How to Clean up My Phone

by Nick Brigadier

    As you add more content to your phone, it can get bogged down with all of the applications, music, documents and other media it is storing. Manage the content on your phone to remove unnecessary files that are taking up space and impacting your phone's performance, battery life and storage ability.

    Basics

    All phones, regardless of brand or operating system, have a maximum storage capacity that determines how much content they can hold. This content can include things like contacts, photos, applications or any other file that your phone is able to store. Whether your phone is indicating that you’re running out of space, or even if your phone just appears cluttered, removing content that you don’t need is the quickest way to clean up your phone and free up space.

    iPhone Tips

    If you’re using an iPhone, you can go into your “Settings” application to see what apps are taking up the most space on your phone. From there, you can delete any unnecessary apps, including all of the data saved within them. Some apps, like “Music,” “Photos” and certain third-party apps, can store additional content within the app itself, like photos, documents or songs. For these apps, go into the app itself and delete any files that you don’t need.

    Android Tips

    Similar to iPhones, Android phones run applications that you can uninstall in order to free up storage space. In addition to this, many Android phones also contain an SD card that provides additional storage on your phone. Usually, apps and settings are stored on the phone itself, and media, like songs and photos, are stored on the phone’s SD card. By manually moving some of your apps from the phone to the SD card, you free up storage space on the phone to download additional apps. Also, most Android phones that use SD cards allow you to switch the card out with one of a larger capacity. If you need more space on your phone, swap out a small SD card for a large 32GB or 64GB card instead.

    Other Considerations

    Before deleting any content from your phone, make sure that you’ve backed up your phone. A backup ensures that you can always get deleted data back onto your phone should you need it again. On an iPhone, you can do this through the built-in iCloud feature located in the “Settings” application. On an Android phone, many third-party applications available on the Google Play store can backup the data on your phone. You can also restore your Android or iPhone, which erases all content on it and sets it up like a new phone. From there, you can manually add back the specific content that you want.

    About the Author

    Nick Brigadier has been working professionally in the tech industry since 2010. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and has three years experience in teaching consumer workshops on computers and mobile devices as well as one-on-one personal software training sessions.

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