Smartphone spring cleaning

Posted at 10:30 AM, Apr 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-01 10:30:29-04

(NBC NEWS( Need help with your spring cleaning? There's an app for that!

But your apps might need some spring cleaning as well.

"As you get more and more apps in your phone you get alerted more and more," said Suzanne Kantra of Techlicious.

Use settings to turn off app notifications you don't want to cut down on all those dings.

And you can use "do not disturb" on iPhone to turn off alerts while you're sleeping.

The average smartphone owner has 95 apps installed, but we only use a few of those on a regular basis.

"So if you go into settings and look at the storage by app you can see what are the biggest data hogs," Kantra said.

Delete apps that you no longer use to free up space.

Photos and videos can also clunk-up your smartphone storage.

Uploading to the cloud can allow you to clear them off of your device.

"There are a couple ways to backup items on smartphone one of the easiest is to subscribe to file storage service something like Dropbox or for photos something like Google photos," said Kantra.

You can also use an external device like your home computer or the bevy smart photo system which can protect more than a terabyte of files or roughly 2 million photos.

No matter how you do it, make it a habit to back up your files because you never know what might happen.