Probably, in your iPhone you have more than 50 apps installed. Some of you maybe more than 100. And there’s a good probability that you never use most of them. That sounds crazy to me, I have only four home screens and don’t have panic attacks on a daily basis. How is this possible? Many […]
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Homescreens cleanup: why you should do it, now

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Probably, in your iPhone you have more than 50 apps installed. Some of you maybe more than 100. And there’s a good probability that you never use most of them. That sounds crazy to me, I have only four home screens and don’t have panic attacks on a daily basis. How is this possible?

Many users I have come across have tons of apps installed and not sorted. They do not care about minimalism, efficiency and productivity, or just keeping the iPhone clean and nice. They only want to have as many apps as possible. This could be right if the iPhone was perfect, but we have a limit on the total home screens that can be seen, and the more apps you download the less the iPhone is responsive.

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Speaking of myself, my iPhone actually has only 4 home screens, not even fully filled with apps. Yes, as I pointed out I use stacks, but there are no more than 3-4 apps per stack, for a total of 2 stacks. I used to have only three pages, but I’m liking photography so much that I chose to dedicate to it a specific home screen, right before the games one.
You could say I am mad because my 3G can be filled with tons of apps without losing much responsiveness and speed, but i don’t care. Why? Because I thought about this for an entire day. (I feel geeky when this happens, but I don’t really care) Analyze every app you own, starting from the second home screen, the first after the “most used apps” one. Have you ever used those apps? Probably not.

So, why don’t you delete them? I know you’re going to say that they could be useful in the future. Just in case. And this is exactly your (and mine before thinking about it) mistake. I live in Italy, in a semi-rural village – yeah we DO use cars to move and not horses 🙂 – and I have a 2Gb per month internet plan. Why I’m boring you with this detail? Because almost everywhere I have access to the internet. Are you starting to get the point? What I’m trying to say is that most “just in case” apps weigh in at less than 1MB, so you can download them everywhere, anytime. And if you can do that and you’re still keeping them in your iPhone, your are wasting memory and free space.
To recognize the apps I had to delete, I created an empty note on the iphone and when I used a non “must have” app I wrote its name in the note. After a month, there were only eleven apps in the list. So I deleted every app not listed. It’s been a while from that experiment (about three months) and I NEVER used one of the deleted apps. That surprised me a lot.

Of course, you can dislike my thoughts, but you should give them a try. It’s a personal technique I developed for myself and it works perfectly for me, but I’m not so arrogant to think it can be applied to everyone. But I’m reasonably convinced that the general idea behind it is right. Again, just give it a try and if it doesn’t work, get back to your previous method.

You don’t have to pay to try it, so why not?

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