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CrashPlan Mobile Lets You Take Your Backups with You

by Joe Kissell

Code 42 Software has released CrashPlan Mobile [1], a free iOS app that lets you access your CrashPlan Central backups with any iOS device. (A separate version for Android [2] devices is also available.) If you back up your files in the way the app assumes, the effect can be almost magical: near-instant access to any backed-up file, from any of your computers that use CrashPlan, no matter where you are — and even if the computer itself is offline. I tested the app on my iPhone and iPad and it worked as advertised; I find it a highly useful addition to my existing methods for accessing data remotely.

This being version 1.0, CrashPlan Mobile lacks some important features many people would like to see, so you should set your expectations accordingly. (We understand that the company is hoping to add at least some of these features to future versions.)

Even with these limitations, though, it’s hard to complain. After all, CrashPlan Mobile is free, and it adds a powerful capability to my favorite online backup system. With time, it’s bound to become more useful still.

[1]: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/crashplan/id462565520?mt=8&at=10l5PW
[2]: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.code42.crashplan.android