And 27 per cent admitted they have NEVER done so.
But a fifth said their phone is the only place they keep baby photos or videos of their children while a quarter store the only pictures they have of family members who have passed away. As a result, 44 per cent believe their phone is as important to them as any family heirloom.
The study also found that the average adult takes 20 photos every fortnight on their phones, along with 11 videos. But one in four have lost a mobile phone for good – whether through misplacing it, or having it stolen.
Another 34 per cent have damaged a mobile beyond repair, losing all the precious data contained within.
The top way Brits either lose or damage their phones was found to be spilled drinks, which 24 per cent of respondents have done. However, a fifth have accidentally sat on their phone and crushed it, while the same amount have temporarily lost theirs down the side of a sofa cushion.
One in 20 have even dropped their phone out of a car window, and more than a tenth have dropped it into the loo, according to the SO-SURE study carried out through OnePoll. But 26 per cent said if they lost or broke their phone, they couldn’t afford to replace it outright.
Phone insurance company, SO-SURE commissioned the research into the nation’s attitudes towards their devices, and also created a quiz to tell you what kind of phone owner you are.
Says Dylan Bourguignon, CEO at SO-SURE:
“Having a smartphone is the norm for most, but so many of us willingly leave them unprotected. Familiarity means we simply assume our phones will always be there and working, as that’s the case almost all of the time.
“However, many have a ‘head in the sand’ approach to backing up their precious data, assuming the worst will never happen to them.”
TOP 30 WAYS BRITS HAVE MISTREATED THEIR PHONES
- Spilt a drink on it
- Lost it for a while between the sofa’s cushions
- Sat on it
- Accidentally pushed it off the side or worktop
- Fell from their bag while going through it to find something
- Dropped it while doing sport
- Dropped it down the toilet
- Had it stolen
- Left it on public transport
- Spilt food onto it
- Left it at the restaurant/coffee place
- Left it in the sun causing it to overheat
- Left it at a venue’s toilets (pub, club, conference)
- Dropped it in the bath
- Dropped it while exercising
- Tripped over a curb and dropped it
- Left it lying on the floor and stepped on it
- Dropped it out of a car window
- Dropped it in a puddle
- Threw it to someone who didn’t catch it
- Loaned it to a child and it came back damaged/sticky
- Threw it against a wall in anger
- Spilt a drink in their handbag which water damaged it
- Broke the headphone socket so headphones no longer fitted properly
- Dropped it off a cliff while talking a selfie
- Left it in a taxi
- Put it through the washing machine by accident
- Cleaned it with an antibacterial wipe and damaged it
- Tried to clean or wash it and water damaged it
- Dropped it out of a window