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| CellTip - Smartphone Backup #2 T170

Ami Raz    
Friday, 14 September 9:18 AM
Imagine losing your cellphone.
 
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When we were abroad recently, we couldn't find my wife's cellphone for 1-2 panicky hours.  We found it -- on the floor of our rented car, after checking a second time.  But it started me thinking -- is everything really backed up?

We had already set up the phone to back up automatically to the cloud.  I gave useful links and info in my CellTip from 7/5/18 named "You Are About to Lose Your Cellphone."  Write me for a copy of the Tip.

It turns out that both ICloud (for iPhones) and Google Cloud (for Android phones) do a great job of backing up contacts, pictures, music, and emails for smartphones.  But what about SMS and WhatsApp messages?

SMS messages

IPhones

It turns out that once you set up ICloud to backup your phone, it maintains a backup of your SMS messages.  But there is no easy way to access the backup -- unless you erase your phone and start a restore-from-ICloud procedure on your phone. 

There are, however, third-party tools for accessing your SMS messages in ICloud.  I couldn't find any freeware.  IExplorer, however, has a demo version which lets you copy and paste the text contained in the backup file.  The full version, needed to export the SMS messages, costs about $40.

Click here for more info. 

Android phones

According to one source, "SMS backup isn't included in the default backup procedures…so backing up your texts requires downloading a dedicated app. "SMS Backup+" and "SMS Backup and Restore" are both highly-recommended (and free) apps in the Google Play store that are more than suited to this purpose."

WhatsApp messages

IPhones and Android phones

Fortunately, you can download the WhatsApp program to your PC and then login and view all of your WhatsApp messages. But you need to set this up BEFORE losing your phone. 

The setup procedure is a bit arcane. After installing the program on your PC, WhatsApp will display a QR code (Quick Response code).  It's a funny-looking square full of little black and white blocks.

You then need to open WhatsApp on your phone, go to Settings, WhatsApp Web / Desktop, and scan in (photograph) the QR code displayed on your PC into on your phone. This creates a link between the WhatsApp programs on your phone and your PC and then lets you view all of your WhatsApp messages on your computer.  An added advantage:  you can now WhatsApp from your PC.

For more info, see here.

Note:  My wife uses SMS and WhatsApp, in addition to the standard programs that are backed up automatically.  If you use other programs, check that they, too, are backed up.

Please note:  Unfortunately, I cannot take any responsibility for use of the software, directions or links suggested. I have no interest - financial or otherwise - in the software or sites listed.  Use at your own risk.

Best Wishes,
Ami Raz - Computer Solutions
Email me for my list of FREE Short Guides
Tel: (02) 648-2505 Cell: (054) 437-3936 Skype: amirazz
Email: amiraz@amiraz.com 
Teaching, Fixing, and Selling Computers Since 1985





 
        

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