New year, new life, they say. And that applies to mobile too: there’s nothing like doing a thorough cleaning to keep it sparkling for 2022. Now it’s handy to know how the phone works to do the cleaning safely, if it can’t. there be no problem. And that’s what we decided to do today: we will remove all junk files so that your Android will be as clean as if it were new again.

We will proceed step by step in order to adapt the level of cleaning to your needs. As we ascend, the cleansing will be deeper; and, along with it, there will also be certain side effects. So, before proceeding with the deletion, you should take a backup of your smartphone including photos, messages and contacts.

Our first recommendation is clear: don’t install apps that promise to get rid of all the junk on your mobile. Many of these apps have the opposite effect: instead of cleaning up your phone, they end up smearing it with ads, slowing it down, and even infecting you with malware. Be very careful.

Delete apps you don’t use

This point is fundamental: the first step in any cleaning must be to eliminate the superfluous. That is, all those apps that you have installed “just in case” and that end up taking up unnecessary space on your phone. They can even consume your data and battery even if you have never opened them.

Don’t be shy: get rid of everything you don’t use. Apps left unused, games you once tried and ended up staying on the phone, delete anything that isn’t directly useful to you. Your phone will thank you (and so will you).

Goodbye WhatsApp Gallery

After the unused applications, the gallery left by the messages of WhatsApp and company is the element that accumulates the most garbage on the whole phone. Because, are you really using that ton of photos with funny memes sent to you by the millions of groups you signed up to? The same thing happens with videos: to the dumpster. And without going through recycling.

To delete the WhatsApp gallery, you must do the following:

Go to the app’s spool (it’s in a folder with the same name as the messaging app, inside the gallery) and review the contents in case there’s anything you would like to save. It’s always good to make sure. Once you’ve saved what’s important (if anything), show no mercy and delete the folder. If you can’t do it from the gallery, use a file manager. To prevent WhatsApp from automatically downloading media to the gallery, thus preventing it from being filled with “trash” again, all you have to do is go to its settings and enter Data and storage. Leave “No files” selected for downloading with mobile data, with Wi-Fi and while roaming. This way, only what you upload manually will be saved.

Don’t forget to frequently clean up the gallery folders where cat photos are kept: they tend to get huge.

Delete unwanted photos and videos

Referring to the previous point, it’s time to take a walk through the gallery to eliminate anything you don’t want to keep. Screenshots (it’s a force-delete folder), images you used to only share in time, and videos that have lost all meaning: if you think they’re not really worth it worth it, better delete them from your mobile. Moreover, if you have a cloud backup of all content, you can also delete some photos and videos you care about from the phone. Having a secure backup will free up a lot of space on your mobile.

Make sure that after deleting photos and videos they don’t stay in the trash: there are custom layers that don’t directly delete the content in case you want to get it back (quarantine is usually one month ). Go into your gallery settings, go to trash and completely delete what you don’t want.

Clear cache yes or no?

The application cache is generally considered a system waste, but this is not entirely true: thanks to this cache, all applications can start faster since they store content in memory that they do not have. to generate again. Now, not all apps behave well with cache because there are real storage eaters. Google Chrome and Facebook are two good examples.

Our recommendation is not to clear the cache unless the app has saved too many MB and you really need the space. Check the settings of the most controversial apps (Chrome, Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, for example) and, if you go too far, delete your cache: the option is in the storage settings.

Delete series and movies you’ve already seen

Netflix and similar apps rack up a huge amount of MB (and GB), which makes sense when you’re taking your phone on the road; and loses it the moment you have already seen the content. So, if you’re one of those people who forgets to clean up what you’ve downloaded, it never hurts to delete anything you’ve ever seen.

This not only happens with offline content from streaming apps, but also with any videos you have downloaded by hand. And with music, audio playlists end up taking up a lot of space: if you’re not used to listening to certain lists, it might be time to clean up.

Use an app to delete junk

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

To clean your phone, you just need to download the app from the Google Play Store. Once you run it, you will see that it offers you different cleaning options. You can delete apps you don’t use, media folders from messaging apps, and other items that might be considered “junk”: once you give the app permissions, Files Go will scan your phone to make suggestions.

Files Go by Google is a free, comprehensive, secure and ad-free application. It is worth installing it.

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Extreme case: restore the factory mobile

That you don’t have enough with the above? If you have backed up all your essential data (contacts, messages, photos, videos, and other personal information), you can format your phone back to its factory state. In this way you will do a deep cleaning and release it again. At least when it comes to software.

Remember that a factory reset or wipe deletes all data on the phone. Save a backup first, and if you really want to reset the smartphone, follow these steps:

Go to your Android settings and look for the “reset” option. It is usually found in general administration, additional settings or security (every Android is a world). Choose the option similar to “Factory data reset”. This option deletes everything you have saved on the phone. In general, you have to accept several times to reset the phone. You will also need to login to continue.