It’s the Perfect Time for Spring Cleaning – Here is a Tip to get your started.

by | Apr 4, 2019

Many of us grew up with the annual tradition of spring cleaning.  In many houses this is where the really deep cleaning would occur as the household was beginning to appreciate warmer spring weather.  I’m sure many Senior Tech fans can tell stories of spring cleaning traditions.  

You can also do spring cleaning on your iPhones and iPads.  In fact, the National Cyber Security Alliance and the Better Business Bureau are encouraging you to do a digital declutter this spring.  They offer a Tip Sheet not unlike the checklist that you might have with your home.

The tip sheet recommends that you: 

Clean up your email:  Save only those emails you really need and unsubscribe to email you no long need/want to receive. 

Let’s start with a tip for cleaning up emails, notes, text messages and more.  In fact, this week’s featured Nugget is a tip that you can use to delete many device elements that are presented in a list.  It’s as simple as swiping left.  

Do a Digital Declutter This Spring

The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and Better Business Bureau (BBB) are encouraging all consumers to freshen up their online lives by conducting a thorough cleaning of their cyber clutter.

In April, the Senior Tech Club will offer tips that will help with your digital spring cleaning.  Let’s make it an annual ritual to help protect your personal data.

Featured Nugget

Many of us like to keep things tidy.  So it is natural that we like to delete old messages, books, emails, notes, reminders and more from our iPhones and iPad.

There is a common but hidden delete function that is often available when items are presented in lists.  Simply swipe left on the item that you want to delete.

Swipe left to delete a note from the Notes list

Tap the button below to read more from this Nugget and where this spring cleaning tip can be used.

News & Events

There are multiple events on the Senior Tech Club calendar in the coming two weeks for members and fans living in the Twin Cities area.  Here are some highlights:

Hands Free Driving Bill Soon to Become Law in Minnesota

As we move into summer, we here in Minnesota are approaching the August 1 effective date of Minnesota’s Hands-free Law.  At that time, it will be illegal to hold your phone while making calls, changing music or issues GPS commands.  Currently 19 states have hands-free laws but please know that distracted driving is unsafe in all 50 states and everywhere.

Recently I wrote Nugget #44 Hands-Free Phone Use While Driving that includes recommendations based on a list provided by the Minnesota Department of Safety.  It’s a good list for you to consider as you develop your hands-free approach wherever you live.


Shift Workshops – July 22, 2019  3 PM and 6 PM

Exploring Essential iPhone Apps to Stay Connected and Engaged

Nearly all iPhone users start with making calls and sending text messages and emails. However there is a collection of apps on your devices that are essential for staying connected and effectively engaged with friends, family and the world around you. These essential apps include:
  • Contacts – store your address book and more.
  • Calendar – stay on top of appointments and events.
  • Notes – keep lists, notes and more.
  • Reminders – Add reminders to keep you on top of your commitments. 
  • And more… 

These Shift Workshops will help you explore the features of these iPhone & iPad apps.  They will be held at the  Danish American Center in Minneapolis at 3 and 6:30 PM.

Get more information or Register.

Android & Video Lessons – People Are Requesting, We are Doing It!

Android – Over the past two years, we have received multiple requests to also help older adults who need help understanding and getting the most out of their Android devices.

Video – We are also getting requests to expand our lessons on other apps that are important to Seniors.  FaceTime is awesome for Apple devices but many in our community are looking to use other video call/meeting options like Zoom or Skype to stay connected with friends and family.

We are working hard to answer your requests for more lessons and assistance.  Sign up for our announcement emails to be the first to know when these new lessons are available.