Engadget: Google is releasing a free phone backup tool for iOS. “Last year, Google added automatic Android phone backups to Google One, the company’s ‘membership’ program that includes Drive storage, family sharing and a handful of other perks. It made sense for Google to bake that feature right into Android, but today the company announced it’ll soon do the same for iPhone users as well.”
PCWorld: How to back up your Google Photos library and keep your metadata. “Google Photos is one of the best ways to sync and store the picture you take on your phone, but getting them out of your library is another story—especially if you want to keep your metadata (date, time, caption, etc.). Since Photos no longer includes an option to sync with Google Drive, keeping a rolling backup of your photos is going to take some work. Here and your options are for creating a backup that keeps your photos and metadata intact.”
Neowin: WhatsApp working on letting you password-protect Google Drive backups. “WhatsApp currently allows Android users to backup their chat data to Google Drive. However, while WhatsApp chats stored on your device are encrypted, the backups in Google Drive are not. WhatsApp is possibly looking to change that as hints of the company working on password-protecting Drive backups have surfaced. This will be a major win from a security standpoint as it will ensure that your WhatsApp backups stored in Google Drive are also encrypted.”
ZDNet: How to back up your Gmail: The ultimate guide for 2020 . “Many of us have years of mission-critical business and personal history in our Gmail archives, and it’s a good idea to have a plan for making regular backups. In this article (and its accompanying gallery), I will discuss a number of excellent approaches for backing up your Gmail data.”
Make Tech Easier: Your Guide to Backing Up Social Media Accounts. ” For some, taking a screenshot of their tweets or Instagram posts counts as a ‘backup,’ but there are better methods that are verified. Let’s take a look at some of the best methods for downloading a hard copy of your social media history, for better or worse.”
MakeUseOf: Google Photos vs. OneDrive: What’s the Best Backup Tool?. “Many people (especially on Android) use Google Photos as their photo backup app. But is it really the best backup tool? Does OneDrive also deserve serious consideration? In this article we pit Google Photos vs OneDrive to determine which is the best tool to back up your photos. We’ll compare the two services and help you decide which is right for you.”
Make Tech Easier: How to Back Up Google Photos to Your Computer. “Backup and Sync works on any folder, which makes it possible to back up all your files from an SD card, USB drive, or the whole system if you like. It can also act as a redundant backup for files in other cloud storage platforms like OneDrive and Dropbox. We’re going to show you how to use the new unified app to back up Google photos and download them to your Windows PC or Mac.”
PC World: How to back up your Google Photos library now that Google Drive auto-sync has shut down. “Google says that Drive sync was causing confusion with users, so Photos will no longer include an option to sync with Google Drive. You’ll still be able to back up your photos in original quality if you choose, but you’ll no longer see new photos appear on your Drive. Similarly, anything you add to the Photos folders in Google Drive will no longer automatically appear in Google Photos.”
How-To Geek: How to Back Up Android Photos and Videos to the Cloud. “If you’re like most people, your phone is your primary camera. As such, it contains highlights of your life or your children’s lives, and you don’t want to lose those memories. If your phone gets lost, stolen, or broken, all of your photos and videos may go with it. But there are a few services out there, most of which are free, where you can safely store your photos and videos in the cloud. One of the best parts about cloud storage is you can pull up those photos or easily share them from anywhere.”
Oh good. Slashgear: Google Photos now shows which images and videos aren’t backed up. “Google has released an update for Google Photos on Android that makes the image app compatible with foldable devices, such as the new Galaxy Fold. That change isn’t terribly exciting for consumers, but the second one is: Google Photos now shows indicators on images and videos that haven’t been backed up yet, making it easy for users to see what needs uploaded.”
Linux for Everyone: Ditch Dropbox: Create A Personal Home Backup Server With Raspberry Pi 3 . “On the latest episode of Choose Linux, I talked about some of my first experiences with a Raspberry Pi 3 B+. About an hour after we wrapped recording, I decided to keep playing by setting up NextCloudPi. And I kinda love it, so here’s a quick and easy guide to setting up your own personal DropBox replacement at home.”
ReviewGeek: Google Drive Has Quietly Become One of the Best Backup Options Around. “Google Drive, compared to the attention services like Dropbox and iCloud get, seems to just sit out in the wings hardly looked at. But, much to my surprise, it’s a fantastic service with flexible backup options. About six months ago I started looking for a backup service. Not just any old cloud storage service: one that could store the weekly backups from my massive desktop PC, holding a decade’s worth of photos, documents, videos, and even more exotic, larger files like virtual machines.”
Gizmodo: How to Protect Yourself Against Digital Services Shutting Down. “While we can’t predict which apps, sites, and services are still going to be around in 10 years (or 10 months), we can give you some advice on how to guard against the threat of something you rely on closing down. Keep these pointers in mind, and you just might be able to minimize the damage.”
Lifehacker: How to Delete Your Online Accounts but Keep Your Data . “Consumer Reports recently published a great guide that shows you the basic steps for deleting your accounts across 15 different services. While the process isn’t usually that difficult, it can be annoying to have to root through a bunch of settings menus and hyperlinks to figure out how to remove yourself from a service. I’ve bookmarked the site’s series of steps, and I recommend you do the same—with one caveat. While Consumer Reports’ list is helpful, it leaves out one critical aspect of the account-deletion process that you’ll probably want to know: How to save your data from a site before deleting your account.” The instructions are brief but this article covers A LOT of different services.
Fast Company: Tumblr’s NSFW castaways are flocking to these lifeboats as a ban looms. “Since Tumblr announced the ban on December 3, bloggers with NSFW content have been scrambling to move to other sites, build new sites, and/or archive blogs till they can figure out next steps. As the deadline looms, here are some tools, companies, volunteer projects, and individuals offering lifeboats.” Considering the examples of what Tumblr has marked as “sexual content” that I’ve seen on Twitter, I’d argue that *everybody* who has a Tumblr blog they care about needs to get it backed up and out ASAP.