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5 Essential Steps to Safely Upgrade Your Device

How to upgrade your device for safety reasons.

There are many important reasons why you should upgrade your device, but do you know how to safely upgrade your device while also protecting your sensitive data? When a new smartphone, laptop, tablet or computer catches your eye and gives you the urge to upgrade from your current device, it’s important to know the proper procedures to effectively upgrade. If managed successfully, upgrading a device can offer a valuable opportunity to rethink your data storage strategies and overall data loss protection plans. Fortunately, upgrading from one device to another is a lot easier than it was many years ago because we can now store most of our data in the cloud where it can be easily recovered from backups. The following five steps will show you how you can upgrade to your new device without losing any important data in the process:

1) Back up your current data to cloud or external storage

Unless you plan on completely erasing all of your data and starting over from scratch, you will need to start by looking through your apps and local storage folders to determine what data you are going to transfer to your new device. There are many different online cloud storage providers you can use to create your backups. You can also use an external storage device, like SecureDrive, to store your backups if you prefer to keep physical copies instead.

2) Sync your accounts with your new device

Configuring your new device to synchronize with your accounts will make all of your online data available on your local computer. This will make upgrading your phone a lot easier as all your available apps, photos, videos, music, and other digital files will instantly be available on your new device.

3) Transfer your data from the cloud to new device

After you've gotten your brand new device, you will then need to transfer all of your old data to it. Whether you're using Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, iTunes, iCloud or any other cloud storage program to transfer your files, the process is relatively simple across all platforms. You will likely need to look through the settings menu on your new device to find the feature for syncing the device with your online storage accounts. Most cloud storage applications create automated backups of your data on-the-fly, so all changes you make to your online folders will still be available when you restart your device. You’ll still want to keep some data locally stored on your device to increase the speed of your device when working with frequently used files.

4) Update the software on your new device

As software applications are usually updated very frequently, you should make sure they are up to date because the factory version of your new device will have applications installed on it that are at least a few days to a few months old. These software updates will improve user experience by adding new features not available in older models of software applications that may be present on your new device. To update the software, look in the settings menu, or check for update functions from the applications installed on your device.

5) Secure your new device from theft and software threats

Other important ways of safely upgrade your new device are encrypting the data on your device and setting up a screen-lock to protect your data (and identity!) in case your phone gets lost. While it’s tempting, don’t skip this step. It’s one of the easiest ways to avoid costly data breaches. In the settings menu of your new device, you will likely find options that will allow you to encrypt your entire device and set up a password to lock your screen when it is powered on or in standby after not being used for a while. This will prevent anyone but you from being able to access any applications on your device, and you will be able to easily recover your data from cloud storage if you were to ever lose your new device in the near future. We hope your transition to a new device is smooth and without error. If you do encounter data loss along the way, we’re a phone call (1-800-388-1266) or click away Enjoy your upgrade!

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