My new phone got stuck in a boot loop and had to be reset and restored from my latest iCloud backup. Usually not a big deal, except that I’d been traveling and without WiFi and without much cell service for a week, thus the most recent iCloud backup was a week old. Thus iCloud restore didn’t have my entire week of travels! BUT because Arc’s optional backups kicked in the day I got back to non-roaming cell service and home WiFi, the week’s travels were restorable via import!!
(Side note: hallelujah, that iCloud restore DID work for Arc this time so I didn’t have to repeat the manual week-by-week import that I only just finished the week before traveling. I realized that Settings reports how much data is left to restore, so I knew to wait until that was done before opening Arc.)
Now I’m even more of an advocate for that GPX import because the day+ where my phone was out of commission is empty in Arc, but I did use a random location recorder app on my iPad, so have that data but not in a cohesive manner nor on the same device.
I know the topic of importing actual flight data had been floated before. Now I’m adding to that the idea of importing of ship data! (I was on a cruise for part of that week and it took a lot of effort to get my phone to stay in view of GPS… it would understandably fail fantastically the moment I went elsewhere into the innards of the ship. Part of why I’m so glad all that effort wasn’t in vain and that I could use Arc’s own backups to export that data… but in the future I’d probably try to revive my old Holux GPS logger for such things because in hindsight it really was a stupid use of energy to be that obsessed with whether or not my phone was getting GPS signal or not. But that still does involve a GPX import )