Are your apps taking up your smart phone's memory?

Do you have an app graveyard on your phone - -in other words, pages of apps you never even use? If so, you're not alone. "People have about 33 apps installed at a time on their devices, but they're only using about 5 apps per week," Sharon Vaknin, CNET told NewsChannel 5 Social Media Reporter, Mollie Reynolds.

But the number of apps themselves do not have anything to do with the speed of your phone, it's the material they produce that could be slowing your device down. "If you take a lot of photos with Instagram or download recipes with an app like Photo Cookbook, that's what takes up the space," Vaknin said. This especially true if you own one of the first generations of the iPhone or Android, which have less memory than the latest versions.

The good news is: you don't even have to download a lot of your favorite apps since you can get the same perks by using the mobile version of the service. Vaknin says she has seen in an increase in web-versions of applications. "No matter what platform you're on, Android or iPhone, you can just head to the website and use the app as if it were downloaded on your phone," said Vaknin.

No matter what, it's always a good idea to keep an eye on the amount of space you have left on your phone. To check your phone's memory, take the following steps for Android and iPhone devices:

For iPhone: Account settings --> General ---> About

For Android: Home screen ---> Menu key ---> Settings ---> SD card & phone storage

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