Starting the Day with a Restore

Current smartphones are kid magnets. They have an unlimited supply of movies, shows, and games, and they fit nicely into small hands and provide a great screen size for viewing by small people.

It feels like our two kids are constantly clamoring for one of phones, and I’ll freely admit that I’m guilty of handing it over now and then so I can get a bit of piece and quiet, and I’ve seen my wife do the same. Our phones are different with regards to access though.

For her phone, it’s touch the home button and off you go. For mine, a security PIN is required, due to the fact that I access my work email account through it. The security settings are set remotely and it will wipe the phone if the PIN is entered incorrectly 5 times.

You can see where this is going.

A few years back, my oldest son wiped my phone a few times, so I’ve been extra-careful to keep it away from him and have had the talk with him about what to do if he finds my phone and it puts up the numbers screen. This morning he forgot all that, and wiped my phone about 30 minutes before I was going to walk out the door.

So it was a “restore the phone” morning. The good news is that my backup was only two days old, so I only lost a few photos. The bad news is that they were some photos I took of the kids when we were out together, and I had a couple of great shots. But all in all, no big deal, other than some annoyance and driving to work with my laptop on the seat next to me doing the restore.

Moral of the story: when was the last time you backed up your phone and it’s data?

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