Carnival 2k18 is well underway and we are a few hours away from J’ouvert, and 2 days of sweet mass on the road. That said I already know my Ash Wednesday and Thursday will be full of calls about lost phones, lost data, and how to get it all back. So let us take a few minutes to set up our phones so that we do not lose our precious information, and give ourselves a chance to get our phones back if lost.
- Back Up Your Contacts – The first order of business is simple, back up your contacts. If you are on Android, you will go into your contacts app, select settings, export, and then export to storage. If you have a memory card, you can export your contacts vcf file to your memory card or you can save it to the phone storage and then either transfer that file to your computer or email it to yourself. Please, pretty please do this, that way you have a copy of all your precious contacts.
2. Cloud Storage For Pics/Vids – Now there are a variety of cloud storage apps that can be used. The most important thing is to use one that gives you a ton of storage for free. Google Drive gives you 15gb to play with, Onedrive gives you 10gb upfront as well and sometimes more depending on a variety of things. Download these apps, sign up, back up all of your pics/vids and you can even turn on automatic upload so that it will automatically save your pictures in the cloud without having to do anything. If you are old school and don’t want to use the cloud, make sure you back up all your pictures to your computer before J’ouvert.
3. Find My Phone – Everyone, if you have a friend with an Android smartphone, please everyone downloads the Find My Device app so that if someone in your group loses their phone, they can sign in as a guest on another phone with the Find My Device app and lock their smartphones. You can also track or page the lost device and have a good chance of getting it back as the information is live. Both devices must have data in order for this to work.
4. Fete Phones – Now we all know what happens at J’ouvert, Water, Paint, Mud, and Powder. The last thing we want is to miss any of the action by not being able to take out our phones to capture some of those amazing moments. Make sure you are either using a cheap phone that you don’t mind getting mashed up in case of everything. Also, if you are one of the lucky people that have a device with a Minimum of splash resistance, do not be afraid to take your smartphone out for pictures. If you are not sure if your device has splash resistance or not, head over to GSM Arena now. Check and see if your model says either has splash resistance, ip53, ip67, ip68, ipx4, etc. If your model smartphone has any types of these certifications, feel free to pull it out and get those crazy shots when the water trucks are out.
5. Accessing Info From Your Lost Phone – If you have managed to lose your phone during the Carnival season. If you have followed the first 4 steps, you should have a backup of all of your information ready to be transferred to your new device. If you have not done any of these tips and you are an Android user. You may be able to salvage your contacts and your photos.
Contacts: Go to Gmail.com, and in the top left-hand corner, select Gmail. In the drop-down, select Contacts. When you are adding new contacts to your phone, your phone will always ask if you want to save it to your phone, sim card, or a Gmail account. If you have been saving your contacts to your Gmail account, they will show up right here.
Photos: Go to Google.com, and in the top right-hand corner, select Google Apps (The 9 dots in a square), then select Photos or Google Drive if you have backed up your photos to the Drive. If you have Google Photos on your smartphone and have been using the photos app to do all of your backups, whether knowingly or unknowingly, the photos will show up right here.
I hope these top 5 tips help your smartphones, and data survive through the rest of Carnival. If you have questions, or anything crazy has happened to your devices over the Carnival, feel free to give me a shout on Ash Wednesday, Mr Droid has to enjoy his Carnival too. Be safe and have a great Carnival 2018.