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Top tips for spring cleaning your devices

Ever thought about how your Android device, PC or Mac are like your home?

Because many of us use our devices every day, they capture little pieces of us and our everyday lives, not too different from the way our homes do.

Spring is finally here in the UK. So, it could be your debating whether to give your home a deep clean in preparation for the warmer months ahead.

Perhaps you’ve even thought about reorganizing some storage space, moving some furniture around or getting some paint updated.

You can think about your Android device, PC or Mac in a similar way. 

Consider the downloaded software you never use, or the years’ worth of clutter you may have accumulated from saved data on your web browser, downloaded files or even an ever-growing folder, like ‘Recycle bin’ or ‘Trash’, for your deleted files and programs.

Similar to giving our homes a clean, sweeping up and organizing files or data on our devices can help make everyday life that little bit simpler. Doing so doesn’t need to be complicated.

Check out our top tips for spring cleaning your devices. Ready?

  1. Free up some wasted hard drive space

Think of a hard drive like a car’s engine. If the moving parts aren’t kept lubricated, they will slow down, stop working as well as they did and, eventually, could stop working altogether. 

Normal computer hard drives, Windows or Mac, require spare hard drive space to work at their best. In addition to factors like processing speed or RAM, this acts like their engine oil.

In fact, having 10 – 20GB of available free space is ideal to keep things running smoothly, and don’t forget your smartphone or tablet can slow down from overloaded storage too. 

So, what can clog things up? Junk files can stack up over time as you use your favorite devices day in day out. 

This may be accumulated data from your web browser, basically saved data from the many websites you’ve visited like cached images and files. 

Removing the need to manually trawl through obscure files and forgotten data, CCleaner gives you a simple interface to identify and clean these types of files for PC, Mac or Android.

You can expect an initial clean to take a few minutes. After that, regular system cleaning should take no time at all!

  1. Check for unnecessary programs launching during system startup

You wouldn’t enter a footrace with added weights on your ankles or wrists plus a heavy backpack. 

However, your PC or Mac could be getting off to a slow start in a similar way if it has unnecessary programs automatically launching when the device starts up, wasting precious processing power. 

CCleaner’s brand new ‘Health Check’ feature provides a quick, jargon-free way to solve this problem. 

Simply start it up and run a check of your device. On the final results screen, you should be able to see how many programs, if any, are having an impact on your device’s startup.

You can then click through and easily customize which programs you’d like to disable. 

  1. See if you’re holding on to any old, unused software 

Abandoned creative projects, video game files or redundant MP3 music accounts stored away in the background on your Mac, PC or Android smartphone, can be easy to forget about.

These are general examples, but anything like this could be slowing down one of your devices. 

Finding and deleting these inessential programs or apps frees up valuable hard drive space. 

In turn, this speeds up your machine. We’d say that’s a “win, win”.

CCleaner stops you from having to do a manual search for offending apps because it can identify the culprits for you while providing an easy way to uninstall them. 

For Windows 10, it even allows you to remove stubborn software you normally can’t touch. So that’s more control given back to you.

To do this, go to ‘CCleaner’ > ‘Tools’ > ‘Uninstall’. 

  1. Declutter your preferred browser and speed it up 

The web is full of data, this blog a part of it.

Trouble arrives when your devices start to carry too much of it around as saved files that you probably didn’t ask for. Again, this can slow them down.

Emptying your browser cookies and cache is a good place to start. 

CCleaner can easily help with this. Better yet, you can use it to customize your data settings to stop repetitive adverts following you around the web and clean out unnecessary data each time you close your favorite web browser. 

  1. Ensure all your software is up to date

This is easy to overlook, but it’s good to think ahead considering that updates can tighten glitches and or any security weaknesses that might exist on your Mac, PC or Android device. 

Rather than relying on your chosen operating system alone, CCleaner can help you out with this too. Simply open CCleaner, go to ‘Tools’ > ‘Software Updater’. 

Here you can quickly view any specific apps or programs on your device that need updating.

Instead of updating one-by-one, you can actually do everything in one go! 

  1. Download and run CCleaner

You can probably see where we’re going with this. 

Our software is purpose-built to identify, manage and remove junk files in addition to any unnecessary data from your devices. 

The result? Your devices perform better and, specifically for software updates and web browsing, have a reduced risk of cyber attacks, viruses, or malware.

We’re here to help, so if you have any comments please tweet us @CCleaner. 

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