When Technology Goes Haywire

I love technology. I’ve always been one to get excited about new gadgets and am usually first in line to get them. But every once in a while, technology goes haywire and it results in a frenzied panic/potential meltdown wondering whether or not the data/content will be saved or is gone forever.

That’s exactly what happened to me over the weekend. Friday night I went to the Lightning playoff game and my phone starting acting weird with spotty service, but I chalked it up to being in a stadium full of thousands of people, because reception is never the best in those instances. It seemed like my messages were going through but even after sending it kept displaying a “sending message 1, 2, 3… of 27,” updating each time I’d send a message out.

Saturday morning I woke up and found that my messages still showed “sending message X of Y” and the new messages I was sending weren’t being marked “delivered.” Additionally, a whole slew of messages I hadn’t read or been notified of were sitting in my conversation threads. So I decided to power off and back on to see if that’d help and navigated back to my messages. ALL OF THEM WERE COMPLETELY GONE. WIPED. Fortunately everything else was still in place. Apps, contacts, and most importantly, photos. And after a couple hours, my messages started going through again.

Fast forward to Saturday night, my messages started delaying again (maybe due to maxed out reception again at the Hall & Oates concert), and any action I’d take on my phone took a few extra seconds for it to acknowledge was I was trying to do. Ugh.  While, dear iPhone, I love you, I was ready to chuck you out the window this weekend.

Have you experienced your technology going haywire? Here are some ways to make sure your content is safe.

Back in 2011 a few months before Apple unrolled the cloud backup, I lost every single one of my photo. So it’s not my first rodeo with technology going crazy on me. But we get so used to things working perfectly most of the time, that we get careless with backing things up. So do yourself a favor and make a list of all of your gadgets and back them up tonight!

Here are some of my favorite tools for backing things up:

  • DropBox: I upgraded to the “Pro” version ($99/year) earlier this year and it’s been such a lifesaver. With 1TB of space, I can keep all kinds of files on there! Most importantly, this is where I store my WordPress backup files and iPhone photos (set to auto-backup when you open the app).
  • UpDraftPlus Backup Plugin: Bloggers on WordPress, this one is SO important. While (knock on wood) I haven’t had to deal with losing anything on my site, I’ve heard some horror stories, so I set up an auto-backup through this free plugin to avoid any disaster!
  • WD My Passport External Hard Drive ($59): While backing things up in the cloud is certainly helpful, it’s also safe to keep an external drive handy to back your computer files, photos, music, etc. up. Plus, you can get these drives for relatively cheap now!
  • iTunes: If you’re an Apple user, this is where you plug your phone into your computer and manually run a backup. If your phone crashes or gets wiped, you can always restore it based on the last update you did.

Have you ever experienced technology going haywire?

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  • LeighAnn Searle

    I hate when technology goes crazy. I also really like using DropBox.
    XO,
    LA
    http://www.small-townla.com

    • It’s really the worst! Do you have a pro account for DropBox?

  • I try to be consistent in doing this, but I really need a better solution for storing files, especially photos. Great list of suggestions! I’ve had my fair share of issues with technology!

    • It’s so easy to forget since most of the time things run smoothly! Do you have a favorite tool for backing things up?

      • I actually don’t have a favorite. It’s something I need to work on. I just have photos saved on a flash drive at the moment and some stored on Snapfish.

  • Oh no! Have you already contacted Apple about it? Their support people are really good usually!

    • Yeah I did, but they had no idea what happened :( Better messages gone than photos though!

  • I hate it when technology goes crazy like that! Before any big trips I try to update my phone, but sometimes you just never know when randomly something can happen. I think that using an external hard-drive is a great idea too!

    • Yes! I always do that for trips too and like being able to back it up on the go as well just in case. I can’t even imagine losing my trip photos!

  • Oh girl, I sympathize. In the past week my camera broke, my iPhone battery literally died, and an ATM machine ate my debit card! Ughhhh, technology…the best thing and worst thing!

    • Oh no that’s miserable :( Hopefully it wasn’t too crazy to get all of the things resolved!

  • I love Dropbox!! I usually just empty it out every few weeks onto my computer and a backup, but it’s so convenient for saving all my photos — and then I can make more room on my phone!

    • That’s a great idea! I feel like I hoard my photos on my phone forever until a big trip or I have no space and then I move them all off. I need to start moving them off more regularly!

  • That’s always so scary when you could potentially lose things like pictures or special e-mails. Great tips on backing up your items!

