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Phone cleaning guide: Get more years out of your iPhone or Android

The difference between a new tech gadget and an older one often feels like night and day. It is common for a computer to lose momentum over time. Start-ups take longer, the browser stutters, apps take longer to open, or the system freezes for no apparent reason. Tap or click five quick ways to speed up your PC.

Of course, your WiFi could be the problem. I get more calls and emails from poor internet connections than I can count. Tap or click 10 ways to increase your speed.

When it comes to your phone, a thorough cleaning can do a world of good, inside and out. Protect that expensive device; Follow this list the next time yours needs an update. Today would be a good day.

Start with the outside

With the right accessories and a little elbow grease, keeping your phone clean isn’t hard. Ditch the paper towels and follow these simple steps to clean your screen, ports, and case.

cleaning the screen

First, remove your phone’s case and accessories. They want to reach every nook and cranny.

A microfiber cloth is fine for wiping away smudges and grease, but I prefer screen cleaning wipes designed for smartphones. They are just that simple. Skip paper towels. They’re too rough for delicate work like this.

I have bought this 210 pack of screen cleaning wipes from Care Touch over and over again. Use them on smartphones, tablets, monitors, TVs and remote controls. They are scratch-free and made from anti-static fabric that cleans without leaving streaks or lint.

Don’t forget the ports

Your phone’s ports collect dust, dirt, and grime. Avoid using cotton swabs, which leave lint and could make you worse than when you started. Toothpicks can work if you’re very careful, but snapping off the sharp end in a port is easy.

I prefer tools that are made for the job. It helps that these are cheap.

This Skylety 17-piece phone cleaning kit costs less than $10. The kit includes anti-static brushes, nylon brushes, cleaning cloths and a dust-removal sheet. You can use them to gently remove the dirt from your ports.

Scrub your case

If you keep your phone in a case, you’re bound to be shocked every time you pick it up and see all the dirt that’s accumulated inside. You don’t have to be quite Treat your case with the same care you take with your phone’s screen and ports.

  • For plastic, rubber, and silicone cases, use an old toothbrush and some warm, soapy water. Use the toothbrush to reach all nooks and crannies. Rinse thoroughly.
  • Very lightly dampen a microfiber cloth with water and a mild leather bag soap. Rub the casing lightly in a circular motion.

After cleaning, allow the case to dry thoroughly before putting it back on. Need case recommendations? I’m sharing a few here, along with my favorite screen protector. This has saved me from cracking my iPhone multiple times.

Now that your phone is bright and shiny on the outside, let’s dive into the inside.

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Make your phone faster and more secure

Cookies, location services, and ad networks can slow you down and even pose privacy and security risks. It only takes a few minutes to get rid of the junk that’s holding you down.

Delete apps you no longer use

It’s smart to take inventory of what apps are on your phone from time to time. Delete what you don’t use regularly. Delete or close the account associated with the app before removing it. Tap or click here for steps to get this right.

You can also do this on your computer. This digital tool will show you the best ways to delete unwanted accounts from almost all online services. Tap or click here to see how to delete your unwanted accounts.

On your iPhone, open the settings App, tap Generalthen iPhone storage. Scroll and select the apps you want to delete. Beat Delete app and Delete app again to confirm.

Go to Android Gadgets settingsthen tap applications. A list of apps on your phone will appear. Select the app you want to delete and tap Uninstall. (Note: Your exact steps may vary by device manufacturer.)

Check your permissions

Most apps on your phone collect information to learn more about you. This data can be used for targeted advertising, marketing and improvements of systems such as search engines and voice assistants.

Give your phone a privacy audit by reviewing the permissions you’ve given your apps. You’ll be surprised which ones use your camera, microphone, or location data.

On your iPhone:

  • open that settings apartment Scroll down and tap privacy Symbol.
  • Select a tool for which you want to check permissions, e.g. B. calendar, location services or camera. A list of apps that have access to these tools will appear.
  • Choose which apps on your device can access these tools and remove permissions from apps you don’t want to collect data.

On Android:

  • open that settings apps > privacy.
  • Beat Permission Manager to see a list of permissions and the apps that have been granted those permissions. You will see body sensors, calendar, camera, location, microphone and more.
  • Click an app to change its permission settings.

Clear the cache

Your phone’s browser stores tiny files that allow websites to load faster and collect lots of data. You can wipe that away.

To clear cache from Safari browser on your iPhone, follow these steps:

  • Open settingsscroll down and select safari.
  • Under the Privacy & Security section, tap Clear history and website data. This will remove browsing history, cookies, and other site data.

You can also clear the cache of other apps. Beat settings, General and iPhone storage, and scroll through your apps. They are listed by the amount of space they take up from most to least.

If an app needs a lot of storage space, e.g. B. more than 500 MB, it is a good idea to uninstall and reinstall later. You won’t lose any personal information, but you may have to re-enter your login details.

To clear cache from Chrome browser on Android phone, follow these steps:

  • Open chrome.
  • Tap that in the top right Three dots icon.
  • Beat storythen Clear browser data.
  • Please select a time period above. To erase everything, select all time.
  • Check the boxes next to “Cookies and site data” and “Cached images and files.”
  • Beat Delete data.

Clearing your apps cache can improve performance and give you more space for photos, videos, and new apps.

  • open that settings app, then tap storage.
  • Beat applications to view a list of your installed apps.
  • Locate and tap the application whose cache you want to clear. Beat clear cache to clear the app’s cache.

Android also lets you free up storage space by deleting infrequently used apps and files. Follow the steps below to access the Free Up feature:

  • Beat settingsthen storage.
  • Beat Free up disk space.
  • Your phone recommends junk files, duplicates, memes, screenshots, blurry photos and more for removal. Choose a category and tap choose files.
  • Select each file you want to remove. Choose below Move (number) files to the recycle bin.

Update your operating system

If you want to protect your phone, you need to keep the operating system and apps up to date with the latest versions.

Here’s how to get the latest iOS updates on your iPhone:

  • Go to settings > General and then tap software update. If you’re already running the latest update, you’ll see “Your software is up to date.”
  • If an update is available, tap Download > To install. You can also type later > Install tonight or remind me later. Tapping Install tonight will automatically update your device overnight.
  • If prompted, enter your passcode.

To get the latest iOS app updates:

  • open that app store.
  • Tap yours profile icon at the top of the screen.
  • Scroll down to see upcoming updates and release notes.
  • Beat To update next to an app to update just that app, or tap Refresh all.

To get the latest Android OS updates:

  • Open your phone settings apartment
  • Navigate to system > system update.
  • You will see your update status. Follow all the steps on the screen.

To get the latest Android security and Google Play updates:

  • Open settingsthen tap security.
  • To check if a security update is available, tap security update.
  • To check if a Google Play system update is available, tap Google Play system update.
  • Follow all the steps on the screen.

There you have it. Your phone is like new again. Now the hard part: staying that way. I recommend running this cleanup a few times a year for best performance.

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