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We tell you why it is important to remove digital waste from your cell phone

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When we travel, it is almost a fact that we no longer carry a tourist guide, camera or books to read along the way. All that and more has become digital and has gotten into the phone in the form of different applications. So, the only thing we have to do is download those apps that interest us for certain purposes, however, it turns out that sometimes we download more mobile developments than we use, which causes us to have hundreds of elements that alone, at best scenarios, they are taking up space.

The same goes for photographs. Having smartphones With increasingly impressive cameras, we want to register even the soup we are eating. Yes, some of those images adorn our social networks, from Instagram to Facebook, in order to provoke a reaction in our contacts, although hundreds of them remain there, lost in cell phone storage or in the cloud.

Just take a quick look through any of our rooms to understand that keeping things that we will never use again is not new. And all of this, in the end, becomes trash. The same goes for the content that came to the cell phone and that we never open from documents to memes, it is transformed into digital garbage, which, in some cases, is usually quite harmful, as we will explain later.

Digital accumulators

Western Digital, the renowned manufacturer of storage solutions, conducted a survey in the United States in 2017, in which it talks about digital accumulators, those people who usually store content of all kinds on their computers without wondering how important it is.

The results indicated that 27 percent of respondents think that a quarter of the capacity of their cell phones is occupied by files that do not work, while 56 percent indicate that they have received alert messages because they are about to fill out the capacity of his memories. 13 percent admit that they have not searched or ordered, for several months, what they store and just under 10 percent say they have not even done it in a year.

Regarding applications specifically, according to TechJury data, a user has an average of 80 apps on his phone, however, he can only use nine a day and about 30 each month. Thus, it can be inferred that more than 50 percent of the mobile developments we have in our cell phone are expendable.

It is true that now mobile phones have more storage capacity than about five years ago (the Galaxy Note 10 Plus reaches up to 1 TB of space), which makes it possible to save hundreds of mobile developments. The issue is that these elements, as recently shown in different reports, are also vulnerable, can be used by attackers for advertising purposes, to steal information or even to take control of the device.

What is clear, especially today, is that it is not a matter of space to house all kinds of files in our smartphones, but of behavior. Why do we take, instead of enjoying it, photos and videos of a concert when we know that this material will never be seen again in the future? Why this need to download the fashion app that in a couple of weeks will be forgotten along with other dozens of developments? Why don't we check our cell phone every week or month to get rid of memes and other content that our contacts share with us?

Internal cleaning

When we finish the cleaning of our room or house, despite the fatigue, it is undeniable that a pleasant feeling and well-being invades us, especially when the process involved freeing documents, boxes, books, clothes and shoes that had not been touched for months or years.

Cleaning our cell phone internally also takes time and can be tiring. Deleting photos from the galley implies, for example, selecting a single image from a sequence, or removing those that are not well exposed; removing documents requires opening some to know if they have important information; and removing apps demands repeating the uninstall process on each one.

The good news is that the feeling of well-being is also replicated when we have a smartphone without digital garbage that, as we mentioned earlier, not only occupies space, but can be an attack window, especially with applications.

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