Spring Cleaning for Your Smartphone

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Your smartphone needs a spring cleaning, too. There's a lot of important stuff on your phone, but there are probably a few things you can get rid of as well. Between apps you haven't opened since you downloaded them to photos that are better off in the cloud, here's a roundup of our favorite ways to clear the digital clutter.

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  • @susanweistlingcroleygardner I can't vouch for Android or other non-iOS platforms but on the iPhone you don't have to worry that an app might have to stay on your phone. The AT&T apps can be useful—letting you Mark spots where the AT&T service is lacking in the hopes that eventually AT&T will up their coverage, checking your data usage (a task which can be done better with third party apps), pay your bill, etc.—but nothing will happen if you decide to dump them. Apple locks a handful of their apps to prevent you from deleting them, otherwise you can delete with impunity.
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  • I thought that this was going to tell me how to easily delete the apps I don't use, is that information somewhere? Also How do I know that some apps are indirectly used. For example I have all sorts of AT&T apps that I don't directly use, but I think they maybe being used during other processes.
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  • thank u for ur valuable tips. ur job is great.
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Spring Cleaning for Your Smartphone

  1. By Lookout, Inc. SPRING CLEANING FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE
  2. IT’S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR The sun is out, the sky is blue — it’s time to get rid of the digital clutter that’s been piling up on you. 
  3.  THIS MESS GOES BEYOND YOUR GARAGE Maybe you went on a downloading spree when you unwrapped your phone over the holidays, or maybe you’ve been accumulating junk for a while. Either way, there’s a good chance your phone is starting to look like an episode of Hoarders.
  4. UPDATE YOUR SETTINGS 1
  5.  Do you allow downloading from unknown sources? (Hint: You should check “No”) Does your phone automatically connect to WiFi networks that might not be secure? (No) Is your device encrypted? (Yes) ! Spending a few minutes to make sure your phone settings keep the bad stuff out can save a lot of heartache later on. G etourtips!
  6. CHANGE YOUR PASSWORDS 2
  7. ****Between your phone, tablet and computer, how many accounts are you logged into right now? Do you even know? Change the passwords to your most used accounts, especially if they hold important financial or personal information. ! If you’re using the same passwords across many accounts (not that you would ever do something like that…), using unique passwords on the important ones will leave you much less vulnerable to fraud. G etourtips!
  8. REVIEW APP PERMISSIONS 3
  9.  If your so-called free Flappy Bird knockoff game is requesting access to your financial info, you might have downloaded more than you bargained for. ! It’s best to read reviews and check permissions before you download an app, but you can double check what your apps are collecting and uninstall the ones that seem fishy.
  10. UNINSTALL FORGOTTEN APPS 4
  11.  Remember that app that was all the craze for about a week three months ago? Yeah, neither do we. ! Most of us have about 10 apps we use ALL the time, but the rest can build up into a crowded graveyard of forgotten apps. Factor in the fact that some of the lesser known ones may not have the best privacy standards, and it’s better to just cut the cord.
  12. BACK UP CONTACTS AND PHOTOS 5
  13. Be honest, how much do you love taking pictures of your lunch? We have nothing against your extensive album of sandwich pics, but they’re probably taking up space you could be using for other things (like more lunch pics). ! We’re living in the digital age, people! There’s no reason that valuable data has to live only on your phone. Back up what matters, delete what doesn’t and your phone can be running more efficiently in no time. Lookoutcan help!
  14. BE PROACTIVE 6
  15. Download a mobile security app like Lookout to make sure you and your phone don’t encounter too much trouble before your next spring cleaning.
  16. For more mobile security tips, follow    Lookout

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