Fresh Lemon Juice
Juicing a lemon can give you a fresh ingredient for a variety of dishes and drinks. It can prove difficult, though. Not with this method! Rather than cutting the lemon open, just puncture it to create a hole you can squeeze the juice through.
A tool like a chopstick is a handy way to make the tunnel you’ll need. Then, you can just squeeze the lemon in your fist over a glass or bowl.
Doubling Up on Necklaces
If you like wearing multiple necklaces at once, you know the struggle when a pair you love just don’t line up right. This TikTok user is here to help, though. You can simply use the clasps on the necklaces a little differently.
Instead of closing the necklaces, attach the clasps of the necklaces to each other, connecting them. From there, you can adjust their length together.
Keep Your Spinach Fresh
The last thing you want when you buy produce is to open the fridge a few days later and see it looking sad. Unfortunately, spinach doesn’t last too long.
You can use this life hack to make your spinach last a little bit longer, though. To start, wash your spinach-like normal and then place it in a container for leftovers or a Ziploc bag. Before you close it, add a paper towel in to sop up any spare moisture!
Add a Bit of Organization
Staying organized is important. It’s often the best way to make sure that everything you need is neat and easy to find.
Once you finish off your latest candle, you can recycle the container by removing any remaining wax and the wick to create an empty storage jar. If you’re having trouble loosening any wax, add some boiling water to the canister to soften the wax.
Creating a Cut Crease
Makeup can seem difficult or even intimidating when you’re first getting started. Luckily, TikTok is full of clever hacks to help make things easier.
A cut crease in your eyeshadow doesn’t have to seem so intimidating, for instance. This tip has you start out like normal and add a base color. You can use a bit of concealer, add a bit on your lid, and look up. The result? You have a guideline for your eye makeup now!
Cleaning Up Grease
Cooking foods like bacon can lead to a delicious meal. On the other hand, they can also lead to a pan full of grease that you aren’t sure what to do with.
You can’t pour grease directly down the drain but with a little help from some aluminum foil, you can easily get rid of bacon grease. Just add the foil over your drain to catch the grease. Once it cools again and solidifies, you can throw away the whole aluminum foil piece with the grease inside.
Removing Dish Stickers
It’s always exciting to bring home a new set of dishes. However, the stickers on them can be stubborn, to say the least. This person had a method for “waxing” the stickers right off of cups.
At least, their mom did. All you have to do is place some tape firmly and securely to the sticker with the end hanging off. Then, just rip it off like a bandage!
A Perfectly-Made Bed
If you’ve ever stayed somewhere like a hotel, you probably noticed that the bed was made nearly pristinely when you walked into the room.
If you’ve ever wondered how you can achieve this look when you make your own bed, this TikTok has answers! By tucking one side of the sheet under your mattress and folding the fabric before you tuck the sheet back beneath the mattress, you’ll have a clean corner.
Create Your Own Liquid Blush
If you love makeup, you probably have your preferences. For instance, some people prefer to work with liquid products over powder. If you’re just stuck with powder blush, though, you can transform it in no time.
All you need to do is to add a bit of your blush to a primer. This way, you’re adding pigment to the primer and you can use it just like you would a liquid blush!
Reaching the Last Items
Running to the grocery store shouldn’t be a hassle. If you’re short and need things from the top shelf, though, it definitely can be. Luckily, there actually is a trick you can use to reach that item on the back of the shelf.
By just pulling the inner part of the shelf divider, you can pull those last items toward you without scaling any shelves or asking for assistance.
Safely Slicing Avocado
Avocados are delicious but, if you don’t use the proper technique, you can run into trouble as you try to get that pesky pit out.
First, place the avocado on a cutting board and slice it down to the pit two ways. The end result should give you four sections in your avocado. From there, you should be able to simply peel each wedge away from the pit.
De-Stem Your Herbs
Growing your own garden is pretty rewarding. Not to mention, who doesn’t love the addition of fresh herbs to their favorite recipes? Of course, fresh herbs do mean you have to add de-stemming them to your dinnertime prep work.