    • It really is! We really on tech so much these days – which is both good and bad!

  • Oh my gosh, that sounds awful! I back up everything through UpDraftPlus, Dropbox, and my WD MyCloud.

    On a totally separate note – I’m so jealous that you were at the Lightning game! I have friends in Tampa that were at that game and it’s the #1 thing I miss about living in Tampa.

    • Good for you! I think I need to set reminder alarms to make sure I’m updating regularly enough! And you know.. you could always move back to Tampa :) Or at the very least come back for a visit!

  • Justine Y

    Ugh! I hate when technology fails me! I’m always so outraged, it’s almost funny. Like, whoever said technology was fool-proof? But like you said, we just expect things to go perfectly and we stop backing up. Which reminds me, I really need to back up all my pictures on my desktop. Thanks!

    • Exactly! Hopefully one day an automated system will sweep through and back everything up better. I feel so lazy saying that, haha, but it would be extremely helpful!

  • Okay, I’ve been thinking of this lately so I’m glad you put some stuff I can use. I love technology but it’s definitely not as solid as we think!

    • That’s the truth! I hope you find some of these tools helpful, Adriana!

  • I had trouble with my phone about a month ago and was prepared to pay lots of money to have my data recovered. Thankfully, I didn’t have to. Lesson learned – sorta…..*backs up phone*

    • Ah! I’m glad you were able to resolve it easier than you expected. I’ve been there with almost-lost computer data. It’s rough!

  • My web hosting backs up my info every 24 hours, but I should probably look into this stuff to be safe.

    • That’s great! I set the WP plugin to do the same and it automatically backs up and saves to my Dropbox. It’s so helpful!

  • These are great. My work computer crashed last week and I had a temper tantrum. I need to get much better about backing things up!

    • Ugh that’s terrible! I always save things on my desktop but that’s a good reminder to back things up/move them to the network drive! Were you able to recover the files?

  • Such great ideas! It is so good to be prepared. We all keep so much on our phones that, as much as we don’t want to think about it, we have to be ready! I do love that about iTunes that you can easily go back and upload things.

    • Thanks, Jenn! Our phones have become our lifeline so when that goes, things get even crazier! I need to make a point to update more regularly!

  • Tia @ financiallyfitandfab

    Good reminder to back up my phone! I haven’t backed my phone up to iTunes in so long! I keep getting a reminder that it hasn’t been backed up in over 100 times.

    • Yikes! Definitely make sure you update ASAP. You never know when it might turn on you, like it did to me!

  • Neely

    dropbox is amazing. I have everything important in it. That an google drive!

    • Google Drive is great tool too! I need to use it more!

  • linda spiker

    Thank you for the tips. Unfortunately technology goes crazy for me a lot!

    • Oh no :( Hopefully backing things up will save some you some trouble!

  • I usually transfer my pictures to my computer twice a month for this reason alone! I don’t trust my phone! Haha!

    • Great idea! I don’t trust mine either anymore. That’s why Dropbox is so great! But sometimes I think I need a backup of the backup, haha!

  • I love Dropbox – I will totally have to check out that plugin you mentioned :)

    xoxo, Jenny

    • Hope you find it helpful, Jenny! Dropbox has been a life saver for me too!

  • I do back my stuff up….I can’t risk losing all that work and memories. Technology can be our best friend and our worst enemy!

  • I didn’t realize external drives are so inexpensive. I will have to go ahead and invest in one. Thanks for sharing your tech lifesavers. :)

    • Yes! They’re a great investment, and I think the prices keep dropping since cloud storage is becoming more and more popular!

  • Dia

    So when my apartment got broken into in Nov. 2014 they took my laptop and my camera, luckily I had a WD Passport and for some reason I had put it in a random place, so I didn’t lose everything that was on my computer and camera thank goodness!

    • Oh no! Thank goodness for that backup drive is right! I can’t imagine how awful that must’ve been!

  • I haven’t experienced it yet, and I hope I never do! These are some great tips which I hope I never have to refer back to. ;) Might as well Pin to be safe though!!

    • I hope you don’t either! It’s always good to make sure to back things up regularly just to be safe though!

  • Ugh! I think we all have had a time in our lives when we have lost digital data. I am so sorry that happened to you! I have an external hard drive and a Dropbox account and love both!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

    • We get so spoiled with things working well 99% of the time! Remembering to back things up is so important!

  • Yesha

    Ugh! That’s so sad. I haven’t experienced it yet
    I always back up my files to be sure