Did You Know About These Smartphone Features ? Probably Not

Today’s smartphone are packed with a pretty long list of features, more or less depending on the phone’s brand and model. Bigger names in the smartphone game obviously will include more and better features, but there are very handy functions that even the most inexpensive smart devices can accomplish. Some of them are promoted or in plain sight, but others are buried within the phone and for someone who isn’t very tech savvy, they might remain unused. Check out the article below to see some cool features that your smartphone includes, that you probably didn’t have a clue about.

Screenshots

If you’re a smartphone user, you probably came about a situation where it was important that you show someone exactly what is displayed on your device’s screen. Whether to use it as a tutorial so you can teach them something about the phone, or just to share a good laugh via a funny post online, you can use the screenshot function of your smart device to capture and send the exact image displayed on your screen, just like you would do on a PC. The process is similar for both Android running smartphones and Apple’s iPhone, which uses iOS. For the iPhone, press and hold down together the Power and Sleep/Wake buttons. You should hear a shutter sound briefly after, and your photo will be saved to your photo roll. On Android, you use the Power button combined with the Volume Down button to get the same result.

Block Numbers You Don’t Want Bothering You

Occasionally, someone comes along that just won’t let you be. Even after you made it clear you don’t want their texts and calls, they may insist. No matter what stage your situation is, you can use your phone’s functions to block the unwanted contacts, so you won’t be bothered by them at all.

If you own an iPhone running iOS 7 or later, you can block a contact by going to your phone app. If the number you are trying to block is already in your contact list, go to his name and tap on it. Next, navigate to the bottom of the screen and select the option that says “Block This Caller”. If the number isn’t in your contacts, the process is almost identical, aside from the fact that instead of tapping on a contact’s name, you tap on the Info option.

To block unwanted text messages on your iPhone, go to a message received from the unwanted contact, then choose the Contact option from the top right. Next, you have to select the Info option then tap on “Block This Caller” from the bottom of the screen.

There is a “Blocked” sub-menu available in the setting screens for “Phone”, “Messages” and “FaceTime”, from where you can later edit the numbers you blocked.

On Android devices, the process is simpler. All you have to do is go to your Settings, then  access the Call Settings sub-menu. You will see there the Call Block option. Tap on that, then go through Incoming Calls and Call Block List. Next, tap on Create and add the numbers you don’t want to interact with. You can either enter the number manually, or browse your contact list for the specific number.

Are Your Eyes Tired? Ask The Phone To Read To You (It’s Not A Joke)

If it’s late and you need to read something on your phone’s relatively small display, but you’re just to tired to keep your eyes open? No problem. Just enable the function that allows the phone to read text to you out loud.

For the iPhone users, enabling this function means going to your Settings, then to the Accessibility screen. Then Enable VoiceOver. This option lets you touch your screen and drag your finger around the home screen while the phone reads what you touch. One tap makes the device give you details about the selected app, while two taps activate the app. VoiceOver is capable of translating handwritten notes you scribble on the screen into text for email or other apps, as well as tell you how many people are in a picture when used with the camera app, and even give you directions in Maps.

For Android, the option is in the same Accessibility sub-menu, but under the name TalkBack. It performs similar to the iPhone version of the feature, and when it’s activated, you will have to use two fingers for swipe gestures that would normally require only one finger. It will even tell you who’s calling or messaging you, and give you info on the notifications you receive.

Change The Default Dull Vibration Pattern

You probably parted ways with your phone’s default ringtone already, but when the phone’s on vibration mode you still get the same boring pattern. This could be annoying if you’re one of those people who like their phones to ring different for every contact. Don’t be sad though, because there’s a fix for your problem. Simply change your phone’s vibration pattern.

On the iPhone, you can change the vibration pattern either by going to Settings, then Sounds and Ringtone, and finally Vibration, or by tapping the Edit button on an individual contact in your list,

On the Android running devices, go to the Vibration Pattern under a contact’s settings. You can either select a default preset pattern, or record your own by tapping on the screen.

Third party apps such as Vybe will grant you this feature if it doesn’t come with your smartphone model by default.

Use Your Camera’s Flash For Notifications

There’s a cool way to get your notification, by using your phone’s camera LED Flash. If you don’t like vibrations you can make use of this little trick.

iPhone users can simply access the function by going to the Accessibility screen in the Settings menu. There, they will find the LED Flash For Alerts option.

On Android devices, there is an option called Flash Notification located in the same menu.

Improve Your Picture Taking Experience

You might find yourself taking shaky pictures or that the quality of your shots can be improved. The fact that you have to reach with your finger to tap the screen and take a picture makes you move the phone. A solution for this is to use the Volume keys to take pictures, like it is available on the iPhone. Android devices come with a similar feature, and some even come with implemented voice control now. This means that by activating this option from your camera’s Settings, you can take pictures simply by saying “Cheese” or another triggering phrase.

Set A Timer For Your Music

If you like to leave your phone on the desk playing some tunes while you work, or you prefer listening to some music while you try to fall asleep, but are afraid you’ll do so and the phone’s battery will run out, know that you have the possibility of setting a timer for when your music stops automatically. This feature can be accessed on the iPhone by going to your clock app and selecting the When Timer Ends option. On Android, you should have a timer option located within you music app’s settings. Look for it there, as it is most likely you’ll find it.

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