With just a cheese grater, though, you can minimize this work down to seconds. Just pull the stem through one of the holes and it’ll leave your herbs behind.
Slicing Cherry Tomatoes
Cherry tomatoes are delicious and they can add a bit of flavor to a lot of different dishes. Plus, some people just love them on their own. Halving a bunch of cherry tomatoes can take time, though. To minimize this time, try cutting them all at once.
You can safely accomplish this by holding the tomatoes in place with two shallow lids like those on takeout soup containers. Now that they’re secure, slice between the lids with a sharp knife.
Easy Open Coffee Creamer
When you open something like coffee creamer, you’ll notice that you have to break a seal to actually start pouring.
While this is great as far as food safety goes, it can cause a bit of frustration in the morning when you just want a cup of coffee. This person learned that one easy way to solve this problem was to actually use the lid of the creamer to break the seal.
Threading a Needle
It’s not always easy to get thread through a needle. If you’re working with a thicker fabric, this is especially true. For this TikTok hack, you’ll only need a little tape with your needle and thread.
You can create a temporary aglet that will easily slip through the opening on a needle. Once the needle is threaded just cut off the small bit of tape and you’re ready to go!
A Straw for Strawberries
If you love strawberries but are tired of plucking off the leaves or leaving a single bite behind, TikTok has the answer for you.
Grab a straw from the drawer and insert it into the strawberry through the center of the tip. As it pushes through, it’ll remove the core and leaves. You can use the leaves to tug the rest out of the straw to throw away or compost.
Skinning a Mango
Mangoes have two main inedible or less-than-tasty parts aside from the sweet fruit. This includes the pit and the skin. This TikTok user found that all they needed to de-skin their sliced mango was a glass.
Since the flesh of the fruit is so soft, you can slide the edge of the glass between the skin and the fruit to easily peel it off without any frightening knife work.
Adding Glue to Your Lashes
When you’re trying to apply glue to a pair of false lashes, the process can prove surprisingly challenging! Luckily, TikTok is here to help. For this hack, you’ll want to forego applying the glue directly to your lashes.
Instead, add a bit of glue to the stick end of one of your makeup brushes. It’s easier to pull the lash through the glue than to try and apply it directly.
Folding and Hanging
It’s always awful to open your closet only to find the clothes you carefully hung up earlier lying on the floor. To avoid this, it’s best to avoid just hanging your clothes as you normally would.
Instead, take the time to fold your clothes over the hanger. This will make sure they’re more secure in their place and won’t fall down or slide off. You can even loop some garments around the hanger for added security.
Separating the Yolks
There are plenty of recipes that call for either egg whites or egg yolks. Usually, separating them means a lot of careful work. With this tip, all you need is an empty plastic water bottle that you don’t mind using and tossing out.
Squeeze the water bottle and position it so that its mouth is against the yolk and release. The suction as the bottle sucks in additional air should take the yolk with it.
Adjusting a Face Mask
When you need a night of self-care, a lot of people decide to throw on a sheet mask. If you’ve used one, though, you know they don’t always fit your face as well as they promise.
For a more fitted option, you just need to make a few incisions on the mask. Cut a slit between the eyes, beneath the nose, and from the chin to the mouth. Now, you can pull these areas to overlap and create a more accurate fit.
Keys and No Pockets
If you wear a sports bra or tank top to go running, you probably aren’t pairing it with jeans. Unfortunately, athletic wear doesn’t always account for pockets.
Still, you probably need to keep track of your keys, whether you have pockets or not. To work around this problem, start by slipping an elastic band through your key and using the elastic to hook the key around the band of your top or sports bra.
Saving Your Paintbrush
Painting anything can take time. This means you might not finish it all in a day and maybe you’ll take an overnight break. That break turns frustrating quickly if you come back to realize your paintbrush is now as hard as a rock.
With this life hack, you can just wrap your brush in a bit of aluminum foil and pop it in the fridge until you’re ready to get back to it. The brush should stay soft!
Beauty Sponge Revival
There comes a time when your favorite beauty blender simply must be retired. At some point, it gets pretty gross. That point might not come as soon as you think, however.
