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Smarter Smartphones

Posted: August 29, 2019 at 5:54 pm

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With the busy new school year ahead, it’s important to stay as organized and on-task as possible. That can be a tricky task, especially if your tools aren’t working well. For most of these days, one of the most important tools in our organizational toolkit is our smartphone. Our phones are no longer only for making and receiving calls, they hold our calendars, photos, health apps, maps, and even payment functions. We think we can pretty safely say that we’d literally be lost without our phones.

But it’s easy for a smartphone to get out of hand, organizationally speaking.  Apps can end up all over the place, operating system updates can cause some to cease to function if not updated. That can cause a lot of stress when left unattended for too long.

Here’s how we recommend you go about cleaning up and organizing your smartphone for better organization this school year:

Delete apps you don’t use regularly. 

This should be a no-brainer. If you haven’t clicked on an application in the past few months, you probably don’t need it living full-time on your device, taking up precious memory space. Do a personal audit on your apps, and get rid of anything you don’t use. If you are waffling on a few, consider the next tip.

Organize your apps. 

Those that you use daily should be brought to your home screen. Those that you use frequently but not daily should go on the second. If you have apps you are waffling on, stash them together in a folder you keep on the last scroll. You can also create folders that keep related apps together. Keep banking and finance-related apps in a folder together. Stash your Fitbit, nutrition tracker and other health apps in another. It’s an extra click, but if you have a lot of apps on your phone, things can get hard to find. This will make it easier.

You can also get creative with this task. If you have the time to manually drag everything, you alphabetize them, arrange them by usage, or even color code them for maximum visual impact.

Keep up with media files. 

Photos, music and digital or audio books can take up a ton of space on your phone. Thanks to the grand digital invention of the Cloud, they no longer need to. You can stash things on the Cloud, and download easily when you need the files. This is great as a back-up source, and can be a great way to keep your music or book collection from taking over your phone. With photos, regularly go through and delete the grainy or unneeded pics to save space (we’re talking about that bad angle on the new puppy or that photo of your airport parking space you need to remember).  Smartphones make it easy to see what’s taking up space on your phone, and these are usually at the top of the list.

Audit contacts. 

Periodically check in on your contacts. Delete those you really don’t need anymore, and check a few to make sure the information is still up to date and accurate. Delete old addresses and work e-mails. Have contacts you use often and have trouble finding quickly? Add an emoji to their first or last name field. It will make it far more eye-catching (not to mention fun) to find.

Update everything, regularly. 

We get it. Running updates is annoying. But they are there for a reason. They fix bugs, some of which may be security related and are thus pretty important, and typically increase and/or strength the apps various features. (This goes for OS updates too.) Keep everything on your phone as up to date as possible. Everything will run better, and most likely faster, if you do.

Do you have a great trick or tip for keeping your smartphone tidy? We’d love to hear your ideas. Drop them in our comments!

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