November 30, 2021

Learn How to Declutter and Clean Up Your Smartphone from Inside

Although spring cleaning season is quickly approaching, many people are getting an early start due to Marie Kondo, whose organizing tactics have gone viral (again) with the debut of the blockbuster Netflix series "Tidying up with Marie Kondo." Kondo's decluttering tactics are fantastic for the house, but they fall short in one crucial area: our electronics. We have already explored how to declutter your personal computer, and now we'll take a look at how to declutter your smartphone as well. These convenient gadgets may not take up much room on their own, but they may rapidly become cluttered and unorganized if not used properly. According to Andrew Moore-Crispin, director of content at Ting Mobile, "Just like our vehicles, our houses, and our bodies, our technology may get a bit sluggish." It doesn't matter if you call it regular maintenance, spring cleaning, or a tech cleanse. We can do things right now to enhance the performance, speed, and efficiency of our mobile phones. Here's how to keep your smartphone clean on the inside and the outside:

Justify Your Assertion!

First and foremost, you must make a backup of the data on your phone. This may be accomplished by connecting to a computer or a hard disc (typically using a USB cord). This step is not only to reduce space but it is also to create safety. Touhill, former Chief Information Security Officer at the Office of Management and Budget, president of Cyxtera, and adjunct faculty member at Andrew Carnegie Mellon University's Heinz College, explains that "your phone is a portable computer," something that many people aren't aware of. As Marie Kondo would say, "you've got everything on it that brings pleasure into your life," including your banking, scheduling, storing sensitive information, emails, and so on. But it's a lucrative target for criminal organizations hungry for that information, as well as your personal information. Put another way, by eliminating files from your phone, you are freeing up storage space, which might assist you in keeping your iOS and applications up to date. 'Security needs to be the number one priority for a phone,' says Touhill. "If you don't have enough storage capacity for that, you need extra storage or another device," he adds.

Try Turning it Off & Back on

This is something you've probably heard a thousand times from tech support: Have you tried turning your device off and then back on? When you're experiencing technical difficulty, this might be a frustrating question to receive. Still, Moore-Crispin believes that restarting is "excellent practice as a first step before you go a bit further into these ideas."

Transfer Images to Cloud Storage

When it comes to photographs and videos, I have an odd superstition. Even though I know they are backed up on a different hard drive, I am apprehensive about deleting them. Photos, on the other hand, take up a lot of space. It doesn't take long for the internal storage capacity on our gadget to become insufficient. At the very least, this is inconvenient since we are running out of storage space for photos and movies. In the worst-case scenario, it causes your phone to slow down since applications and the operating system are left with little room to cache data. "The images and movies we take are often the most egregious offenders," says Moore-Crispin, who proposes that this be remedied by backing up photos and videos to a cloud service. If you have an Android device, Google Images provides free cloud storage for all of your photos, with a little degradation in image quality. To free up space in Google Photos, choose 'Free up space' from the hamburger menu on the left side of the screen. You can recover terabytes of storage space in a matter of seconds. If you have an iCloud account (5GB is free, anything above that is subject to a fee), you may upload your photos in this manner. Go to Settings > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage and follow the on-screen instructions. When your device's storage capacity begins to dwindle, it will automatically dump your full quality photographs to iCloud while storing a much smaller phone-optimized version of the image on your iPhone.

Declutter the Digital Clutter

Moore-Crispin notes that we accumulate a large amount of "digital clutter" on our phones, which might include browser cache, app data, and other types of information. According to him, "declutter this will help give your phone a fresh lease of life," and he provides the following instructions: to access Apps or Applications on Android, navigate to Settings > Apps or Applications." Next, you'll be able to check how much space your applications are taking up. Select any app, then select Storage from the drop-down menu. If you have any applications that are taking up a lot of space, tap "Clear storage" and "Clear cache." When using an iPhone, you'll have to take matters into your own hands by removing and reinstalling any applications that seem to be causing problems.

Organize your Applications & Get Rid of the Rest

I have a firm notion that I will open and utilize Keynote that I am now using one day. I believe it is past time to embrace the fact that, if this day comes, I will have to re-download this application. For the time being, it is just taking up space. "There are a plethora of apps. Remove any applications from your phone's app list that you don't use," advises Moore-Crispin, who adds that extraneous apps may also drain the battery's power. On Android, you may choose any application and then press Uninstall from the menu. For example, if you want to see a list of all of your applications, click to Settings > Apps > Find any app you haven't used in a while and press Uninstall. If you have an iPhone, you can press any app until it wiggles, then hit the X to delete it. Alternatively, go to Settings > General > Storage, choose any app, push Delete, and then press the confirm button. Make a clean break with the ones you don't use and organize them into folders on your home screen. For example, when using an iPhone or Android device, you may create a folder by long-tapping one app and dragging it on top of another to create a new folder that you can then name.

Update all Applications

"Make sure your applications and operating systems are up to date," Touhill advises. "There is a thriving illicit market for phone exploits," says the author. People are looking for weaknesses and putting them on the internet. The most recent versions of these [apps and systems] are the most secure they can be in terms of known vulnerabilities. Deleting ineffective applications is also simply "good cyber hygiene," Touhill explains, adding that although some studies have shown that new software upgrades might decrease the lifetime of your phone, this should not be a barrier between you and your phone's security, he believes. The author points out that if you're not using an app, it's not giving you pleasure. Finally, Touhill explains how Marie Kondo's ideas can be applied to your technology in the same way that they are to your wardrobes.

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