Your home isn’t the only thing that needs a Spring Cleaning. Here are some tips on how to clean up your mobile devices.
2. HOW TO FREE-UP STORAGE SPACE
Are there apps you don’t use often, taking up space on your phone? Maybe you have multiple apps that have the same purpose. For example, multiple calendars or multiple photo-editing apps.
- Offloading Apps: free up storage used by the app, but keep its documents and data. Reinstalling the app will place back your data if the app is still available in the App Store.
- Deleting Apps: delete the app and all related data from the device. This action can’t be undone.
- iOS 11 or later: Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Recommendations > Follow the recommendations
- Below the recommendations, it will show a list of your apps. The apps taking up the most space are shown at the top. Tap each App > Offload App or Delete App.
- Settings > iTunes & App Stores > Toggle ON Offload Unused Apps in order to automatically remove unused apps going forward
- Android: Settings > Apps or Applications > Tap on App > Tap Uninstall
CLEAR CACHE MEMORY
Web pages taking a while to load? Every website you visit stores images, videos, text files, etc. in your device’s cache memory, which takes up storage space and also slows down your browser.
- iOS: Settings > Safari or other web browser app > Clear History and Clear Cookies and Data
- Android: Settings > Storage, Apps, or Application Manager > list of installed apps or Cached Data category > tap your web browser > Cached Data or Clear Cache > follow instructions
- If you would like to reset the app completely go to Settings > Apps > Tap on app > Clear Data
- Other than browsers, this can also apply to other individual apps. In the Settings within some apps (i.e. Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat), you have the ability to “Clear Search History” or “Clear Cache.”
TRANSFER AND REMOVE PHOTOS
- Transfer your photos and videos via cloud-service (iCloud, Google Photos, Drive, etc.)
- Upload your photos onto your computer
- Then delete your Photo Library
REMOVE OLD/OTHER iCLOUD BACKUPS
If you don’t have enough iCloud storage space, you can free-up some by removing device backups that don’t need to be stored there. This often happens when there is more than one device tied to your iCloud account.
- iOS: Settings > Name > iCloud > Manage Storage > Backups > Tap the name of a device backup you don’t need, then tap Delete Backup
Tried all of the above and still running out of storage? You might want to consider using external storage like an SD card, flash drive, or wireless media hub.