We use our phones so much that it’s easy to think we know everything about them. But here are 11 great smartphone hacks you may not have thought of.
Use a cassette case as a smartphone stand. The days of the boombox are over, but this is a way to keep the cassette era alive.
Sand, water and smartphones do NOT mix. Seal your mobile device inside a resealable plastic bag, and you’ll be able to use it at the beach without risk of damage.
Snapping a pic with the volume buttons can be easier than pressing the touch-screen button.
You might not know the volume buttons on the edge of your phone can serve as the shutter button for the camera. Using these buttons while gripping the phone can produce a steadier shot than using the touch-screen button. Depending on your phone and the camera app it's using, you might have to enable this functionality in the app's settings.
You can extend your selfie distance beyond arm’s length by shuttering with your headphone-cord volume buttons (the same way you can use the phone’s volume buttons).
Tuck your cash, credit card, or ID between your phone and its case for easy toting.
Place your bills, credit cards or ID between your phone and its case or cover to transport them more compactly.
Switch to Airplane mode to get a faster charge without powering off the device.
Keep track of your phone's display brightness level. If you’re indoors, you don’t need maximum brightness. Lowering it saves on battery drain.
For your phone’s lock screen display, use a note containing your name and contact information. If you lose it, and an honest person finds it, they’ll instantly know how to contact you.
Screenshot directions from your navigation app for you to refer to later. You can save on data usage by referring to the screenshot. It’ll also come in handy if you can’t get a signal while navigating.
If you can’t read a document or a package’s tiny print, just take a photo if it, then zoom in on the image.
Need more volume from your phone’s speakers? Boost the sound by placing your phone inside an empty coffee mug.
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