It’s now over three weeks since Christmas. So, if you got a new phone over the festive season it might need a bit of a tidy already. To keep your phone running as fast as it did on the 25th of December, follow these basic steps:
1. Make use of cloud solutions
Have you ever gone through the media on your phone and questioned why you took that photo or downloaded that song? Do you really need a 12th video of your cat doing something cute? Just like a computer, phones start to slow down when memory is taken up. And it’s a lot easier to fill up a 32GB phone than a 1TB computer! There are lots of benefits to using cloud storage, such as still being able to view photos and videos even if you lose your phone, syncing data between devices under the one account, and viewing your media wherever you are at the click of a button. Here is a short list of solutions you could use: iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, Amazon Drive.
2. Keep your phone up-to-date
Has your phone ever prompted you to start an update and you’ve selected “remind me later” or “ignore”? You’re definitely not the first! No matter how inconvenient it is at the time, it’s very beneficial for your mobile device to update. Mobile phone updates don’t just include new features, new emojis and cool camera tricks, they also fix bugs, improve performance and maintain functionality. Let’s take Apple’s new IOS update for example, this included fixes for faster charging for new models, video camera stabilization, graphical glitches with Mail, Settings and Calculator, and loads more. Your annoyingly slow phone could be caused by something that’s now already been resolved, but just not updated.
3. Give your applications a spring clean
Nowadays, we have apps for everything. This ranges from reading books to watching your diet and editing photos. Most people will browse the App and Play stores to download what’s new, simply out of curiosity. Unfortunately, most apps are a novelty and quickly get forgotten about. But do you remember to delete them? Even when you don’t use an application it still has cached data and will perform background tasks that use device resources. The more apps you have, even when not in use, the faster your battery will drain. Once you’ve finished with an app, make sure it’s closed not minimized. And, for any apps you use infrequently, make sure that any background related tasks are turned off. This prevents wasting resources even when the application is not in use.
4. Restart your phone
Unfortunately, phones run on a battery that eventually need charging. But how often do you put your phone straight on charge? When was the last time your phone was actually switched off? Restarting your phone is actually a very easy and reliable way to keep your device healthy. Restarting allows your phone to run more smoothly and prolong battery life. It’s advised to restart your phone once every one to two weeks.
To summarize, keeping your phone healthy and fast is pretty similar to a computer. Ensure the operating system is up-to-date, reboot every one to two weeks, and keep ensure your memory is available.