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Spring Cleaning Your Cell Phone

HUBER HEIGHTS -- Although spring cleaning is usually a time to get rid of your life's clutter, most people forget to tidy up the one device they use each and every day -- their smartphone.

"There's been a couple of times where it runs slow," said Verizon shopper Pamela Sherer-Javorina.

But there are a couple things you can do besides keeping up-to-date software that will speed up your phone and make your battery last longer.

According to Agent CEO Kulveer Taggar [www.tryagent.com], an expert on smartphone optimization, every smartphone owner can improve their phone's speed, organization, and battery life this spring in less than five minutes:

STEP #1:  STOP HOARDING FORGOTTEN APPS
Delete the apps on your smartphone that you haven't used in the past three months.

STEP #2:  CLEAN UP LOCATION PERMISSIONS
Turn off location updates for apps that constantly access your GPS and burn through your battery life.

STEP #3:  GET RID OF OLD PHOTOS AND CONTACTS
You probably don't need a photo of last month's ham sandwich or the phone number of that blind date your mom set up.

STEP #4:  ORGANIZE NOTIFICATION SETTINGS
Disabling unimportant push notifications can save you stress and endless interruptions.

STEP #5:  TIDY UP BACKGROUND REFRESHING
Prevent apps that update themselves repeatedly from making your smartphone sluggish and battery depleted.

"I downloaded some games for the grand kids and they're not using them so I should just get rid of them," said Sherer-Javorina. "I kind of go through it now and then and delete some pictures. In fact, I was looking at it the other day and said I need to get rid of a few of these."

"Also using cloud storage,  you can back up your call log, all of your photos, videos, everything," said Verizon Wireless Solutions Manager Kyle Thwaits. "This will even back up the messages on your phone."

Power spring cleaners could also use Agent, a free Android smartphone app, to optimize their phones and make their smartphones smarter.  Agent can:

1)  Detect you're low on battery and start preserving power.
2)  Detect you're sleeping and automatically silence your phone.
3)  Detect you're driving and read your text messages out loud.
4)  Detect you're parking and remember where you parked.
5)  Detect you're working and hide incoming notifications.

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