Is Digital Clutter Slowing Down Your Device?

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It’s easy to see people trying to organize their lives materially. In fact, since we work with people trying to have a safe spot for their possessions at Mini Safe Storage in San Leandro, we regularly see people who are clearing their homes of wanted possessions, but those that they don’t necessarily have room for. This is a very visible and popular trend to minimize our material possessions, and for many, one that comes with some challenge to separate from the emotional attachment that they may feel toward their possessions.

As more of our lives is spent interacting with friends, family, and work via our mobile devices, some of our offline habits have transferred into the digital realm. Our phones have become our lifelines with stored phone numbers, text threads, calendars, banking, work files, and of course, our favorite diversions with games, movies, TV, etc. As such, it is important to perform regular maintenance on your phone to keep your data safe and device running smoothly.

Back it up

I’ll admit it, I am a digital hoarder. That feels like some kind of introduction at an “Anonymous” meeting doesn’t it? I wonder if there is an online support group for people like me? We could all gather and bring out our floppy disks, CDs, or thumb drives at meetings and count how many new files we’d accumulated during the week. Of course, that could lead to some more digital clutter, so maybe that isn’t a good idea after all.

Even though you have your images and music on a card, it’s a good idea to back up your files. For images that you want to have access to, make sure that they are backed up to an online photo storage site like Google Photos or Amazon Photos as well as a card, flash drive, or external hard drive and then delete them from your device. I know that you can do it!

Check your apps

Have you ever downloaded an app to get a discount and then never used it again? Is it still sitting on your phone? If you regularly monitor your apps and uninstall unneeded or unused apps, you can yield more space and a better performing device. After deleting your superfluous apps, restart your phone so that it reboots. In fact, rebooting your device regularly can help it run smoothly and more effectively.

While we can’t help with your digital storage, we hope that you’ve found this helpful and would consider coming in for a visit or considering us for any of your current and future self storage needs in San Leandro, CA.

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