Based on research by Statista, in 2017, 67.3 percent of the U.S. population used a smartphone. In 2016, a total of 1.5 billion smartphones were sold worldwide. By 2021, it is estimated that the U.S. will have a 72.7 percent smartphone penetration rate. Owning a smartphone is almost inevitable for most of us. It’s important to take of our smartphones so they can function in the most effective manner. Here are 6 simple ways we can help our smartphone help us.
Delete unwanted apps and photos
Get rid of those duplicate, blurry, and unrecognizable photos/videos. Also, delete those apps you never use. Free up that space! Getting a “Storage Full” pop-up while attempting to take photos isn’t a good feeling.
As soon as you get your new device, do the diligence of locking it with a password. Also, try protecting it with case and utilizing a screen protector. Android devices even have security software to protect users from downloading rogue apps. Another form of passive protection would be to use a locator app in the event you lose your device. This, of course, would allow you to locate it or see where it was the time it had a data connection. Some manufacturers even allow the following: The ability for the device to make a noise (even when it’s on silent). The ability to display a lost message on the screen. The ability to clear the device’s information from afar.
Sign up for online/cloud storage
Signing up for online or cloud storage is not a ploy to get you to spend money. Yet, it’s a valuable tool for many different reasons. As we all know, our devices only have a certain amount of storage. Usually, with cloud storage, the smartphone would store the app on the device itself. Then, the files that go with that app are generally stored in the cloud. This method frees up a considerable amount of space on the device itself. This allows you to save money by not having to buy devices with large storage capacities. Also, it eliminates the need for having to manage external storage media. Cloud storage makes your files available as long as there’s an internet connection. Not to mention those files will be still there for you in the event of your device gets lost or stolen.
Whether you back up to the cloud, to your computer, or via each individual app, back up! Anything could happen, you could lose your device, or it could get destroyed.
Use a password manager
Are you one of those people who can’t keep track of your many different usernames and passwords? A password manager can definitely help with this. Nowadays, they are now built into the operating systems of Android and iPhone devices. They do an excellent job of keeping up with your credentials and they are efficient, saving you time. Also, the built-in password managers are generally pretty secure.
Zero out your email counter
Many times we’ll look at someone’s smartphone and see a red bubble that contains a large number on the Mail icon. We all know that this signifies said number of unread emails. My advice is to go into your email inbox from a computer and mark those emails as read or better yet, delete them.
Unsubscribe to unwanted email lists and subscriptions: We all get emails that we don’t care to read. We go to department stores and sign up for coupons and next thing you know we are getting random daily emails. Take some time to go through and unsubscribe from those email lists. Some email providers even provide “Unsubscribe Tools or Plugins” to make this easy.