In today's world, mobile phones are becoming more and more deeply ingrained in our lives. They have become cash registers, diaries, home cameras, scrapbooks, and account books. Unfortunately, this means it's no longer small potatoes when your phone is lost or damaged. If your data isn't backed up, you could face mountains of paperwork and sometimes lost memories. However, if you're still not convinced, here are a few reasons you should back up your mobile phone data. 1. Phone theft is more common than you think If you have a smartphone, you are a prime target for phone thieves. Any Apple or Android phone is going to have some value on the market, and most thieves will steal indiscriminately in the hopes of coming across a high-value phone. Sometimes there are apps you can use to find your phone, but smart thieves know how to disable these and will wipe the phone as soon as possible. The last thing you need is to add insult to injury by losing all of your data as well. 2. Accidents happen Let's face it, sometimes bad things just happen to you. Your phone goes through the wash in your pocket or gets dropped onto the concrete and breaks. If you don't have a backup of your data, this can put you into panic mode. You might rush your phone to a company that offers data restoring services, only to find out the nature of the damage prevents the company from being able to save your phone's data. You never know what might happen by chance, and that's why backups are important. 3. Be prepared for resets If you're lucky, your phone might escape a watery grave, but that doesn't mean your data is safe. Phones can sometimes develop bugs or function improperly even if they are undamaged. Often the answer to this problem is to do a factory reset on your phone. If you fail to back up your data before resetting your phone, you'll lose everything on it. 4. Protect your phone from data corruption Even if your phone doesn't break physically and doesn't need a reset, chance remains that vital data could be corrupted. If your phone loses power suddenly, gets interrupted in the middle of changing a file, or just plain bugs out, you could be facing corrupted and useless files where your important data used to be. With a backup, you're safe from this risk. 5. Get a new phone whenever you want Transferring data between two phones can be a huge hassle, and it's much easier to load your old files onto a new phone if you have a backup. This way, you don't have to worry about taking everything off of the old phone first. You can just buy your new phone and get going. While not as urgent as the other reasons, this is still a point worth considering. The bottom line It's all too common for phone owners to realize too late that they should have preserved their data. Please consider backing up your important files. Whether your phone is a part of your business or just a part of your life, no one deserves the complications that arise from lost data.