Some Smart Ways to Spruce Up Your Phone for Spring—Part 1

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.

Apps

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!

17 Thoughts on "Some Smart Ways to Spruce Up Your Phone for Spring—Part 1"

  1. Steven says

    Just saying…again…your homepage and all pages on the upper menu bar (plans, phones, etc.) no longer adjust to size on an iPad Mini (landscape or portrait), after an update that Apple issued several weeks ago (however, the Blog pages do adjust and fit). It’s become difficult and frustrating to look at the site because the page is so wide one has to scroll left and right. Sure wish someone would look into this and fix it.

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  2. Anne says

    How does one get a draft from messages? I didn’t finish responding, and now I need to get the draft back.

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

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  4. Donna Darling says

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      We certainly apologize for the inconvenience, Donna. Thank you for being so patient. I took a look at your account, and I’m glad to see that we were able to assist you and get your new SIM card taken care of. If we can assist you with anything further, please let us know at 888-345-5509. We will be happy to help! Thank you for taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

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  5. Rose A Viscuso says

    When will Huawei Ascend Matt 2 in white be coming back I would like a date so I can order it in white I also am getting a black one too for my husband

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Rose. At this time, we don’t know when more white models will become available. However, we do have the black models available. If you would like to order one, we’re happy to assist you at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting today!

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  6. bill meyer says

    How would I get hold of a customer service person on the web?

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  8. carol says

    What is data?

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    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Carol. When referring to your phone, it usually refers to the data used by your device to access the internet. Data can be used when you surf the web, download music or watch videos. We have a great blog here that details how your phone uses data, and how much data your phone will use for a variety of functions. And of course, we’re always happy to answer any questions you may have about using data at 888-345-5509. We’re glad you stopped to comment today, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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