Samsung cloud is Samsung’s take on cloud storage for its mobile devices. It allows you to save valuable space on your Samsung device by storing your information in the cloud provided instead. Let’s jump in and see how we can access and make the most of the Samsung Cloud service.
A Few Things of Note
Unfortunately, Samsung is closing down its Gallery Sync (photo storage) and Drive storage (similar to Google Drive) functions. For this reason, we won’t talk too much about them. For those of you who may already be making use of these features, have no fear. Starting in October 2020, your user data is being transferred to Microsoft OneDrive. Premium storage subscription plans will also be discontinued. These services will be completely shut down by June 30th, 2021.
Who Can Use Samsung Cloud?
Samsung Cloud isn’t available to Samsung phone and tablet models earlier than the Samsung Galaxy S6. It also isn’t available on Galaxy models from Verizon.
How to Access and Use Samsung Cloud
To start using Samsung Cloud on your device, from your device’s settings, go to “Cloud and Accounts.” Select Samsung Cloud and set up your account from there.
Using Samsung Cloud
After setting up your account, you can see how much storage you are using. By default, users are given 15GB of storage. On accessing this interface, you’ll see how much storage you’re using up.
Outside of the Gallery and Cloud Drive features, you will be able to manage device backups and store contacts, calendar, memo, and browser information.
In addition, your secure notes can also be backed up.
The Backup Feature In Detail
With the Gallery and Cloud Drive features being discontinued, the backup and restore functionality is honestly the most useful thing you will get out of Samsung Cloud now. Samsung Cloud’s backup functionality is more comprehensive and less hit or miss than what you get from the Google Play Store, so it’s very much worthwhile configuring it.
With that said, let’s look at it a little more closely. If you go to Samsung Cloud, you can select “Back up data” from under the “Backup And Restore” section from the main screen of Samsung Cloud in order to carry out a manual backup. You can select what you want to back up (Messages, Contacts, Calendar, Clock, Settings, Homescreen, and apps) and then hit “Back Up.”
If you want to set up automatic backups, you will have to go to the Samsung Cloud Settings and then select “Sync and auto backup settings.” Select “Auto Back Up,” and you will be able to choose if you want to set up automatic backups for the following:
- Home Screen
From the “Backup And Restore” section of the main Samsung Cloud Screen, you can also choose to delete a backup.
You can also of course choose to restore a backup.
Samsung Cloud offers useful features, such as the ability to back up and restore device data. In fact, that is the main offering of the service after June 30, 2021. Consider using this feature, as it is more comprehensive and less hit or miss than the Google Play Store backup and restore option.
If you are not using a Samsung phone or prefer not to use this service, then you can free up your phone’s storage space by uninstalling system apps that you have no use for.