Tips for Spring Cleaning Your Smartphone

With the first day of spring coming tomorrow, you may be planning to spruce up your spaces.  AT&T has some tips to help you ensure everything that you own is cleared of clutter, including the one item that’s almost always with you: your smartphone.

Today’s connected devices serve as virtual closets, storing our emails, photos, documents and apps. By keeping your technology tidy, you can help improve battery life and performance of your phone. AT&T offers the following spring-cleaning tips for a spic and span smartphone:

Spring Clean Your Smartphone

1.) Delete unused apps: Even though you may not be actively using an application, it can still run along with other apps. This can silently drain the battery. Close or quit those unused apps, and if you no longer use the apps, delete them. Unused apps can clutter your screen and distract you from discovering what you need. Keep your screen clean and create folders to group similar apps.

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2.) Polish your passwords: These days, our smartphones not only pose as communication devices, they also play the roles of banker, shopper and business partner. Nothing can prepare your for another successful season like password protecting your phone and resetting your profile passwords. Wipe away your chances of being hacked and clear your device of poor passwords. Mix it up and choose a combo of words, numbers and symbols.

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3.) Be battery efficient: Just like you remember to turn the lights off when you leave a room, it’s good to remember to turn off Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS on your smartphone when these functions are not in use. This can improve the phone’s battery life, too.

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4.) Sync your smartphone: Not only will syncing your smartphone save you massive amounts of space, but it will also save you loads of grief if something happens to your cell. Organize your device and store what you don’t need daily in a safe place. Consider using a cloud-based storage service, such as AT&T Locker. It offers customers an easy and automated way to store, sync and share photos, videos and documents in one convenient place. This cloud-based app is free to download, and the first 5GB of storage is also free.

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5.) Clean your screen: We take our cellphones with us everywhere — from the gym to the dinner table — and along with them any bacteria they may have picked up. Use a wrung-out disinfectant wipe or spray a paper towel with disinfectant to sanitize your smartphone.

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Jump start your clean routine this year and spruce up your smartphone before spring has sprung!

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About Leslie Pleasants

Leslie Pleasants is the founder of Today's Every Mom. Inspired by her own busy life with kiddos she set out to create a spot where Moms of any stage or age could find relevant and resourceful advice.