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Spring Cleaning for Smartphones

Spring is just around the corner and that’s when it is time for the annual spring cleaning. Not only the living room and work area may be cleaned up, also our electronic helpers deserve some attention.

Smartphones and tablets accompany us every day. And since they are constantly being filled with data that, even when they’re no longer needed, is still consuming space, you should take care of it.  Because when the memory of a mobile devices is full, is begins to get lame.

Above all, if you are one of those people who keep their mobile computer on duty around the clock, consider this: Turn off your smartphone completely and restart it! The devices sort themselves by doing so and work often better after this simple method again.

Nevertheless, you should take a little more care of the inner workings of your storage. First and foremost, a backup is recommended – for Android users, there is the integrated “Android Backup Service”. Also recommended are backup programs, as we have covered and described in an article under the title “How to Backup Data from a Smartphone – Part 1” in this blog. How to create an encrypted backup for your iPhone with iCloud or iTunes, Apple shows you on this page: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203977 .

On Android smartphones, an app management is installed. If you can see apps here that you have not used in the last few months, you should uninstall them – they can quickly get “back on board” if necessary. Some apps can not be uninstalled, but can be disabled and then they do not slow down the smartphone anymore. iPhones update data in the background so that they are always up-to-date. That needs computing power. Especially older devices react much faster when unnecessary background services are switched off (Settings >> General >> Background update). You should spend the remaining apps an update, this is not only for security reasons but the working speed can be increased, too.

The built-in cameras make great pictures and videos, so that there is no need for a separate and bigger digital camera. That’s why most of us have a lot of photos and movies on their devices – and that takes up a lot of storage space. Many of the files will be superfluous – already viewed movies, via messenger services sent cat videos and the like. You can easily back up your important content with “Google Photos”. This app automatically saves the default folder for snapshots and video recordings in the Google cloud; If you want to include more folders, you can do so in the settings. If you connect your device via cable to the PC, you can use the File Explorer of Windows to browse through the folders, copy and delete content.

For iOS devices, you can get a comprehensive overview of the memory usage with iTunes – even apps are listed here. Under “Documents & Data” you can delete unnecessary content such as pictures and videos. Under “Other” you will find complete conversations, but also emails and their attachments. Important contents are stored best in the iCloud.

There are programs and apps that are useful for exposing storage eaters and thieves. For Android phones, the free CCleaner has come in handy. He searches the system and makes suggestions as to what can be deleted. PhoneClean for the iPhone works similarly. The program can free up a lot of memory but has to be installed on the PC and cleans the smartphone from there. Paid tuning programs or apps usually do not get better results.

Who surfs a lot with the mobile phone in the internet should look at the browsing history. Here, too, a lot of data garbage is stored. For android, click on the three dots in the top right corner, then Settings >> Site Settings >> Memory. Quite a few MB can be saved here. The same is true for Safari on the iPhone. Open the settings and click the sub-item “Safari”. Here you will find the item “Delete history and website data.”

With the help of these tips you should have cleaned up quite well and your faithful companion should run a little faster now. And one more time again at the end: Often a simple restart makes  already a small miracle happen on a crammed smartphone.


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