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Samsung has made upgrading your smartphone easy

Christine Romero-Chan / Digital Trends

When it comes time to pre-order the Galaxy S24 or Galaxy Z Fold 6, you’ll probably be very pleased with Samsung’s latest software service. This is called Temporary Cloud Backup, and it lets you keep an entire copy of all the important data stored on your phone, from photos to contacts, in the cloud and it’s all free. Then, when your new phone arrives, its backup can be downloaded to it, and you won’t have to worry about accidentally losing valuable data during the switch.

If you’re wondering where the catch is, the clue is in the name. This isn’t a long-term storage solution like Google Drive or a Dropbox account, it’s a temporary service designed to give you a safe and easy way to store your data for a short period of time, when you really need it. This is the only caveat, as Samsung has gone all out to provide powerful and useful features.

For example, there are no storage limits at all, and the individual file limit is 100 GB, so it’s unlikely that many people will have problems backing up data from a smartphone. It doesn’t require access to a computer or using cables, everything is done on your phone via Wi-Fi, and Temporary Cloud Backup is linked to your Samsung account and uses Samsung Cloud storage space. Once a backup is created, you have 30 days before it is automatically deleted from the cloud. This is reminiscent of a similar feature from Apple, which is free and included in the bundle iCloud storage is temporarily upgraded after ordering a new iPhone, so you can use it for backup.

This new feature is obviously useful when you buy a new phone, and Temporary Cloud Backup will be an option during setup, but it will also help if your phone is on its way for repair, ensuring you don’t have to worry about data loss. lost in the process. This isn’t the only action available during setup, as it’s part of Maintenance Mode under Settings on your Galaxy phone, so it can be used at any time.

Temporary Cloud Backup will be available on Galaxy S and Galaxy Z devices running Samsung’s OneUI 6 software, which is expected to come out of beta in the near future. Initially this feature will be rolled out in South Korea, and a global rollout will take place in the fall.

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