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5 ways to clean up your Android phone, inspired by Marie Kondo

If you've looked at Marie Kondo's Netflix show, Tidying Up you've undoubtedly caught the cleaning error. Kondo's organizational method breaks down your mess in five key areas: clothes, books, papers, komono (various things) and sentimental objects. Her mission is to "spark joy in the world by cleaning" by throwing out everything that does not make you happy.

But while Kondo's method can help keep your wardrobes and cabinets clean, what about your phone? With six inch screens and storage both on and off your device, it is easy to replenish any digital nook and cranny with things you don't need, do not use, and simply do not remember.

If you transfer Kondo's concept to an Android phone and think of clothes such as apps, books that downloaded videos and songs, and so on, you can start applying her wisdom in your mobile life. Here's how we think Marie Kondo would clean a smartphone. (For more tips, check out our previous story of "1

0 Fast Ways to Clear Space on an Excessive Android Phone.")

Apps (Clothing)

Just as it is easy to fill your wardrobes and boxes with shirts Returning to the Grunge page, it's easy to fill out our phones with apps we haven't opened in years. Some may not even work longer-backups can take over apps we downloaded years ago for phones that are far away.

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The apps in your boxes can be displayed and organized in any number of ways, depending on your phone.

Take the time to go through your appliance. Removing old and unused apps is a good start, but equally important is organizing the apps you have so that you can easily find them. Most phones let you sort by name or other method you choose, and some allow you to sort by date installed. Try tapping the menu button next to the search bar to see which options you have.

Folders are also important. Almost every phone lets you create folders in your appbox, so you can group similar apps for easy reference. Even if you just create a "Google" folder, your junk will decrease because you probably have a dozen or so applications from that company in your box. It's simple: just press and hold an app and drag it on top of another app in your box to create a new folder. Name it and add as many as you like.

Media (Books)

In addition to apps, the most common items on our phones are media files: books, movies, songs, videos and likes. Not only do they take up most of the space, but they can also be the hardest to think because they are often hidden in hidden folders that you cannot access outside their respective apps.

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Downloaded media files can be tricky to find.

Start by checking inside any apps that may have allowed downloads, such as Spotify, Netflix and Google Play Movies. Depending on the app, you may need to delete each file individually or clear the cache within the settings. Then check out the places where large downloads will likely live: your external SD card and your cloud stations. There is reason why Google and Dropbox offer so much storage space, because it's easy to upload something and forget about it. A small digital cleaning helps, and it can even save you some money in time.

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