Find out how to handle your smartphone’s cloud backup

Find out how to handle your smartphone’s cloud backup

A essential a part of proudly owning a smartphone lately is managing the related cloud storage holding backups of your images, messages, contacts, and extra. Sadly, most individuals neglect this, usually to their detriment, when an ageing smartphone offers up the ghost, or a slipshod hand sends it rocketing to the ground, by no means to work once more.

As somebody who spent years working at a cellphone retailer (and who nonetheless serves because the resident IT man for family and friends), cloud storage usually ended up inflicting issues through the improve course of. With that in thoughts, it is perhaps a good suggestion to verify in in your cloud storage, ensure you have area on your cellphone’s backups, and extra. Right here’s the right way to handle it.


Find out how to handle your smartphone’s cloud backup

Each Apple ID comes with 5GB of free iCloud storage that can be utilized for backups, however likelihood is you’ve already stuffed it with images and different storage-heavy content material. To wash up your iCloud from an iPhone, open Settings > Faucet your identify > iCloud. On this menu, you’ll see a breakdown of what’s utilizing up your storage, adopted by an choice to handle your storage. Beneath are some apps that use iCloud, like Apple Images, a Gadget Backups part, ‘Superior Information Safety’ (which can allow you to encrypt your iCloud information, though the characteristic isn’t out there in Canada but), and at last a toggle to activate entry to your iCloud information from the net. You may additionally see advertisements pushing you to improve your iCloud storage.

Tapping ‘Handle Account Storage’ brings up an inventory of the whole lot saved in your iCloud together with how a lot area is being utilized by that factor. Most of my storage is used up by Backups and Messages as a result of I disabled Images backup (extra on that in a second). This listing may be useful if you wish to filter out any giant gadgets — merely faucet an merchandise and faucet ‘Delete’ on the subsequent display screen to take away it from iCloud. You may also increase your iCloud storage from this display screen with the next choices and costs in Canada (as of January sixth, 2023):

  • 50GB – $1.29/mo
  • 200GB – $3.99/mo
  • 2TB – $12.99/mo

Paying for iCloud additionally offers you entry to iCloud+ options like Non-public Relay, Disguise My E-mail, and extra — study these right here.

iCloud Images will probably be the factor gobbling up most of your iCloud storage. It’s a system for backing up images and movies out of your iPhone and it’s a good way to guard your photos within the occasion you break or lose your iPhone. As I discussed above, I don’t use iCloud to again up my photos as a result of I choose Google Images and I primarily use Android telephones. When you don’t need to again up photographs to iCloud, you may flip this characteristic off (however I’d strongly advocate utilizing one other backup service to guard your photos, whether or not that’s Google Images, Microsoft OneDrive, or one thing else).

Most significantly, verify the Gadget Backups part to make sure your iPhone is backing as much as iCloud. It will make it simpler to revive your information on a brand new iPhone.


Android’s backup system is pretty complicated, thanks partly to producers providing their very own backup techniques on prime of what’s out there as a part of Android. My advice is to ensure the Android backup system is about up and good to go first, after which look into establishing the producer backup system (for instance, Samsung Cloud backup for Galaxy telephones).

You may handle your backups from two locations on Android. The primary is thru the Google One app, and the second is by heading into the Settings app and going to the ‘Backup’ part. It is perhaps in a unique spot relying in your cellphone — on my Pixel 7, it’s in Settings > System > Backup, whereas on a Galaxy S10e I checked it was in Settings > Accounts and backup > Again up information below the Google Drive header.

Regardless, you must find yourself on a display screen exhibiting your Google account storage, an choice to handle the storage, after which backup particulars on your system, together with a ‘Again up now’ button and an inventory of what’s included within the backup and the way a lot area it takes up.

Android backups are saved in Google One cloud storage, which is shared throughout varied Google companies, together with Drive, Gmail, and Google Images (it’s price noting that whereas images are listed within the system backup part, the Google Images app handles the backup). You get 15GB at no cost and might improve your storage to:

  • 100GB – $2.79/mo or $27.99/yr
  • 200GB – $3.99/mo or $39.99/yr
  • 2TB – $13.99/mo or $139.99/yr

Controlling what will get backed up and what doesn’t is a bit more complicated than it’s with the iPhone. Within the Backup menu in my cellphone’s Settings app, I might solely view an inventory of what was backed up. Nevertheless, should you head into the Google One app to view your backup, there’s a ‘Handle backup’ button that takes you to a menu with choices to toggle off sure classes, akin to system information, multimedia messages, or images and movies. Nevertheless, different components of the Android backup interface will bounce you to Google Images to handle what will get backed up.

Once more, your photograph library will in all probability take up essentially the most area in your system backup, so having the ability to handle that individually is crucial factor — not one of the different stuff in my backup takes greater than 100MB of area.