10 cool things you can do with your phone

Ryan Boyd
10 cool things you can do with your phone

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.

Here’s how you can do it with iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.


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

With Remote Mouse, an app you can download from both iTunes and Google Play, you can use your phone as a wireless keyboard and mouse for your computer.


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.

With the Instant Heart Rate app (free on both iOS and Android), simply touch the screen with your finger and the phone’s camera will scan your blood flow to calculate your pulse rate.


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.

Remote desktop apps such as 2X or Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop can also control your PC from your phone.


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.

Here’s how you do it.


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.

Here’s how to do it on iPhone and Android


What's your favourite phone feature? 

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