If you\u2019ve never bothered to organise the apps on your phone, remove old files or wrangle your notifications into a sensible order, that disorder can make your phone an overwhelming, slow and buggy device. You can fix this and give your phone a new life. Decluttering takes just a few minutes. Delete apps you don\u2019t use Ever downloaded an app for a single purpose, such as a conference, work meeting or vacation, and then left that app on your phone to digitally rot away on the home screen? The fastest, easiest way to declutter your phone is to get rid of apps you don\u2019t need, and both Apple\u2019s iPhone and Google\u2019s Android provide simple ways to figure out which apps you don\u2019t use. The easiest way to find those neglected apps is to look at all of your apps in a list, organised by the ones you use least often. On an iPhone, head to Settings, General, iPhone Storage. On Android, open the Play Store, tap the hamburger menu in the top-left corner, tap My Apps & Games, Installed, Alphabetical and change it to Last Used. Delete apps that are listed as Never Used or that you haven\u2019t opened in months. Once you\u2019ve cleared out apps you don\u2019t need, it\u2019s time to organise the home screen. Everyone\u2019s sense of order is different, but having a system \u2014 any system \u2014 in place is useful to prevent clutter in the future. Says Melanie Pinola, managing editor for Zapier: \u201cOne thing I learned is to group apps into folders by verb or action. So, \u2018Write,\u2019 \u2018Contact,\u2019 \u2018Read,\u2019 etc. This makes it easier to get directly to what you want to do on your phone and is also gratifying in a way to tie an app you\u2019re opening with a purpose and action item.\u201d Free up storage In this age of nearly infinite storage, it\u2019s easy to collect more junk, and as you run out of space your phone begins to feel sluggish. To clear this out and speed up your phone, you need to peek into some menus you may have never visited. First up are your messages. Threads filled with GIFs, memes, videos and photos can take up a ton of space. In iOS, you can change how long your phone stores messages so it clears out those old threads automatically. Head to Settings, Messages, and Keep Messages. Once there, set how long you want to keep messages before they self-destruct. If you want to keep the text but delete attachments, head instead to Settings, General, then iPhone Storage, scroll down to Messages and then tap Review large Attachments. This screen will show you all the big files. Android Messages app doesn\u2019t have a setting like this, but you can swipe left or right on a message thread in Messages to archive old threads. Most third-party apps, including WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger, have some means to clear out old messages. The biggest storage hogs are photos and videos. Back them up to an online cloud backup service like Apple iCloud, Google Photos or Amazon\u2019s Prime Photos. You can then delete them from your phone and access them remotely through the backup service.