While the outside of your beauty blender might be done for, before you throw it away, try cutting it in half. The inside is practically new in some cases.
Fixing a Broken Makeup Palette
It’s hard to never drop something you use often. Yet, a crash to the floor seems like it can end your favorite palettes. You can fix a broken palette, though.
Start by smashing the product more. It sounds counterproductive but you want to make the powder mixable. Then, add a bit of alcohol and mix thoroughly. From there, just smooth the mixture back into shape.
Packing up things you don’t need is a great way to stay organized. However, if you aren’t organized in your storage, it doesn’t help much. Vacuum bags are often advertised as a space-saving solution in your home.
However, this TikTok user found that you can DIY your own version with just a trash bag and a vacuum. This way, you can keep your winter clothes packed during summer without taking up too much space.
Creating a Pan Liner
Pan liners are really helpful in baking. Not only do they save on mess but they prevent your creations from sticking, too. On the other hand, trying to guess how much parchment paper or foil you need can be a hassle.
To get the perfect shape every time, try forming the parchment paper or foil over the outside of the pan. Then, you can just place it inside once you already have the shape.
Use the Luggage Rack
When you stop at a hotel for a night or two, you want your stay to be as hygienic as possible. There are a few things you can do to improve it. One flight attendant on TikTok shared a wealth of travel hacks as someone who constantly stays in hotels.
She shared that if you want to keep your bed as clean as possible, don’t toss your luggage on it! It’s been through the airport and the entire flight with you, so it’s likely a little gross.
Chopping Bell Peppers
When you need flavor and color in a dish, bell pepper is a great addition. However, cutting them can sometimes seem messy. You can keep all of those seeds in place while you cut your pepper.
You’ll want to start by slicing the stem off your pepper and placing it top-side-down on the cutting board. Cut the pepper into fourths and peel them away, leaving the central core of seeds intact!
Keep Your Cutting Board in Place
Even the best cutting board can lead to an issue on a slippery surface. After all, you don’t want it sliding around. To keep your knife cuts even and your hands safe, there’s a trick you can use that this person was kind enough to share on TikTok.
All you need to do is place a damp paper towel under your cutting board. This should add some grip and keep everything in place.
Using a Chicken Pounder
That TikTok user from the last tip had more than one life hack to share. In fact, they had a few kitchen tips. This one is really handy if you don’t love doing dishes.
When you need to use a meat pounder on chicken, it’s a pain to clean. So, instead of using it directly on the chicken, place the chicken in a bag before pounding it.
Easily Peeling Boiled Eggs
Boiled eggs are a quick and easy breakfast with plenty of protein. On the other hand, peeling the shell away can prove challenging.
This TikTok user has a life hack for just that! To start, they crack and peel off a bit on either side of the egg, creating a tunnel with the shell. Then, just blow the egg out of the shell and you’re good to go!
Taking Care of Lettuce Stems
Cutting something like iceberg lettuce isn’t necessarily hard. Still, that stem can be quite the hassle when it wants to be. This TikTok hack means you won’t have to worry about cutting that stem out ever again.
Instead, put your lettuce stem-side-down on your cutting board and give it a good whack. From there, you should be able to pull the stem right out, leaving all the good parts behind.
If you keep flowers, you know how hard it is to place them if you don’t have the right vase. Plus, it seems like they’ll never stand up in a regular glass. This TikTok user found a great hack for this.
All you really need is to grab a bit of clear tape and place two pieces across the glass opening and two pieces that are perpendicular to others. The end result should give you a space to discreetly prop your flowers up.
Removing the Mango Pit
Just like the avocado we talked about earlier, removing the pit from a mango can be a bit of a struggle as well. Not with this TikTok hack!
The only cut you have to make is around the circumference of the fruit. From there, you can grab each half of the mango and twist until they pull apart. This will expose the seed and pull one side completely away from it.
Removing Chicken Tendons
A lot of people love dishes with chicken in them. Yet, chicken is also pretty intimidating to cook if you don’t know how to handle it. One thing that many people don’t want is tendons in their chicken.
