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Here are the top 5 spring cleaning tips for your smartphone or tablet. Spring is FINALLY here, and hopefully where you live it feels like it too. Spring cleaning happens every year. Most of the time it makes us think to clean our closet, office, garage or house. Most of those things don’t get a lot of use, so why not clean the device you use every day – your smartphone?
Review these 5 steps to see what you can find on your phone that is slowing you down.
1. Fight Germs- Spring is a time for new beginnings, but it is also a time for germs to thrive. Especially ones that were dormant during the cold winter months. Our phones are one of the few things that touch our face and hands constantly, so they can harbor some pretty nasty stuff if not cared for properly. There are a few simple things you can do to help you smartphone stay germ free. Do not use your smartphone in the restroom. Wash your hands frequently.
Clean your LCD screen, and the case if you use one. You can buy disposable wipes to specifically do this, but you really don’t need to. The best way to do this is to first power your device down and make sure it is unplugged. Dampen a soft cloth ( DO NOT use paper towels) with water and swipe it down gently. Never use harsh chemicals, solvents, or window cleaners to clean your tablet or smartphone.
2. Streamline Entertainment- Storage always seems to be a hot button when it comes to our devices. Movies, music, and apps can take over our smart phones. Five full length HD movies can take up as much as fifteen GB of storage on your device. Delete those and stream your movies via Hulu or Netflix. Music is huge for me. I love it, and I’m in the music education business. Songs don’t take up as much space as video, but most people have lots more music anyway. There is no way most people can get all they music they own on their device. Only store short playlists you use for working out, or taking your commute. For everything else, use Spotify. It’s a music streaming service that has over 30 million songs it their catalogue. If you’ve tired Spotify and don’t like it, don’t worry. There are lots of other options like Google Music, and Pandora.
3. Tidy Up Information- Sort emails into folders. Unsubscribe from email lists you never read. Check and adjust syncing frequency. Text messages can be decepitvely huge when cluttering up your storage. Be sure to go through and delete all old texts that you don’t need anymore. Update your voicemail greeting. Keeping your greeting fresh shows that you are invested in hearing from people. Sort contacts into groups for a more efficent experience. If your device has a ‘favorites’ option for contacts, use that as well. Back up all your contacts to your computer, or use cloud service like Gmail. Also, go through and delete any apps that you don’t use. Those take up space too.
4. Security- Use a PIN or a passcode to protect your information is your device is lost or stolen. Less that half of all smartphone users have a passcode on their device. If you have children who have their own smartphones or tablets, be sure you check and update the parental settings on what they are using. Check your insurance policy on your phone. Make sure it is up to date. If you don’t have insurance, consider buying a case and screen protector for you phone. The most common issue smartphones have is a cracked or broken screen. InvisibleShield makes a great product with real Tempered GLASS that is a Screen Protecter. Verizon has some great accessory bundles here.
5. Photos and Videos- The number one cause of phone clutter is photos and videos. Keep your memories by downloading your pics and videos to your computer, then dump them onto an external hard drive. I take this one step further, because I also upload all my content to Flickr and YouTube as well. This way it’s backed up twice incase something bad happens. You can also use services like Google and Dropbox to do this as well. I chose Flickr because the give you 1 TB of free space. Once you’ve done that, then delete them all from your device so you won’t have any duplicates.
I hope this has been helpful. If you have any suggestions that I’ve missed, please comment below. Enjoy your smartphone, and your spring!