6 smartphone hacks you didn’t know about
Smartphones are arguably one of the most popular technological devices of our age. You can do so many things with your smartphone, however, they also can have certain drawbacks. Common drawbacks include running out of battery, distraction or even not being able to shoot the ideal selfie.
That being said, we have compiled a list of 6 smartphone hacks that you possibly didn’t know could make your life much easier:
- Switch to Airplane mode to charge your phone faster
Switching your phone to "Airplane Mode" eliminates the needless labour of constant signal search, allowing your phone to charge faster. It's a terrific smartphone hack if you're searching for a quicker way to charge your phone. What's the best part? It is compatible with all phones.
- Cover the microphone when recording videos to get crisper audio
This hack is effective particularly at live events or concerts, lightly placing your finger over your phone's microphone when recording a video would essentially muffle any ambient noise within the environment. The end result, a video with clearer audio which may sound slightly low in volume but still pleasant to watch given that a portion of the unwanted noise has been filtered out. This is not a hack you want to skip, or you will regret it, probably while watching videos recorded at what was supposed to be a memorable event.
- Create custom replies for missed calls
It occurs all the time that someone calls, and you are unable to answer the call due to reasons only known by you. Thankfully most modern-day smartphones have generic text answers that can be delivered with a simple tap in response to a missed call. You can select default messages or customize your own. To construct your own message on an iOS smartphone, go to Settings > Phone > Respond with Text. On an Android device, go to settings > tap quick responses (you may find this under “more settings” depending on which phone you are using) > tap on the response you would like to customize and enter your custom message.
- Use an eraser to remove smudges from your phone's screen
Because you presumably use your phone all day, the screen has a lot of smudges on it. Nothing is more unpleasant than a filthy phone screen, but fortunately, it's also quite simple to clean. Simply run an ordinary thick eraser along the screen. It will collect all the oil and filth and clean up your phone screen.
- Put your phone in any empty, clean, and dry cup to amplify your speaker in a large room
Should you need to get better sound from your smartphone in a room that's a little too big, all you have to do is place your smartphone in any empty, clean, and dry cup sitting around your house. If you don't have a cup, or if your phone is too large for one, you may use a bowl, coffee mug or tumbler, the idea is to use any sort of container that prevents the sound from scattering into different directions.
- Download applications for offline reading to save data
If you read a lot of news articles, stories or even comics online, you presumably need a lot of data to do so. Minimize your consumption by downloading an offline reader, such as Pocket, that allows you to access the information without connecting to the internet. It will add up in the long term and ensure that you don’t exceed your limit.
There you have it, 6 smartphone hacks to make your life easier, feel free to share these with your friends and family as well as let us know if you have any smartphone tricks of your own in the comment section.