The sun is out, the days are longer, and flowers are blooming. Spring has sprung – and with it, the perfect inspiration for cleaning, organizing, and getting rid of clutter. Whether or not you tackle your home this spring, at least take care of cleaning your PC and mobile devices – they need it too.
Over time, computers and devices get bogged down by use and cluttered up with files you don’t really need. This built-up junk makes them slow and unstable. Often people think they need to go buy a new device, when actually they just need a tune-up.
With a little optimizing, you can get your old device running like new again.
Here are the top three ways a good spring cleaning will help you get more out of the life of your device.
1. More space
Are you running low on space on your device? No matter how much disk space a device has when it’s new, over time it starts to run out. Apps, app data, large media files, downloads, and other unused user data start to litter your device. You might find your device is out of space for your photos, or you can’t install any more apps. Cleaning up this excess junk will free up space for the content that you really want.
2. Faster performance
Is it taking too long for your PC or phone to boot up? Too many processes running in the background that are dragging down your gaming or media experience? If your device is running slow or if apps are taking too long to start up, you could use an optimization for faster start-up times, browsing, file operations, and making your apps run smoother.
3. Better battery life
Wouldn’t it be nice if your batter would last a little longer? Your device’s battery gets consumed by unnecessary apps and processes. By closing those out, you can extend your battery life so you don’t need to plug in as often.
Now, for the cleanup.
There are some easy things you can do to get a cleaner, faster, more efficient device that’s got space for the content you care about. Here are some easy steps:
- Photos and videos are some of the biggest space takers. You can free up a lot of space just by going through and individually deleting out the photos you don’t want or need anymore from your gallery. Or you can back all of them up to another hard drive or cloud service, then remove them from your device altogether.
- Uninstall apps you don’t use (Be strong! If you really need it down the road, you can always install it again).
- Open your Downloads folder and check what’s there – chances are there’s a lot of stuff you don’t need anymore that you can delete.
- Clear your cached data from apps and browsers. This data is saved to enable quicker processing, but over time it all adds up and bogs your system down.
Tip: Aside from the photos and videos, the quickest, easiest way to take care of the above items is to run a free cleaning with F-Secure Booster. It will get rid of all the old trashed files, temporary and log files and unused user data, to free up space for the stuff that really matters. The PC version of F-Secure Booster even has a software update tool to make sure all critical software and driver updates are taken care of.
Ah, the beauty of spring…when everything old is new again!
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