Do you find yourself cleaning and organizing your home as you get ready for the sunny days ahead? Many of us enjoy a bit of organizing as spring begins, but we neglect the one thing we use every day—our cellphones!
Think of your phone’s memory as a storage closet—if it gets too full, there’s no room left for new apps or pictures. The phone’s operating system has to work a little harder, which can slow things down.
To avoid this, I always try to give my phone a good spring-cleaning to take advantage of all it has to offer. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking at a few simple tips that I’ve found can go a long way toward removing clutter from your phone and sprucing up its performance.
A great place to start with cleaning up your phone is by taking a long look at the apps you are using. Apps are wonderfully innovative. They offer us convenience or fun—right in the palm of our hand, wherever we go. But if you’re not careful, they can eat up your phone’s memory and data. To get the most out of your apps:
- If you haven’t used an app for a year, chances are you really don’t need it. Delete any apps you no longer use to free up space for things that you actually want to keep.
- Do you have multiple apps that actually do the same thing? If, for instance, you have more than one calendar, or several coupon scanners, decide on one that works best for you and delete the extras.
- It’s helpful to review the amount of data that an app is using (you can usually find this in your “Settings” menu). If an app is using lots of data but you hardly ever use it—delete it. You can always download it again if you find you really need it later on.
- To keep apps organized and easier to manage, put them into folders by category. You can find step-by-step instructions for doing this here.
In our next blog, I’ll take a look at some ways you can clean up and manage your contacts and your photos. Happy cleaning!