To Do This Week

1. Clear your web browser cache, history and any other temporary files 

You should do this on all devices and web browsers often. This helps your device and browser from slowing down. We would suggest also clearing any cookies, cached images and temporary files at the same time. 

Chrome is used by a lot of people so here’s a quick run-through to do this for the Chrome browser, go to the main Chrome menu using the 3 vertical dots on the upper right-hand corner and select “History”. In the new window that opens select “clear browsing data” from the left-hand menu, another window should show listing the type of browsing data you are able to clear. It will also ask you what time range you want to delete the data from, we suggest using the “all time” especially if this is the first time you have done it. 

    2. Remove unused browser extensions 

    Whilst we are checking over our web browser let’s check if there are any unused browser extensions that might be causing things to slow down. These extensions use up your device’s memory causing general performance issues. If using Chrome click the small puzzle icon in the top righthand corner of your browser, then click on the 3 dots that appear in the dropdown menu next to the name of any extension you don’t want and finally click to remove it. You should remove any browser extension you don’t recognise or use as a good rule of thumb you should remove anything you don’t use or recognise from your device anyway. 

      3. Back up and clear important/large files  

      It’s important to perform routine back-ups of your data anyway, but by backing them up and removing any unused or overly large files you can help maintain your device’s performance. Doing this frequently can help maintain performance. It also ensures the data contained is kept secure in case of issues later such as corruption or hardware failure. 

      Depending on which device you are using the process for removing/deleting large files might be slightly different. Typically, both IOS and Android can show you a list of files or apps taking up the most space via your phone’s settings, Windows can use the file explorer and search bar to search for “size: large, size: huge or size: gigantic” which will bring up files ranging between 1 GB, 4 GB and over 4 GB. For Mac you can use the “about this Mac” option and go to the storage tab. If you need specific help with any device, please reach out.