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It’s that time of year again—time to push the wool sweaters to the back of your closet, brush the cobwebs from your bicycle, and let’s be honest, take your Christmas lights down. That’s right, it’s time for spring cleaning! 

Today, we are going to share a few tips for spring cleaning your technology. If you are more of a visual learner, watch our latest Tech Tip video to follow along with tech expert Katie. Let’s get started.

Tip #1: Deep Clean Your Keyboard

Crumbs, pet hair, and dust all have a way of sneaking into the cracks between keys. With your device unplugged, use canned air to spray out any debris and disinfecting cloths to wipe away germs from the surface—give your mouse a wipe too, while you’re at it.

Tip #2: Delete and Uninstall Unused Apps

Remember that game you downloaded back in September, or the Mobile Passport from when you thought you’d become a world traveler in retirement? Not only do apps take up space on your computer and phone, but they can also cost you money. Create a list of the applications you actually use and delete and uninstall the rest.

Tip #3: Take Inventory of Your Downloads

Deleting unnecessary photos, documents, and spreadsheets can free up space on your computer and help you find the files you need faster.

Tip #4: Recycle Old Hardware

If you’ve made any upgrades over the past year, you may have old chargers, phones, or monitors taking up space in your home or office. If these items are still functional, consider donating them to a local charity. If not, they may be recyclable. Many of our local offices have electronic recycling, but give us a call ahead of time to make sure.

These simple steps can keep your technology working in tip-top shape, and who knows—they may just put a spring in your step, too.

That’s it for this edition of Tech Tips! Check back soon for another tip to make your technology work for you.

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