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Say goodbye to the Samsung Cloud and hello to One Drive

By 02/04/2021Blog

It’s official Samsung Cloud is shutting down.

That means all those photos from those holidays long-past, downloaded files you’ve forgotten about or music you haven’t played in a while that you backed up from your Samsung smartphone or tablet will be deleted from the 1st July 2021.

This will include data stored via their apps Gallery Sync, Samsung Cloud Drive and Premium Storage.

If you don’t move it, you’ll lose it

The process is underway and you may have already received a notification prompting the migration of your data to the One Drive. If you missed the notification or didn’t receive it you’ll have until the 30th June 2021 to download your Samsung Cloud data to your smartphone, tablet or computer.

Samsung will be pressing the big red button as of the 1st July and all photos and files on the Samsung Cloud will be deleted. They won’t be able to be recovered.

If you are paying for the premium storage subscription this has already been cancelled (as of 1st April 2021) and there are reports that users of this service will be refunded.

So what is One Drive?

OneDrive is a free cloud storage solution or file hosting service (to be technical), provided by Microsoft.

If you signed up today with Microsoft direct you’d receive 5GB of free storage, but anyone migrating from Samsung will receive 15GB, to match what Samsung originally provided to their customers. But there’s a small catch, the 10GB extra will be charged for in a year’s time from your migration date, so just a heads up.

How do I migrate my data?

Get it ticked off your list, transfer your data today. It’s easy to do and it’s better to be safe than sorry and lose photos or music you’d actually like to keep. You can always trawl through it later and delete what you no longer need.

So how do you do it? Open the Samsung Cloud App on your Samsung phone or tablet. Through settings you’ll be able to link with One Drive and start setting up your account. It’ll only take a few minutes while your coffee cools.

Is One Drive any good?

There are many file hosting services out there, but One Drive has to be one of the best.

It is very handy if you work with a Windows PC, laptop or tablet as you can sync all that data to it too and it also offers an auto-sync function so your documents, files and photos are never at risk of being lost. There is also a One Drive app in the Apple world so they cover all platforms.

Going forward it means your files and photos will be backed up, protected, synced and accessible on all devices to quote the Microsoft website.

What happens if I don’t migrate my Samsung data?

It’ll be gone and it will not be recoverable.

If you’re not sure what files are backed up to your Samsung Cloud, why not click on the app on your device and take a look. Many new devices are set to auto backup so you may have stuff stored in there that you didn’t even know about.

If there is nothing you really want to keep then you can leave it to be deleted by Samsung.

If there are photos and/or files you want then get that migration started or arrange an alternative back up solution before it’s too late.

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