Top 20 smartphone hacks and tricks everyone should know

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Smartphone hacks, tips, and tricks sound so luring, right? We all use smartphones but have you ever thought of using your smartphones in a better way? Today, I am going to tell you about top 20 smartphone secret tricks and hidden features which you can adopt and can unleash the hidden power of your smartphones.

By adopting these smartphone tricks and hidden features nor only you will be able to use your smartphones better than before rather you will be able to learn many new tricks and hidden features on your smartphone. Please try the awesome smartphone tricks I am going to tell you today and if you feel good then, of course, share it with your friends and family.

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Best smartphone hacks and tricks

1. Charge phone via USB of TV

Do you know you can also charge your phone from your tv without the help of a charger?  You only need one USB cable to charge the phone. If you have LCD, LED or OLED TV, you know that there are USB ports on the side or back. You can charge your phone using these USB ports. This is the best smartphone hack one can use. If your phone’s adapter is lost or damaged then you can use the USB cable to charge phone battery without charger by plugging it into the TV’s USB port. Many people forget about carrying a phone charger while traveling. Hence, this trick works best when you are out on a vacation. It is one of the best battery charging tips for Android and iOS.

smartphone travel hacks

2. Don’t use smartphones while charging

Have you ever wondered why the phone makers keep the length of USB cable smaller? Is their motive to save money or is there any good for you? If the phone maker is capable of making a phone, can he not increase the USB cable length? It’s done just for your good. You should not use a smartphone while charging it. By doing so, some of these things may happen:

  • When you charge your phone, it gets heated due to charging. If you use the phone at this time then the phone can get very hot. Hence, using the phone while charging damages battery.
  • A bulge can occur in your phone’s battery. If your phone has an inbuilt battery, then this may affect your phone’s shape.
  • The overall charging capacity of your smartphone decreases.
  • Doing so may cause problems in your phone’s battery charger. You may also have to buy a new charger.
  • It has been heard and seen that smartphones have exploded several times. I would not like if something like this happens with your phone but a cure is always better than an accident.

don't use phone while charging

3. Use WhatsApp for Image Compression

You all must have faced problem of uploading a big size image online. You use WhatsApp daily but did you know there is an inbuilt image compression algorithm in WhatsApp servers. Whenever you send a photo to any friend, the image compression tool reduces its size. This is a great hack by which you will be able to minimize the size of the image and without losing its quality.

send photos on WhatsApp without losing quality.

4. Turn phone to airplane mode to save battery while traveling

You can save your phone’s battery while traveling. To do this, you have to put your phone on airplane mode. Your phone’s cellular connectivity, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS will be automatically shut down in airplane mode. So, can you still receive texts in airplane mode? No, you cannot receive texts in airplane mode because phone’s cellular connectivity has been shut off. What happens when someone calls you on airplane mode? It really depends on the type of response your network carrier give. Many times when your phone is on airplane mode, the caller can hear switch off and sometimes it’s heard that person is busy on another call.

These hardware functions consume a lot of battery hence putting it on airplane mode will save a lot of battery. This is a very useful traveling trip to save battery.

Does airplane mode charge faster?

Yes, Definitely, it does charge faster. Whenever I put my phone on charging airplane mode charge my phone faster.

Airplane mode

5. Use WhatsApp as Notepad

You can use WhatsApp as Notepad. It is an essential hack one can use to save texts, pictures, and videos on WhatsApp. Follow these steps to make a notepad for yourself on WhatsApp:

  • Open WhatsApp.
  • Make A new group and name it as “Notepad“.
  • Add a WhatsApp participant to this group. This participant can be anyone from your friends or family.
  • After you have added the participant to this group, you need to remove him back.
  • Now, you’re the only participant in the “Notepad” group.

You can now use “Notepad” to save important messages, pictures, and videos.

WhatsApp group chat

6. Identify anything with Google Goggles

Google Goggles uses image recognition search engine to compare the picture you take with your smartphone. Take a picture and google will find it with its unique image recognition tool called as Google Goggles.

Search by taking a picture: point your mobile phone camera at a painting, a famous landmark, a barcode or QR code, a product, or a popular image. If Goggles finds it in its database, it will provide you with useful information.

Goggles can read the text in English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, and Turkish, and translate it into other languages.

Goggles also work as a barcode / QR code scanner.

– Scan barcodes using Goggles to get product information
– Scan QR codes using Goggles to extract information
– Recognize famous landmarks
– Translate by taking a picture of foreign language text
– Add Contacts by scanning business cards or QR codes
– Scan text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
– Recognize paintings, books, DVDs, CDs, and just about any 2D image
– Solve Sudoku puzzles
– Find similar products

You can download Google Goggles on your android devices by clicking on this link.

7. Use smartphone camera to detect Infrared (IR) light

How to detect infrared radiations?

Human eyes aren’t capable of seeing Infrared Red rays but our smartphones are capable of doing so. We can easily check whether your remote battery has exhausted or not. All you need to do is to open the camera in your phones and place it over the remote IR bulb. By pressing the remote button, check whether the bulb glows on your smartphone’s screen. If the bulb doesn’t glow, then it means the batteries of the remote are dead. If the bulb glows, you are good to go.

