Spring Cleaning Your Phone

Spring Cleaning Your Phone

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So I’ve been seeing a lot about Spring cleaning and I have yet to see anything about Spring Cleaning your phone so I decided to write one. 🙂

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I went to one of my best friend’s baby showers in March we played a fill in the blank scavenger game where you used your phone. 5 points if you have a picture of a baby, 2 points if the mother was one of the last 5 people you text, etc. One of the questions and the way I won, “How many names do you have in your phone that start with the letter B.”

I had a whopping 70!

That was the moment I had a “Wow get it together” realization haha.

Granted my messy phone let me win a pretty awesome prize, having an overcrowded phone can cause problems.

Having too many items on your phone can slow down it’s speed and we all hate that (damn instant gratification generation).

Have you ever texted someone something important like the location to meet up at or to tell them you are running late and get no response only to realize instead of texting your co-worker Manuel you texted some rando guy you met at a party 5 years ago and asked if he was coming to office photo day? (Yeah this did happen to me but he was cool. No wonder I got his number.)

Spring Cleaning Your Phone

 

So here are two some tips for spring cleaning your phone! Make time to sit down and really go through everything!

Delete people

I know it sounds horrible I bet that you only talk to 10% of your phone contacts on a regular basis and only really need the numbers of 50% of the people you have in your phone.

Obvious people to delete

  • Any names you look at and say “Who?”
  • Ex’s you aren’t friends with and have no desire to be friends with or get back together with. Bonus when they text you trying to get back in your life you can drop a “New phone who dis?” on them.
  • Duplicates or things that can be consolidated. Sometimes, I’ll have a person’s number and then we will exchange emails and my Google backup saves them as a completely different entry. Look for things like this, not only does it put all their contact info together, it allows you to be sure that you have the right person.
  • That ex-coworker or boss you haven’t talked to in years and would never want a job reference from.
  • Outdated info. You probably have that one friend or relative that changes their number like every 6 months (Why? Doesn’t that get expensive? What are you doing? Are you in witness protection? Should I be worried?) I have a friend who does this.. Love her like family but it drives me insane. Normally she’ll text me her new number when I’m in the process of doing something so I just save her number as a different variation of her name, “Tiffany” “Tiff” Tiff new number” “Tiff R” Tiffany R.” and then I have 3 outdated numbers for her and have to scroll through my texts to see which is the most recent.
  • Things you can get from Google.When you’re living in an apartment it’s important to have the office number handy but if you moved out 5 months ago and have settled any final bills, delete, delete, delete! If something comes up later you can always Google it.

People You Shouldn’t Delete

  • Relatives
  • Current Coworkers, Work Contacts and Clients- I recommend adding “Work” or something next to it so you don’t accidently text Sarah from Accounting something meant for your sister Sarah.
  • Emergency contacts

Photos

Most smartphones have a backup and all your photos are saved in the cloud. Go ahead and delete certain photos. If you like having your photos on your phone still go ahead and do a quick audit. Remember that time you and your girlfriends asked that nice waiter to take a group picture during your friend Aby’s birthday dinner? Well because he knows how women tend to be about photos he took 8 pictures… save the best ones and delete the rest…I’m sure you also put it on Instagram and Facebook anyway :).

Notepad and Voice Memos

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself constantly leaving yourself notes. Blog post ideas, things to pick up at the store, the name of something I want to Google later (I’m obviously a Google girl).

Go look at these notes and see what you can delete.

Apps

I am not a huge app person, unless it’s something I use at least twice a week (Google Docs, Instagram, iFunny and Snapchat). So to address that, YES, delete apps you don’t use or need Apps take up a large amount of space and a lot of the time aren’t even used. If you can’t remember the last time you used it…Delete it.

Do you really need Spotify and Pandora? 

Can you just use your internet browser for whatever that app does?

Just because “There is an app for that” it doesn’t mean you need it.

When was the last time you played words with friends? 

The Phone Itself

We have our phone on us everywhere nowadays; on our desk, on the sofa, in the restroom (be honest), so there are tons of germs crawling around on it.

Even if you have the best phone cover dirt and grime can sneak beyond it (don’t forget to clean the case too!)

A simple mix of water and alcohol (mostly water) SHOULD be okay to use on your smartphone screen with a but there also products you can purchase to do this.

You can use tape to get dirt and dust off of it as well I recommend taking your phone out of the case and giving it a good wipe down at least once a week.

Now don’t you and your phone look and feel better.

When was the last time you did a phone purge?

 

A lot of the comments the past 2 days have asked about apps. To be honest, this slipped my mind because I am not a huge app person, unless it’s something I use at least twice a week (Google Docs, Instagram, iFunny and Snapchat). So to address that, YES, delete apps you don’t use or need Apps take up a large amount of space and a lot of the time aren’t even used. If you can’t remember the last time you used it…Delete it.

Do you really need Spotify and Pandora?

Can you just use your internet browser for whatever that app does?

Just because “There is an app for that” it doesn’t mean you need it.

When was the last time you played words with friends?

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