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Spring clean your smartphone

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Traditionally, many of us do a spring clean in our homes around this time of year – doing a deep clean of the house, throwing out clutter, changing your duvet from the heavy winter one. But we’re not going to talk about that; instead, we’re going to talk about doing a spring clean of your phone with a bonus of helping to keep you organised this spring.

Why a spring clean?
Over time your phone can get cluttered up and bogged down – all those games and apps you’ve downloaded but no longer use and all those photos and videos you’ve taken that you don’t want to get rid of, but don’t really need on your phone anymore. Keeping your phone in check can help ensure it continues running smoothly and frees up more space for what’s truly important to you.

Declutter games and apps
Many of us will have had our smartphones for months or even years with games and apps on it we won’t have used in a long time – some of them may even be running in the background, using up your phone resources and maybe even your battery.

So, it’s time to think about that long overdue declutter – think of it like your annual Social Media ‘friend cleanse’ – be ruthless!

  • Will I ever use this app again?
  • Do I really need 19 photo-editing apps?
  • Am I likely to use it again this year?
  • If you answered “no”, tap that uninstall button
On most phones, just 'tap and hold' an app icon until it wiggles, then tap the uninstall button

 

O2 Guru Top TipTip for Android: There are loads of apps that can ‘mass uninstall’ apps you select if you know exactly what you want to get rid of. This could make this task easier and faster.

Organise your apps
Once you’ve gotten rid of all the apps you no longer need, it’s time to get organised, and folders are the best way to do this.  Create one for your Social Media apps, another one for games, another for your entertainment apps, and of course an ‘O2’ folder for My O2 and Priority.

Organising your apps into folders will visually declutter your home screen and make it easier to find the apps you need

Just look at the difference this simple change will make – it will visually declutter your screen and make it loads easier to find exactly what you want.

O2 Guru Top TipTip for iPhone: Did you know if you swipe down on your home screen you’ll see a search box to search for the app you’re after? A handy alternative to folders.

O2 Guru Top TipTip for Android: Widgets are hugely useful and you can add a search box wherever you want on your screen, to search for games, apps, emails, particular texts etc

Get storage space back
There are many ways to achieve this – getting rid of apps you no longer use is one of them, but there are other options:

Photos & Videos. What if we said you could automatically save and upload all your photos and videos to a free online storage, giving you instant easy access to them without taking up any space on your phone? Google Photos gives users free and unlimited storage for photos up to 16MP and 1080P videos and it even uses magic to detect what the photo subjects are, and smart organise them for you

Hire a cleaner. Magic Phone Cleaner for iOS is one of the top rated ‘cleaners’ on the App Store and can help you identify the largest files on your device making it easier for you to delete the ones you no longer need, helping you free up space quickly.

If you’re on AndroidClean Master on the Play Store has an average 4.7* rating from nearly 42 million reviews, making it one of the best on the market. With it, you can clean up far more storage and files such as app cache, ad junk, obsolete files, and even clean up your phone’s memory.

Clean your phoneClean your phone
According to a Which? Report a few years ago, a smartphone has more bacteria than a typical office toilet seat so if you don’t clean your phone regularly, we’d absolutely recommend it. Here are some ways to ensure your phone stays shiny and new-looking for longer.

  1. The DIY clean. Grab a microfiber cloth (we’d be surprised if you don’t have at least one laying around at home) and consider giving your phone a clean a few times a week.
  2. The deep clean. Microfiber cloths will help remove fingerprints and a lot of bacteria, but not all.  Pick up a ‘cleaning kit’ from most phone or tech shops that will help remove more bacteria.
  3. Get some protection.  Cases are a great way to protect your phone from scratches, but these too can collect germs and bacteria very quickly, so make sure to take the correct steps to clean your case regularly as well. If your case is a little worse for wear, we have a huge selection of fantastic cases right here. Similarly, you can also get film & glass screen protectors to help keep your screen protected, with glass screen protectors offering a bit more protection.


Recycle your old techRecycle
If during your home spring clean you find old tech that you don’t use or no longer need, recycle them with O2 Recycle and you can even get yourself some cash for it – better yet, get 10% extra on your device’s value this Easter with O2 Recycle on O2 Priority. Offer valid 14/03/18 – 03/04/18.

