An offline back up solution for iPhone & Android
Sure, you can use an online service (e.g., cloud service) to back up and access your photos. But that can get expensive. And if you have thousands of images or videos to back up and a slow connection, that can take several hours (if not an entire day or two).
Google has long offered free photo storage (that doesn’t count against your free 15GB storage) for Gmail users. But that ends on June 1, 2021 — any photos uploaded to your Gmail account after June 1 will count against your 15GB of storage that all Gmail accounts come with. Meaning if you have more than 15GB of photos or videos on your phone, you’ll have to purchase more storage space.
There are many ways to do an offline backup of your phone, but the easiest way is using a combination of a SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe and an external solid-state drive (SSD) for long-term storage. Add a label for the SSD drive, so you know what is on the drive. 🙂
SSDs will transfer images and videos faster than standard hard disk drives and are less likely to fail. Though they can be a little higher in price vs. standard hard drive drives.
The SanDisk iXpand Flash Drive Luxe will work for either Android-based phones/tablets via a USB-C port or iPhones/iPads with a lightning port. You can check the SanDisk USB type C compatibility page to make sure your device is compatible (most are): https://kb.sandisk.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/17189/~/sandisk-usb-type-c-flash-drive-compatibility.
You will need to install the iXpand Drive app, available in either the App Store for Apple or Google Play store for Android. You can set up automatic backup (after you plug the device into your phone) in the app.
Don’t Have the Right Port on Your Computer?
No problem! If you have a USB 3 port but a USB-C device, you can use a USB 3.0 A Male to USB-C Female Adapter to be able to connect the device to your computer.
Or, if you have USB-C ports but have a USB 3 device to connect to your computer just get a USB C Male to USB3 Female Adapter.