Almost three weeks have passed since the Spring Equinox. So it's time to stop procrastinating, and get down to the serious business of the annual spring clean. Dusting down the cobwebs and deep cleaning your home might seem like a fairly painful task (and let's face it, it is). Fortunately though, refreshing and clearing down your Android device can be a much more manageable, tedium-free task.
Backups, inbox cleaning, security password resets... It sounds like heavy stuff - but there are apps that can make it a snap. We've got your back: check out our selection of the 5 apps for mobile Spring Cleaning which includes: Santa Backup, Clean Master, Contacts, Mailbox and LastPass
First things first: before starting the thorough cleaning, you should backup all your data. Actually, Spring Cleaning isn't only about filling up the trash bin but also keeping the stuff you care about safely tucked away.
Santa Software's Santa Backup is a handy app that's been simplified to take eliminate that sloth-like feeling that always washes over you when the word "backup" is mentioned. It automatically gathers and presents all the data, media and apps you can backup. You can select the categories of data you want to save (contacts, messages, calls, photos, music...) just by ticking checkboxes. Save backups to your device storage or Dropbox, and set up daily/weekly backups.
Santa Backup is light, user-friendly and effective.
Throughout the last year you've probably downloaded apps you barely use, and accumulated a good amount of cache and other junk files. It's time to dust your Android down.
Cheetah Mobile's Clean Master is an all-in-one cleaning app. It comes with four handy and helpful options to keep your mobile ready for anything: Remove Junk Files, Phone Boost, Antivirus and App Manager. It allows you to clear cache, unused files, app packages and history. In addition, it provides useful system information: free storage, used RAM, battery, temperature... It also includes some backup/restore features, as well as news feed with Android tips and tricks.
Phonebooks are, by default, that place where we add stuff we might ever need - just in case. Spring Cleaning is the perfect moment to check which contacts really deserve being in your phonebook. For doing so, you can use the built-in Android contact list, or switch to a new phonebook which far surpasses the stock one when it comes to both look and usability.
Contacts Plus team's Contacts is a well-featured alternative phonebook. You can customize the way contacts are displayed, integrate their info from your social network accounts and manage the phonebook at your whim (merge contacts, create groups, set reminders...). Its versatility make it the perfect phonebook manager for those who keep their phonebook always neat.
Oh dude, aren't you ashamed of those hundreds of unread emails sitting in your inbox? We have a quest for you in this spring cleaning: reach inbox zero. Don't be afraid, it's a feasible endeavor if you have the right tools.
Dropbox's Mailbox is definitely a good choice if you want to keep inbox always down to zero. It will help you achieve it with simple mobile gestures (swipes). Like the standard Gmail client, swipes to the right will archive and trash emails. But what if you do want to keep an email around, but just don't want to deal with it now? Here's the cool bit about Mailbox: swipe left to snooze the puppy, selecting when exactly you'd like the message in question to return to the forefront.
Of course, it also includes classic management functions: create folders, tags and easily adding emails to them right from your inbox. Must-have.
Reset your passwords (and securely store them): LastPass
A good security practice, not only in Spring but recurrently every other month, is to reset the password on your personal accounts (social networks, email, bank, etc.). We know it's a tedious process to do regularly. However, spring cleaning is the perfect excuse. Yes, remembering all these new passwords can be a real pain: LastPass provides an excellent solution for that.
With LastPass you can store all your credentials in the same place and forget about forgetting them. You only need to remember one password: the one that gives you access to LastPass. You can also store other sensible information such as card details and PIN numbers. The auto form filling function will blow up your mind.