I have confession that is going to BLOW YOUR MIND. (Okay, so if you know me at all it probably won’t, but I was trying to add a sense of drama. Did it work?)
I am totally rubbish at back ups. When conversation turns to phone or computer backups, (which I can’t say it does terribly often to be honest), it always goes something like:
Other person: So, when did you last back up your phone?
Other person: Your phone, when did you last back up all your pictures and contacts?
Me, pretending not to hear: What now?
You get the idea.
I did once back all of my phone photos onto a memory stick, via a laptop, so that I could switch them all over to my new phone, but then a dog ate it. I’m not even kidding, a dog actually ate it. And so that was that, thousands of precious family memories, lost forever in a dog’s digestive system.
Because I know that I’m hopeless, I have taken steps to try to make sure that backups happen without me actually having to do anything. For my computer this means doing as much as I can in Google Drive, and in online design apps like Canva, and for my phone, I now use MEEM Memory.
The beauty of MEEM is that I have to do pretty much nothing at all. (My best thing.) It’s essentially a charging cable, but with a built in data backup device, so you don’t need to remember to do anything, or have extra cables, or an external hard drive or anything like that.
That’s it, right there, the whole thing. Simple right? Even a data dunce like me can manage that.
MEEM works in tandem with an app on your phone, which is free to download and incredibly easy to set up. MEEM doesn’t ask for any personal details, or rights to your data, or anything creepy like that – all your information is under your physical control at all times.
MEEM essentially acts as a mirror, hence the funky symmetrical logo. Did you notice that? It mirrors everything that’s on your phone every time you plug in to charge, so without any extra effort on your part, you know you always have a copy of you photos, videos, contacts and other data.
(Helpful note for old people like me – when you restore your back up, your pictures will be the right way round, and contacts’ names won’t be spelled backwards.)
There are a few benefits to this, as far as I can see:
- If you ever lose your phone, or it gets stolen or damaged or eaten by a dog, you know you have a totally up to date backup, which you can restore to your new phone simply by plugging in MEEM.
- If you buy a new phone, or upgrade, it’s super easy to transfer everything. (The faff at the very thought of this honestly puts me off upgrading.)
- If you have more than one phone, (for all your secret boyfriends or whatever), you can sync data between the phones, just by plugging them into MEEM.
MEEM is available for iOS and Android, so if you are the sort of person liable to let a dog eat your homework, (or memory sticks), then invest in MEEM today and keep your data safe.