BECAUSE IT HAS happened to friends, I tell others that it's smart to back up their phones before the gift-giving period. I've seen people damage their SIMs when trying to make them fit in other phones.
In the worst case, they cause an electrical short inside a handset by jamming in an ill-fitting SIM with the phone turned on. And sometimes the rescue plan is a factory reset of the phone, wiping images and videos and apps from the phone.
Periodically (but no more frequently than once a week), I back up everything on the three different phones we use in our home. At Christmastime, and just after major life event. We record those big days on our phones and it's a big disappointment when we damage the phones before we can download the images.
The big leap forward this year in managing precious images occurred when I connected the photo galleries on all our smart devices to Dropbox. Most of our images and videos now upload directly to a shared Photos directory on Dropbox. However, I figure all those videos and images going up and down through our home wifi have added an additional 10 gigabytes of over the air data usage to our billable accounts. That's at least an additional 10 euro a month in additional data charges. But when it comes to safeguarding precious data, it's worth the cost.
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