Cleaning The Digital Junk Drawer - Newsl ...

Cleaning The Digital Junk Drawer - Newsletter #2

Jul 03, 2023

Too Long; Didn't Read: It's fun to clean out your digital junk drawer. You need to delete iPhone Photos twice. Tammy J., your generosity is greatly appreciated!


I'm very hesitant to delete files saved on my phone and computer. Maybe you are too. Perhaps it's because we think we might need them in the future, or perhaps it's because we have cheap access to unlimited storage space.

Regardless, I have a lot of files I don't need, so I decided to start clearing things out. I was also hoping to find some good stuff in my digital junk drawer — photos of happy memories, a viral video idea, etc.

I started with my iPhone, as I have photos dating back to 2017. The first thing I did was delete every single screenshot and screen recording saved on my iPhone since I wouldn't be needing them anymore.

I had more than 5500 screenshots and screen recordings. That's what happens when you create iPhone content for more than 6 years.

Deleting those files all at once freed up more than 52 GB of storage space. To give you some perspective — my first smartphone, the iPhone 4, had 16 GB of storage space.

Tech Tip Of The Week

In my last newsletter, the iPhone tip was buried at the end, so I thought I'd get one in right off the bat. When you delete a photo or video on your iPhone, it doesn't completely delete the photo. The file gets moved to the Recently Deleted album, where those files can live for up to 40 days in the event you ever need to download them again. Files in the Recently Deleted album continue to take up storage space, so you basically have to delete them twice before any storage is freed up.

As you can probably imagine, deleting 5500+ files one-by-one would take...awhile. Fortunately, you can tap Select -> Delete All to delete everything in the Recently Deleted album at once.

And here's one lesser-known trick: instead of tapping on individual images or videos, you can drag your finger across different files to select them. It's a lot more efficient than tapping one at a time!

Back To Cleaning...

I was pretty satisfied with myself after freeing up 52+ GB of storage in Photos, so I decided to move to the Notes app. I use Notes for pretty much everything — work to-do lists, personal project ideas, fantasy football plays, appointment times...the list goes on and on.

However, that's left me with nearly 1,000 total Notes, dating all the way back to April 2020. I was really excited (and somewhat terrified) of what I'd find buried in here. Here were some of the highlights and lowlights:

  1. A draft of the social media post from when I spilled coffee all over my Mac while at a conference in Florida. I remember the TSA agent giving me a strange look when I put my laptop in the bin. Coffee was still leaking out of it.

  2. The original outline for the video 6 Reasons 5G Sucks. My original title was far less inflammatory, but all the points still stand. I think Payette Forward was the first big tech channel on YouTube pushing back against the 5G hype, and I'm proud of that.

  3. The original outline for a video I recorded and never uploaded: The Most Valuable Baseball Error Cards. Maybe I'll take a look back at that and see if I can finish the project.

  4. A note titled "Reacting To NoHo Hank's iPhone Settings." For those unaware, NoHo Hank is a character in Barry, one of my favorite television shows. When he installs a bomb-detonating app on Barry's phone, he turns on all the wrong settings.

  5. A list of red flags I see with the Apple Vision Pro. Maybe I'll make that the primary topic of next week's newsletter!


Anyway, I was able to delete about two-thirds of my Notes, while recategorizing the remaining 333 in to more appropriate folders.

Here's an unsolicited plug: If you use Notes as much as I do, or if you want to become a Notes power user on your iPhone, iPad, and/or Mac, I highly recommend Proper Honest Tech's video on Apple Notes. Tom's Notes tutorials are by far the best on YouTube.

What's in your digital junk drawer? Leave a comment on this post and let me know!

What I've Been Working On

In the past week, I've uploaded 19 videos to Baseball Maniacs, a Major League Baseball highlight and compilation channel that took off way faster than I expected. My favorite of the bunch is a 10-minute compilation of absolutely awful strike calls. Roboumps, anyone?

I recorded a new video titled The Truth About Twitter Blue, which I'll be uploading to my personal YouTube channel this week.

And finally, I developed a content marketing plan for my county's tourism office. I'd love to be able to use my skills to help support local businesses, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they'll want to work together. If not, I'll continue to post Adirondack-themed short-form content on the ADK Rover YouTube channel.

Shoutout To Tammy J.

I had no expectations when I set up this Buy Me A Coffee page, which is why I was shocked (and very grateful) to see that Tammy J. bought me a coffee. Tammy, your generosity is so greatly appreciated. Thank you!

If you want to support my work, there's a link somewhere on this page. At some point, I may make these newsletters only available to Supporters and Members. Until that time, every dollar helps!

Best,
David

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