10 Awesome Smartphone Tips to Impress Your Family and Friends
Your smartphone can offer you a doorway to so many cool options that you probably didn’t even know about.
If you’re the type of user that’s just happy with being able to send and receive messages or calls or rely on phone reviews online on their phone, then you have a lot to learn.
Hidden features, options, and shortcuts that you can utilize to turn your phone into a useful device that benefits you. There is more to smartphones than meets the eye, and we’re here to help you figure out some of the best tips and tricks.
Here are the 10 best smartphone tips and tricks that you can use to not only make your life easier but also to impress your friends and family. Let’s get to it!
1. Store Your Documents in One Place
Gone are the days of scanning files one by one and upload them to your computer. The tedious process of waiting for hours on end are over thanks to smartphones.
Apps like Google Drive, Evernote, and Dropbox help to store all your files, photos and documents into one place. As it syncs with the app on your smartphone, you can upload a file through a computer and you can immediately view it on your phone!
Your work-life becomes super easy to manage and there is no fear of misplacing a file or a page ever again.
2. What Was that Song?
We’ve all been in this particular situation at some point in our lives – You’re at a party, chilling with some friends, and a song comes on that you instantly connect to. You really want the name of the song, but you can barely hear the words.
Well, now there’s an app that lets you find the music you’re grooving to! Apps like Shazam or SoundHound can identify a song in a matter of seconds. These apps are integrated into other apps that also help you find music through them like Snapchat and Spotify.
You can also use Google Now, Siri, or Cortana to find music this way. They will respond to your voice command, listen to the audio and tell you what song it is.
Now you don’t have to write sounds in words to Google a song you liked that one time.
3. Using Voice Commands Smartly
Smartphones were designed to make our life easier and faster. The future is getting smarter, faster, and effectively better. This is where voice commands come in.
Voice commands can be used so extensively now that you can even turn on or off something just by simply speaking to your phone.
You want the Wi-Fi to turn off but you don’t want to go through the hassle of unlocking your phone, dragging down the smart settings menu, and clicking on the Wi-Fi icon to shut it off.
It doesn’t matter if it’s Google Now, Cortana, or Siri, you turn them on and say, ‘turn of Wi-Fi’ or, ‘play this song’ and that’s it. It’s faster for when you’re rushing, got your hands full with something, or you’re just feeling lazy.
4. Size Is Not a Big Deal
That’s right, it isn’t at all. With the help of technological development, you can now send bigger files directly from your phone without any worries of it being too big.
For those who use iOS operators, the new update 9.2 has added Mail Drop. Whenever you’re sending a big file from your iPhone, you’ll get a prompt that asks you to use Mail Drop.
Let’s say you’re sending a photo through an email, Mail Drop will upload it to the cloud and give you a download link. You can send this download link to the person you were going to send the photo to.
They can directly download it to their phone. You don’t need to attach it to an empty mail ever again. Sharing large files is super easy and fast thanks to this new update!
5. Keyboard Hacks
Thanks to app developers, you can now download keyboard apps and customize them to your heart’s content. Swiftkey, Google Keyboard, Grammarly, and so many more.
They remember your most frequently typed words, they predict your sentences, you can send emojis, GIFs, and they also help fix you grammar and autocorrect as well. You can check out how many words you typed, even see heat signature and change the way your keyboard looks.
You can turn your keyboard into a makeshift trackpad as well. All you have to do is press and hold two on the keyboard and that’s it. However, this works on iOs9, iPhone6, iPhone6s, and on an iPad.
6. Using the Battery Wisely
We’ve all had our share of batteries dying on us after a few months of buying a new phone. Walking around with a power bank attached to your phone all the time and having your phone die on you randomly.
Well, now you can check what is actually draining your battery. Go to Settings on your phone, and tap on the battery option, which will give you a draft of which app is using most of your battery. You could uninstall those apps or try to use them less if necessary.
If your phone takes ages to charge, then what you can do to speed things up is to put your phone on airplane mode. It’ll use less battery and also charge your phone faster.
7. Safe Mode Access and Faster Phones
For Android users, going on Safe Mode is pretty easy. Safe mode basically lets you disable third-party apps, and also fix troubleshoot problems.
Most Android phones let you go to safe mode by pressing the Power button and when the menu comes up, long-press the power button again to go directly to safe mode.
iOs doesn’t really have a safe mode option, however, you can clear out your memory and speed up your phone again. To do this, you need to press and hold the power button, when the sliding option comes up, then press and hold the home button.
8. Loud Alarms and Music Timers
Having trouble waking up on time in the morning? Can’t hear your alarm going off, and you’re always running late? Well, now there’s a solution for that, too!
You can now make your alarms ring louder until you turn it off. When you are setting up your alarm, there is a volume option where you can choose the ringtone that plays and the volume of the alarm. There’s also an additional setting that increases the volume.
Not only will you be annoyed but, you’ll also be able to wake up to shut off the alarm. Another neat hack you can use is the timer option for when you’re listening to music. You can set a countdown timer that stops playing the music when the timer ends.
You can enable this in the Clock option and go straight to the timer. Set up a time and that’s it!
9. Snapping Photos and Using Screencasts
Remember when you used another phone to record something on your phone, so that you can show something to your friend? Now, you can take screenshots and also screencast!
Screencast is now a built-in app in most phones, which you can use to record your own screen. Also, another new hack is using the volume button to take photos instead of posing in the same way so you can easily press the home button to take a photo.
Android, Windows, and iOS users can use the volume button to take photos now. You can find the option in the Camera app, as well as many other options about the camera that are pretty cool, like playing with the exposure, the picture ratio, and choosing different effects as well.
10. Can’t Find Settings?
Sometimes there’s a glitch and you probably won’t be able to find the Settings option. In times like this, what you can do is just search for it. There’s always a search bar where all your apps are shown.
This can be used in both Android and iOS. You can also search for all sorts of things that you can’t find, or don’t know how to find.
In conclusion, we hope that these neat tips and tricks helped you get to know your smartphone better and that you utilize it to the fullest. Most people buy a phone and just never even try to find out all the quirks that it can do for them.
Be a little curious and check out all the cool stuff that your phone can do and also amaze your friends and family with the stuff you did get to know.