Some Smart Ways to Spruce Up Your Phone For Spring—Part 2

This week, to continue with our “Spring Clean” series I’m sharing some simple tips that will help you get the most out of two important features of your cellphone—your contacts and your photos.

The common thread for both is to form good habits.  Just like brushing your teeth or doing laundry regularly, managing contacts or photos is much easier if you develop a few good, basic habits and stick to them.

Contacts

If you’re not careful, contacts—your “electronic phone book”—will pile up quickly. Keeping these well-managed and up-to-date helps make sure you can find the information you’re looking for right away. No more spending forty minutes looking for “Kathy from Garden Club”! Try these tips:

  • It may seem obvious, but scroll through your contacts list regularly, and delete any that you don’t really need. If you’re only going to call that restaurant or hardware store one time, you probably don’t need to store the number and clutter up your contact list.
  • For those you do want to keep, update them with the most current phone numbers, email addresses, or other important information you’ll want later on.
  • You should also regularly sync your phone’s contacts with your Apple or Google contacts to create a handy backup. This way you won’t lose any information if something happens to your phone.

Photos

Your phone can store a tremendous number of photos and videos, so it’s important to stay on top of them. Right now I have over 800 pictures and about 50 short video clips stored on my phone, sorted into folders the same way I used to sort prints into photo albums. This way, I can easily find the ones I want to share, and keep storage available for important pictures I’ll take in the future. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Know where your saved images go! There’s nothing worse than taking what you know is a perfect, once in a lifetime shot, then not being able to figure out where it went. Be sure to familiarize yourself with your phone’s photo storage before you begin taking pictures.
  • Review your photos regularly and delete the ones you don’t need. There’s really no reason to use up your phone’s memory on an extra 6 or 7 shots you had to take at the family reunion because Uncle Bob didn’t have his eyes open! Save the “good” one, and delete the rest.
  • Back up your photos to a computer, external hard drive, or cloud-based storage. This will free up memory, and more importantly, make sure you don’t lose your photos if your phone is damaged or lost.

Now that you’re an expert on managing apps, contacts, and photos, next time we’ll take a look at ways to improve your web browsing experience on your phone. Your homework will be to bookmark Consumer Cellular’s website to your mobile browser so you can read this blog there!

34 Thoughts on "Some Smart Ways to Spruce Up Your Phone For Spring—Part 2"

  1. Rose Washington says

    Where can I get a case for my Doro 824 phone?

    reply to Rose

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Rose. We are working on getting those as quickly as possible, and I will be happy to notify you via email when they are ready to be ordered. Thank you for your patience in the meantime. If we can help you with anything else today, please feel free to give us a call at 888-345-5509. We hope you are enjoying your new Doro 824, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  2. Robert Calhoun says

    I am thinking about getting a new smart phone because the Doro I have is getting too much for me to send mails (etc). If I can find a cheaper i5 phone cheaper than the ones you offer, will you still support it for for me? Meaning how to operate it (etc)?

    reply to Robert

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Robert. We do our best to assist all of our customers with their devices, even if they aren’t devices that we offer! That being said, there are some things we won’t be able to assist you with if we don’t have access to the same phone. If you purchase an iPhone, we will likely be able to answer any of your questions. As for the price, we just dropped the price of the iPhone 5s even further, so you should check it out here! If we can assist you with anything else at this time, please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  3. Cherie S says

    Do you recycle old phones after an upgrade?

    reply to Cherie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Cherie. There are many things you can do with an old device, including recycling. Many Target stores offer electronics recycling, as may other stores in your area. We have a great blog with some ideas for re-purposing a phone as well. Take a look here. You can also pass it on to a family member and add them to your plan for just $10 a month. There are quite a few options, so let us know which one fits best!

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  4. Rosalie M Adams says

    Do I ever have to replace the inside battery?

    reply to Rosalie

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Rosalie! I took a look at your account, and I see you are using the Doro 618. You can replace the battery if you find that your phone no longer holds a charge. Otherwise, your battery should work properly as long as you plug your phone in to be charged regularly. We’re happy to answer any other questions you may have at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to post, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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  5. Tony H. says

    16 GB the max for the Apple 5s for sale and why?

    reply to Tony

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Tony. At this time, we only have the iPhone 5s available in the 16GB storage option. We’ve dropped the price even further, so it is a great time to get an iPhone if you’ve been waiting! We’re happy to help you order one today or answer any questions you may have at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to post, and we hope you have a great day!

      reply to Ashley

  6. ted wind says

    Do all of your cell phones come with a home charger or is that extra?

    reply to ted

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Ted. Each of our devices comes complete with a home charger, so you are ready to use it right out of the box! We also have a variety of car charger options so you can stay powered up wherever you are. If we can answer any other questions you may have, just let us know at 888-345-5509. Thank you for posting!

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  7. Diane Griffin says

    I’m looking for a cover for my new doro smartphone

    reply to Diane

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Diane. We will have a case available soon, and I will be happy to notify you when they are available. We appreciate your patience, and for posting today!

