Digital Declutter: U.S. Cellular helps us organize our technology

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U.S. Cellular helps us organize our technology with a digital declutter.

The process is easier than you would think, starting with the clearing out the clutter. Unused data takes up valuable space and battery life, so it’s wise to delete rarely-used apps, outdated contacts, old texts and voicemails, as well as unused music, games, photos and videos.

o Emails and their attachments can also take up a lot of space on devices. You can use, a free service that provides an instant list of all of the subscription emails coming to a device. Unsubscribe from unwanted emails and use the “Rollup” feature to combine all remaining emails into one daily summary.

* Then determine what is really important on your device. Many of us have several apps on our devices that are only used once or twice – if at all. Figure out what apps are most useful and delete the rest by tapping and holding an unwanted app, then hitting the “x” for an iOS device or choosing the remove option on Android devices. All purchased apps are linked to the device through an Apple ID, Gmail, Windows or similar account, so you can always reinstall an app later if you’ve deleted it.

What are some tips for organizing the apps we’ve decided to keep?

* Another suggestion is to group your apps into categories. It can be helpful to group apps into categories, such as shopping, cooking, news, social media, games and fitness. You can also consider organizing apps and folders by usage, storing frequently used apps on the home screen and rarely used apps on another screen. This can make it easier and faster to find what you need, when you need it, eliminating the hassle of scrolling through tons of apps.

* Hide apps that are used infrequently. Declutter your home screen by temporarily hiding infrequently used apps on your device. Install Apex Launcher, which stores apps in “drawers,” or create your own app folders and move infrequently-used items off of the main screen.

How can our viewers leverage the Cloud to help declutter their devices?

* Get a photo storing app. According to a recent U.S. Cellular survey, 82 percent of smartphone owners use their phone as their primary camera1. Since photos eat up storage, consider an app such as Google Photos that stores and organizes photos in the cloud. Photos are instantly accessible and can be organized by categories, such as person, place or date while freeing up valuable phone space.

* Leverage the cloud. Consolidate files with free services such as Dropbox or Google Drive, which store documents, photos and videos in one centralized location. Read, share, save and edit documents, photos and even emails with these cloud-based systems. Once important information is safely and securely placed on the cloud, it can be deleted from the device to make more room available.

U.S. Cellular encourages smartphone users to stop by a local store to speak with the wireless company’s knowledgeable associates for help with the tips we have shared today and how technology and U.S Cellular’s nationwide network can help enhance your life in 2019.

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