How to use the cloud to have backups

How to use the cloud to have backups

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" The cloud ," that strange term that gives us a headache every time we see it. In fact, the cloud is no more than a normal computer that has been configured to allow people around the world to access it from their own devices.

It does not matter if this computer is in the United States, Europe or the other extreme of China; The important thing is that your hard drive is within reach, and there you can upload and download all the files you want .

The cloud is much simpler than you think

Although the term "cloud" often becomes very diffuse in terms of concepts like Internet of things (which, incidentally, does not have much mystery either: Thing Connected to Internet falls within this definition), is a logical evolution for the backup of all life.

What we used to copy to an external hard drive or a USB memory, now we copy to a computer located at the other end of the planet. And you can not imagine how easy it is to take advantage of the cloud without having advanced knowledge in computing.

The cloud as a backup

Because if there is a use of the cloud that stands out against all the others, this is the backup . If the cloud allows us to remotely access the hard drive of a computer that is running 24 hours a day, why not take advantage of it to let protect our data?

Through the cloud, we can have a backup of absolutely any file we imagine. And that does not only include photos and videos but also calendar contacts or text notes or even the settings we set in our Applications. And it's a lot easier than it looks.

The cloud allows you to have a copy of all your personal files that will only be accessible to you 24 hours a day, 365 days a year

What cloud options brings my mobile standard for Android?

By default, Google sends to the cloud in the form of backup of many of the data associated with our phone

Let's start by looking at the cloud backup options your phone brings by default. On Android, Google has a section called Synchronization which ensures that all of our data is secure on a server associated with our Gmail account.

In this way, Google has the ability to put our most important data on the shelf whenever we enter a device using our Gmail account. So when you change your phone using the same Google account, you often think that all the data is exactly as you left it.

If you want to know what is continuously loading to Google Cloud from your phone, all you need to do is insert the application Settings go to the section " Account and sync "(or" Accounts "), click" Google "and click on your Gmail account

By default, Google data that is typically automatically synced to the cloud on an Android device include:

  • The calendar . All your appointments and scheduled events.
  • Chrome . Your bookmarks, your history, your preferences on the Web pages you normally visit
  • Contacts . All your contacts, so you do not get lost even if you change your cell phone.
  • Application data . The preferences you've set up in your apps also sync, so when you download them on a different phone, you'll find them when you leave them.
  • Gmail . Of course, email is constantly in sync with the cloud, including the drafts you have not yet submitted.
  • And much more.

If at any point you want to recover all this data on a new phone, all you have to do is login with your Gmail account. If you've turned on sync, you'll see that the backup copies of each application you've downloaded are automatically downloaded.

If your images are not yet in the cloud, what are you waiting for?

But of all the uses we can give to backup in the cloud, what I would say is must-have is Google Photos backup . Gone are the times when, because of this, you were wet with the cell phone that went without the pictures of your trip; Now, one click is enough to retrieve all these photos on any device.

Google Photos is the gallery application that brings your phone by default,

and although there are alternatives is the most comfortable way you'll find to keep a copy in the cloud of your Albums

To enable automatic syncing of your photos, follow these steps:

  1. Applies to the application of Google Photos .
  2. Displays the menu on the left by clicking on the icon of the three lines.
  3. Then click the " Free space " option.
  4. Then go to the " Create Backup and Synchronize " section.
  5. Finally, make sure the first backup and sync option for all your photos is enabled.

If you want to recover your photos from Google Photos, all you need to do is identify yourself on the mobile with the same Google account. You can even do it from your computer by entering the Google Photos page .

But the cloud goes beyond Google

Do not believe that the Google applications are the only ones that use the backup. Many popular applications also have options related to cloud backup and applications such as WhatsApp are the best example of the importance of the cloud in everything we do every day.

So you do not regret thinking " If I had made a copy, I could now retrieve photos from WhatsApp ", it is advisable to take advantage of the union between WhatsApp Google Drive cloud. To ensure that everything you do in the application has a copy in the cloud, follow these steps:

  1. Enter the application for WhatsApp .
  2. Go to the section of Settings .
  3. Click " Chats and calls ".
  4. Then type " Backup ".
  5. Finally, make sure that the application is backing up annually from your WhatsApp . If you also want to save the videos you send or receive in the chats, check the "Include videos" option.

The cloud as a way to synchronize the work

In the professional field, the cloud is an indispensable tool to work from anywhere

If we enter the professional domain, the uses that can be administered to the cloud go well beyond simple backup. The cloud allows us to work simultaneously from any device with the advantage that everything we do will be permanently available on all our terminals, without the need to copy files from one computer to another. ]

In this sense, Google is the most complete catalog of office applications we can find. Drive, Spreadsheets, Keep, Presentations … all applications where all the work we do is automatically synchronized with the cloud .

If we want – for example – to return a text document that we started in Google Keep from the mobile phone, we just have to enter keep.google.com and identify us with our Google account. Because many of these applications are cross-platform, the range of possibilities is virtually endless.

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