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5 smartphone hacks you never knew about

Updated: Feb 15

Charge your phone faster

The biggest hassle in our daily lives is getting our bricks charged. While there are some with state-of-the-art C-type charging support, what’s the rest of crowd supposed to do?

The trick is simple; turn on your phone’s Airplane Mode while charging. Better yet, turn the phone off. This way, the phone will not burn energy in a continuous effort to connect to cell phone towers and plot GPS.

Also, avoid using your phone while charging. As Li-ion batteries have a limited charge cycle, manufacturers discourage phone usage while charging to forestall battery replacement. Why else do you think they pack a short charging cable?

Avoid Ads while playing games

Any in-app ad can be avoided by turning on the Airplane mode or turning off the Internet connection. Hence, by turning off your mobile data or Wi-Fi, you can steer clear of annoying ads that keep interrupting your game.

For ads that persist even after turning off the Internet, simply clear your cache and enjoy an ad-free experience.

Ask Your iPhone to Set Call/Reply Reminders

Apple is known to surprise its users with features that are both perceptive and unique. iOS comes packed with features like ‘auto-reply’ and ‘remind me later’ that can help you deal with calls when you are busy. Remind me feature sets a GPS-based or timer-based prompt for the user and can be triggered while the phone rings. Thus, based on the chosen option, you will be reminded to call back.

Don’t know something? Upload a picture and get it identified

Long gone is the time when you had to type in the search bar to get the answers. With image recognition software, identifying specific objects in a picture has become a reality.

Google Goggles, the search engine giant’s very own photo recognition tool, does all that it advertises.

Whether you are forgetting or coming across the name of something for the very first time, goggles can ID it in a jiffy. It runs the query against its massive image database to come up with near matches and provides reliable results most of the time.

Take Selfies Using Headphones

Yep, read that right. Not only with the volume button of their phones, iPhone users, and many Android ones, can click a picture by simply hitting the volume button on their headphones.

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