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July 3, 2012

How to Keep your Droid working like new | Zaptoid

How to keep your Droid working like new:

One of the biggest mistakes most people make is that they get a Droid without looking at the amount of memory on it. Yes, that $30 Droid is cheap, but you’re getting what you pay for. There’s probably 126 MB of onboard memory with the ability to hold a max 2 GB memory card. Which, in the days of the 1.3 MP camera, that wasn’t a bad deall. But now, you’re trying to download large files and document your life through your phone camera – this will not cut it. Be aware of the amount of memory on your phone because IT MATTERS.

Now, let’s say you have a decent phone with a good amount of memory, but it’s moving slow. You’re probably ready to throw it across the room while spewing obscenities at the developer, your carrier, Jesus, Peter Paul and Mary, because you don’t know what’s wrong with it. Right? Stop. Put the phone down, now.

Let’s think of this in a way that you’re used to. You have to clean out the memory in your computer, right? If you didn’t know that, now you do. The same with your phone. It’s basically a mini computer and needs to be taken care of like one. I, personally, haven’t found an app that does this for me the way I want it to and end up just cleaning out my memory manually.

To do this, you’ll want to go into your applications. Depending on your phone, you might be able to get to it by the menu button from home, or you might have to go into settings and go in through applications. What you’re trying to accomplish here, is getting to the list of all applications.

You’re not going to want to touch some of these. If it looks like something official like “Contacts Settings” or it has a lot of periods in the name, I would leave it alone. In fact, you should probably leave anything alone that you don’t know what it is. The things that you will want to work with are the ones like browser, downloaded applications, or Google Play and things like that.

What we’re basically going to do here is clear the program data and cache. What this does is clear all the stored memory and settings for that program. Use a little bit of common sense here. If you’re playing angry birds and you’re in the last stage, don’t clear the data for this game. You’ll lose the whole game. That will be your fault not mine. I warned you, yes I did.

When you press on the program, it will open up into another page that allows you to do a few things like uninstall and force stop. Below that, you’ll see some stats including the amount of memory it’s currently taking up. There should also be a button that allows you to clear data. This is where you’re going to want to be. Press this and the amount of memory used should go all the way down to the base program size and then you’re all done with that one.

With applications that you’ve downloaded that require a log in, like FaceBook. It will erase your log in, so be sure you know the credentials so you can log in again. Apps like this generally accrue a decent amount of cache because it logs the page so you can visit it quicker the next time you log in. I usually end up clearing 10+MB of memory when I do it.

Your application list is pretty long. It should probably only take you about 5 minutes to go through it and clear all of the memory. 5 minutes as opposed to months of a slow phone. It’s worth it.

One last thing that you’ll want to do is make sure you delete programs that you no longer use. This seems like a simple enough concept, but it’s amazing how many people don’t do it. This will clear up the most memory. Don’t be hesitant to do it. If you no longer use the program, just get rid of it. If you really want it back at a later time, you can always just re-download it. So, let go. It’ll be healthy for you, I promise.

On a side note, if you have a big enough memory card, some programs have the ability to be moved to your SD card. You can do this in the same menu that you clear the data from. This has a couple of benefits like clearing up onboard memory as well as making the program movable to another phone just by switching the SD card. The main downfall, though is that it does slow the program down because the phone has to run from the SD card instead of the hard drive. I would suggest that if you use it frequently, don’t bother moving it over.

In conclusion, this is a simple way to keep your phone working like new and fulfills your duty as a smart phone owner. Taking a couple of minutes a couple times a month will keep stop a lot of frustration. Think of it as a date night for your phone. Your relationship will be refreshed and renewed. Feel free to tip your therapist. (Me, duh)

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