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  8. Karen says

    I absolutely love my Consumer Cellular and only have one beef. I love the phones you offer and especially love your reasonably priced plans and data plans. My beef is the limited amount of data that you have on the basic plan. I can generally stay on the basic connect plan for $2.37 a month. I fall well within my minutes and text, but the data is sometimes just not quite enough. The next level up, while still reasonably priced, is TOO much for me. I never get near the minutes or texts, and the only time I’ve gotten close to the data limit is because of an unusual month. Is there a chance that CC will upgrade the data on the basic plan just a bit? I’d even be happy with 50MB. Other than that, I will stick with CC for all my phone needs! the customer service can’t be beat!!

    reply to Karen

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That is great feedback, Karen. We really appreciate you taking the time to share this with us. Our team evaluates our plans regularly to see if we can improve them to give our customers to best value possible. I’ve passed your comments on to our management team, and if our plans should change in the future, we will be sure to let you know here on the blog. Thank you again for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  9. E.J. says

    Am I the only CC customer who has issues every time Google sends through an update? My text features (esp. sending attachments such as photos) become nonfunctional and I have to call tech support for reprogramming of my cellular network access points. This has happened three times already this year! Is it my good ole Moto G smartphone or is it Google/Android’s problem with not being compatible? It’s VERY annoying, to say the least!

    reply to E.J.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for posting, E.J. We’re sorry to hear that the Google updates have been an issue with your device. I took a look at your account, and I see that Maria, our Account Advisor, has been assisting you via email. If we can help you with anything else at this time, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-345-5509. We appreciate you taking the time to reach out to us, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

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      • E.J. says

        Thanks! I believe it was you I spoke with this past weekend, when I ordered a new Android smartphone (NOT a Motorola!) for my use. I never got my Moto G to the point that it would send out attachments (photos), so I am giving it to my spousal unit who only does voice calls (can we say “electronically challenged”?!). I understand that many, if not all, Moto G phones are having issues with Google updates (via email from Joshua B.). Your customer service is tops and I appreciated your nice response to my complaint of having to hold for extended periods of time when I phone in to your customer service. Hopefully, CC will be able to hire enough people to handle all the customer service requests/load…soon. I remain a Happy Camper with my Consumer Cellular service!

        reply to E.J.

        • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

          We’re happy to have been of help to you, E.J. Thank you for the update, and if we can assist you with anything else, just let us know. Thanks again!

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  10. Robin Sauls says

    This whole program is NOT affordable. Straight Talk is much more affordable, and budget wise! 45.00 and I can get Unlimited everything-no threats of .25 cent charges! The joke is-when having to call businesses, work out issues that crop up in your life-you need to talk on the phone. So; this 250 minutes, or 750-or what ever is a scam! None of these are functional in today’s world. If Consumer Cellular really wanted to help people on fixed incomes-compete with Straight Talk-match their charges.

    reply to Robin

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Robin. Most of our customers find their savings in the flexibility our plans offer. Instead of paying for minutes, texts and data that they don’t use, they can raise or lower their plan as needed. If they find they need less one month, they can save money by switching to one of our smaller plans. We do know our service may not be the best fit for everyone, and we appreciate your feedback. Thank you again for posting, and we hope you have a wonderful day!

      reply to Ashley

  11. Denise LaFave says

    Is there any problem with using an approved antenna, amplifier, booster for home use? I am in a very bad reception area and my phone does not work in the house, very often. I know what type that has to be used, but wanted to make sure it is okay with Consumer Cellular to do so?

    reply to Denise

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Denise. You are more than welcome to try a signal booster with our service, but since we don’t offer one, we may not be able to assist you with any troubleshooting or setup. We’re happy to take a look at the coverage in your area and troubleshoot it if you like. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we can do that at your convenience. We appreciate you taking the time to post!

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  12. Jimmy Lewis says

    I see by reading this BLOG that you always suggest people call you : “give us a call at 888-345-5509”. Since I am deaf, and I suspect I am not the only on, this is not very helpful. I know what you are thinking. “Why does this idiot need a phone if he is deaf?” My spouse listens and I text & data. A good email link would be helpful in these blogs.

    reply to Jimmy

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That is a great suggestion, Jimmy. We always recommend a phone call as that often resolves any issue or question quickly. Our customer support team is happy to help you via email if that is more convenient. They can be reached at Service@ConsumerCellular.com. Thank you for the feedback, and for taking the time to comment today!

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  13. Renee Monahan says

    Can you please help. I normally do not have CC Web data on while I am home, Even with the home Wi-Fi connected, and someone sends a photo, I do not automatically get it unless I turn on the Web data from CC. Same when someone includes me when they text to multiple individuals. Is there something I need to ‘turn on” (other than your web data) in order to receive this when I am only using my home Wi-Fi? Thanks in advance. (ps……love, love, love CC. I have had your service for many years and am well pleased.)

    reply to Renee

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Renee! Great job using Wi-Fi! Your phone does use a very small amount of data when sending or receiving picture messages, so even with Wi-Fi on, you may need to enable your data so that you can do this. When you’re at home and connected to a strong Wi-Fi connection, your phone will use Wi-Fi first, so you shouldn’t see any other data being used. We can walk you through this if you like over the phone at 888-345-5509. That way you can enjoy picture messaging in no time at all. We appreciate you posting, and we hope you have a great day!

      reply to Ashley

  14. Gale says

    6 of 10 calls to me on my phone are not known phone numbers. Is there anyway to block these calls or delete?

    reply to Gale

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Gale. You can always delete those calls from your phone if you like. Just select the call in your call log, and you should see an option to delete them. As for blocking these calls, you may be able to download a call blocking app for your Moto E LTE. If we can answer any other questions you may have about blocking calls or deleting them, we’re always happy to help you at 888-345-5509 at your convenience. Thank you for posting, and we hope you have a great day!

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  15. Jean Wilson says

    Is there any way to download a distinctive ringtone/melody to my Envoy phone? When my phone rings in a group setting I don’t recognize it as mine because It sounds like everyone else’s.

    reply to Jean

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Jean. We don’t have any ringtones available for download at this time. The Envoy does come with a few ringtone options, so we recommend trying a couple to see if any stand out to you. We appreciate you taking the time to post today!

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