If you have a smartphone, you have to figure out what you will do when yours isn’t acting so smart. Sometimes they break down, software glitches, and information gets lost. You have to have a plan for this.
It is terrific to be able to survive if your smartphone stops being so smart. This article is part of a series of articles on what you should do if your technology fails. Previous articles have dealt with why you should use technology even though it fails and what to do if your computer dies.
Once upon a time, before telephones were wireless and had computers inside them that could almost power a space shuttle launch, people had telephone books. These were actual paper-bound books that were used to store telephone numbers, addresses, and related information. The books came in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
There were special phone books called “little black books.” These were used to keep truly special telephone numbers from being lost forever. Now we have smartphones that allow us to carry all our contact information in our pockets.
Today, our smartphones keep our phone numbers, calendars, email, notes, photographs, and a myriad of other items. Unfortunately, these precious little wonders get lost, break, dropped into water, and stop being smart for a variety of reasons. Therefore it is important that we take action in advance to prepare ourselves for the loss of our smartphones.
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The first thing that we must do is back up our information on a regular basis. Start with the telephone numbers. If you use social media, I am sure you have seen people write on various social media sites, “Hey, I lost my phone, please inbox me your phone number.” All of this embarrassment and feeling ill at ease could have been avoided had the person only backed up the smartphone in advance.
Many smartphones have options that allow you to back up your telephone numbers or to export the telephone numbers. It is a good practice to export all your contacts on a weekly basis. Similarly, you should back up your photographs, calendar, and other telephone files on a regular basis. When selecting a calendar program for your telephone, select one that syncs through the cloud with a calendar program. I use programs that sync in the cloud, with Google Calendar, and with Microsoft Outlook.
If you are backing up your smartphone when your computer is not working, email the exported contact files to yourself and save the email. I regularly back up my information and send the computer files to an email account I use only to store my files. When your computer is returned, consider printing out your contact information every few months. Keep the hard copy in a safe place in case a need for it ever arises.
It is a reality of life that as smart as our smartphones are, they get lost, break, and just plain die. As a result, you must have a plan for keeping your information safe. So, the question for you this terrific day is, what is your plan to prepare for the loss of your smartphone?