How to “DETOX” Your Cell Phone
Delete and organize apps
The first step to cleaning up your phone should be deleting any apps you don’t use regularly.
I have this die-hard belief that one day I will open and use Keynote, whatever that is. I think it’s time to accept that if this day does occur, I will have to re-download this app. For now, it’s just taking up space.
In terms of organization, the apps used most frequently should be on the main screen of your phone.
The apps that are used less frequently can be put into categories using folders on the second page.
Having less visual clutter on your smartphone is a subtle, but effective way of reducing visual overload.
Anyone with an updated iPhone can go to Settings, then General, then iPhone Storage to see a complete breakdown of the phone’s storage capacity, when each app was used last, and how much space each takes up. The iPhone even offers an automatic feature that can offload unused apps when storage gets low.
On Android, you can tap and hold any app then tap Uninstall. For a list view of all apps, go to Settings > Apps > See any app you haven’t used in a while and tap Uninstall.
On iPhone, you can just tap any app until it wiggles then tap the X to uninstall. For a list view, go to Settings > General > Storage, tap any app, tap Delete then tap to confirm.
Deleting useless apps is also just “good cyber hygiene”.
Manage photos and music
I get soooo hesitant to delete them myself, even if I know they’re backed up on a separate hard-drive. But-Photos, music, and videos can take up a ton of space—but all can be uploaded to the cloud and downloaded when you need them.
If you have more than 1 GB in your photos, you should consider copying photos and videos to another storage space so you can delete them and free up a lot of space!
It doesn’t take long for our device’s internal storage space to run short. At best, this is annoying as we run out of space for pictures and videos. At worst, it slows down your phone as apps and the operating system are left with no space to cache. The photos and videos we shoot are often the biggest offenders!!
On Android, Google Photos offers free cloud storage for all your photos with a small compromise in image quality. In Google Photos, just tap the hamburger menu on the left and choose ‘Free up space.’
If you have an iCloud account (5GB is free, anything more comes at a cost) you can offload your pics this way.
Go to Settings > Photos > Optimize iPhone Storage. Now, when your device starts to run low on storage, it will automatically offload your full resolution images to iCloud while saving a much smaller phone-optimized photo on your iPhone.
Unflattering and unwanted photos should be deleted regularly!!
Streamline to-do lists
It’s helpful to create lists on your phone, so you have access to it when you’re at the grocery store or even in a meeting—but if you have a lot of lists and reminders on your phone, it can become counterproductive.
Whether you use your iPhone’s Notes, the calendar feature, or another scheduling app, you should input all of your tasks and reminders to the system that works for you and stick to it.
Take stock and update your contacts
You might have someone’s phone number whom you haven’t spoken to in years.
Try scrolling through a letter of the alphabet each day, ‘cleaning up’ your contacts. Eliminate anyone you don’t remember, and any other contacts you don’t need.
Be sure to merge contacts when you have a person’s information more than once.
When you’re inputting new contacts in the future, get into the habit of adding some details to the entry for reminder-reference.
Back it up!
First, you need to backup the files on your phone. You can do this by plugging into a computer or a hard-drive (typically using a USB cord).
Your phone is a portable computer — a lot of people don’t necessarily recognize that. You’ve got your banking, your scheduling, your storage of sensitive and personal info, emails, etc.on it – This step isn’t just space-saving, it’s safe-making.
Organize the needed apps — and delete the superfluous ones
Update all software
It’s important to note that older phones will require a little extra love and care.
So remember to keep your apps and operating systems up to date.
There’s a very active black market for phone exploits. People find vulnerabilities and post them out on the internet. When these [apps and systems] are up to date, they are as hardened as they can be against known vulnerabilities.
Not only will your phone get the latest in security and bug fixes, but it will also integrate new and helpful features, offering you a better experience with your cell phone.
Clear the ‘digital detritus’
We collect a lot of “digital detritus” on our phones- this can be made up of browser cache, app data and so on. Clearing this out can help give your phone a new lease on life.
In Android, go to Settings, then Apps or Applications. You’ll see how much space your apps are using. Tap on any app then tap Storage. Tap “Clear storage” and “Clear cache” for any apps that are using a lot of space.
On iPhone, you’ll have to take matters into your own hands, deleting and reinstalling any apps that seem to be bogging things down.”
For the outside, use a microfiber cloth! Our phones are magnets for bacterial contamination, so it’s important that we keep them clean on the surface, but this can be tricky since these devices are so fragile. The best way to clean the screens for all of your electronics is with a microfiber cloth.
Deny location tracking
Allowing apps to track your location can drain your phone’s battery. While it’s necessary for some apps like Lyft or Uber, it may not be necessary for every app that asks you for permission.
Not every app needs to know where you are. So find those apps and deny permission to track your location.
On Android, you get to choose which permissions you’ll grant to a given app as you install it. If you want to add or take away permissions, just go to Settings> Apps. Tap an app, tap Permissions, then turn the options on or off accordingly.
On an iPhone, just go to Settings > Privacy > Location, and then choose the apps that you want to give location access to.
Clear your cached data
Cached data is helpful and can save on mobile data because you’ll have quicker load times.
However, the more time you spend online, the more sizable the cache. This, in turn, will slow down your phone.
So in order to get things moving again, clear your cached data. This will vary on Android phones, so search for your specific model if you’re not sure how to do this.
On an iPhone, you can easily clear Safari browser data. Just open Settings > Safari and tap Clear History and Data.
If you have an app that’s presenting problems, you might want to delete and reinstall the app to clear the cache.
Get your charging port cleaned by a professional
In order to keep your phone healthy and avoid any charging issues- consider seeking out a professional mobile technician. They can remove any lint, dust, or debris that may be in your charging port using a special tool.
It’s best not to try and clean this yourself as you could damage your phone, resulting in more costly repairs.
**Keeping your phone in good shape is all about being proactive. Whether you’re in need of a good spring-clean or experiencing slower speeds throughout the year, these tips are easy and will keep your phone running like new!