Smartphones for smart people

In recent years smartphones have taken on an important role in many people's lives. Whether for checking train schedules, planning your appointments, taking photographs, or listening to music and watching videos, these devices are an integral part of modern life.

But if you really think that you're using your smartphone to its full potential, you might want to take a look at these tips and tricks. You might just find a new use for your handy sidekick that you hadn't yet thought of...

1. Emergency contact

Set up your phone so it displays your name and home phone number as a screen saver when in standby mode. This way, if you lose your phone, the person who finds it will have a way to contact you and give it back.

 2. Digital shopping list

Instead of writing out a shopping list you can can simply take some quick pics of what's in your refrigerator, freezer and cupboards. You'll see what you already have and remember what you need to buy.

3. Cable protection

Wrap the spring from and old pen around the end of your charger cable to stabilize it. This will prevent it from breaking.

4. Charge on the go

Most devices now have a USB port that can be used to charge the phone. This can be very useful when you are traveling, especially when you're in a country with different electrical outlets.

5. Bad reception

If you notice that your cell reception is poor, try putting your phone in airplane or offline mode. After a few seconds switch back to normal mode and your smartphone will connect with the closest cell tower.

6. Wake-up call

Having trouble waking up in the morning? Try setting the alarm on your smartphone and then placing it in an empty glass beside your bed. This amplifies the alarm so much that even the heaviest sleepers don't stand a chance.