Spring has sprung! What better way to celebrate the start of a new season than with a little spring cleaning? Our kind of spring cleaning doesn’t require a day filled with trips to donate old clothes or scrubbing the bathroom. Ours is the kind you can do sitting on the comfort of your couch, without having to move from that spot! Sounds pretty perfect, right? We’re talking about spring cleaning your technology! Spring cleaning your tech will not only give you that clean feeling, but it could help improve performance, free up storage space and give you a better sense of organization on your device. It’s easy to remember that your house needs a little pick-me-up after the winter, but you can’t forget about your technology!
Spring cleaning your technology is a little more than grabbing a screen wipe and an air duster. We’re talking about cleaning what’s inside your tech! Here are a few ideas to get your tech cleaning thoughts flowing.
Create folders for your emails
Having your emails organized will help you stay on top of where all of the important emails are.
Delete old emails
Declutter your emails! Sorting through dozens if not hundreds of emails is no fun. Delete the ones you aren’t interested in reading!
Unsubscribe from emails you are no longer interested in
The average person receives a lot of emails each day. Chances are, not every single one of those emails is still as relevant to you as when you first subscribed to them. Go through your email and identify the ones from brands you are no longer interested in receiving emails from. Unsubscribing means less emails coming in that you will eventually just delete without ever opening!
Organize your bookmarks
Did you know you can organize your bookmarks in to folders? Or alphabetically? Or by how much you use them? Having quick and easy access to all of your favorite sites will make browsing the internet so much easier.
Get rid of bookmarks you no longer use
While you’re organizing those bookmarks, consider deleting the ones you no longer used. Did you save a bunch of outfit links for that one party you went to last year? Yep, probably time to get rid of those.
Delete old apps
It’s easy to forget about the 10 random apps you downloaded while surfing the app store. You’re never going to touch them again and all they’re doing is taking up space on your device. It’s time to get rid of them.
Organize the apps you use in specific folders
Keeping your apps organized is always a good idea. Whether you want to organize them by color, genre or how often you use them, just having your apps organized will make you feel like your phone got a whole lot easier to use!
Update old apps
As app software is updated, you’ll want to make sure your apps are current with the latest version. Not only so they run smoothly and address any potential security issues, but so you can get the most out of the app. On some devices you are able to turn on auto-updates, this can save you the hassle of updating each app.
Clear old call and voicemail history
You may not realize it, but your old voicemails clogging up your inbox do more than cause your voicemail box to become full. They clog up your storage! Delete old and unimportant voicemails and call logs to help empty storage.
Move photos to a cloud-type photo storage service
With all of the new and improved cameras on wireless devices, it’s important to realize how large these files are. Backing up photos to cloud-type photo storage is not only a great idea because it frees up space on your device, but it prevents them from being lost forever if something happens to your device.
Update software and operating systems
Software companies are constantly innovating and adding new features, functions, and fixes to their existing software. There’s a good chance at least one of your devices or software programs needs to be updated, so make sure you are taking advantage of the latest software releases.
Hopefully this list has sparked some new ideas for you to get moving on all of your spring-cleaning possibilities. Looking for more info on what to do with your old phone? You can read more about how to make the most of your old cell phone and ways to prepare for a new cellphone!
This article was written by Tiffani Anderson, a TechBuzz contributor. The statements in this article are her own and don’t necessarily represent the positions, strategies, or opinions of AT&T.