In this digital age it should come as no surprise that your favourite gadgets and doodads, much like everything else in your life, need a little TLC every once in awhile, so as you dust the cobwebs out of every corner of your house, why not take a few minutes to clean up your smartphone as well?
Much like all the other hard-to-reach nooks and crannies of our lives, our technology collects its own sort of dust as well, with partially deleted files, hidden malware, and unused programs hindering our smartphones’ performance; not to mention that beyond the digital dust, our smartphones are magnets for real gunk, particularly those with keyboards.
The fact is, even if you’re not one of those who obsessively plays Angry Birds on their phone while in the bathroom (it has replaced the magazine as the number one source of entertainment on the toilet), your phone is a dirty device, both inside and out, so in order to bolster your phone’s longevity (if people even care about that today when phones are changed faster than socks) and rejuvenate your user experience, here are a few simple things you can do:
If you’re looking to rejuvenate the performance of your smartphone this spring, the first and most effective thing you can do is actually look at all the garbage you’ve collected on their the previous year. The truth is we all download stuff onto our phones that we don’t want or need, and that stuff, often enough, just never gets deleted. Even if we do hit the uninstall button, the reality is that most programs leave behind remnants of file folders and other configuration files that continue to use up space on own phones.
For a quick fix, first delete everything you don’t need, empty the phone’s cache, grab a helpful app like Astro File Manager to help you clean up the rest, and then simply delete your Call and SMS history and it’ll feel like your phone is new again.
Aside from streamlining your phone’s performance, why not streamline your entire user experience? While not maintenance, per se, I’ve often found it helpful to simply change up my phone. Simply put, by altering the customizable features, perhaps trying out a new ringtone or widgets, you’re sure to find a renewed appreciation for your faithful smartphone.
While technology undoubtedly needs a spring cleaning on the inside, don’t forget about the physical side of your smartphone as well. For anyone that’s ever used a keyboard for an extended period of time you’ll know that they’re a germaphobe’s nightmare, and a smartphone’s keyboard is no different. For those with a QWERTY keyboard, try gently cleaning between the keys with a Q-tip. For those with a touchscreen, stay away from household cleaners and use specialized wipes for electronic equipment.
If you’re like me, however, and crave the rejuvenation of your smartphone but dread the process of achieving it, there’s always the decisive choice to hit your phone’s Master reset button and start from scratch, don’t you wish all spring cleaning was that easy?