Make your Android phone feel new again with these quick tricks

Taking a few minutes to adjust your Android settings can reap great rewards.

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Temperatures are rising and flowers are in bloom – spring has finally arrived. In this time of growth, rebirth and spring cleaning, consider yours Android phone. Whether or not Android 12 has arrived on your phone yet, there are plenty of ways to update and tweak your phone to make it feel new again.

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First of all, detox the exterior of your phone as you probably put it close to your face every day. Learn how clean the outside of your phone the right way without ruining the screen.

Then dive into your phone’s software. An investment of just a few minutes can transform yours Android phone to something that looks and feels new – at least until you are able to upgrade. Read on to find five simple tips to clean up, rearrange and customize your Android phone.

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You can also uninstall apps using the Play Store.

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Delete all your forgotten apps

Spend a few minutes going through your home screen or app drawer and delete any apps you no longer use. Not only do these apps take up valuable storage space, but they potentially have access to the personal information or permissions you approved when the app was first launched.

How you go about deleting an app may vary based on who is making your device, however I covered all the bases in this post. Read it if you do not see an uninstall option after long pressing the app icon.

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Left: The Files app on a Pixel 3. Right: My files on a Galaxy S10 Plus.

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Remove old files to free up storage space

Once you have removed old apps, you can free up more storage space by going through the files stored on your Android phone. It’s all too easy to forget all the files you’ve accidentally downloaded – like the takeaway menu at the new place down the road or a GIF sent by a friend. And those files are related. The fastest and easiest way to manage your phone’s storage is to use the Pre-installed Files app.

In fact, some phones use a variant of the same app. On Samsung, for example, it’s called My Files. On Pixel ($ 445 at Amazon) lineup, it’s just Files. On it OnePlus 9it’s File Manager – you get the point.

I recommend that you open the app drawer on your phone and reach out for “files”. Odds are that it will reveal what your phone manufacturer calls the app.

Start by checking Downloads folder where you can either delete the files you no longer want or move them to a place like Google Drive.

Most file apps will also reveal all the large files stored on your device. For example, OnePlus 9 Pro’s File Manager app has a dedicated in-app section for high-load files.

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Your options for designing your home screen are endless.

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Adjust settings on the home screen for a new look

One of the best parts of Android is how much you can customize the entire look of your phone. From installing app icon packages to completely replacing the launcher your phone uses, there are plenty of options for personalizing your phone.

While you can definitely jump into tweaking launchers and installing app icons, start by digging into the home screen settings that your phone already offers. I do this once in a while and it’s surprising how subtle adjustments of aspects like app layout can make it feel like a brand new phone.

Long press on an empty area of ​​your home screen, then select Home settings (or a variation of it). It opens up the options for your home screen where you can customize various settings.

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Settings such as the size of the app grid. It may seem like a small change to go from a grid with 4×5 apps to 5×5, but the extra column can make a big difference (the same can be said about shrinking the grid).

This is also where you will find options for things like swiping down the home screen to see notifications instead of having to swipe from the top of the screen.

Go through the respective settings your phone has and experiment with the setup of your home screen.

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Device settings are easily ignored, but they are important to get your device right.

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Optimize your device settings

Speaking of settings now, this is a good time to go through and change settings that have annoyed you. I have a summary of settings you will change and customize on any Android phone to get the most out of it.

For example, turning on the dark mode not only makes the app look better, but it also saves battery life. And yes, I’m even showing you how to prevent app icons from automatically appearing on your home screen.

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Use Permissions Manager to control which apps have access to your data.

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Customize your privacy settings

Before you take a break, do yourself and your Android phone one last service – double check your privacy settings.

open Settings app and then press Privacy > Permission Administrator. Go through each category to see which apps currently have access to which treasury of your personal data. Do you find an app you do not want access to your location? Turn it off. The same goes for contacts, calendar or camera.

It does not take long to go through each section, and even if it did, it is well worth the effort.

Once you have finished giving your Android phone a tuneup, you can check these out hidden features you will definitely love. there is also one document scanner that makes it easy to make digital copies of paperwork. And take a look all the reasons to consider buying a Pixel phone.

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