The days of using your mobile device for simply calling and texting are long gone. These days your device does heavy-duty, acting as both a means of communication and much, much more. From locking your home on-the-go, streaming movies and television shows, and managing your inbox, your mobile device is practically your lifeline. Sometimes it may be hard to keep up with all the great things your phone can do, but luckily there are a few simple ways you can get the most out of your device without the headache.
Learn about your device. So you just got the new iPhone SE. Great! Do you know what operating system it uses? How much storage space it offers? Take a moment to explore your device’s settings to answer these questions. You’ll enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing all there is to know about your device, or at least just the basics.
Think about an upgrade. When looking for the best phone to buy, do some research to find out which devices come with the features most relevant to your needs. Devices from Apple are perfect for those familiar with Macs, while Android devices may be better for those looking for great graphics for binge-watching Netflix on the go (Snapdragon’s fastest mobile processor can’t be beat). Also, be sure to update your operating system before buying a new phone; some updates may give you exactly what you’re looking for.
Control other devices with your phone. There’s almost nothing the average user can do to damage a device simply by experimenting with settings, and you may find new opportunities to customize your user experience.
Sync your accounts & life. Most mobile devices give you the option to sync your Google account with Apps like Gmail, Voice, Talk, and Calendar. Simply enter your Google account information when you first set up your phone. You can also do the same with social media accounts, which will sync your contacts after downloading the specific App.
Download some new apps. When you think of new Apps, your mind may jump to social networking or gaming, but there are way more options out there, some of which are pretty useful. Apps like Lastpass, for instance, which creates complex passwords to keep your online accounts secure. There’s also Avast! Mobile Security & Antivirus, which is one of the most comprehensive free security apps around.
Sync your device with your sleep
Your phone doesn’t have to simply sit unused while you sleep. With Apps like Sleep Cycle, you can now analyze your sleep and check out the results in the morning, while also finding your ideal sleep schedule. Twilight also adjusts your screen brightness and color settings with the sun cycle, filtering the wakeful blue light emitted by smartphones and tablets after sunset, saving you battery life and ridding you of the bright light from notifications in the dark
Replace your external hard drive
Many people carry an external hard drive or flash drive around for extra storage, but many don’t know that your phone doubles as just that. Android has a storage mode where you can simply plug your device into your computer and swap files, taking all your files on the go, quickly and easily.
Of course, that’s just a sampling of what anyone can do to have a better mobile experience. All it takes is time, research and some experimentation!
~ Jessica Oaks