5 MORE Useful Smartphone Life Hacks You Should Start Using Today!
If you’re looking for some smartphone life hacks, you’ve come to the right place. These days, it seems like there is a life hack for just about anything – from cooking tips to organizing tricks and everything in between. So how about some life hacks for arguably the most-used item in our lives these days: smartphones. Whether you use an Apple device or an Android, it’s highly unlikely you’re surviving this decade so far without a smartphone. We rely on our smartphones for just about everything from organizing our lives to helping us work out and monitor our health.
In our last post, we gathered some of our favorite smartphone tricks you probably didn’t know about that will help optimize your use of these essential gadgets even more! Well since then, we’ve found some more! Here are 5 MORE super useful smartphone life hacks you should start using today.
- Don’t use your phone while it’s charging
- Take a pic to remind yourself where you parked when somewhere new
- Use sunglasses as filters for glare
- Clean your phone properly and often
- Restart your phone at least 3 times every week
1. Don’t use your phone while it’s charging
We are kicking off another list of smartphone life hacks with a way to optimize the battery life of your phone, and it’s so simple. Or, at least, it should be. If you can manage to part with your phone for a while, it’s worth it to avoid using your phone while it’s charging.
Have you ever noticed that when you buy a new phone, the charging cord it comes with from the manufacturer is annoyingly short? They don’t do this to annoy you, but to discourage you from using your phone during a charge, as it significantly reduces the life of the battery. This is because most phones run on lithium-ion batteries. These batteries have a limited charge cycle, after which they need to be replaced.
2. Take a pic to remind yourself where you parked when somewhere new
Have you ever gotten to a new city, taken the first parking spot you could find, and then after exploring and getting turned around realized you forgot where you parked when you were ready to leave? Or maybe in a rush to make your flight you didn’t take a second thought to take note of where you left your car in the massive airport parking garage. And when you got back from the long trip, you didn’t even have a clue where to start looking for your car. This can be frustrating and embarrassing.
But it can all be avoided with the simple smartphone life hack of always taking a picture of a landmark or distinguishing picture of where you are when you park. No matter how long it’s been or how new the area is, you should be able to reference back to this picture and orient yourself to help you find your car. Another great trick is to use the maps application on your phone to drop a pin on the location of your car before you leave it. You’ll never lose your car again! This is a perfect hack for when you visit large attractions such as Disney World.
3. Use sunglasses as filters for glare
If you’re trying to take a picture but the sunlight is too glaring to get a clear photo, try this next smartphone life hack using an accessory you’re likely never too far away from – your sunglasses! Let your sunglasses do for the camera lens on your phone what it does for the lenses of your eyes. Simply aim your phone’s camera through your sunglasses when taking a picture to reduce the glare and improve the lighting and picture quality.
4. Clean your phone properly and often
One of the most important smartphone life hacks is to clean your phone properly and often. According to multiple sources, your phone is absolutely covered in germs and bacteria and is one of the dirtiest objects you come in contact with daily. It’s even dirtier than a toilet seat (ew)! Take a quick look at some other everyday surfaces you come in contact with that are cleaner than your own phone – it might surprise you!
Luckily, cleaning your phone is easy. Clean your phone with a gentle cloth (not a paper towel that could scratch your phone) dampened with a mix of 60% water and 40% isopropyl alcohol. You should do this fairly regularly, or just whenever you think of it.
5. Restart your phone at least 3 times every week
Our last smartphone life hack is to make sure you restart your phone at least three times every week. It’s no secret that most of us now rely on our smartphones every day. They are our alarm clocks in the morning, navigate us through traffic to work, organize our lives, connect us to others, help us work out and monitor our health, entertain and inform us, and can even help us fall asleep at night with a guided meditation app.
With all these necessary functions from waking to sleeping, it’s rare that we ever turn our phones completely off anymore, or even give them a restart. But your phone needs to be rested and refreshed just like you. For your phone to run smoothly and let your apps refresh themselves, make sure to give it the little break it needs and restart it at least three times a week.
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