10 Cool Tricks You Didn’t Know Your Phone Could Do That Will Blow Your Mind
It’s rare to see someone without a smartphone these days. Years ago, a flip phone was all the rage, but it lacked 90% of the features a smart phone has to offer. In fact, it’s made life a lot easier to have one of these in our hands.
Our phones get changed out about every two years. Sometimes companies will create an entirely new phone, or we decide we want to switch operating softwares. But the best part of getting a new phone is discovering all of the things it can do.
Some of us are still learning about the things our phones can do. Read on to find out the 10 things your smartphone can do that you probably didn’t know about.
10. Remotely, you can lock or wipe your phone
These days, we use our phones for just about everything. For some of us, that means we have our credit card and other personal information stored on there. If you lose it or it gets stolen, this information can fall into the wrong hands.
In an Android, your device manager will help you track and take control of your phone. If you can’t get it back right away, then you have the option to lock it remotely. You can also reset or wipe it if you don’t think you’ll get it back. You can do this from a computer as long as you have the device manager activated on your phone ahead of time.
9. “If found, please return to…”
We’ve all done it: we leave our phone on the counter while we’re paying for coffee, or it falls out of our purse when we’re in a rush. Usually, assuming someone is interested in getting the phone back to its owner, they can go in and locate your information. But if your phone is locked, they’ll never know whose it is.
With Androids, if your device manager is activated, you can use a computer to send your contact info to the person who found your phone. It will show up on the lock screen for them.
8. Create a wi-fi hotspot
If you’re somewhere that doesn’t have access to wi-fi, you can turn a hotspot on with your phone. It will create a wi-fi connection, and this is called “tethering.” Now, your devices like your laptop and tablets can access the internet using your phone’s data plan.
Make sure you check and see if your plan offers a hotspot ability. If you don’t have unlimited data, you could be gouging your bill by the minute.
7. Forward your calls
If you ever have a reason where you aren’t able to access your cell phone but you don’t want to miss any calls, you can type “#21#” in your dial pad, hit call, and then enter the number you want all calls to your cell phone forwarded to.
This way, you’ll never miss a call on your phone when you’re unable to use it. Maybe you’re in an office setting where you aren’t able to have your cell phone out or you have it put away for courtesy reasons. Either way, this nifty trick will allow you to keep up with whoever is calling.
6. Enhance your video game experience
The best way to play video games is with a controller, but if you’re going to play a game on your phone, you’re usually limited to the buttons provided on the screen. However, that’s not true for all cell phones.
Some smartphones have cords that can hook your gaming controller up to your phone, allowing you to use the keys you’re used to instead of a cramped screen. Ask a local game store or hop online and see what the forums say to see if your phone is capable.
5. You can correct Siri
Apple users have grown accustomed to Siri, the voice assistant who can manage all the information on your phone, Google your questions, schedule meetings, and more. Sometimes, she mispronounces words and names. However, you can change her pronunciation pretty easily.
If she says something wrong, you can tell her, “That’s not how you pronounce…” She’ll ask you for the correct pronunciation, and she’ll get it right moving forward. Pretty cool!
4. Think of your iPhone as an Etch-a-Sketch
Sometimes, we start typing away at an email, a note, or a text message only to decide against the whole thing and want to start over. Instead of holding the “delete” button down, there’s a faster, easier way to get rid of what you are writing.
Simply shake your phone, and a notification will pop up asking if you want to undo your typing. If you shook it on accident and don’t want to delete anything, just hit “Cancel.” This feature can be turned off in settings.
3. Your phone can help in construction
A lot of people know the iPhone has a compass included with it. That much makes sense since there’s GPS capability built into the phone. But a lot of people don’t realize there’s also a level you can use to help you determine if a surface is even or flat.
You can use this built-in app to make sure your pictures are hung evenly, or to determine if your floor is tilted at all. Some people do a lot of little projects around the house, and if you don’t have a level on-hand, this app is a great alternative.
2. Hide your private photos
If you’ve taken a lot of pictures at an event recently and you want to show someone like grandma or a friend, you may have to monitor their scrolling in case they happen upon a more, uh, personal photo. Maybe you just have some pictures you’d rather keep to yourself, and that’s okay. Now, you don’t have to hold the phone for your mom while she looks through your camera roll.
In your photo gallery, select the photos you don’t want anyone else to see. Then, tap the “Share” button and choose “Hide.” You’ll be asked to confirm your decision and your photos will be put in an album that need a passcode in order to be accessed.
1. Go to bed on time
Obviously, the majority of us know we have an alarm on our phones. It’s safe to say the majority of Millennials use their smartphones as an alarm clock in the morning. The latest version of the iPhone can also help you determine when it’s time to go to bed.
When your morning alarm is set, you can put in your phone how many hours of sleep you want to get. Your phone will ping to let you know what time you need to get into bed in order to get the desired amount of sleep. It will also track if you’re reaching your sleep targets. It’s a great little trick to have in your phone.