Smartphone Secrets: 10 Cool Hacks You Didn’t Even Know Existed

We love our phones. But did you know there’s far more functionality than texting and scrolling social media? Here are the most extraordinary things your phone can do that you may not know about!


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Most camera apps integrate with translation apps, allowing you to translate signs in any language simply by taking a photo. 

Document Scanning

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Have an important document that you need to be scanned? No need to head to the copy store – you can scan it into a pdf with your phone. 

911 Calls

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Most phones have a unique feature allowing you to call 911 on the sly. Pressing the side button multiple times usually does the trick. 

Unfortunately, this leads to lots of 911 pocket dials, much to the displeasure of 911 operators. 

Searching Photos

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Your photo gallery is far smarter than you think. You can search for colors, objects, and even places. Try searching for “cat” and see what it finds!

Parking Spots

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Some phones use location services to help you remember where you parked. It’s a lifesaver for those used to wandering aimlessly through the lot searching for the car. 

Metal Detection

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There’s an app for nearly everything, even metal detection. Your phone can detect certain metals, which may be helpful in a pinch. Of course, you can’t expect your phone to be as good as a real metal detector. 

Cursor Precision

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Have you ever tried zooming in super close to the text so you can tap the exact place you want, but your fingers are still too big, so you rage quit?

Your phone has a built-in solution. Tap and hold the spacebar key, and you can easily move the cursor wherever you want. 

What Dis?

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When you’re out on a lovely wilderness walk and spot a cool insect or flower, you no longer have to wonder what it is. Most photo apps integrate with Google, so you can snap photos and search the web in seconds. 

Scientific Calculator

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The basic calculator app works wonders for most of our needs, but sometimes, you need a little more. Most calculator apps have a built-in scientific calculator – simply turn your phone sideways to access the additional functions. 

Remote Control

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Your phone can act as a remote control for most household appliances. You no longer need to dig under the sofa cushions to find the right remote – just use your phone!


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Did you know that all phones allow you to dial a number and speak to someone not in the room with you? 

We jest, but few people use their phones as actual phones nowadays. 

Time Flies – Savor Every Moment

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They often say time flies, and that’s true. We’re often so busy we don’t even notice the days and years slip away. 

Yes Time Flies – But Here’s How To Savor Every Moment

What’s an Empath?

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Empaths can read other people’s emotions. Find out how it works and whether you may have some empathic abilities! 

Learn More: Experts Reveal Top Signs of an Empath

Achieve Financial Independence with Stress Free Part Time Work

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Wouldn’t it be great if you could work part time at an easy, stress free job you love? Barista Fire is the path to financial independence that lets you do just that!

What’s Chaotic Neutral?

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Our favorite characters in film and shows tend to lean toward the chaotic. Find out why we love this character archetype so much!

Bored? Try Drawing!

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Drawing is a great way to pass some time. You don’t have to be good at it either! Here are 101 fun things to draw when you’re bored.  

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