Verizon Cloud app on Android Smartphone Archives

Verizon Cloud app on Android Smartphone Archives

Verizon Cloud app on Android Smartphone Archives

Verizon Cloud app on Android Smartphone Archives

What Is Verizon Cloud? Do I Need It?

Verizon Cloud is a backup service for Android and iOS. Here’s how Verizon explains it:

Storage on Verizon Cloud means you can wirelessly backup and sync your contacts, photos, videos, messages* & documents*…Messages and documents are only available on Android devices.

By default, Verizon Cloud costs $5 per month for 500GB of space or $9.99 per month for 1TB of space. Verizon’s Do More Unlimited and Get More Unlimited plans both come with the 500GB version of Verizon Cloud as a perk without any extra cost.1

As far as I can tell, Verizon Cloud is unnecessary for most people. Even if you are on one of Verizon’s plans that includes Verizon Cloud at no charge, I still don’t recommend using the service. Android and iOS both have backup options built in. My experience with the Android backup feature has been excellent. Backups take place automatically, and most of the information I care about is included in those backups:2

If you back up to Google Drive, here’s what’s backed up:
  • Google Contacts data
  • Google Calendar events and settings
  • Wi-Fi networks and passwords
  • Wallpapers
  • Gmail settings
  • Apps
  • Display settings (brightness and sleep)
  • Language and input settings
  • Date and time
  • Settings and data for apps not made by Google (varies by app)

I’ve restored Google backups on Android devices several times. It’s a super-streamlined experience.

If you want to backup photos, the Google Photo app has its own built-in backup feature. Other files can be manually backed up to Google Drive.

I don’t have as much experience with iCloud backups, but my impression is that iCloud works well. Verizon’s backup service seems unnecessary.

  1. It’s interesting how large these allotments of space are. Very few people won’t need even 20% of that space to backup their phones.
  2. Excerpt taken from Google’s FAQ.
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When people ask me what to look for when buying a mobile device I always say choose your carrier first. After all, it’s no good having the latest smartphone if you don’t get quality service. After picking a wireless carrier, there are lots of other things to consider: operating system, screen size, camera quality, built-in apps, and, of course, price. Of all these other considerations, the phone’s operating system has arguably become the most important. That’s because the choice of OS is no longer just about the device you are currently buying – there are implications for every other device you own as well.

Consider what happens when you first set up an Android smartphone. The first question you are asked is do you have a Google account. Once you enter your e-mail and password, your Gmail address book is automatically synced, your Google+ account is updated, your Google Music is all there waiting for you, and even Maps and YouTube have all your preferences stored and ready to go. That’s because Google is using your account and its cloud services to sync your mobile lifestyle and make switching between devices as easy and as convenient as possible.

Of course, this ability to sync between devices is not restricted to Google and Android. Apple has its own ecosystem with the iPhone, iPad and the many variations of its Mac desktops and notebooks. Microsoft has used the launch of Windows 8 to pull together one of the most tightly integrated ecosystems. And even niche device manufacturers like Amazon have woven together a software infrastructure in the hopes of promoting additional brand loyalty.

And make no mistake, brand loyalty is the goal. While the device manufacturers and software providers want to make switching between devices as seamless as possible, they also want to make it as hard as possible to leave the cozy confines of your chosen ecosystem. If everything you do is based around a single operating system, why would you want to abandon that system and start over someplace else?

However, while we may like the convenience and security of a unified ecosystem, most of us also like choice. If we see an amazing new smartphone or tablet with a different operating system from the one we are used to, it would be great to know that we can give it a try without a huge drop-off in productivity. That’s where third-party cloud services and your wireless provider can make a difference.

Third-party cloud storage options like Dropbox and JustCloud are agnostic when it comes to operating systems but allow you to store all your documents and media files and access them from anywhere. Verizon customers also have the luxury of MyVerizon and Verizon Cloud, which can also be used to store files and backup important data.

Now, we can share data across all our mobile devices, as well as sharing and syncing our contacts and content. All the pieces are in place to build your own tech ecosystem but make sure it’s the ecosystem you want and not one that you stumble into!

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How to use Verizon Cloud

If you cancel your Verizon Cloud subscription, only your contacts will continue to sync with Verizon Cloud. All other content stored in your Verizon Cloud account will be immediately archived and no longer available to you. If you don't reactivate your Verizon Cloud account within 30 days, your content will be permanently deleted.

Note: Deleting the Verizon Cloud app from your phone does not cancel your subscription. You will continue to be charged monthly for your account until you cancel your account through My Verizon or the Verizon Cloud app.

You can cancel your Verizon Cloud subscription on the Add-ons and apps page in My Verizon or through the Verizon Cloud app:

  1. Tap the Menu icon in the top left corner.
  2. Tap the Settings icon (a gear) at the top of the menu.
  3. Tap My Account.
  4. Tap Delete My Account.
  5. Tap NEXT.
  6. Tap CONFIRM.
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