Data backups are a normal part of the digital world. If you are not regularly backing up the data on your phone and computer, you’re asking for trouble. If you are doing backups already, are those backups eating your data? Have you found yourself in the position of having filled your offline storage space, forcing you to either buy more or digitally downsize?

As a 4G rural internet provider, we know all the ins and outs of remote backup services. We are also familiar with data limits and how regular backups influence them. We can tell you that there are options. You can still do your backups without running out of storage space or forcing your data plan to take a heavy hit.

Be More Selective with Files

One of the easiest ways to control the amount of data being sent to backup is to be more selective with your files. Remember that device manufacturers and software developers assume that consumers do not possess a lot of tech skills. They make scheduling backups as easy as possible. In many cases, this means backing up your entire computer drive or phone.

Complete backups are occasionally necessary, but not every time you run a backup. Why? Because system files do not change all that frequently. The same goes for software. The most important files to backup are the files you generate yourself. If you create new files today but none of your system files change, you only need to back up the former.

Reduce File Size

A lot of people run into storage problems when it comes time to back up the photos on their phones. Here’s a dirty little secret: smartphones produce unusually and unnecessarily large files when you take pictures. Why not reduce the size of those files?

Download the photos to your computer, reduce their resolution, and save them. Your photo editing software should take a photo measured in megabytes and reduce it to one measured in kilobytes. The best part is that you don’t have to reduce resolution that much. Just the act of saving a picture as a new file reduces its size by way of compression.

Utilize Offline Storage

You can avoid storage problems and hits to your data plan altogether by not storing data in the cloud. Use offline storage instead. How do you do that? With hard drives, USB flash drives, data cards, and DVDs.

Both flash drives and external hard drives are pretty affordable these days. You just plug one into an open USB port on your computer and save data to it. It is not hard to do. And yes, you can still schedule backups to run automatically – as long as you make sure your external drive is plugged in when the backup is scheduled to run.

Delete Older Backups

The final tip in our list, deleting older backups, will not do anything to change the fact that backups are eating your data. But it will solve the storage problem. You can safely delete old backups for the simple fact that newer backups contain updated data by default. Simply put, there is no need to be a backup hoarder. Every new backup that replaces an older one gives you license to delete the oldest one you still have.

In closing, remember that online backups do affect data plans, whether you are on rural 4G internet or backing up your smartphone. Keep that in mind when you shop for new services. You don’t have to allow backups to eat your data or consume all your online storage.

Published On: August 19th, 2022 / Categories: Blog / Tags: , , /