Smartphones today are like mini computers that can do just about anything. In the palm of your hands, you can get navigation assistance, take photos, pay for dinner and more. Tap or click for seven things you didn’t know your Android could do.

Your smartphone can get bogged down with software, viruses, and too many files like a computer. It may start to run sluggishly when this happens, which isn’t ideal.

If you have an Android phone and you want it to work like new, there are some steps you need to follow. Here are eight maintenance tips to keep your Android running like new.

1. Get rid of bloatware

Regardless of the version, your phone comes preloaded with a ton of stuff you don’t need. If you’ve had your phone for a while, chances are you’ve also downloaded apps that you no longer use. Keep your phone running smoothly and remove them:

  • Head toward Settings.
  • Go to Apps and Notifications.
  • Hit See all apps.
  • Uninstall those you don’t need.

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2. Get rid of trash

Every time you download a file or document to your phone, it gets saved somewhere. Do you know where? And all those duplicate photos? There is an endless list of junk files that end up lurking in the nooks and crannies of your phone, so delete them using a third-party app like Files by Google.

Google Files will give you cleaning suggestions, remove duplicate photos, and optimize your storage space, all for free.

3. Revoke location access

A recent Android update comes with a security dashboard that lets you see what permissions apps have. You’d be amazed how many apps have access to your location and how few need it. Luckily, you can view apps and revoke permissions. Here’s how:

  • Swipe down from the top of the screen.
  • Touch and hold location.
  • Picking out App location permissions.
  • Below Allowed all the time, Allowed only during useand ProhibitedFind apps that can use your phone’s location.
  • Tap the app to change the permission.

4. Check your permissions

Apart from your phone’s location, apps can still access other things like your camera and microphone. You can quickly check these permissions and change them as you see fit.

  • Open Settings.
  • Picking out Apps.
  • Select the app you want to modify.
  • Picking out Permissions.
  • Select Allow Where Don’t allow.

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5. Run the latest version

Your phone should automatically updated, but it doesn’t hurt to check and make sure it’s running the latest version of the operating system. Outdated software exposes you to hackers and prevents you from getting fun new features when they come out. Here’s how to check:

  • Open Settings.
  • Near the bottom, press System > System update.
  • You will see your update status. Follow the on-screen steps.

6. Enable Security Settings

Your Android phone has many built-in security features, but you need to allow them to use them. Consider enabling security features like Google Play Protect and Smart Lock.

Google Play Protect will protect your phone from harmful apps on the Play Store, and Smart Lock lets you keep your phone unlocked depending on the situation.

Google PlayProtect

  • Open the Google Play Store.
  • Press your profile picture.
  • Picking out Play protect.
  • Faucet Settings.
  • Picking out Scan apps with Play Protect.

smart lock

  • Open Settings.
  • Select Lock screen and security.
  • Faucet Advanced.
  • Picking out Trusted Agents.
  • Drag the slider next to Smart Lock (Google) To the right.
  • Find and press Smart lock.
  • Walk in Pin Where Password.
  • Choose your type of Smart Lock and follow the instructions to activate it.

7. Optimize your battery

Your battery is perhaps the most critical thing in your phone because if it dies you can’t use it until you find a charger. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to extend your battery life, including:

  • To light up low battery mode.
  • Use battery optimization fashion.
  • Delete unused screens.
  • Reduce the brightness of your screen.
  • Disable Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.

8. Clean up your contacts

Are you still talking to Brenda about geometry class? Probably not. But she could still be a contact on your phone. If you haven’t seen your contact list in a while, or never, try cleaning it up.

You’ll want to do this twice, once on your phone by going to your contact list and through your Google account which backs up your contact list. Here’s how to delete contacts on your Android phone:

  • On your Android phone or tablet, open the contacts application.
  • Select an option:
    • A single point of contact: Tap the contact. At the top right, tap After > Wipe off > Wipe off.
    • Multiple contacts:
      • Long press on a contact, then press on the other contacts.
      • Faucet Wipe off > Wipe off.
    • All contacts: At the top right, tap After > Select all > Wipe off > Wipe off.
  • Your deleted contacts are placed in your trash.
    • After 30 days in your trash, the contacts are permanently deleted.
  • To permanently delete contacts in your trash:
    • Single contact person: Tap the contact > Delete forever > Delete forever.
    • Multiple contacts:
      • Long press on a contact, then press on the other contacts.
      • Faucet After > Delete forever > Delete forever.
    • All contacts: Faucet Empty the trash now > Delete forever.

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