Keep your mobile device running with these 5 tips

In this article we’ll be discussing a few tips that all users can consider on a regular basis to keep their phones and apps running smoothly. For many, this will already be common practice and for newer handsets much of this has been automated for the rest of us though it’s just not something we think about.
We'll be sticking to Android features while much of this applies to Apple devices not everything will.

1) Keep your device and apps up to date

There are two core places that this should be applied, a) the Android Software the device is using and b) Your applications. The importance of this is two fold, most importantly updates are how software developers provide you with much needed security patches to protect your information from intruders. Software updates also server to provide you with new features and efficiencies. If you don’t update your software regularly you can’t be sure you are running your applications as the best they can be.
  • To check for device updates open up your settings and head to “About Phone” typically in this menu you will be able to identify where to check for System Updates. Apply any available.
  • To update your applications you will need to head to the “Play Store” app, click on the settings drop down in the upper left of the screen, the first option in the list is “My Apps & Games” click there. From here, you will see all of your applications installed on your device including whether or not updates are available. Click Update All to download and install each application update. To apply updates automatically, we will need to head to settings, click the icon in the upper left of the Play Store screen, select settings from the menu. In the settings menu is an option to “Auto-Update apps” click this and select “Over any Network” this will allow all apps to update using mobile data so consider your data allowance in your phone plan.

2) Clean up storage regularly

There are two good places to make a habit of clearing. a)Temporary files and b) Unused Apps. 
  • To take care of your storage needs we will again be heading in to the device settings, this time to the “Storage” menu. Once you arrive we will be using the devices clean up wizard, all modern android devices will have this though the naming differs between manufacturers. Click to start the wizard and it will guide you through a varying array of steps designed to tidy up your old files, remove clutter and junk and in some cases advise you of old apps you haven’t used for some time. Follow the wizard carefully and you will clean up much of the clutter that can accumulate over time.
  • If the clean up wizard hasn’t already done so it’s time to have a look at your app list, if its not getting used do you still need the app installed? The best place to review a list of installed apps is back in Google’s “Play Store” app. Head back in to the “Play Store”, settings, “My Apps and Games”. In the Apps screen click on “Installed” this will show the full list of apps installed on your phone, what it will also tell you is how many weeks ago it was last used. If you find you have apps that were last used months ago consider uninstalling them by clicking on the app and selecting uninstall at the top. This will save storage, prevent the app using any background resources and save data on auto updates.

3) Close apps running in the background

Much of this has been long term maintenance, this one is more immediate. Whenever you open a new app what happens to the old one? Is it closed? Like minimising a program in windows an app isn’t truly closed down it is still open in the background ready to be used again. 

However, if your device is running slow are there too many apps waiting? To free up resources you can close all these apps down. Process differs between devices, try swiping lightly from the bottom to the top of your home screen this is expected to show all open apps in a staggered or side by side view, these can then be swiped closed.

4) Restart your device regularly

This is a very simple but effective option. Restart the device, we suggest once a week or anytime you are having issues. This will allow the device to refresh and run a number of built in routines as well as clearing all running apps providing a fresh slate. Some devices will even allow the option to schedule this process.

5) Check your device manufacturers optimisation routines

Beyond the default options many different manufacturers provide centralised locations to cover much of this maintenance and other optimisation measures. These are typically found in settings and can also be considered, such as Samsung’s “Device Care” option. 

We hope these tips assist you. However, If you would like more information please email or give our office a call on 1800 988 522

Cutcher & Neale Software Team

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