November 25, 2021

Declutter Your Phone in a Few Easy Steps

Your phone, like most people nowadays, is probably your lifeline. It's how you interact with people, research online, and get more done. You're probably reading this on your phone right now. But look at your phone's applications. Do you ever feel like you can't find what you want? Do you have a messy phone? Do you have applications on your phone that you can't remember installing or what they do? Do you have a cluttered phone? Compile your phone, become organized, and start living a wiser, more relaxed life. Let's clean out your smartphone if it resembles a rubbish drawer (another job for another day). Organize what we need and discard the rest.

10 Easy Ways to Clear Your Phone

It's time to declutter your phone and get more done!
  1. Delete Old Apps

Some apps aren't as beneficial as we hoped they would be, or they outlast their purpose. Purging your phone of unused applications helps keep it functioning smoothly and clear of clutter. On an iPhone, go to your battery and look at the use in the settings area to see how much you used an app in the previous week. Install an app like Frequency or Quality Time on your Android phone and track your use for a few weeks. Instead of downloading another app, most Android phones disclose apps to use in the settings. Delete whatever you don't use.
  1. Hide seldom-used apps

You undoubtedly have a few applications and utilities on your phone that you use sometimes. These might be picture editing applications, games, or proprietary apps that were pre-installed with your phone. Some of these applications we can't erase, while others may come in helpful later. First, install an app concealing software like Nova Launcher or Apex Launcher for Android to hide applications from your home screen. Some phones allow you to create app folders and move applications off the home screen. Regardless of your method, periodically assess your phone's clutter and uninstall any unnecessary applications.
  1. Make Folders

Making folders can help you arrange your home screen. Depending on your organizational approach, create many or few folders. You may build folders based on use, app kind, or any other scheme! (More on it soon.) Folders protect your phone from getting crowded. I even organize time-wasters like Facebook and Instagram into folders. So it isn't the first app I open on my phone. Drag app icons into directories by holding and dragging.
  1. Backup & Delete Duplicate Photos & Videos 

Photos are yet another significant cause of phone clutter. When we live in the digital era, we take more images in two minutes than the whole globe took in the entire nineteenth century! It is estimated that there have been billions of photographs shot to date! That is a significant number of photographs. But here's the thing: it's difficult to filter down images and even remove them, particularly when it comes to photos of our children. Many of us want to capture every single moment with our children, even if their eyes are closed or if they're acting strange (but adorable!) facial expressions. Choosing only a few images is difficult, but retaining too many photos reduces the significance of the collection's genuinely outstanding photos. You have to reduce the number of photographs. Duplicates and blurs should be removed. Only the finest of the greatest will be retained. Afterward, upload your photos and videos to a cloud-based photo storage service like Google Photos, Snapfish, or Clutterfly. Instead of storing your images on your phone, you should back them up. If you like to have physical photos, you may use print services such as Shutterfly to make lasting photo albums for your family. This one operation will have a significant impact on the overall performance of your phone as well as its decluttering.
  1. Apps by Task

If it suits your organizational approach, you may group applications into folders, create scheduling, and organize folders, and can create exercise, health, and fitness folders. You may create folders for your office applications depending on your tasks. Bloggers may wish to establish folders for content management software, notes, Pinterest, and other mobile applications. Organizing applications by mission might help you discover what you need quickly. It also keeps you focused. You won't be tempted to browse Facebook while trying to use your banking app.
  1. Sort Apps by Emojis and More

You may also categorize folders. Make folders for your most used and least utilized applications. Move less-used folders to another screen to tidy and organize your phone. On iPhone, you can label folders with adorable emojis. For example, name your health and fitness app folder with the runner emoji. Use a typewriter or a pen for blogging. Use phone emojis to symbolize tools. Using adorable emoticons makes app filing more enjoyable! If you don't like folders, sort applications alphabetically. This is a simple and accessible technique (and Android phones may already alphabetize apps in the app tray). Apps may also be sorted by color. This is a great technique to locate applications if you're a visual person who knows the app symbol well.
  1. Organize your iPhone Dock & Home Screen

Organize your home screen and dock by only saving applications you use often. Keep your home screen (the first screen you see when you activate your iPhone) to 6-9 applications. Create a dock for your four most used applications. My calendar, notes, SMS, and email work best on my home screen, but you may like different applications. Keep your home screen app list to the most practical and often used applications. Other applications should be kept on less-used secondary or tertiary displays. They'll still be accessible but not on your radar.
  1. Minimize Your Android Home Screen

Android users may access their applications via the Apps menu. Most are alphabetized. However, Samsung users' applications are organized by date downloaded. Your home screen should only include applications you often use to declutter your phone. Keep home screens to 6-9 applications. Focus on the organizational and communication tools you use the most. Include your email, SMS, and other regularly used means. Keep less-used applications on different displays. You may still access anything through your app tray or another screen, but your home screen will become your productivity center.
  1. Use Cloud Storage

Backup data to the cloud to conserve phone memory. Consider storing your most memory-intensive files on the cloud rather than on your phone. Try Dropbox, Amazon Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and Google Drive for Android. (Your phone may already have these.) iPhone users have iCloud and OneDrive. There is an iPhone app for Google Drive and Dropbox. Some cloud services are free, but most charge a monthly cost based on file size. Luckily, the prices are small. If you use a cloud service for your computer, you can also use it on your phone.
  1. Music Streaming

Using a music streaming service eliminates the need to save MP3 files on your phone. Almost every genre of music is available. Spotify is a popular streaming service featuring a free (ad-supported) version and a $10/month ad-free option for families. Another popular choice is Apple Music. Most streaming services have so much music, recommendations, and extras that you won't miss MP3s. In addition, streaming eliminates the need for additional phone storage. For those of us who grew up buying records, it's unusual at first. You don't "own" the music, but you may access it from anywhere and at any time.  

In a Nutshell: Take a Break from Technology

Even though smartphones are fantastic, we must know when we need to take a vacation from technology. With so much access to the outside world, it might be challenging to shut off the distractions and concentrate on what you need to achieve. Remove your alerts from social media and your email if you find yourself continuously checking these platforms. In the majority of crises, individuals will contact you. Instead of making yourself constantly accessible and available, learn to reclaim your time and devote your attention to the tasks in your immediate vicinity. Remember the days when you'd call someone and, if they weren't home, you'd leave a message on their answering machine? After that, you'd get a call from them at their convenience. It's OK to go back to those earlier days. Turn off your phone when you're doing something essential (or when you don't want to be disturbed). Turn off your alerts and check in regularly. Take a tech break once a week for at least a couple of hours—if not the whole day—to recharge your batteries. Allow yourself and your phone to take a break. Fortunately, our smartphones are fantastic tools for helping us live better, more productive lives. Organizing your phone and prioritizing your applications would be beneficial in this situation. Declutter your phone so that it can genuinely serve as a tool to assist you in living a more intelligent (and calmer) life!

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