Is there a Milky Way? Samsung gives you free, unlimited temporary cloud storage

If you currently have a Galaxy phone, you can repair it, or even replace it, and transfer your data with confidence knowing you have it backed up.

Saving and transferring data has become easier for Samsung Galaxy device users.

Samsung on Thursday announced the global rollout of temporary cloud backup. This service allows Galaxy users to store unlimited data in the cloud for free for a maximum period of 30 days. While this sounds like a good option, there are some caveats.

First, while the total data storage space is unlimited, a single file cannot exceed 100GB. Probably not a big issue for most people using smartphones. Another issue is that you need to be connected to Wi-Fi to create backups. Finally, you'll need to be running One UI 6 or higher (which may be an issue for some Galaxy users who refuse to update).

If you meet these requirements, you can use the feature to upload your data to Samsung's servers, where it can reside until you're ready to restore it to your device. If you're approaching the 30-day deadline, Samsung will remind you that you're approaching the time limit.

"Temporary cloud backup provides users with a reliable and convenient way to back up and restore important information," Chiyoung Seo, vice president and head of the mobile experience business cloud team at Samsung Electronics, said in a press release announcing the service. The company expects people to This feature is used when repairing your device or replacing it with a new Galaxy device.

The option is available now, first on Galaxy S and Z series smartphones in South Korea, but Samsung says all Galaxy phones and tablets running One UI 6 should have access to the feature sometime this fall. The best way to see if you have access is to check the options in the Reset or Maintenance Mode menu.