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Need More Storage on Your Smartphone? You’ve Got Options
There are so many wonderful things you can do with a smartphone, but sometimes we lose site of the fact that, as great as they are, they simply don’t have unlimited storage. The good news is that there are smart, convenient ways to get extra space when you need it, so you can have plenty of additional storage for things like pictures, music, contacts, or apps you’ve downloaded.
SD Card: Small But Mighty
If you use an Android smartphone or a flip phone, the handiest option is to purchase and install an external memory card—or, as it’s more commonly known, “SD” (for “secure digital”) card. These allow you to save additional files directly to the card instead of to your device’s internal memory. The type you need depends on the age of your phone—some older ones may use standard size SD cards, but most now use a smaller, microSD type.
They’re like a miniature, more-powerful version of the floppy disks we used in our old PC’s. Though not much bigger than a fingernail, an SD card can store enormous amounts of data—typically either 32GB or 64GB, although some can accommodate as much as 128GB. Getting started is generally just a matter of inserting the card into a slot located near or underneath your phone’s battery.
Items stored on your microSD card are relatively secure (for anyone to steal your files, they’d have to physically remove the card.) However, if you’re concerned about security, you may want to consider encrypting files you store, or limiting storage to items that are either backed up elsewhere or do not contain any important personal data.
Cloud Storage: The Sky’s the Limit!
Adding a microSD card won’t be an option for everyone—iPhone models, for instance, can’t accommodate them. In these cases, another terrific option, which is available to anyone with an Internet connection, is cloud storage. This means your photos, music, videos and other personal files are uploaded to remote online servers.
There is no physical component to cloud storage; instead, your files are saved in “virtual warehouses.” Once files are saved to the cloud, you can open them on any of your devices and in any location as long as you have Internet access. It also provides a backup solution in case something goes wrong with your cellphone or tablet. For security purposes, it’s always best to choose a reputable cloud provider, like the ones listed below, and to avoid storing sensitive information to the cloud.
There are plenty of free cloud storage options to try. Every iPhone includes up to 5GB of iCloud storage for contacts, photos, or messages, with additional paid options available for up to 2TB of storage. Millions of Android and iPhone users rely on Google Photos to handily store pictures to the cloud. Google provides 15GB of free storage, and offers additional paid options up to 1TB.
Preserve Your Important Files
Both the SD card and cloud storage options offer unique ways to conveniently store your personal files, and give you more flexibility with your device. They’re simple, secure solutions—and you’ll love the way they create a little extra “closet space” for all your important information!
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