7 Things You Should Delete from Your Phone Right Now
Starting with phone numbers you don't even recognize
You’d love to reduce clutter on your iPhone for two reasons: 1. To save space. 2. To save your sanity. Here, seven easy places to start.
OLD TEXT MESSAGES FROM YOUR SISTER
You love texting her the photo play-by-play of your life. But check your iPhone’s storage (Settings>General>Storage & iCloud Usage>Messages) and you’ll see the toll it takes on your available space. Our advice? Save the text message photos you love the most, then delete the entire chain.
THE HDR (OR NON-HDR) VERSIONS OF YOUR PHOTOS
Unless you’re shooting a landscape or a low-light scene, you really don’t need to rely too much on your iPhone’s HDR setting. Still, if you use it at all, you’ll want to open up your camera roll periodically and delete whichever duplicate version (HDR or normal) you don’t plan to keep. Another option: Go into Settings>Photos & Camera>Keep Normal Photo and toggle it off or on, depending on your preferences.
APPLE OR GOOGLE MAPS
Pick a team. Delete the one you don't use (or if it's Apple Maps, tuck it in its own folder out of sight). That is all.
OLD SPOTIFY PLAYLISTS
That “2013 Is for Lovers” playlist? Unless you’re still rocking out to it on the regular, remove it from your Spotify account stat (or at least turn off the setting on your phone that says “Available Offline”). All those downloaded tunes take up precious data--data that could be better spent on the new Sia album, by the way.
PODCASTS YOU'VE ALREADY LISTENED TO
So you’re still not over Adnan’s plight. But unless you’re planning to re-listen to all 12 Serial episodes (especially when season 2 is out!), there’s no need to save them on your phone.
PHONE NUMBERS OF PEOPLE WHOSE NAMES YOU DON'T EVEN RECOGNIZE
OK, so technically this doesn’t take up a lot of space on your phone, but do you really need to risk accidentally butt dialing “Vic from the Vegas bar”? No? Didn’t think so.
Remember Vic and the message he left you circa 2011 that’s somehow been transferred every time you upgrade your phone? One word: Delete.