Ever seen a young child playing with their mom’s smartphone? Then you know they take this type of technology like a duck to water. You, on the other hand, are still getting used to the idea that this handheld computer we call a “smartphone” is used these days for pretty much anything except actually calling people.
Fortunately, there is hope for tech newbies like yourself who might still long for the days of the rotary phone. Smartphones are now as easy and convenient as ever to use. Here are three ways smartphones make our lives easier:
1. See More with a Larger Screen
Concerned about always needing your reading glasses while using your smartphone? Fret no more. Today’s newer model smartphones feature large screen sizes that make reading news articles, stock quotes, box scores and movie listings a breeze.
For example, the iPhone 8 Plus features a 5.5-inch retina HD display with True Tone, a technology that allows the screen to determine the right percentage and intensity and temperature of white light you need. Now, if you’re a bit hesitant about the iPhone 8 Plus price, you may want to reconsider investing in this state-of-the-art smartphone.
2. Use it as an Emergency Contact List
Whether you’re concerned about losing your smartphone or are dealing with some health issues, you can easily add some personal details to your smartphone’s lock screen in case of an emergency. Android users already have this built-in feature; to add owner information to the lock screen, select the Security or Lock Screen category under Settings and Choose Owner Info. Then, type the text you want to display in the box and select OK.
This way, if you misplace your smartphone at the grocery store and a Good Samaritan finds it, you have a stronger likelihood of getting it back thanks to the easily displayable information. You can also add personal medical information that an EMT or other first responders could use in case you find yourself in need of assistance; this can include any allergies to medicines, your blood type, and any preexisting medical issues.
Indeed, this feature comes in handy when you’re unable to open a smartphone due to the user setting up a passcode.
3. Charge Your Smartphone Faster than Ever
As you start getting more comfortable with your smartphone, you’ll probably start to use it — and the battery power — more frequently. If you notice your battery is in the red zone right before you want to call your grandson, don’t fret. Did you know putting your smartphone in airplane mode allows it to charge super quickly? Simply turn on this setting while your device is charging and, soon enough, you’ll have a fully-charged phone.
While smartphones might feel overwhelming at first, they certainly contain a ton of user-friendly, easy-to-adopt, cool features that help become better acclimated. It can be difficult to learn everything at once, but starting with these three suggestions will set you up for success. From there, see if you can find even more ways to make your smartphone as simple to use as possible.