And, who knows, if you’re an O2 Refresh customer where we split your device cost from your airtime plan, you might even get enough back from O2 Recycle to pay off your device plan early and get that brand new upgrade you’ve been looking for… Samsung Galaxy S9 or Sony Xperia XZ2, perhaps?

Got any smartphone spring clean tips?
If you've got some tips, ideas or suggestions not covered here, we'd love to hear from you. Just let us know in the comments below Smiley Happy


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Re: Spring clean your smartphone

A very good idea.

 

Always keep an eye on your handset apps. Too many will impact on the speed and reliability of your handset so make sure you review those apps regularly.

 

 

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I clean my phone regularly with a 'spectacle & lens wipe' after I've cleaned my spectacles ... from now on will clean the back of the phone with it too ... the front has a good clear plastic screen protector

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Re: Spring clean your smartphone

Hi @Chris_K

Thanks for this post. it made very interesting reading.

However, it's well known on here that I use my PC whenever I can. If I'm away and can take my PC or tablet with me, then I will. So I never really use my phone to it's full potential (best to get that out of the way before I start) Smiley Very Happy

 

My phone is in a very fancy cover. One that allows me to flip it back to make a stand, so I can watch F1 or YouTube without holding the phone. I bought 3 of these covers so I can swap when needed

 

I make a regular point of uninstalling apps I no longer use.

 

I don't have any games at all on my mobile (boring I know, but don't play games). Tried a few and the last one was Farmville which was on my PC. I gave up playing as it took over my life Rolleys

 

Then we come to the business of folders....I have been told a number of times by people on here that I should have them. I don't like them. I like everything on display. They are all in alphabetical order on the phone and for me, easier to access. 

 

So I am a lost cause I think. LOL

 

One thing in my favour. My Note 4 was pre-owned. It came to me in mint condition. I can honestly say it's still in mint condition and I love it heart

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@Cleoriffwrote:

Hi @Chris_K

Thanks for this post. it made very interesting reading.

However, it's well known on here that I use my PC whenever I can. If I'm away and can take my PC or tablet with me, then I will. So I never really use my phone to it's full potential (best to get that out of the way before I start) Smiley Very Happy

 

My phone is in a very fancy cover. One that allows me to flip it back to make a stand, so I can watch F1 or YouTube without holding the phone. I bought 3 of these covers so I can swap when needed

 

I make a regular point of uninstalling apps I no longer use.

 

I don't have any games at all on my mobile (boring I know, but don't play games). Tried a few and the last one was Farmville which was on my PC. I gave up playing as it took over my life Rolleys

 

Then we come to the business of folders....I have been told a number of times by people on here that I should have them. I don't like them. I like everything on display. They are all in alphabetical order on the phone and for me, easier to access. 

 

So I am a lost cause I think. LOL

 

One thing in my favour. My Note 4 was pre-owned. It came to me in mint condition. I can honestly say it's still in mint condition and I love it heart


I think i am also a lost cause i do same as @Cleoriff no games on phone . Play candy crush on laptop. 

 

Phone is used for texts , calls , pics and at work quick look online see if i am missing anything .

 

Folders they annoy me dont use them i like to see stuff.

 

Apps deleted if dont use and those i got to keep on phone because they wont delete make me rage lol

 

It is in a cover and got a glass protector well think its glass guy on indoor market stall put it on when i asked for a protector because i didnt want bubbles on it or it would have been taken off.

 

I dont take laptop out with me that stays at home. 

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Re: Spring clean your smartphone

I regularly get rid of apps I don't use and those I can't are hidden.

I only use my phone as I don't have a loptop or desktop PC. So everything is done on my phone from entering the community to online shopping. I email, Whatsapp and Skype. And I have loads of games all of which I play.

I don't keep anything on my phone that I don't use.
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Re: Spring clean your smartphone

Well I'm guilty as charged 😕

My phone is full of apps that I read about and download and have never used except to set them up in the first place. So yes, maybe a spring clean is in order BUT....my phone is running great, it's fast enough for the slowness of my brain in taking in the information displayed onscreen. No stalling, no restarts or freezing so I'm a great believer in leaving well enough alone. If it ain't broke and all that....? That's why you will never hear me complaining if I haven't got the latest os upgrade or security patch.

I'll decide by weekend whether to delete apps that I might on the off chance use one day......Dance

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@jonsiedon't forget you were the one who told me about blumming folders. wink

Tried it. Got rid...LOL

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Well just look how smart and tidy that looks...

I feel so ashamed LOL

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