If you have a fork, you don’t even need any fancy tools to get rid of it. You can easily slide the fork down with the tendon trapped between the prongs, pulling it away.
Another Avocado Hack
Earlier, we took a look at a hack to make cutting avocados a little easier. Now, we have another TikTok hack if you need an alternative.
Here, you’ll want to start by halving your avocado as you normally do. From there, you should have the pit in one side. Instead of trying to carve it out with a knife, simply push on the back of the avocado to force it out gently.
Grinding Coffee Beans
Freshly ground coffee beans are a great start to any caffeinated morning. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t sometimes messy. At times, it can seem impossible to avoid the smattering of finely ground beans across the countertop.
This person avoids that by fitting their filter right over the grinder to catch everything cleanly without spilling a drop on the counter below. It’s a pretty handy and versatile trick!
A fresh coat of paint is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Simultaneously, it can be an easy way to make a big mess, too. Pouring the paint is among the hardest parts when it comes to keeping paint off of everything around you.
In the end, paint cans aren’t really designed for a controlled pour. If you use a few pieces of painter’s tape to make an angle on your paint can, it’ll be much easier to pour it.
Straining pasta isn’t too complicated, right? All you have to do is put the colander in the sink and pour the pasta in. As this TikTok user pointed out, you may not even have to do that.
With the right size pot and colander, you can just place the colander in the pot and pour. This way, you don’t even have to transfer the pasta from dish to dish.
Closing Public Stalls
We’ve all been there. You find a public restroom right when you need it only to realize the sliding lock doesn’t quite work properly.
This is another case where an elastic band like a hair tie can come in handy. All you have to do is hook the hair tie over the knob on the lock, through the gap in the lock, and back over the knob. This way, the door is held shut, if not as securely.
The right accessories can elevate and add personality to almost any outfit. However, it’s not always easy to get jewelry on, especially certain pieces.
Bracelets, in particular, can cause a hassle since you can’t reach them with both hands. If you’re having trouble reaching a clasp, you can hold the chained end of the bracelet in place with a paperclip so you can easily adjust the clasp with your other hand.
Enjoying a Pomegranate
Pomegranates are a delicious fruit, so why don’t we enjoy them more often? Well, a lot of people are intimidated by getting them open. You don’t have to be after seeing this TikTok!
Rather than trying to pry each bite free from the fruit, this user took a knife and cut the pomegranate into wedges. This way, you can easily grab the edible bites out without any hassle or getting too messy.
Beautifully Hung Curtains
Hanging curtains is an excellent way to add a touch of functional decor to a room. If your curtains bunch up, though, they don’t have the same effect.
If you have a few clean, old toilet paper rolls, you can improve the look of your curtains in seconds. When you hang your curtain, put a toilet paper roll between each new hook to create pleats. You shouldn’t be able to see the TP rolls, but by doing so, you’ll add a touch of elegance.
Handling Tupperware Stains
After a while, you’re likely to see your Tupperware and other reusable plastic containers start to show some wear over time. To get rid of these pesky stains, add warm water and soap as you normally would.
Then, add a few strips of paper towel and start to shake it vigorously. About a minute of that later, you can rinse it out for fresh and clean results.
45 Clever Smartphone Hacks That Changed How We Use and Maintain Them
The majority of people use their smartphones often and every day for a variety of functions. Yet, your smartphone could still be doing more for you as long as you employ the right hack. These hacks will help you with everything from creating the perfect phone case to fixing a cracked charger and even some app genres that add useful features to your smartphone!
Fix Your Cracked Charger
One of the biggest banes to using a smartphone is if your charger breaks or gives out. The most common problem here is your charger cracking, usually closer to either end.
With a little heat shrink tubing and yarn, you have a hack that can solve this problem. To start, wrap the tubing around the cracked area of your charger. After that, use a hairdryer so it shrinks to fit it tight. Now, you can wrap the yarn around the area for extra reinforcement.
Super Charge Your Phone
We’ve all heard the primary hack on charging your phone quicker. You should turn it off while it’s charging so that it’s dedicating the energy solely to charging rather than use.
