FAQS - SMART DEVICE REFRESH
MY DEVICE IS REALLY GETTING SLOW
1st things to try is taking all those apps off that you never use or don't use so much now, and you could always put back on another time.
IT'S STILL SLOW, WHAT NOW?
Data: is your system getting full of data from all those downloads and all those apps, all those messages that you really don't need, or all those pictures that either you don't need or could be put elsewhere. Run the settings and look for data stored on your device, try and get to the areas that show what is stored, see if you can do some basic cleaning, cached data is a good one to clear.
NO, STILL SLOW, WHAT NOW?
Reduce the number of emails downloaded to your phone, you have then somewhere else, right, you use IMAP? right, so you can get them on your computer or on webmail, so get rid of 10 years of emails, just download, say the last 30 days, or even the last 2 weeks. That should clear a lot of space.
NOTE: If you use POP email (See pages on email for what POP and IMAP mean) you might want to check before deleting, as you device might be the only place those emails are stored!
YOU REMEMBER IT BEING MUCH FASTER?
Before buying a new device, which has its own issues, why not try a full system refresh, resetting it back to like new. But first, you need to make sure you have backed up all your data, your app data, your WhatsApp data, all your contacts are synced to the cloud, you know all of your up to date credentials and nice long passwords, good time to setup a password manager! before, and make sure you test them all! Then if your device allows, backup all your data and photos to an SD card, or another online storage area, don't reply just on Apple, Samsung, Google to get everything, then factory reset, add your primary account credentials, just like when you bought it, and get all those apps and accounts setup again. You should notice a great difference, if not, then go get a new device and use all that backed up data you now have to make setting it up so much easier, and you have just had some great practice doing it, easy, right?