Even if you’re a tech-savvy smartphone user, you probably don’t know every tip and hack in the book to get the most from your device. We’ve compiled this list of some useful tricks to solve common problems that will change your relationship with your smartphone.
Tips for conserving your battery
Disable background data
Many apps run in the background, even when you’re not using them. This makes sense for things like email and social media, where you might want to know the minute you get a new message or comment. But do you really need your games, notes, and music players gobbling up battery resources 24/7?
Turn of cellular data usage for some features
Turn off cellular data usage for certain apps and features that you won’t be needing to save battery. Go to the Cellular or Data Usage tab under your phone’s Settings. Then toggle off cellular data for specific apps that use a lot of your data.
Leave it while charging it
Manufacturers make those short charging cables for a reason. They don’t want you to use your phone from Buydig.com while charging. Doing so reduces the life of the battery quite a bit.
How low can you go
Your battery is at a low percentage, and there’s not a charger in sight. Don’t panic just yet. If your phone is running on iOS9, go to Settings > Battery > Low Power Mode. You can even ask Siri to do this for you. By going into Low Power Mode, non-essential tasks are disabled. This will give you up to four more hours of battery life!
Don’t play fetch
We know you don’t want to miss an e-mail or a tweet. But the fetch function, which is always looking for new mail and pings you with inbox updates, is a major battery drainer. Turn the function off when you want to extend the power while you’re out and about.
Hacks to make your life easier
Ditch your keyboard
You don’t have to put up with your device’s keyboard. There are loads of keyboard options. Lots of Android devices like the Sony Xperia Premium Smartphone from Buydig.com already use Gboard by default. But if you have an iPhone, or a Samsung Galaxy, or anything else that doesn’t live up to the high quality swipe-type experience that your fingers deserve, it’s time for an upgrade. Another option is Swiftkey with its outstanding strength of predictive suggestions.
Remind me later
Use the “remind me later” feature to skip calls on your iPhone, without forgetting about them. You can also get iOS to remind you to call back later. As with the auto-replies, the way you do this depends on your version of iOS: in iOS 9 you tap the Remind Me button above the slide. In earlier versions you swiped upwards and selected Remind Me Later.
You can activate a Recycle Bin similar to the one we use on Windows PC or laptop on your Android mobile. Simply download an app called Dumpster which safeguards files if you accidentally delete them. All the files get stored in the app which you can later delete or recover at your convenience.
These tips will help you to be smarter than your smartphone.