New year, new life, they say. And this also applies to the mobile: nothing like practicing a thorough cleaning to make it shiny for 2020. Now, it is convenient to know the operation of the phone to run cleaning safely, if not there can be problems. And that we have proposed today: we will eliminate all the garbage so that your Android is as clean as if it were new again.
We will proceed step by step in order to adapt the level of cleaning to your needs. As we go up the cleaning will be more profound; and with her, there will also be certain side effects. So, before proceeding with the deletion, you should make a backup copy of your smartphone, including photos, messages and contacts.
Our first recommendation is clear: do not install applications that promise to eliminate all the garbage on your mobile. Most of these apps have the opposite effect: instead of cleaning your phone, they will end up dirtying it with advertising, slowing it down and can even infect you with malware. Be very careful.
Delete the apps you don’t use
This point is basic: the first step of any cleaning should be to put an end to the superfluous. That is, all those applications that you installed “just in case” and that in the end are taking up unnecessary space on the phone. They can even consume data and battery even if you have never opened them.
Do not have contemplations: finish with everything that you do not use. Apps that have run out of use, games that you tried one day and ended up staying on the phone, take out everything that has no direct use for you. Your phone will appreciate it (and you too).
Goodbye to the WhatsApp gallery
After unused applications, the gallery left by WhatsApp and company messages is the item that accumulates the most garbage on the entire phone. Because, does that ton of funny memes that send you from the gazillion groups you signed up to really do you any good? The same happens with videos: to the garbage container. And without going through recycling.
To delete the WhatsApp gallery you have to do the following:
- Access the reel of the application (it is in a folder with the same name as the messaging app, inside the gallery) and review the content in case there is anything you want to save. It is always good to be sure.
- Once you have saved what is important (if there is anything), have no mercy and delete the folder. In case you can’t do it from the gallery, use a file manager.
- To prevent WhatsApp from automatically downloading multimedia content to the gallery, thus preventing it from being filled with “garbage” again, you just have to go to its settings and enter Data and storage. Leave “No file” selected for downloading with mobile data, with Wi-Fi and when roaming. This will only save what you download manually.
Remember to clean frequently the gallery folders where your chat photos are stored – they tend to get huge.
Delete photos and videos that you don’t want
In relation to the previous point, take a look at the gallery to delete everything you don’t want to keep. Screenshots (it is an obligatory deletion folder), images that you only used to share occasionally and videos that have lost all meaning: if you don’t think they are really worth it, the best thing is to remove them from your mobile. In addition, if you have a cloud backup of all the content, you can also delete some photos and videos that interest you from your phone. Having a secure backup will free up a lot of mobile space.
Make sure that after deleting photos and videos, they do not remain in the recycle bin: there are custom layers that they do not directly delete the content in case you want to recover it (the quarantine is usually one month). Enter your gallery settings, access the recycle bin and completely delete what you do not want.
Clear cache yes or no?
The cache of applications is usually considered as system garbage, but this is not entirely true: thanks to this cache, all apps can start more quickly since they store content in memory that they do not have to generate again. Now, not all apps behave correctly with the cache since there are real storage eaters. Google Chrome and Facebook are two good examples.
Our recommendation is that you do not delete the cache unless the application has saved too many MB and you really need the space. Check in the settings of the most controversial apps (Chrome, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, for example) and, if you go too far, delete their cache: the option is in the storage settings.
Delete series and movies that you have already seen
Netflix and similar applications accumulate a large amount of MB (and GB) that makes sense when you take your mobile on the road; and you lose it the moment you see the content. So, if you are one of those who forget to clean what is downloaded, it never hurts erase everything you’ve already seen.
It not only happens with the offline content of streaming apps, but also with all the videos that you have uploaded by hand. And with music, audio playlists end up taking up a lot of space: if you’re not used to listening to some playlists, maybe it’s time to clean up.
Use an app to delete garbage
Yes, we know that our first recommendation was not to download applications, but only in a generic way: there are apps capable of cleaning and that guarantee maximum security. Our favorite is Files Go by Google.
To clean your phone, just download the application from the Google Play store. Once you run it, you will see that it offers you different cleaning options. You can delete applications that you do not use, multimedia folders from messaging apps and other elements that could be considered as “junk”: once you give the application permissions, Files Go will analyze your phone to give you suggestions.
Files Go by Google is a free, complete, safe app and has no advertising. It is worth having it installed.
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Extreme case: restore the factory mobile
That you did not have enough with the above? If you backed up all your essential data (contacts, messages, photos, videos and other personal information), you can format the phone to return it to its factory state. This way you will do a thorough cleaning and you will have it brand new. At least when it comes to software.
Remember that with a factory reset or wipe all phone data is deleted. Save a backup first, and if you really want to reset your smartphone, do the following:
- Access your Android settings and look for the “reset” option. It is usually found in general administration, additional settings or in security (each Android is a world).
- Choose the option similar to “Factory data reset“With this option, everything you have saved on the phone is deleted.
- Usually you have to accept several times to reset the mobile. You will also have to identify yourself to proceed.