It seems the smarter your phone gets, the more cluttered it can become. Before long, you have hundreds of apps, no idea how to find the ones you need, and yet another gray hair from a device that was supposed to make your life easier.
Here are five tips for removing the apps you can live without and making the ones you need easy to find without a headache.
1) Give them the “profit test.”
The best test of any business tool is its potential to generate revenue. If you’re your device is cluttered with apps that have no connection to your bottom line, it’s time to clean things up.
Start with the low hanging fruit, those really cool apps you’re barely using that have no connection to your business. Some examples are apps for clothing brands, games you never play, or apps attached to events or trends that have expired.
2) Time-it after you tap.
Have you ever run into an app that’s more work than it’s worth? Get rid of it.
If you feel like you need a manual to use an app or find yourself in perpetual cycle of click-and-wait, consider deleting this app. You can obviously live without it.
3) Check for running apps.
You’ve downloaded some great apps that do some great things…and you never use them. Let them go.
Check your devices “Running Applications” periodically. The apps that show up are the ones you’re actually using routinely. The others, you could probably live with out.
To check your running applications on an iPhone, double-click the home button when you’re logged in. On the bottom of the screen you’ll see a list of all applications that you’ve opened in the order that you’ve accessed them.
On an Android, you can check your running applications by opening Menu > Settings > Applications > Running Services.
4) Remove competing counterparts.
We realize all apps aren’t created equal, but do you really need eight apps to help you find your way around or check local prices?
Check your phone for multiple apps that perform the same function. Pick your favorite and have a funeral for the rest.
If you need to resurrect it later, the app store will still be there. So, don’t feel bad about letting go.
5) Cut your underperformers.
Ever downloaded an app and then wished you hadn’t? Delete it. There’s no need to let it hang around hoping it magically makes itself better.
There are well over a million apps out there, you don’t need them all. Look out for these hidden clutter monsters and free your phone from app addiction.