10 Super-Smart Phone Tricks

1. Take photographs with the volume control.

On the
iPhone, use the volume-up key to take pictures instead of contorting
your fingers to press the on-screen shutter button. If you have
headphones, you can use the volume-up button on these too. 

2. Google Now.

With
Android, Google Now gives you snippets of really useful information,
such as directions, news stories and even workout summaries based on
pointers such as your calendar, your location or where you are going. To
make sure it’s turned on, open the ‘Google Settings’ app, touch ‘Search
& Now’, then the ‘Now’ cards, and make sure ‘Show Cards’ is on.

3. Turn on offline maps in Google Maps.

Google
Maps lets you save maps so you can access them offline, handy for when
you’re abroad. To set this up, go to the Google Maps app and search for
a place, such as ‘Barcelona’. At the bottom, touch the bar that has the
name of the place you searched. In the upper right, touch the menu’s
three verticle dots. To save the map, select ‘Save offline map’ and then
follow the directions on the screen.

4. Shake to undo.

On
the iPhone, if you’ve typed something in an email but then changed your
mind, simply shake the phone and it will ask you if you want to ‘undo’
the last thing you typed. It saves you having to press the delete key
over and over again.

5. Voice controls.

Say: ‘Hey
Siri’ (Apple; double tap the home button too), ‘OK Google’ (Android) or
‘Hey Cortana’ (Windows Phone) on your phone to do tasks by voice. Try
‘Open…’ to open an app without looking for it, and ‘Call…’ to quickly
make a call. There are lots of options, from getting the weather to
setting alarms. To find out more, say ‘Help…’ and it will show you the
voice commands.

6. Battery hogs.

Some apps use up
more battery time than others. To find out which ones are the greedy
culprits, on the iPhone go to: ‘Settings > General > Usage’ and
then ‘Battery Usage’. For Android, go to: ‘Settings > Battery ‘ to
pull up a list of exactly which apps have used up your battery power.
You can then decide whether to delete or keep them.

7. Use your phone’s internet connection for your laptop.

To
go to this on the iPhone, go to: ‘Settings > Personal Hotspot’ and
turn it on. On your laptop, search for the Wi-Fi network from your phone
and then enter the password.

8. Organise your apps.

If
you have lots of apps, you might want to have them nicely ordered in
folders. On the iPhone, press and hold on an app icon until it starts
jiggling and then, without letting go, drag it on to another app icon.
This will create a folder. On Android, long-press on any of the app
icons and drag it on to another icon. A circle should now appear around
the apps, indicating that a folder has been created. By tapping on the
newly created folder, a mini window will pop up with your apps in it.

9. Set up VIP for better notifications.

Be
alerted only when someone important is emailing you rather than another
special offer. To do this on an iPhone, go to the Apple Mail app, then
to your list of Mailboxes and tap ‘VIP’. You can then add contacts. Then
go to ‘Settings > Notifications > Mail’ and set how you want VIP
notifications to act.

10. Photo burst mode.

If
you’re worried about getting a good photo at the right time, simply
press and hold down the shutter button. The iPhone will then snap dozens
of shots and you can choose the best one.

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