With most people having converted over to smart phones, it’s very important to remember to back your contacts up.
It wasn’t too long ago that people would be posting online: “Lost my phone! Send me your numbers.”
Thankfully we have evolved from that since the cloud has emerged, but not enough people have the correct options turned on to back up those contacts.
For starters, using “Verizon Backup” or any other Carrier cloud seems like a good idea, especially when they give you free space…but what happens when you want to switch to a new provider? Now you have to deal with someone at your original carrier to get your items moved.
Similarly you have “Motorola Backup” and other handset companies offering their clouds…which leaves you with the same problem if you switch to a new device.
The simple answer is to go with Google backups. Android devices are generally set to back up to your Google account, IF you save your contacts to the account, instead of to the phone.
If you get a new Android device, simply log into your account, and it’ll pull your contacts in. This works also with iOS (pulling from a Google account) if you choose to go to iPhone.
Don’t forget to back up your contacts, photos (Google Photos) and anything else that you’d cry over if you lose. Don’t say “I’ll just take care of it tomorrow” since you never know when a device will stop working/break!