Smartphones pack so many features and functions that one can hardly keep up with the sheer volume of it. Many of these features go overlooked as people generally tend to stick to what they already know, missing out on a wide range of cool tricks that are actually quite useful and fun at the same time.
There’s a list of 7 clever smartphone functions that most people don’t know about.
1.You can use it as a baby monitor
You can actually turn your smartphone into a genuine ‘spying’ device or a baby monitor by following these simple instructions. Once you’ve gone through with the installation process, simply place the phone in the desired location and call the handset you have set up as a listening device.
The phone will answer automatically, and you will be able to hear everything that is being said or done in that specific location.
2. You can lock your lost phone for good
This function will help you protect your private data if your smartphone gets lost or stolen. Let us elaborate on this. Each SIM worldwide is issued with a unique 15-digit number called the IMEI.
So, if you have lost your phone and chances are you will never see it again, dial *#06# and you will receive the IMEI for your SIM card.
Next, call the cell phone and ask them to block your device using that number. We hope you’ll never have to use this one!
3. It can actually be used as a microscope
Modern smartphones have evolved to such an extent that can now serve as a viable substitute for a number of different devices, including a microscope.
All you need is a small lens – which can be found in any laser pointer – and these simple instructions to convert your device into a portable, digital microscope that will allow you to magnify images up to 100 times, depending on the type of phone you’re using.
4. It has a Face Unlock function
Android-powered smartphones can be unlocked in a number of different ways. A PIN, a password, a pattern gesture, or a typical insecure swipe are the most commonly used unlocking mechanisms, but there is one more method that most users choose to ignore or are simply unaware of.
However, it should be noted that Face Unlock trumps each of the above- mentioned unlocking methods in terms of security. To set it up, just go to Settings, scroll down to Security, tap Screen lock, and select the option.
5. It can be used as a hologram projector
That pile of dusty CDs that you’ve been thinking of throwing away might come in handy after all. By using a plastic CD cover, a glass cutter, some graph paper, tape and a pen, you can easily turn your phone into a hologram projector to make awesome 3D holograms straight from the future. Just follow these instructions and see for yourself.
6. You can also use it underwater to take cool pictures
Just because your smartphone is not waterproof it doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t take it to the pool, sea, or ocean with you. Before you discard this notion as laughable, just check out this video and you’ll see what we are talking about.
All you will need is a case made of polyethylene that will take you about two minutes to make.
7. Cleaning will make it last longer
You’ve probably noticed that your phone’s power jack tends to collect dust, dirt, and other debris over time.
What you probably didn’t know is that dust in the charging port can be the main culprit for your phone’s ‘premature death’.
To extend the life of your device, make sure you clean your smartphone regularly using a syringe full of air. Simply insert the needle into the charging port and inject the air. This will expel the dust from the charging port and extend the life of your device.
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