These days we are more reliant on our smartphones than ever before. A smartphone is no longer just a device for communication, but we use it to store data, messages and our all-important photographs among other personal information. With that being said, however, one does have to question how people cope when a device that holds so much information is lost or stolen.
Well, the fact is it happens to the best of us. No matter how careful you are, whether you’ve insured your device or you supposedly never let the thing out of your sight, accidents happen. You may misplace it at home or while you’re out, or it may be stolen. Therefore, none of us are safe from the risk of being unknowingly separated from our smartphones.
However, losing your smart phone doesn’t have to mean losing everything that was on it. There are ways to recover your data from your lost or stolen smartphone device.
Regardless of whether you are an iPhone or Android user, we’ve got you covered. This article will provide you with some clear and easy-to-follow steps for recovering data from a lost phone. As a word of caution before we set out, make sure to back up your data regularly to a cloud-based service or a computer.
Thankfully these days, most of us use a cloud storage system in addition to our devices. However, the process of recovering data differs depending on whether you are using an iPhone or Android device.
In order for this backup to be there though, you need to have enabled an iCloud backup in the first place. Here’s how you can do this.
With iCloud Backup turned on, your phone will automatically back up the selected information to the cloud each day. It will need to be turned on, locked and connected to Wi-Fi and a power source though. You can also choose to manually back up your phone to the cloud with the following steps.
Remember though, you won’t be able to restore a backup from a more recent Android operating system onto another device running an older operating system. Also, just like with an iPhone, you’ll need to have already saved a backup of your Android phone data to Google Drive in order to use this recovery method.
In an ideal world, our smartphones would never be lost or stolen, but as they say, ‘prevention is the best medicine’. Thanks to technology though, you may be able to locate your missing phone. But even if you can’t find your phone again, there are ways you can get the data back.
Here are some habits to get into to make sure you are prepared should your phone go missing:
As is often the case with these things, you might end up finding that lost smartphone when you least expect it. Hooray! Whether it is returned to you or you find it under your car seat, having your device find its way back to you is always a welcome surprise. Well, that is unless it turns out to be damaged. How very bittersweet! But don’t despair, you can try the solutions above or contact NSI for forensic data recovery support for your best chance at getting those files back.