5 Ways to Spring Clean Your iPhone
It's that time of year again — and no, we don't mean spring break. If you're still in school, finals are right around the corner, and it's time to declutter, starting with your phone, which is likely stockpiled with photos, videos, and apps. Apple gave us some tips to nix unwanted files across your email, music library, and home screen.
Unsubscribe from those pesky newsletters
Email newsletters are scientifically proven to work, which is why you get them all the time. To keep your inbox clean and your bank account happy, you can use Apple's new Unsubscribe feature to take yourself off a few mailing lists. To declutter, open one of the emails you don't want to receive anymore and tap “Unsubscribe” at the top — you shouldn't get another one like it.
You can share music, books, movies, and apps with up to six people in your family so you don't have to buy the same content multiple times. You can also sync family photos and a family calendar, so everyone's on the same page. (If someone in your family enabled the setting, you an join their existing share.) But this feature also has a flip side — if your dad's podcasts keep getting synced to your phone and you want them to disappear, you should change the settings ASAP.
Customize Today View
Today View is the collection of widgets you see when you swipe left on the home screen. If it's used the right way, it's a cursory look at everything going on on your phone: social media engagement, news headlines, and recent texts, emails, and missed calls. To adjust your Today View so you only see the apps you use most often, scroll all the way down and hit Edit.
Get some sleep
Even though we're all busy, it's important to at least try to fall into a normal sleep schedule. The Bedtime alarm in iOS 10 will go off every night to remind you to turn in, and wake you up in the morning at the same time every morning. You can also customize the feature based on how many hours of sleep you want to get.
Optimize your storage
Tired of getting that "iCloud Storage is Almost Full" message? You can see how much storage you have left by opening Settings, clicking General, then tapping Storage & iCloud Usage. (If you have under 1 GB left, you're running low.) Instead of trying to decide what to delete off your phone, you can optimize your storage. The new feature shrinks your files so you can keep smaller files on your device and move your full-size versions to iCloud. You can also optimize storage in Apple Music to automatically get rid of tracks you haven't listened to in a while, so you'll have space to download that new Lorde song.