5 effective ways to declutter your phone (and spend less time using it!)
A report from 2015 claims Americans spend an average of 4.7 hours a day checking their device, a third of the waking day.
Unsurprisingly, a lot of us are trying to get our smartphone usage under control. One of the most effective ways to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone is decluttering it and getting rid of all the useless, distracting stuff that wastes your time.
Here are a few ways to declutter your device!
Delete apps you don’t use
The first and most obvious task is deleting all the apps you don’t use anymore. You know, stuff like Pokemon Go and any other apps that were super popular for a week (we know people who still have Draw Something installed…).
Deleting unused apps won’t dramatically reduce the amount of time you spend on your device, but not having to sift through pages of apps to find what you’re looking for will save a few minutes here and there.
Delete apps that don’t provide any value
Taking inspiration from KonMari, consider the value of each app on your phone. Do you get anything from watching endless Snapchat stories? Is scrolling endlessly through Facebook really that enjoyable? If an app isn’t making your life better, delete it. Simple but effective!
Delete music you don’t listen to anymore
When Apple launched the iPod, they boasted about keeping your whole music library in your pocket. That’s a great concept but years of agonising over what to listen to on the morning commute have taught us that it isn’t too practical.
Go through your music library and delete anything you haven’t listened to for a while. Remember: this isn’t a final decision. You can still re-download stuff. It’ll just save you time when looking for something to listen to!
Delete photos you don’t need anymore
Unless you’re a pro photographer, the chances are you have quite a few ‘outtakes’ in your phone’s gallery. There’s literally no point hanging onto them: they take up space and they make it harder to find the photos you really want to look at.
Photos you actually want to keep don’t need to live on your phone either. Move anything over a year old onto a cloud hosting service or a separate hard drive.
Turn off useless push notifications
There’s nothing worse than hearing that rewarding buzz and picking up your phone, only to find it’s a notification reminding you of someone you barely even talk to’s birthday. Great, thanks for interrupting my day, social media!
Luckily, you can switch them off. Dig into the settings of the app that annoy you and you should find the option.
Some push notifications are useful, of course. The ones we send from our app, for example, let you know about special offers and top traded titles!
Track your phone usage
It’s easy to underestimate the amount of time you spend on your phone because you probably use it in short bursts. A few minutes here, a few minutes there. It all adds up though, and the total figure is likely to be higher than you think.
Apps like BreakFree and Moment track the amount of time you spend on your phone, offering detailed statistics to help you cut down. Seeing your total usage time per day could be the shock you need to take action!
Have you got any phone decluttering tips? Let us know below!
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