Tuesday 10 December 2019

Tech Insider: Embracing the cloud one click at a time

Dropbox
Dropbox
Retro speaker

Jessica Kelly

If you have a smartphone and/or tablet, the app I recommend you download before any other is Dropbox.

A lot of devices now prompt users to set up an account whilst setting up their new device, but many skip this process. If you speak to anyone who has had their phone lost or stolen, the first thing they say is either "thankfully I had everything backed up" or "Why, oh why, did I not back it up?!".

Setting up and using Dropbox gives the user many great benefits including access to all files - anywhere in the world, from any device with connection to the internet and the all important back-up. This means should the phone get lost, broken or stolen, the owner will still have all their files.

What you need: internet access, an email address and five minutes of head-space.

If you have all that, follow this simple step-by-step guide and you'll be laughing!

Log onto Dropbox.com and register. I recommend you do this from your computer. There are a few hoops to jump through and it's easier to do this on a big screen rather than phone.

If you are on a computer, the site will ask if you want to download Dropbox to your device - hit yes. Once downloaded, you can move files into the main folder and create sub folders.

Download Dropbox onto your phone/tablet for free on both Apple and Android. Log in with the details used above. Files should then appear.

Go to settings within the Dropbox app and scroll to "Camera Upload". Hit "turn on camera upload" and select "Upload using WiFi only". This means every time you take a photo or video they will automatically get synced up to your Dropbox account.

If you do no select "Upload using WiFi only" you may use a significant portion of your data usage and incur extra charges.

Users can then view and share their images. Dropbox gives users 2GB of storage for free. There is a monthly or annual charge thereafter.

Top Tech: Retro tech speaker

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