recover Guide

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