8 Simple Tips To Speed Up And Clean Up Your Android Phone
Smartphones today are like mini computers that can do just about anything. In the palm of your hands you can get navigation help, take photos, pay for dinner and much more. Tap or click for seven things you never knew your Android could do.
Your smartphone can get stuck with software, viruses and too many files like a computer. It can start to run slow when that happens, which is less than ideal.
If you have an Android phone and want it to work like new, there are some steps you need to take. Here are eight maintenance tips to keep your Android as good as new.
1. Get rid of bloatware
Regardless of the version, your phone comes preloaded with a lot of things you don’t need. If you’ve had your phone for a while, chances are you’ve also downloaded apps that you don’t use anymore. Keep your phone running smoothly and remove them:
Go to Settings. Go to Apps & notifications. Click View all apps. Delete the apps you don’t need.
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2. Clean up the mess
Every time you download a file or document to your phone, it is saved somewhere. Do you know where? What about all those duplicate photos? There’s an endless list of junk that gets stuck in the nooks and crannies of your phone, so get rid of it with a third-party app like Files by Google.
Files by Google gives you free cleanup suggestions, removes duplicate photos and optimizes your storage space.
3. Revoke Location Access
A recent Android update came with a security dashboard that lets you see what permissions apps have. You’d be surprised to see how many apps can access your location and how few of them need it. Fortunately, you can view the apps and revoke permissions. Here’s how:
Swipe down from the top of the screen. Press and hold location. Choose app location permissions. Under Always Allowed, Only Allowed While Using, and Not Allowed, find the apps that can use your phone’s location. Tap the app to change the permission.
4. Check your rights
Outside of your phone’s location, apps can still access other things, like your camera and microphone. You can quickly check these permissions and change them as you see fit.
Open Settings. Choose apps. Select the app you want to change. Choose permissions. Select Allow or Disallow.
Not sure when your microphone or camera is in use? Tap or click here for an easy trick to find out.
5. Run the latest version
Your phone should update automatically, but it doesn’t hurt to check to see if it has the latest operating system version. Outdated software leaves you open to hackers and keeps you from getting nice new features when they come out. To check, do the following:
Open Settings. At the bottom, tap System > System Update. You will see your update status. Follow all the steps on the screen.
6. Enable Security Settings
Your Android phone has many built-in security features, but you need to enable them to use them. Consider enabling security features such as Google Play Protect and Smart Lock.
Google Play Protect protects your phone from malicious apps in the Play Store and with Smart Lock, you can keep your phone unlocked depending on the situation.
Google Play Protect
Open the Google Play Store.Tap your profile picture.Choose Play Protect.Tap Settings.Choose Scan apps with Play Protect.
Open Settings. Select Lock screen & security. Tap Advanced. Choose Trust agents. Drag the slider next to Smart Lock (Google) to the right. Find and tap Smart Lock. Enter PIN or password. Choose your Smart Lock type and follow the instructions to enable it.
7. Optimize your battery
Your battery is arguably the most critical part of your phone because once it’s dead you won’t be able to use it until you find a charger. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to extend your battery life, including:
Enable low battery mode.Use battery optimization mode.Remove unused screens.Reduce the brightness of your screen.Turn off Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.
8. Clean up your contacts
Are you still talking to Brenda from geometry class? Probably not. But she can still be a contact on your phone. If you’ve been looking at your contact list for a while or never, try cleaning it up.
You’ll want to do this twice, once on your phone by going to your contact list and through your Google account which backs up your contact list. Here’s how to delete contacts on your Android phone:
Open the Contacts app on your Android phone or tablet. Select an option: One contact: Tap the contact. At the top right, tap More > Delete > Delete. Multiple contacts: Press and hold a contact, then tap the other contacts. Tap Delete > Delete. All contacts: At the top right, tap More > Select all > Delete > Delete. Your deleted contacts will be moved to your Recycle Bin. After 30 days in your Recycle Bin, contacts are permanently deleted. To delete contacts permanently, in your Recycle Bin: One contact: Tap the contact > Delete forever > Delete forever. Multiple contacts: Tap and hold a contact, then tap the other contacts. Tap More > Delete forever > Delete forever. All contacts: Tap Empty trash now > Delete forever.
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