Mobile Spring Cleaning: It’s Time
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Sr. Product Marketing | Davin is an expert on mobile product storage and security. He joined SanDisk after working at Cisco. He studied electrical engineering and communications at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, so he can actually explain clearly how your mobile devices work. Davin’s personal interests include animal welfare and the environment.

Our phones hold our digital lives. Pics, music, messages, memories in one format or another. But every phone has limits, in both performance and storage, and after enough usage, the gears can slow. So it never hurts to put the device through some mobile spring cleaning. Here are some steps to get performance and efficiency ready for summer.

1) Transfer photos and videos older than six months. You want your recent stuff on the device. But media older than half a year –– how often are you browsing that? Better transfer that to your computer or a remote flash drive. Free up local storage. There’s nothing worse than wasting a precious moment deleting photos to clear up space to snap a picture.

2) Clear your cache. As you mobile-browse the web, the device stores information about each site that starts to slow performance. Get sand out of the gas tank. Go to the Settings and clear the cache. Performance may be a tad slower the first time you check your favorite blog but it’ll be faster in the long run.

3) Get fickle with what apps can use your location. If your phone needs cleaning, that means it’s got some miles on it –– which means the battery doesn’t hold a charge quite like it once did. Location services drain juice big time. Start denying access for apps that don’t really need it.

4) Ruthlessly delete apps. That now-defunct lunch delivery service? That clunky app from a conference last year? That overhyped game? They’re all on your phone somewhere. Take the rule: Have I used this in the last six months? If the answer is no, delete. You can always download it again. But for now, clear that homescreen clutter.

5) Or go with the nuclear option: reset your phone. All phones give you a big red button to start anew. You’ll feel like you got a new device (treat yourself to a new cover while you’re at it) and can rebuild that digital life from scratch.

Of course there’s no reason to let the nuclear blast wipe out pictures and videos for good. Transfer all those pics and videos to a remote flash drive so even if your phone is starting over, your memories don’t have to.

Photo credit: Stephanie Heald



About the Author

Sr. Product Marketing | Davin is an expert on mobile product storage and security. He joined SanDisk after working at Cisco. He studied electrical engineering and communications at Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo, so he can actually explain clearly how your mobile devices work. Davin’s personal interests include animal welfare and the environment.



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