Things you didn’t know you could do on your smartphone

20 years ago, you couldn’t do most of the things you can do with your cellphone today. Now, it’s a communication device, a camera, a radio, and more: all packed into a device the size of your palm. Your smartphone can do a lot more than you think. In this article, we’ll check out some cool features that you probably never knew of.

Use it as a remote

To get started with this, you need an Android phone and Smart TV with infrared (IR). You can use your built-in infrared (IR) blaster by installing an app that you’ve downloaded from the Google Play Store. Or you can search for the Easy Universal TV Remote app in the Google Play Store. If your TV’s remote batteries go flat or if you simply can’t find it, your phone is the next best thing.

Scan your documents

For those with an iOS device, use the Notes app to scan a document. When you open it to create a new note, select “Scan Document” to get started. For those with an Android phone, use the Google Drive App to create a new document, then select scan.

This is a very convenient feature when you don’t have access to a scanner. It allows you to physically fill out and sign forms, and then scan and email them.

Play at an online casino

All good online casinos have ensured that their websites are mobile-friendly. Some have even gone as far as developing casino apps. When you decide to play at an online casino on phone , you have access to thousands of games at any time of the day and wherever you are. It’s a great way to while away the time during a commute, for example.

Listen to your favourite radio station

Chances are, there’s a radio app already on your phone. The quickest way to find it could be to “Ask Siri” or to ask “OK Google” to play a specific radio station for you. You can scan for local radio stations or get international ones if you’re on WiFi. This is a cool way of keeping up with local news and music stations regardless of where you are in the country or in the world.

Use it to make contactless payments

First, you need to make sure that your smartphone has NFC in order to be able to activate contactless payments. You can then go to Apple Pay or Google Pay, depending on whether you have an iOS or an Android device. Add your normal bank card details and your contactless payment will be activated. This is great because, if you forget your wallet or bank cards at home, you can still make a payment on a card machine.


There’s a lot more you can discover about your phone if you play around with it a bit more. You can use it as a fitness tracker or even as a compass, for example. It’s clear that our smartphones are more than just devices to share memes with. They are even more integrated with our physical lives through apps that make our lives easier and more convenient.