Are your pictures stuck in your iPhone? If you’re like most parents, you have hundreds of photos of your friends, family, and pets that can only be viewed on your phone. But the phone is no place for long-term photo storage. Phones get lost, broken, or stolen, and then your memories are gone—it can happen to all of us. That’s why it’s important to keep your photos backed up. You can pay for the iCloud backup, but that’s not cheap. So what do you do
You can always backup your photos and videos to your PC or laptop for free. Simply plug your iPhone into your computer and copy photos over to a folder. I suggest a specific folder called “Phone Backup.” Develop a specific routine, perhaps doing this once a week or once a month—something you can stick to regularly. If you only do this once a year, it’s almost not worth it.
If you’re looking for an easier way to backup photos, I really like the iXpand Base from SanDisk. It’s a charging station for your iPhone that also has storage built in. Set your phone on it, plug your phone into the charging cable, and the base does the rest. While your phone charges, it backs up all of your photos, videos, and even your contacts. Set it up in your kitchen or on your nightstand, and it will become part of your daily routine. And, if you ever need to restore those photos and videos, SanDisk has an app that makes the process simple. Pricing starts at $50 (for a 32GB model). It’s an affordable option for the peace of mind that your memories will be safe.