Memory cards boost phone storage — if you know how to install them

Q. I have been having trouble with my Android phone saying that it was out of internal storage space. I cleaned up the cached data and temporary files. My friend suggested I put in an SD card, which I did. When I try to move some of my apps to the SD card, they won’t work. Is there anything I can do?

A. Many of the inexpensive Android phones I encounter tend to have very limited resources. Small amounts of storage space and underpowered processors.

The one thing they tend to have that makes up for this is the ability to add more storage in the form of an SD memory card that can be added to the phone for a relatively small price.

This can make it possible to store more photos and install more apps, but you have to know how to do it.

Samsung has a great article on installing and using an SD card in their phone and the information in the article may help, even if you don’t have a Samsung device.

You can find the article at tinyurl.com/helplinesdcard and is well worth a look if you are having storage issues on your device.

Q. Is there a solution for the spinning blue circle that keeps appearing on my computer? It blocks any further inputs from my mouse and keyboard and it drives me mad!

A. That spinning blue circle is how Windows lets you know it’s thinking. It happens when a program is launched or during the operation of applications on your computer.

Typically, it shows up briefly when the computer first starts or when you first launch an application, but goes away quickly.

If you are seeing this blue circle frequently and persistently it’s a sign that your computer is struggling.

It could be something simple causing this. Something like having too many applications running or the computer just needing to be restarted.

But it could also be a sign of a problem.

If you keep seeing this blue spinning circle you should check your PC for possible malware or spyware using something like Malwarebytes to make sure there is nothing running in the background that is causing issues and consuming system resources.

You should also run system diagnostics to see if you have any faulty hardware. Different brands have different tools, often built into the PC. Check with your vendor to find out how to access them.

And while it is not a pleasant task, you might also consider reloading your PC. If you are using a computer that is more that 3-5 years old and have never backed up your data and then wiped and reloaded the system, you might find that this will breathe new life into an aging PC.

I find that software, especially operating systems, tend to deteriorate over time. Installing and uninstalling software and adding and deleting files will cause a PC to get slower and slower. A system refresh can make it seem like you have purchased a new computer.

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