There is another hack you can rely on, though. Instead of turning your smartphone off entirely, you can cut charging time in half by simply turning on airplane mode. On top of that, you’ll want to follow the age-old advice of not using your phone while it’s plugged in.
Clean Your Phone with Alcohol
You use your phone every day and touch it a lot. This means that your phone collects a lot of bacteria and general mess from exposure and needs cleaning.
Wiping the surface of your phone with a dry towel isn’t enough, though. Instead, try using the advice of this hack and mixing a solution of 80% water and 20% alcohol (i.e. isopropyl alcohol) to clean the phone and kill germs. Put the mixture in a spray bottle, spray your phone, and wipe it clean.
Create a DIY Phone Holder
Our smartphones are useful for giving directions and other important information. Yet, you shouldn’t ever hold your phone while you drive.
That’s why it’s a good idea to have a phone holder and this hack can help you with a DIY phone holder. All you need is a rubber band or hair tie. Loop it around the vents in your AC/heater. From here, you can anchor your phone through the rubber band, displaying it safely for you.
Protecting Your Smartphone from Water Damage
There’s nothing quite as immediately dangerous to a smartphone or most technology as water. Water damage can quickly put your phone out of commission which makes wet environments risky.
That doesn’t mean you can just leave your phone at home when you go to the pool or beach. Try using this simple hack of just putting your phone in a plastic sandwich bag and seal it. This way, you can still use some of the functions while protecting it from moisture.
Adjusting Background Data Preferences
When you think about saving battery, you probably mind the apps you open and use regularly. Yet, the source of battery drain also comes from background apps that run when they aren’t in use.
To save your smartphone battery, this hack guides you to reduce background data usage. You can access your background data through your phone’s settings. Here, you might find that your phone has apps running in the background that you don’t use or came pre-installed on your phone.
Save Battery with Lower Brightness
Smartphones are used for a lot more than the cell phones of yesteryear are. That means that the battery life doesn’t always live up to our expectations.
There are a few hacks you can use to increase your phone’s battery life but the easiest and most reliable hack is to turn your phone brightness down. You can usually do this from the drop-down screen on your smartphone but you can otherwise access it in your settings.
Use Your Phone Camera’s Shutter
This is a feature that, while some people are already aware of, it’s a good hack to reiterate in case you don’t know. After all, it’s a clever way to take plenty of pictures.
For this hack, all you need to do is hold down the button when you take a picture. This way, your phone will take a series of pictures rather than a single one. Depending on what model smartphone you have, you can take up to 20 shots per second.
Restart Your Phone Thrice a Week
Because we use smartphones for daily tasks, there’s something that we often forget. While it is a piece of technology, your smartphone still needs time to rest.
If you want to keep your phone running efficiently, you should take the advice that this hack entails and restart your phone three times a week. This will help to ensure that your phone is updated as it should be and give it a break while your apps reset. It’s worth being in your routine.
Pen Springs and Damaged Chargers
We’ve already discussed the fact that a broken charger can render a smartphone useless, at least for a time. You have a few different options to fix it.
In this hack, all you really need is a spring from a pen. Specifically, you’ll find this in a pen that you click open and closed. You’ll have to be careful to bend the spring to fit around the head of the charger and then bend it back into place. This will reinforce a charger that’s wearing down.
Use Your Smartphone Cameras Appropriately
Smartphones typically feature two cameras. This includes your phone’s front camera and back camera. These cameras actually aren’t the same in how they function.
The front-facing camera on many smartphones has an airbrush effect the back camera doesn’t. This helps make selfies look naturally better. Knowing this hack, though, you can use your front and back cameras appropriately. The front camera is better for softer images while the back is suited to scenes with more detail.
Save Money with Skype
While unlimited data is more common now, it isn’t always the case. So, you might want to be careful with your calling to save that data for when you really need it.
One way to do this is to try transferring some of your calls to platforms like Skype and Google Voice while you’re on Wi-Fi. This will let you make a call without using any of your data without additional cost. Make sure you’re on Wi-Fi for this to work.
Create an Easy Lanyard
Smartphones have become bigger over the years. This helps to expand what you can do by increasing the screen space but it also makes them harder to shove in a pocket.
