Spring Cleaning for the Tech-Savvy

If you want to start your spring cleaning the right way this year, we recommend beginning with your tech. It’s time to take a look through your devices and clean your virtual space! Whether this means deleting old photos and screenshots you’ll never need again or sending your old photos to the recycling bin, we’re here to give you the tips and tricks you need to get it done right. And, we’ll also explore how you can get some extra money from getting rid of your old devices sustainably!

Keep on reading to learn more about how to start spring cleaning your tech the best way!

Treat yourself this spring with a tech refresh

Spring is a time of change, so why not take it as an opportunity to treat yourself to some new tech? If you’ve always been an iPhone user operating on iOS, why not give Android a shot? This switch could open a new world of customisation, apps, and features you haven’t experienced before. We explore this topic more in our latest blog post, ‘Should You Make the Switch Between iOS and Android?’, so give that a read if you’re considering the switch!

But, as well as the chance to experience change, there’s another reason you should think about having a tech upgrade this spring – getting rid of old devices that are just collecting dust. By doing this, you’ll contribute to a more sustainable environment and get some extra money to put towards your shiny new phone. But how should you decide which devices you should keep?

Android phone interface

How do I know which gadgets to keep and which to sell?

Figuring out which gadgets you should keep and which to sell might be a challenge, especially if you’re one of those people who don’t like parting with their things. But there’s a simple question to ask yourself: When was the last time I used this? Be honest, and if the answer shocks you, chances are you won’t need it anytime soon.

Another thing to think about is if the device still meets your needs. Technology changes fast, and what was top-of-the-line two years ago might need to be updated. If your gadget is too slow, can’t run new apps, or keeps running out of space, let it go. The same goes for its overall condition. A quick reminder – keeping gadgets “just in case” often means they’ll just gather dust in your junk drawer. So, from here, it’s time to dust your shelves and devices, which brings us to our next step of your tech spring clean – the virtual clean-up.

What is a data diet?

A ‘Data Diet’ is all about slimming down your device’s storage by getting rid of things you don’t use anymore. It’s just like cleaning your shelves from useless gadgets, but virtually. This can mean removing apps you never open, photos you don’t want, and files that are just taking up space. So, let’s take a closer look at the steps to a healthy virtual data diet!

iPhone social media app folder on homescreen

Declutter your apps

Have you ever fallen into the trap of downloading tonnes of apps and letting them sit there? Well, it’s easy to do that, but at the end of the day, we usually only use a few of them regularly. Start your app declutter by looking at each one and asking: When was the last time I used it? Some phones even have a feature that allows you to check which of the apps you use the most. If it’s been a while, delete it. Then, look at your most-used apps. Are there any you could use less? Maybe some apps combine the features of these apps? Give it a go and see how much you delete!

Sort through your files

Sorting through your files might seem like a tedious task, but it doesn’t need to be! Start little by little and take just 15 minutes every day to go through one folder at a time, and you’ll see the results in no time. When it comes to deleting files, get rid of anything you don’t need anymore, such as old work projects, past school assignments, or anything you know you won’t need again. Once you’ve taken the time and thoroughly cleared them out, it’s a good idea to keep on top of this.

Manage your photos and videos

Keep your photos and videos organised by deleting doubles, anything blurry, and those screenshots you know you’ll never need again. Some apps can automatically identify these photos for you, so check out what’s available on your app store before you start! Then, once you’ve had a clear out, create albums for different events or times of the year. That way, when you want to look back at a special day or a great trip, everything is in its place.

Give it a new, sustainable life

When you decide to get rid of an old gadget, think about giving it a new life instead of throwing it away. Being sustainable means thinking about how you can reduce your carbon footprint and with tech, recycling it the right way. If you’re unsure of how to do this, don’t panic because, at Mazuma Mobile, it’s our speciality!

Box of wires and electronics for recycling

If during your spring clean, you find a phone, tablet, or another gadget you want to get rid of, you should definitely consider exchanging your old devices for cash and with Mazuma Mobile’s easy 4-step exchange model, it’s simple! Perfect for all gadget lovers who always want to be on-trend with the latest technology, we make it easy to recycle your device and get the cash for an upgrade fast. Here’s the scoop: simply place an order, ship your device (for free!), get it checked out by our expert team, and then get paid. It’s a quick, hassle-free, and a smart way to clear your old tech and maybe fund that next cool gadget you’ve had your eye on.

So, this spring, think green and get some extra money with Mazuma Mobile!