When it comes to your SmartPhone, there’s no end to the amazing things you can do. Let’s face it: we shouldn’t even call them phones anymore, because they do so much more than just call people. They’re navigating devices, sources of information, video players, and radios. You might not even remember the last time you actually used your phone to make a call, but you’ve probably used it every single day.
Cell phones do almost everything for us these days. But that doesn’t mean we know all the ways that we can put them to use. There’s always more to learn when it comes to SmartPhone hacks, and some of them are pretty amazing. People all over the internet are discovering new ways to use their SmartPhone, and they’re sharing them for all of us to use, too. Who knew that a device that already does so much could actually do even more?
If you want to find the ways that you can get even more out of your SmartPhone, look no further. Gone are the days when phones were for just calling and texting. Now, almost in the third decade of the 21st century, they’re so much more.
1. Save damaged chargers with a pen spring.
Another, even simpler way to protect damaged chargers is with a pen spring. We’ve all taken apart a pen before when we were bored during class and found the tiny spring inside that’s used for click pens. Carefully bend to widen enough to fit around the charger head, then squeeze back down to size until the wire fits snugly around the cord.
2. Speed up charging time without turning your phone off.
We’ve all been told that in order to make our phones charge faster, we need to power them down while they’re plugged in. But there’s actually no need. Just turn your phone to airplane mode while it charges and you’ll cut your charging time in half. And, as we’ve also all been told, don’t use it while it’s plugged in.
3. Reinforce cracked chargers with heat shrink tubing and yarn.
After a while of use, phone chargers tend to start to crack, bend, and break down. Reinforce them with some heat shrink tubing and yarn. Just wrap the tubing around the damaged part and gently warm with a hair dryer until it shrinks down to a snug fit. Then wrap with colorful yarn for an extra layer of protection.
4. Use a marker and a hairdryer to turn a long charger cord into a spiral cord.
If you’re tired of wrangling with long charging cables, turn them into spiral cords in just a few minutes. Wrap the cord around a thick marker and run a hair dryer on low heat over it for a minute or two until the cord stays in place. Voila — you have a charger that’s easy to handle but can also be stretched.
5. Change your lock screen to your contact details for easy phone recovery.
If you’re worried about your phone going missing in a busy public place, try this simple trick. Just turn your lock screen to your name and an alternative phone number or email address so that anyone who finds it can contact you without trying to access your contacts. Now you just have to hope that the person who finds it is a Good Samaritan!
6. Store your valuables in your phone case.
If you don’t like keeping track of a phone and a wallet (or, even worse, a purse) when you go out, there’s an even easier way to keep your personal possessions safe. Just slip them in between your phone and phone case for easy storage. This works for cash, credit cards, and your I.D. Unfortunately, there’s no room for your car keys.
7. Use an eraser to clear away those phone screen smudges.
You probably use your phone all day, so it gets a lot of smudges on the screen. There’s nothing more annoying than a dirty phone screen, but luckily, it’s super easy to clean. Just grab a regular chunky eraser (the big pink kind you used in school) and run smoothly along the screen. It will grab all the oil and dirt and clean it away.
8. Use a keyboard shortcut to save your email address.
Whenever you want to order something online or log on to a personal account, you’ll probably have to enter your email address. But that can be annoying, with a tiny keyboard, special characters, and spell check getting in the way. Save time and frustration by adding your email address as a keyboard shortcut to make log-ins quick and simple.
9. Need a USB port to charge in your hotel room? Check the TV.
There’s nothing worse than getting to a hotel room on a trip and realizing you don’t have a phone charger. Luckily, lots of SmartPhones are adapted to standard cables. If you have one but can’t find an outlet or don’t have a charging dock, there’s a simple solution: check the back of the TV. Most televisions have USB ports that your phone charger can snap into without an issue.
10. Use screenshots instead of Google Maps.
Speaking of phone navigation, another downside to it is that it can quickly drain your battery life. To save your phone juice, look up your route before you hit the road. Then take a few screenshots so that you know where you’re going. That way, you have the directions without using up all your data while trying to reach your destination.