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The 20-minute Android tune-up | Computerworld

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The start of fall sure is a special time, isn’t it? Colors are changing, leaves are falling, and fancy new phones are poppin’ up practically everywhere you look.

And that’s not all, either. With the official onset of autumn now just days away, there’s never been a better time to clean up, freshen up, and make sure your own existing work spaces are perfectly primed for productivity.

Making your physical desk presentable is all on you (seriously, pal, would it kill ya to do a little dusting once in a while?), but when it comes to that virtual office in your pocket — y’know, that shiny ol’ smartphone of yours — I’m here to help.

A handful of simple-seeming steps can go an impressively long way in clearing out the virtual clutter and turning your Android phone back into the optimal work companion it oughta be. And best of all? It won’t take you more than 20 minutes to pull off.

So pop open your hood, pull on the nearest pair of oil-stained coveralls, and get ready to get your hands metaphorically dirty: It’s time to step into the garage and get your mobile device in tip-top shape for the months ahead.

Android tune-up step 1: Uninstall unnecessary apps

⏱ Time required: 2 minutes

This first step may sound silly, but believe you me, it can make a world of difference: Whether they’re apps that came preinstalled or programs you downloaded once upon a moon, there’s a decent chance you’ve got at least some unused items lurking in the mustier corners of your phone. And guess what? Those forgotten icons do more than just collect virtual dust; they actively work against your efficiency-oriented interests.

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