Buying a new phone? Before you make the change, here are three things that you should do as soon as possible to ensure a seamless transition:

Figure out transfer requirements

If you’re transferring data from an iPhone to another iPhone (or Android to another Android), the process is going to be easy. However, if you are changing phone brands (especially to an unknown brand), it might not be as straightforward.

Before you buy your new phone, check with your retailer or service provider to make sure that you’ll be able to move all of your current data onto your new device without any issues. If you’re unable to move everything over, you may want to consider getting another phone or finding alternative ways to save your data.

Back it up

Don’t wait until you’re at the store to to back up your old phone. The last thing you want to do is rush the process and lose valuable information. (The best thing to do is turn on automatic backups, so you don’t have to worry about it.)

If you have an iPhone, you can back up your data using either iTunes or iCloud. Click here for instructions. If you have an Android, you can back up your data onto your computer, Google Drive, or a 3rd party app. Click here for instructions.

Archive your photos and videos

You may want to consider creating an external copy of all your photos and videos before you transfer them over to your new phone – just in case something goes wrong with the move. (This step is particularly important if you change from one phone brand to another.)

The most effective way to store your photos and videos is to upload them all to Google Photos and then archive them onto MDISCs with Yours.co. That way, you know your photos and videos will be safe for up to 1,000 years, regardless of whether or not your phone breaks or the files accidentally get deleted when you transfer them over. (And it’s more reliable and cost-effective than saving them to your computer or an external hard drive.)

New phones are fun, but losing data isn’t. Make sure you plan ahead.

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