Plus, putting your phone in your pocket is a slippery slope into accidentally breaking it. You can better carry and protect it by using a piece of silicone or foam to create a lanyard. You can find these sheets at craft stores and just trace and cut out the pattern. Then, hot glue it to a lanyard.
Another Use for Plastic Bags
We just looked at what a plastic sandwich bag can do to help keep your phone dry in wet environments. They hold more potential than that, though.
You can also use a plastic sandwich bag to make your flight a little more bearable. If you don’t want to hold your phone up while you watch your shows or movies on it, you can create a quick DIY phone holder to hang your phone off of the seat in front of you.
Erase Away Smudges
Getting smudges on your smartphone screen can be difficult and frustrating. They obstruct your view and they just don’t look tidy but they can seem pretty stubborn sometimes.
When you have stubborn smudges, an easy hack is to use an eraser. The best choice here is the big, pink erasers like the ones elementary school students have. You can just run it evenly over your screen to remove smudges. They work well to pick up oil and dirt from your fingers.
Use a Second Phone Number
If you have a job where you take or make a lot of calls, you might not want it linked to your personal number. On the other hand, buying an extra phone isn’t cheap.
There are apps that work as an easy hack instead. With a second phone number app, you can link another number to your phone. This way, you can make and receive calls and texts for either number. Suddenly, you have some separation within one device.
Avoid In-Game Ads
If there’s one huge downside to playing mobile games, it’s that they’re often loaded with ads. This goes double for games that are free to download and play.
You can avoid these ads by turning on Airplane Mode while you play, although this could be a problem if you need mobile data to play. To help out with this product, some phones even have a built-in hack of their own. If your phone has a “Game Mode,” turn it on to avoid in-game ads.
Use Your Phone as the Remote
Ever since TVs started to use remotes rather than panel dials, a common problem has cropped up. That is, we’ve been trying to find lost remotes for years.
You can skip this problem altogether by installing a TV remote app on your smartphone. There are a lot of options for it. On top of that, it’s a great way to centralize the devices in your home the way that smart home technology is doing as it becomes more popular.
Amplify Your Alarm
If your phone doesn’t project sound very well or if you’re just a particularly deep sleeper, your alarm may not wake you up in the morning. If this is the case, what do you do?
For this hack, all you need is a spare cup. Before you go to bed, put your smartphone in the cup with the speaker closer to the bottom of the cup. The shape of the cup and the position of the phone will work together to amplify the sound.
Improve Your Service with Airplane Mode
If there’s one thing that any smartphone needs more than anything, it’s a signal. Without a signal, your phone won’t be able to perform a lot of its basic functions.
Actually, there is an unexpected hack that you can use to help boost your phone’s signal. All you have to do is switch your phone into airplane mode and turn airplane mode back off again. This will help reset your phone’s signal search and boost its chance of discovering a local tower.
Screenshot Your Maps
Once upon a time, it was common to jump online and print off directions before apps like Google Maps became popular. Phone GPS systems made things much easier.
However, there is a downside. Especially on long road trips, using your phone GPS can drain a smartphone’s battery rather quickly. So, as an alternative, you can map out your route on an app before you go and take screenshots. This will let you swipe through directions without the same battery cost.
Improve Your Audio
The audio that phones record varies widely in variety. This can make it frustrating when you have stunning images but crackling and unreliable audio.
As counterintuitive as it sounds, this piece of advice can actually help you improve your smartphone’s audio features. For this hack, place your finger over the microphone while you take a video. This helps to muffle background noise and to help your primary audio source shine. Not to mention, it’s an easy hack to perform!
Invest in Offline Reading
Once again, while unlimited data is available now, not everyone has it. This can make reading online a costly experience if it drains your smartphone’s resources.
To counteract this, use this hack and download apps that offer offline reading. This way, you can stay up to date on any information you may need without having to jump online to read an article. For an extra boost, download these apps while you’re connected to Wi-Fi so you don’t use data there either.
Sunglasses for Better Pictures
One of the biggest complaints that users will voice about a type of smartphone is if it takes poor pictures. After all, there’s a camera installed for a reason!
