How To Make An Old, Slow Phone Feel Like New Again
It's sad but inevitable that your once-pristine smartphone will slowly morph into a grimy, slow device unrecognizable from the cutting-edge gadget you bought home from the store. Here's how to get your phone back to its best, inside and out.
Reducing app clutter
Aside from installing any Android or iOS updates as soon as they come down the pike (unless your phone is very old), the best way of keeping your phone clutter-free is to remove the apps you're not really using—not only does it free up some precious storage space, it can also improve performance, as your handset has fewer apps and processes to worry about.
It's time for a serious audit of what you do and don't need on your phone: That smash hit game you last played in 2015? That social messaging app all your friends have left? The good news is Android and iOS remember the apps you've paid for, so you can always install them again—just make sure you're not deleting any important data along with the app itself.
On iOS, press and hold an app icon until it shakes, then tap the small cross. On (stock) Android, press and hold on an icon in the app drawer and drag it up to the Uninstall link at the top (if you're not using stock Android, your phone will have something very similar). For a closer look at which apps are taking up room on your phone, head to General, Storage & iCloud Usage, then Manage Storage on an iPhone, or the Apps menu in Settings on an Android device.
Remember that with a lot of apps, including Facebook, Gmail, and Twitter, there are equivalent websites you can visit in your mobile phone web browser, if you need to. As an added bonus, you might notice better battery performance the fewer apps you have weighing down your phone, just don't expect access if you don't have service.
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This story originally appeared on EPopular Mechanics.
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