USA TODAY - The smartphone has been on the market for about six years now, however that does not mean everybody knows the ins and outs.
According to a Pew survey, more than half of adults in the U.S. own a smartphone. However, that does not make us all experts. Here are five tricks that you may not know about your smartphone and really should know.
1. Take a screenshot
If you are trying to capture a special moment on your phone or particular message. Screenshot it!
On an iPhone, press and hold the Home button along with the Sleep/Wake
button. You should hear a shutter click. The screenshot will appear in your
Camera Roll or Saved Photos section.
On Androids, hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time. The
image is saved to the "Captured Images" folder in your Gallery app. That only
works in Android 4.0 and higher, though. For Android 3.0, 2.3 or earlier, use an
app like AirDroid.
2. Salvage a wet phone
Happen to drop your phone into water? Try to save it with these few steps.
First, and most importantly, don't turn it on. If you turn it on with water
inside, you'll fry it.
Instead, wipe it down with a dry microfiber cloth. If the gadget is dirty,
you can clean it with isopropyl rubbing alcohol.
If the phone has a removable battery, take it out. Then fill a container or
bag with uncooked rice and put the smartphone in the container overnight. The
rice will help pull the moisture out of the gadget.
Under no circumstances put the phone in the oven or microwave.
The next day, put the phone back together and turn it on. If it starts up,
congratulations. If not, you're off to the store for a new one.
3. Find a lost or stolen phone
If you lose or forget your phone somewhere or it goes missing, take a look at these programs.
iPhones and iPads support Apple's Find My
iPhone app. This allows you to use a computer or another iPhone to find your
missing phone using GPS. You can also remotely lock and wipe your phone as
The upcoming version of iOS, version 7, includes the ability to take photos
of the thief. It also has a lock system so they can't wipe the gadget and use it
Android gadgets have apps that do the same thing. Where's
My Droid?, Lookout Mobile
Security and Carbonite
Mobile are good ones to check out.
4. Don't share your location
Smartphone cameras are great for the casual shutterbug. You can snap pictures
no matter where you go and post them online.
Of course, if you aren't careful you're also sharing your location with
everyone. Smartphones can embed GPS information into photos that anyone can
You could turn off GPS when you're taking pictures. To turn it off on your
iPhone, go to Settings -> Privacy Location Services. You can turn it off for
everything or just for the camera.
On an Android, go to Settings -> Location Services and turn GPS off when
you don't need it. For Windows Phone, go to Settings -> Location to turn off
Of course, you might forget. To see and remove photo information before
posting, grab an app like PixelGarde.
5. Creative smartphone uses
Smartphones have way more features than you probably use. But they can do
even more than you think. App designers have figured out some creative uses you
Heard for iPhone is
always recording using your smartphone's microphone. At any time, you can save
audio from up to five minutes in the past.
Awareness for Android
uses your smartphone's microphone to keep track of noise around you while
you're listening to music. Any sounds louder than regular background noise gets
sent to your headphones.
Instant Heart Rate for iPhone
uses the phone's camera to figure out your heart rate. It detects the light
passing through your finger and how it changes as your heart beats.
Want to go hunting for metal? Metal detector apps for Android
and iPhone have
you covered. They use your phone's built-in compass to find metals. You just
need to hold your phone close to the ground.
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