TH Quick Tips – Smartphone App Management

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always an aggravating moment.

Here’s some thoughts on app management.  Interested in more?  Check out TH Quick Tips every week.

Anyone who has a smartphone, whether its iOS, Android, or even Windows Phone (there are still folks out there),  will know that applications play a huge role in getting the smartphone to work for you.   With owning a smartphone, app management is extremely important. But of course, in order to download those applications, you need storage to keep those apps on your phone, and RAM (memory) to get them to run properly.   That’s why you see phones coming to market with 6GB of RAM, as well as phones with up to 256GB of storage.

However, having as much storage as a small laptop will mean nothing if you fill it to the brim with items such as applications.  If you find yourself thinking that the more storage you buy directly correlates with the amount of ridiculous one time use apps you decide to put on your phone,  I am here to tell you to stop the madness.

As an iPhone (and sometimes Android) user, apps, which is short for applications, play a pretty huge role in my day to day life.  As the Tech Homie, I focus on the ability for my phone to be able to handle the day to day tasks that I encounter.  Space isn’t necessarily a HUGE issue for me; since I have an LG G6 with 32GB of on-board storage paired with a MicroSD card.

My current storage level is precisely 46.91 GB of storage, which is perfectly fine for me.  On my iPhone 6, I only have 16GB of storage, but I utilize things like iCloud to help clear space by moving my photos into the cloud.  So again, not so bad.  But as a tech enthusiast, I know that blowing up your phone with apps is not very helpful.

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this phone has been used for 2 years, proper app management here.

I currently have 43 applications on my iPhone 6, and 2GB left on the device. The majority of my apps are used on a regular basis.  However, 43 may be a little steep considering the fact that I only have 16GB of storage on the iPhone, and the iPhone does not have expandable storage.  However, I do not have issues with downloading an app when I need it, at any given point in time. My G6, on the other hand, barely has any applications, except for those that I use on a fairly consistent basis.

Unfortunately, many people cross my path with phones that they are barely able to use due to the sheer number of apps that are on their phone.

Here’s how to Stop the Madness.

Folks tend to have a crazy amount of apps on their phones and not realize the apps are there.   If your phone is telling you to delete some applications to save space,  its a good idea to actually delete some applications and save space.   You don’t have to delete all of your applications.  You can take a look through your pages of applications, and delete the apps that are in the following categories:

  1. Apps that don’t have an actual reason to exist on your phone.
  2. That one app that your weird friend told you to download because you could make a lot of money.
  3. Apps that you forgot that were on your phone…  you forgot them for a reason.
  4. Any app that you were told to click while playing another game. (Mobile Strike, anyone?)
  5. Any app that you don’t remember downloading.  If you don’t remember why you downloaded it, you need to delete it.
  6. Geometry Dash.  That game makes my head hurt. (don’t delete it, its awesome, keep that game, and tell me how you do!)

Since there is no app drawer with iOS, you can take inventory of your apps on your home screen.  With Android devices, you can check your application by going to settings>applications (it could say ‘apps’, ‘applications’ or even ‘application manager’).  From there, you would be able to uninstall (or if its a carrier app, disable) each app that you no longer want on your phone.

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There are some reasons behind why you need to take inventory of your apps periodically.  Simply put, the more apps on your phone, the slower your phone will go.  RAM, or Random Access Memory, is what helps power your operating system.  The things that you do on a daily basis, are influenced by the RAM on the phone.

Hopefully this can help you and your phone.

The more things you run on your phone at any given point in time, the slower your phone will go, the hotter (some phones) will get, and the closer you phone will come to it dying.  The more apps you leave on your phone, the less space your phone will have.

If you have 16GB of storage, then you can’t blow up the phone with useless, unproductive apps.  If you have a phone with 128GB of storage, don’t load the phone up with 128GB of useless applications.

So only have the apps on your phone that you use on a daily basis.  Also take care of the types of applications that you have on your device.  Download apps that are well reviewed,  from reputable sources.  If you keep your app usage to a productive level, then you can use your phone for important info.

Save your phone for important things like your pictures, videos, and music that you cannot live without.  Save your phone for the long run, and for the things that are important in your life.  Not for games that you will play once and never use them again.

So think of this as a PSA for you to decide what’s important for you on your phone.  It’s completely up to you as to what stays on your phone.  Hopefully this may help out. Looking for more quick tips?  Check out some more quick tips herehere, and here,

If you need help, of course, let me know, put it in the comments, or reach out to me at @thetechhomie, or thetechhomie@gmail.com.   I’m here to help.

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