You can use a pair of sunglasses as a hack to take better images. This is particularly useful if the problem you’re dealing with is a strong glare. Just hold the sunglasses so that you can aim your image through them. This reduces the strength of the light.
Android Users and Recycling Bins
If you delete something off of your computer, it doesn’t disappear right away. iOS phones also have a Recycle Bin feature to retrieve deleted data if necessary.
Android phones don’t really have this feature built-in. By downloading a Recycle Bin off of Google Play, you can hack your way around this shortfall. In addition, this will allow you to retrieve deleted data that you didn’t mean to delete in the first place, offering a failsafe just in case you need it.
Create a Phone Station
If you have a habit of losing your phone or knocking it off of your nightstand at night, you aren’t doomed to just repeat the cycle. Try this hack for keeping your phone in place instead.
All you’ll need for this hack is a strip of velcro. You can attach one side to your nightstand and the other side to your phone or phone case. This way, you can lock it into place whenever you want to.
Create a Phone Stand with Glasses
If you don’t have a phone stand or PopSocket, it can be hard to watch things on your phone while your hands are busy. So, what can you do instead?
After you learn this hack, that won’t be a problem again! Rather than investing in something new, you can grab a spare pair of glasses or sunglasses to do the trick. When you fold the glasses and place them upside down, it creates a perfect prop for your smartphone.
Quick Fixes in Your Calculator
When you’re using a physical calculator, you can look in your memory or even backspace on some to correct mistakes. Typing in long chains of numbers on your smartphone can be more complicated.
It doesn’t have to be with this hack. If you’re using an iPhone and you type in the wrong number, you don’t have to delete and start over. While there isn’t a backspace button, exactly, you can swipe back on the screen to correct your typing.
See in the Dark
When it comes to taking pictures or seeing at night, your smartphone, at its bare essentials, has a flash or flashlight. Luckily, you can upgrade it with a simple hack.
Well, that is, you can upgrade it with a hack of knowing there are apps available to help you out. When you want to see in the dark, try acquiring a night vision attachment, like this one. Then, you’ll be able to see the world in front of your phone camera as if you’re wearing night-vision goggles!
Forgetting Your Charging Block
Anymore, most phone chargers come in two pieces. This includes the main charger with a USB end and a detachable charging block that allows you to plug it into an outlet.
If you’re relying on the USB charger alone, you might find that there isn’t a charging dock in your hotel room. That doesn’t mean you’re out of luck and have to go buy one so long as you remember this hack. Check the back of the TV for a USB port!
Without Even a Touch
Our smartphones aren’t operated by keys like cell phones used to be, for the most part. Instead, smartphones rely on the use of a touch screen to use apps or answer calls.
This can pose a problem when your hands are busy. No one wants to get flour on their phone while they’re in the kitchen, right? That’s why it’s so handy that there’s an app that you can download as an easy hack to answer a phone call by just waving your hand over the screen.
Storing it Together
When you leave the house, you probably have quite a bit to keep track of. For instance, you need your wallet and your phone, maybe even a purse.
You can consolidate some of this by keeping items like cards in with your phone. With this hack, you have a few options such as keeping the cards within the phone case or on an attached carrier on the back of the case. Of course, if you’re using this hack, make sure not to lose your phone!
While smartphones have come with a lot of changes, there’s one that you may not think of often. That is, smartphones don’t have the same spiral that home phones once did.
These cords do have the benefit of tangling less and taking up less extra space. With this hack, you can wrap your smartphone charger around a marker and run a hairdryer over it (on low heat!) so that it keeps the shape. Now, you have a manageable cord that can still stretch out fully.
Use Black Wallpaper
Have you ever noticed that when you use the dark mode of certain apps that your battery drains slower? The same is true when you have the brightness down on your phone.
This is because higher brightness – including brighter colors and shades – take more battery to display accurately. To try and save just a little more battery in everyday use, you don’t have to squint at a dimmed screen. You can also use this hack and use a solid black home screen background.
Creating an Emergency Light
When you find yourself in an emergency, creating light is important. That’s why many people reach for candles first when a storm knocks their power out.
