If you looked at Marie Kondo's Netflix show, Tidying Up you've undoubtedly discovered the cleaning error. Kondo's organizing method divides her confusion into five key areas: clothing, books, paper, komono (various things) and sentimental items. Their mission is to "delight in the world by brushing" by throwing away everything that does not make you happy.
But while Kondo's method helps keep your closets and cabinets clean, what about your phone? With 6 "screens and storage both on and off your device, it's easy to fill every digital angle with things you do not need, do not use, and just can not remember.
When you transfer Kondos concepts to an Android phone, and think of clothes as apps, books as downloaded videos and songs, etc. You can begin to apply their wisdom to your mobile life. So we think that Marie Kondo would clean a smartphone. (For more tips, see our earlier story about "1
Just as it's easy to dress your closets and drawers with shirts In the grunge era, you can easily fill our phones with apps that we have not opened in years. Some may not work anymore – backups can be apps that we downloaded years ago for phones that have long been unavailable.
Take some time to go through your app drawer. Deleting old and unused apps is a good place to start, but it's equally important to organize existing apps so you can easily find them. For most phones, you can sort by name or any other method of your choice. For some, you can also sort by the installation date. Tap the menu button next to the search bar to see what options you have.
Folders are also important. With just about any phone, you can create folders in your app drawer so you can group similar apps for easy reference. Even if you're just creating a Google folder, it will reduce your confusion as you probably have a dozen apps from that company in your drawer. It's simple: tap and hold an app and drag it to another app in the drawer to create a new folder. Then name it and add as many as you like.
In addition to apps, media files are among the most disagreeable elements on our phones: books, movies, songs, videos, and much more. Not only do they consume the most disk space, but they can also be the hardest to understand because they are often hidden in hidden folders that you can not access outside of their respective apps.
First, review any apps that may have allowed downloads, such as Spotify, Netflix, and Google Play Movies. Depending on the app, you may need to delete each file individually or clear the cache within the settings. Then check the places where large downloads are most likely to occur: your external SD card and your cloud drives. There is a reason why Google and Dropbox offer so much storage space because it's easy to upload something and forget about it. A little digital cleanup helps – and it can even help you save money.
Although you can not organize your TV and movie collections into folders – an unfortunate limitation on digital media libraries – that allow most services You can hide the content you've acquired to optimize your catalog. (In Google Play Movies, you'll need to select a movie, then tap the top right corner of the menu and select Remove from Device .)
Do the same with your music library. With unlimited streaming, we tend to add things that we only listen to once. Just keep the songs you still want.
Even if they do not pile up like on a PC, there may be tons of files on your Android phone that do nothing but collect digital dust.
The first place to look is your Documents app. Depending on your phone and Android version, this may be called "files", "my files", "downloads" or similar. The content is the same: attachments, Chrome files, or other downloads you've collected since using your phone. You can probably delete most of them.
You can just get rid of them: just tap and hold a file and tap the trash can icon. If you want to keep them, create a new folder where you can also save future downloads.
You can extend your digital tidying up to all your online services. It's easy to lose sight of how much stuff there is. Take a look at your Dropbox, Google Drive and other storage boxes and see what you can store and throw.
Home screen (Komono)
You may not think of your home screen as a place for clutter, but you & # 39; I'll be surprised how many options there are to clean up. First, look at how many home screens you have. Some Android phones add newly downloaded apps to your Home screen by default. Then swipe to the left to see if other apps on the right side of the main screen are hidden.
But even if you've already shut down your apps to a single home screen, Kondo would probably tell you that your home screen should be limited to the apps you open several times a day. Make a list of your top 10 apps, then rank them by importance. Take your first five and place them in the bottom row of your home screen.
There is a possibility that you need to name more than 10 apps that you need to use every day, but if you do, try not to waste too much your home screen with them. Add at most a second line and group the remaining apps into folders.
With so much disk space, you can now rethink the wallpaper on your home screen and any existing widgets. Choose an image that relaxes and does not go too far into your symbol lines. This will act as a visual barrier to prevent you from interfering again. Try limiting widgets to things that you actually use, such as: A weather widget or search bar.
Photos (Sentimental Items)
As Kondo says, the things that need to be eliminated are the hardest to clean. On our phones, this means one thing: photos. Just like your grandparents' shoe boxes, your library keeps getting bigger. Even if they do not consume any physical space on your phone, they still add to the confusion.
So start with the simple things. More than likely, there are hundreds of screenshots, various shots and stored memes that can be thrown away. You do not even have to manually search the entire library. Just tap the Wizard tab in Google Photos. This will suggest the latest photos that you can archive. You can also enter screenshots in the search bar, and the wizard will filter them for deletion after a strike.
Then you can go over your actual photos. This will take some time. So start with your oldest pictures and work your way forward. Double, blurry and unforgettable shots can go. Just tap on a picture and hold it down until a check mark appears. Then select more photos and tap the trash can icon at the top right. You'll find that a smaller library of only the most meaningful images is actually more sentimental than thousands of photos too overwhelming to browse Twitter Feed.