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    Clean Android phone, the best methods

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    Cleaning an Android phone is like cleaning your house, you do it very often, indeed you have to do it very often. Especially for those with little memory or for those who have a slow mobile phone, it becomes almost mandatory. Facebook, Whatsapp, applications, games, everyone leaves a memento on the phone.


    Who to open faster, who to save data, and in so doing occupy the memory of the device until the mobile phone is slowed down. Unnecessary files need to be cleaned from time to time, and to do this, there are also Android cleaning applications.



    Some phone manufacturers such as Xiaomi, include some phone cleaner apps on their phones, but often some of them have as a secondary purpose infecting phones with Adware. In doing so we are forced to install antivirus on our Android devices.

    To clean the phone, a little forethought may be enough when we use apps. We will proceed step by step in cell cleaning. As we go on the cleansing will be deeper and deeper; And, with it, there will be some side effects as well.


    So, before proceeding with the deletion, you need to make a backup of your smartphone, including photos, messages and contacts.

    Our first recommendation is clear: don't install apps that promise to eliminate junk from your phone. Many of these apps have the opposite effect: instead of cleaning your phone they will end up dirtying it with ads, slowing it down, and may even infect you with malware. Be very careful.

    Clean Android phone, the best methods


    Clean up Android by deleting apps you don't use

    This point is fundamental: the first step to clean Android is to put an end to the superfluous. That is, all those applications that you have installed "just in case" and that eventually take up unnecessary space on your phone. They can even consume data and battery, even if you've never opened them.



    Don't look anyone in the face - get rid of everything you don't use. Unused apps, games you've only played for one day, delete anything you don't need from your phone. The phone will thank you (and so will you).

    Clean phone by greeting the WhatsApp gallery

    After unused applications, the gallery left by WhatsApp and messages is the element that accumulates the most waste on the entire phone. Why, is that ton of funny meme pics sent to you by the groups you signed up for really useful to you? The same goes for videos - deposit everything in the garbage container. And without recycling.


    To clean WhatsApp you need to do the following:

    • Access the application folder (located in a folder named as the messaging app, within the gallery) and review the content in case there is anything you want to save. It is always good to make sure.
    • After saving what is important (if there is anything), have no mercy and delete the folder. In case you can't do it from the gallery, use a file manager.
    • To prevent WhatsApp from automatically downloading multimedia content in the gallery, thus preventing it from filling up again with “useless things”, just go to the settings and in Data and storage. Leave “No files” selected when downloading with mobile data, Wi-Fi and roaming. This will only save what you download manually.

    Remember to do frequent cleaning of the gallery folders where chat photos are stored - they tend to get huge.


    Clean cell phone by deleting photos and videos you don't need

    In reference to the previous point, it's time to take a look at the gallery for delete anything you don't want to keep. Screenshots (it is a folder that must be deleted), images that you used only to share them and videos that have lost all meaning: it is better to remove them from your mobile.


    Also, if you have a cloud backup of all the content, you can also delete some photos and videos that interest you from your phone.

    Make sure that after deleting the photos and videos, they don't remain in the recycle bin - there are launchers for Android that they don't directly delete the content in case you want to recover it (quarantine is usually a month… yuck again). Go to your gallery settings, access the trash and completely delete everything you don't need.

    Do you need to clear the cache of your Android phone?

    The application cache is generally considered to be junk, but this is not entirely true: thanks to this cache, all apps can start up faster as they store content in memory that they do not have to generate again.

    Now, not all apps behave properly with caching as there are real memory eaters. Google Chrome and Facebook are two good examples.

    Our advice is not to clear the cache unless the app has saved too many MB and you don't really need the space. Here is an article that talks about just that: Should you clear the system cache on your Android phone?


    Check the settings of the most controversial apps (Chrome, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, for example) and if it spreads, delete the cache - the option is in the app settings.

    Clean smartphone by deleting the series and movies you have already seen

    Netflix and similar applications accumulate a large amount of MB (and GB) which makes sense when you take your mobile on the go; you lose space in your memory when you have already seen the content. So, if you're one of those who forget to clean up the download, it never hurts to delete everything you've already seen.


    Use an app to clean your phone

    Yes, we know that our first recommendation was not to download applications, but only in a generic way: yes, there are apps that can clean and guarantee maximum security. Our favorite is Google's Files Go.

    To clean Android phone, download the application from the Google Play Store. Once opened, you will see that it offers you several options for cleaning junk files. You can remove unused apps, multimedia folders from messaging apps, and other items that could be considered "junk": once permissions have been granted to the app, Files Go will scan your phone for suggestions.

    Files Go by Google is a free, complete, safe and ad-free app. It is worth having it installed.

    Last and drastic advice is to reset Android. Read this article before moving on to the procedure, then, if you are still determined to format Androi phone read here how to do it.

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