Software & Apps Backup & Utilities If My Backed Up Files Are Online, Can I Access Them Anywhere? Can I View & Play My Backed Up Files from My Phone or Another PC? by Tim Fisher General Manager, VP, Lifewire.com Tim Fisher has 30+ years' professional technology support experience. He writes troubleshooting content and is the General Manager of Lifewire. our editorial process Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Tim Fisher Updated on June 24, 2019 Endai Huedl / Getty Images Backup & Utilities Design Cryptocurrency MS Office Windows Linux Google Drive Apps File Types Backup & Utilities View More Tweet Share Email Everything you backup with online backup is on the Internet somewhere, so does that mean you can access it anywhere? If you have music or movies backed up, does that mean you can stream them from your phone or from another computer? The following question is one of many you'll find in my Online Backup FAQ: "If all of my data is 'in the cloud' then is there some way I can access it when I'm away from my computer? For example, if I have all of my music backed up, can I play or retrieve it from my phone or a different computer?" Yes, every online backup service offers some sort of anywhere-access to your backed up files. Some services offer a website that you log on to access your files, others offer mobile apps for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. Many provide both. Additionally, many online backup services offer integrated playing and viewing of files of certain formats, not just simple file access. With this feature, you can use your online backup account as a streaming service of sorts, playing your music, viewing your photos, and watching your movies right from your account from anywhere else in the world. Look for Integrated Player/Viewer support in my Online Backup Comparison Chart, where you can compare features among several of my favorite online backup services. You can still view pictures and play music and movies without this feature, but you'll have to rely on software already on the computer or mobile device to do that. Below are some related questions I get about configuring and using online backup software on your computer: What Exactly Should I Back Up?How Long Will the Initial Backup Take?Can I Restore Old Versions of Files I Back Up?Do I Have to Back Up Everything on My Computer or Device? Here are more questions I answer as part of my Online Backup FAQ: How Exactly Does Online Backup Work?Is Online Backup Better Than Local Backup?What's the Difference in Cloud Backup and Online Backup?How Do I Decide Which Online Backup Service to Pick?Is It Safe to Send & Store My Private Data on the Internet?Will My Internet Be Slow If I'm Backing Up All the Time?How Much Online Backup Space Will I Need?Do Some Online Backup Plans Really Allow Unlimited Data?Why Would Anyone Choose a Limited Plan over an Unlimited One?Are Online Backup Plans Priced by the Month or Year?Are Free Online Backup Plans Really Free or Just Free Trials?Do Online Backup Services Limit File Formats or Sizes?Can I Back Up All My Devices Using One Backup Plan?Where Exactly Are My Backed Up Files Stored on the Internet?How Do I Restore a Backed Up File?If My Entire Computer Dies, How Can I Get My Files Restored?Why Aren't Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Etc. In Your List?How Do You Rank Online Backup Services in Your Reviews?Where Is JustCloud & ZipCloud in Your Online Backup List?What Online Backup Service Do YOU Use, Tim?