9 life hacks every smartphone user should know

9 life hacks every smartphone user should know
According to the internet, you can pop popcorn using a cell phone's radiation, recharge a phone by plugging its charger into a banana, and make your phone's battery last 50% longer by typing in a secret code. Sadly, not everything they say online is true, and these three are nothing but popular hoaxes.

In contrast, the smartphone life hacks we're about to share with you really work. What's a life hack, you ask? Well, think of it as a trick that makes your life easier. Like knowing where to plug your phone to charge it when there's no charger around. Or knowing how to protect any phone against sand or water damage while on the beach. Or knowing how to use a phone as a metal detector. 

These are just some of the life hacks we're about to highlight in the slideshow below. Know of any good smartphone life hacks we should be aware of? Let us know in the comments!

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14 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Actually part of the very first sentence is true if you use an M9.

6. jngo102

Posts: 50; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

Can confirm. Plugging M9 into a banana definitely charges it.

2. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

i went to SGP last year, and the hotel"s power outlets aren"t compatible with my phone charger. so i had to charge my phone using TV's USB ports until i found a power outlet adapter for my phone charger.

3. legiloca

Posts: 1676; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Am I the only one who's thinking of other life hacks our phones can do? Lol

4. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

#4, stop hoarding old tech.

5. fingers4

Posts: 6; Member since: Dec 18, 2014

On the job, when faced with a myriad of color coded wires or a complicated mechanical disassembly with no technical data handy, a few photos will save your a$$ when you return to finish the job days later. Photos can also easily document technical problems so others can see what you encountered.

7. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

You can use the video camera to find bolts/nuts you drop in tight places (no pervert) You can use the selfie camera as a mirror if you don't have that app. If you actually care, I don't, but my wife does. If you want to sneak a pic of something use the video recorder it's not as obvious and you can go back and get the screen shot you need later. If you want to track someone leave your phone in their car and use Android device manager or any one of the find my phone apps. Of course this is if you can easily retrieve your phone later.

8. Cyberchum

Posts: 1101; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Life hacks, seriously? I geared up for an interesting and informative read only to be fed this chaff. This is a new low.

14. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 969; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

And the word "Hack" has become so loosely used these days that magazines in the checkout stand at Walmart are using it. "Hack" this and "Hack" that. Yeah, hack your diet. That makes complete sense. Hacking involves exploiting a weakness or using "brute force" to enter a system without consent, usually with ill-intent. Absolutely none of the methods listed in this article have anything whatsoever to do with hacking. At BEST, there are a couple of methods listed that are creative in using an object outside of its intended purpose. If it were a Hack, it would be an exploit of a vulnerability, not a creative way of repurposing. Hack sounds cool, might as well use that word in an article to catch attention.

9. olatgf

Posts: 37; Member since: May 02, 2015

#1, #4, #5, #8 and #9.

10. VZWuser76

Posts: 4974; Member since: Mar 04, 2010

#7. Resonance isn't what gives the speaker a boost, it's using the same science behind things like waveguide speakers and bullhorns. A cone style speaker radiates sound in many directions, adding the glass forces the sound in one direction, which gives the sound a boost. It's the same reason why horn style speakers are better for noisy or outdoor environments rather than cone speakers. Horns are more directional, forcing all the sound energy at one point rather than trying to cover a wider area like a cone driver. Resonance is the frequency an object or material naturally vibrates at. It's what causes glass and crystal to shatter when a certain frequency is played with enough energy. With speakers it's the frequency the driver will play the loudest and most efficient. Every object or material has a resonant frequency. End science rant.

11. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Great article!

12. WallStreet

Posts: 256; Member since: Sep 21, 2014

Great article!

13. lallolu

Posts: 733; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

I almost did not read this article but it was worth my time.

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