Are you using your smartphone to its full potential? Trick question: no one is.
There’s so many amazing things you can do with them, it would take a lifetime to learn them all. But to help you, here’s a quick and helpful starter kit.
Create a wi-fi hotspot
If you need to connect your laptop or tablet to the web but you’re not in wi-fi range, it’s easy to turn your phone in to a wi-fi hotspot.
Correct Siri’s pronunciation
Siri’s great at helping but some names she just has trouble getting right. This handy slideshow tells you how you can correct the way she says your and your contacts’ names.
Use it as a mouse and keyboard
Measure your heart rate
There’s heaps of cool health and exercise related applications for your phone, and one of them even checks your pulse.
Allow remote access from your PC
Want to see and access the content and apps on your phone from your PC? With a remote access app installed, you can control your phone from a web browser on your desktop.
Use it as a security camera
You’ve just upgraded to the latest Android smartphone. What do you do with your old one? Don’t just chuck it in a drawer, use it as a security camera to keep an eye on the cats while you’re at work.
Make free phone calls
WeChat, Viber, What’sApp, and Skype are just some of the apps out there you can use to make phone and video calls without using up your minutes, and send free texts and pix. Unless you’re in wi-fi, it will use your data though.
Both you and your contact need the (free) app you’re using installed, but after that you’re away laughing (and talking).
Location based reminders
Phone reminders are now even more helpful, with iOS and Android both allowing for reminder prompts to appear based on your GPS location. Think about entering the supermarket and getting a ‘Don’t forget the soy sauce!’ pop up. Handy!
Here’s a great rundown of how they work from PC Mag.
Shake to undo
If you make a mistake on your iPhone, whether while writing a text or editing a picture, simply give it a shake to undo.
Set your favourite song as your ringtone
No one likes those standard ringtones that come with the phones, especially when you’ve got hundreds of other great tunes already loaded onto your device.
What's your favourite phone feature?
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