How often do you clean your phone? Not just the screen with a special cloth, but clearing out apps and other information that may slow down your phone. You may notice the battery loses its charge and your apps may be slow. Time for a refresher!
- Back it up. Run a backup to the cloud on your phone, or connect it to your computer and follow the backup prompts. Do this first to avoid losing anything you need.
- Delete apps you haven’t been using. You can reinstall them later if a need arises.
- Transfer photos. Use an online storage service (like Google Photo or Amazon Photo, and fees may apply) to save your images automatically. Then delete them from your phone.
- Turn off location services and app updates. Disable both automatic functions in the settings. Update apps only when you choose, and enable locations only when an app, such as navigation, requires it.
- Kill old texts. Change the settings to auto-delete any messages older than a year.
- Make history history. In the web-browser settings, clear your history and web cookies.
- Give it a wipe down. A study in the journal Germs found that some phones had 17,000 bugs lurking on the outside. Once a week, clean your phone with a disinfecting wipe.
I’ve given my phone a once-over and I’ve changed my settings for old texts. While Leslie prefers to keep her texts indefinitely, I realize that I don’t need all those reminders from the dentist or a message that Pick Up Stix is running a special. So I’ve changed the settings to delete texts after a year, and I’ve changed some of my ring tones. I feel better now.
Keeping in line with protecting the innocent (see Protecting the Innocent), I have a friend (we’ll call her Betty) who recently upgraded her phone. She went from an old Android to a new iPhone 8. Lots of bells and whistles she’s never had before (maps, Google, Facebook at your fingertips). The one feature that really got to her was “instant email messages.”
Betty retired from a law firm a few years ago. When she was working, she would check emails on her desktop several times a day. Now, being at home and living the retired life, she never even thinks of reading her emails. I get it. She feels that if someone needs to tell her something, they’ll call her. However, when Leslie was helping Betty set up the email account on her phone, they discovered 8,000 unread emails. Yes, that’s not a typo. Eight thousand emails. I’m sure most of them were junk, yet I know a few of them were book club invitations or messages about weekend plans. No wonder she never RSVP’d to the evites!
Betty claims that she’ll check her emails every so often since it couldn’t be easier. Press the green mailbox icon, there are your emails! Yet I’ll continue to call Betty if I need to reach her within the same month.