Phone lights are useful for this but they’re also pretty harsh to look at and have a directly aimed light source. For a gentler and more general light, use this hack and place your phone on a flat surface with the lit flashlight facing up. Cover this with a glass of water or water bottle to disperse the light.
Don’t Call with Weak Signal
Calling someone while you have a weak signal seems like a no-brainer. It only makes sense since it means your call is more likely to drop.
As this hack shows, there is another reason to not make calls when you have a low signal. When you do this, your phone expends more energy on making a call. This means that you’re actually draining your battery quite a bit more when you try to make a call without the proper signal strength.
Use Your Phone to Remember Parking
This is a hack that’s aimed more at using your smartphone to make your life easier rather than altering your phone itself. Still, it’s a pretty handy hack to know.
When you’re enjoying a day out but have to park in a crowded lot, the last thing you want to do is lose your car. To save time later, snap a picture of something identifiable to tell you where to go. This could just be a label marking “Lot A” or a recognizable landmark.
Delete Messages Over Time
Smartphones have ever-expanding memories. It seems like every model that comes out holds more information for you but that doesn’t mean that memory is and will be limitless anytime soon.
There are quite a few things that you can do to increase your storage space but if you use this hack, you don’t have to put in much effort. You go into your phone’s settings and adjust how often you delete your phone messages. By using this automatic feature, you can delete old messages regularly.
In Case of Lost Phone
Losing your phone can be an anxiety-inducing experience. Many of us rely on our smartphones to maintain professional and personal contacts and complete daily tasks.
To help someone return your phone if it’s lost, change your lock screen to important contact information. This way, as soon as they open the phone, they can see who they should call when they find the phone without having to worry about the hurdle of a lock screen. Now, you just have to hope someone helpful finds it!
Find My Phone
Losing your smartphone is always a pain. We don’t just mean losing it when you’re out but even not being able to find where in the house you put it is a major inconvenience.
This particular hack for this situation is catered to Android. Android has a feature called “Find My Phone” that you can use when you need to track your phone down. It will even allow you to call the phone to ring at full volume, no matter what setting you had on.
Use Call and Reply Reminders
In the modern era, an unanswered phone call or a text left on read can have some unfortunate implications. There’s a hack that you can use to avoid this circumstance.
This particular hack is more suited to phones with a built-in feature, such as iOS phones. These types of smartphones often have an auto-reply or “Remind Me Later” feature that can prompt you to answer at a set time or send out an automated text to tell people you’ll get back to them.
Keyboard Shortcuts for Emails
Even if you don’t use your smartphone for work, you’ll probably still find yourself entering your email quite a bit. You need this for everything from logging into apps to making online purchases.
Typing your email in over and over again, though, can get tiring. You can get ahead of the game by saving any emails you might need through a keyboard shortcut on your phone. While some phones may do this automatically or over time, it’s a good thing to double-check with this hack.
Hot Glue Smartphone Case
Now that almost everyone has a smartphone, people can’t stand out as much just by phone design alone. A custom case is a great way to do this.
However, buying custom cases can be expensive. That’s why this hack is here to help – it’s a low-budget and creative alternative. To start this hack, put wax paper over the back of your phone. From there, decorate the wax paper with hot glue. When it dries, you can pull it off the wax paper.
Use Nail Polish for Phone Cases
Earlier, we took a look at how you could decorate your phone with a phone case made up only of hot glue. However, that isn’t your only option.
You can also rely on this handy hack of using nail polish to decorate your phone case. This is a great choice because nail polish is designed to dry quickly but still hold up to daily wear and tear as it does on your nails. You can even add emergency contact details with nail polish.
Don’t Tangle with Cords
One of the most inconvenient things about the accessories for a smartphone such as chargers and headphones is that they easily get tangled. They often come out of pockets as puzzles.
Not to mention, frequent tangling can also contribute to wearing down wires. To avoid this, we recommend this hack that utilizes a glasses case. When you have to travel and take your accessories on the go, put them in a glasses case rather than shoving them in a pocket for more order.
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