Detect Infrared lights

8. Monitor your state of mind with an Android application

What if there was a quick and precise way to size yourself up, mentally, emotionally and physically, three times a day? What if you could also have a reminder to take your vitamins and medications? And what if you could accurately chart all of this information – including how you feel, how you’ve been sleeping, meditating — to review for your own understanding, or with your doctor or therapist? This might help you start to pull your life together. Now you can, and all with one easy app: Mood Watch.

You can Download it here.

9. Use black wallpaper to save battery

How to save battery on Android? How to save battery on iOS?

Most people know the display is one of the most battery-hungry elements of any smartphone, but what they don’t know is that the wallpaper they choose – yes, wallpaper – can make a significant difference to battery life. A pure black or generally dark-colored wallpaper or background can actually save power over a lighter one. It just depends on the type of screen you have.
use black wallpaper

10. Buy multi-charge cable from Amazon

If you are traveling and you and your family members have different types of mobile chargers so you should finish a headache by purchasing a multi-charger. Now you just need to carry a single charger with the help of which you can charge all your phones. You can buy 5 in 1 charging cable which seems to be the best solution for most of the smartphones.

multi charger

you can buy one from Amazon

11. Speed up phone by reducing animation

Is your phone getting a little sluggish? Is it lagging a lot? One of the perks of having an Android is the degree to which you can customize it. You can increase the speed of your smartphone by reducing its animation.

For instance, by enabling the developer mode, a whole new selection of adjustments you can make to your device become available. One of these features is the animation length that is used system-wide. By either reducing or disabling animations, you should see an immediate performance boost.

Here is how:

Step 1: Enable developer options on your device.

Look for the Developer options in the Settings menu and enable them. If you don’t see a Developer options entry in the menu, head to the About device area and tap on the Build number until you see a message saying that they have been enabled.

Developers option

Step 2: Turn off the animations (or reduce them).

You can either turn off the animation or reduce it to  Animation Scale 0.5x.

animation scale

Step 3: Restart your device.

You can avoid the restart by force closing your Launcher and then using an app to make it restart. However, since each manufacturer may include a different package name for its launcher, it’s easiest to just restart your Android.

Try moving between a few apps and there should be a noticeable difference in how quickly your device handles them. This adjustment even works on the newest of devices, making them even faster.

Source: CNET

12. Sleep cycle app that tracks your sleeping pattern of the previous night

Do you know your mobile can give you information about your sleep and they way you have slept the previous night? This app recognizes your sleeping pattern and wakes you up at the most proper time in the morning. With the help of this app, you feel rested and relaxed.

Download link for Android users.

Download link for iOS users.

13. Get a skin for your smartphone

Does the back of your phone become dirty more than often? If yes, then you can get a skin for your phone from the market and prevent it from getting dirty. Moreover, you can save it from scratches.

phone skins

14. Enable force 4x MSAA in developer’s option for improved gaming

The Foremost thing before doing anything is to enable developers option. By default developer options are hidden in your smartphone but don’t worry you can easily enable them. To enable them, go to Settings>>About Phone>>Build Number, tap on the build number 7 times to enter into developer mode.

If you are using a phone based on  MIUI then go to Settings>>About Phone>>MIUI version, tap on MIUI version for 7 times to enter into developer mode.

Now, scroll down to Force 4x MSAA (Enable 4x MSAA in OpenGL ES 2.0 apps)

This option allows you to improve the quality of graphics in games and applications that run OpenGL ES 2.0. While this does increase the demand on your performance hardware and consume your battery faster, you will notice that some games and applications will run smoother. This is done by smoothing the pixels via the Multi Sample Anti-Aliasing 4x technique.

Enable 4x MSAA

15. Remote mouse application

Do you know you can convert your smartphone into a remote mouse? Remote Mouse turns your mobile phone or tablet into a wireless user-friendly remote control for your computer. It’ll surprise you with fully simulated touchpad, keyboard and featured remote panels which make your remote experience simple and efficient.

Convert your phone to wireless mouse

Install the application on your phones

Android phone


Windows phone

Install remote server on your computers




16. Make a stylus pen for any touch screen

Sometimes, it is hard to write or draw something on our smartphones. But thanks to this smartphone hack we can make our own stylus pen by wrapping up aluminum foil paper around a pencil or a smartphone.

make a stylus pen for your smartphone

17. Turn your smartphone into night lamp

You can convert your smartphone into night lamp. For this, you will have to turn on the flash light and place a transparent bottle filled with water on it. The water will scatter the light in the same way a night lamp does.

turn your smartphone into a night lamp

18. Convert your phone’s camera into a microscope

Yes, you heard me right your phone’s camera is capable of capturing extreme close shots. You don’t need any additional accessories to increase zooming capacity of your phone. A water droplet will do all the work for you. Gently place water droplet on your camera lens and start to click microscopic shots with it.

use water drop to take extremely close shots.

19.  Fix screen scratches by toothpaste

Toothpaste can magically remove scratches from your smartphone’s screen. But you need to use the actual toothpaste, not the gel-based toothpaste. Here is how this method works:

  • Dab a small amount of toothpaste onto the end of a cotton swab or clean, soft cloth.
  • Gently rub the cotton swab or cloth in circular motions on the screen until you see the scratch go away.
  • After this, wipe your screen with a slightly dampened cloth to remove any excess toothpaste.

remove scratches

20. Check distance of an object using your phone’s camera

Now you can check the distance between you and an object by using your phone’s camera. There is an application called as “SMART MEASURE”  which uses trigonometric functions to determine the distance between you and the object.

smart measure

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