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How to clean up your smartphone

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Money & Career

How to clean up your smartphone

Delete photos and videos
Not every photo of your kids and pets is a gem. Tech expert Amber Mac suggests sifting through your shots the first day of every month. "Upload the photos and videos you love to an online storage service such as Dropbox," she says. "Then, delete the originals from your phone."

Goodbye, Candy Crush

The average smartphone user has 30 apps on her device, but most people use just 10 daily, says Mac. "Apps are getting bigger every year in terms of download size, so delete the ones you don't use. You can always reinstall the ones you miss." Decluttering will also improve the speed of your sluggish device.

Make room for music
Still downloading tunes? Streaming services often make more sense, notes Mac. "If you listen to music where free Wi-Fi is available, consider an app such as Spotify," she says. "Not only will you save money and free up valuable storage space, but you'll also get more choice." Spotify offers an ad-free experience for $10 per month.

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This story was originally part of "Let It Go" in the September 2015 issue.
           
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