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16 October, 2019 Smartphones

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Virtually everyone owns a smartphone and uses it daily. In fact, it has been shown that within the first 15 minutes of waking up in the morning to just before falling asleep at night people habitually check their phones. From email to photos, calls to SMS messages, apps to games, there are an inexhaustive number of activities that mobile phones offer. As a result, phones get cluttered. What once worked with impressive speed when purchased half a year ago, now starts to slow. This can be a major annoyance as well as hindering the performance of your device. Fortunately, most big brand smartphones like Apple or Samsung allow users to run a diagnostic check to identify what applications or folders are taking up the most space and causing the phone to slow. Even worse that a slow speed is when the smartphone freezes and can even crash. There is nothing worse than needing to make a call or compose a message and not being able to because of the inefficiency of your phone. While instructions vary per mobile device, running a diagnostic usually requires accessing settings then device care. From here, there is a layout of how much storage and memory is available and also which apps are in disuse (also called ‘Sleeping apps'). Most phones then allow the Optimize to free up space. By doing this, the phone not only runs faster and more efficient but also increases the battery life to keep the device running longer after charges.


Probably the biggest culprit of gobbling space is photos, and especially videos. Having a portable camera is extremely convenient and so many users are guilty of taking multiple selfies to scroll through. In the digital era, most of these photos remain on the phone and never get deleted or transferred to computer or hard drive. It is useful to backup photos on an account, like cloud, on a laptop or external hard drive as this frees up substantial space on the storage as well as protects your photos in case your phone is lost or damaged. An external SD card that can be placed into most phones is also very handy as this can add many more Gigabytes of space and, if ever the card fills up through the years, it can be simply removed and replaced with a fresh one or transferred to a laptop. Again, an external SD card also saves your photos or video if the phone crashes or breaks. Even when users do a sweep of their phone, deleting any goofy photos and blurry images or lengthy space eating videos, the deleted items can be sent to the ‘trash folder'. Most times anything in the trash gets automatically deleted after around 15 days, but sometimes this setting is not enabled and photos or documents remain there forever - unknown to the user who thought they have cleared out their phone. Therefore, double check and erase all documents in the trash to not waste space. Deleting any stored cache or browsing history can also free up space, especially when it has been collected over a long period of time. Once all the photos, videos, and documents have been secured via transfer to another device or platform like Google Photos or iCloud, then some users may opt for a hard reset of their phone. This returns the smartphone to its factory settings, that is how the phone appeared brand new.


Another area that takes up a lot of phone storage are certain elaborate apps and games. Furthermore, these apps can also continually update and add more features and visual settings that consume additional space over time. For many people it is not only the size of the app or game that can cause their phone to slow, but the quantity that they have downloaded - and most often rarely use. The fact that a majority of apps or games are free to download gives into the temptation to create a database, with even the smaller size apps adding up to take up considerable size. One way to prevent this is to analyze and rank which apps that you use most every day to a few times a week and those that are inessential, and you rarely use. Delete or uninstall these unused apps. Smartphones are also great at providing a visual breakdown of how much space each app or game users and further the last time you have opened that particular app. If the last time is over a month ago and it takes up around 1GB of space, it is best to junk it. Another technique, particular for gaming on smartphone, is to play online games more than those that require downloading. As most places offer wifi, this option is feasible since downloaded multi-level games can be notorious for slowing phone speed and performance. For instance, online casino sites have particularly proven themselves experts at focusing on mobile gameplay for slot games - accessible via internet. Mobile slots have simple and straightforward controls, with a grid of 5 reels, about 3 or 4 rows, a number of paylines, and features and bonus rounds that can award thrilling payouts of real money. Further, as these mobile slots are online, they do not eat up any space on the smartphone as an actual device. A few great mobile slots are Eyecon's classic ‘Fluffy Favourites', Yggdrasil's visually stunning ‘Ahoha!' for a trip to Hawaii, and Playtech's cheerful ‘Irish Luck' online, as well as many more with different themes and rewards on offer.


As with photos and videos occupying lots of space on a phone, music is another area that can bite a chunk of space from the device. While it is a convenience downloading songs on the smartphone, when a user has a collection of thousands that is when the problems can start. Investing in an ipod is useful to designate songs to a device and save space on the phone. Otherwise, consider installing and subscribing to a music listen app such as Spotify that is designed to download songs offline with as little space as possible.


These tips and tricks should free up most space on any smartphone and increase the device speed and performance. Of course, conserving mobile space also requires mindfulness. Pay closer attention to the apps and games that you value and are essential and those that you can do without. Also, sift through and narrow down the countless selfies and transfer those long videos of a squirrel in the park. Then you can rest assured that you will be able to capture something important when it does happen rather than miss an opportunity because of a weighted down phone.


 

 


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