8 Cool Tricks You Didn’t Know Your Phone Could Do That Will Blow Your Mind
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.
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 by 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 needs a passcode 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 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.