10 Secret Smartphone Features You Must Know

There’s more to your smartphone than you might think: underneath its user-friendly, simple surface there are all kinds of hidden features and shortcuts you can take advantage of doing more with your handset of choice.


The Humorlane have found some useful functions in your smartphone that will make your life easy!


1. Lock screen message

These days a lot of people lost their phones and most of them lose hope that they couldn’t get their phone back, but there is one feature you can use on your smartphone. There is a special feature in a new version of Android, just leave a message on the lock screen. For example, you can ask to have it returned.

Go to “Settings“ — ”Lock screen and security“ — “Lock screen signature.” Now write a backup phone number or your email there. Done!



2. Smartphone return option

If you are not satisfied with the lock screen message, then you can use the anti-theft apps. Such apps (Cerberus, Lookout, Prey are one of them) can take pictures, activate a mic, block the phone or/and delete all the data on it, locate it via GPS, or even use a loud signal to draw the attention of people nearby.

All you have to do is to download the app from the internet, and activate it!! Your phone will be safe always.



3. Save the memory

The size of files is getting large these days so at the end you need to find external places to store your data. This is when you can use a flash memory card, cloud services like Dropbox, or transfer your data to a PC. But there is a better option for this just upload all your data to Telegram Messenger.

Telegram allows you to send files, texts, and links to yourself. You can use it both as a notepad and cloud storage. Just find your number there, and start using it.



4. Phone as CCTV

Closed-circuit television (CCTV), also known as video surveillance is the most important thing in a security system. An old smartphone can be used to create this simple security system for your home.An app with a motion sensor function will turn your device into a CCTV cam that takes pictures when someone appears in view.

More details on how you can assemble such a gadget can be found out on the internet. You can also turn the smartphone into a video-nanny for your baby.



5. Dashcam

A dash cam is the most useful thing in a car, these are pre-installed in most of the cars but are not available in old and rented cars, so for that, you can use your smartphone as a DVR (dash cam) in your car. All you need to do is install your cam so that it has the best view of the road. To make it work even better, use special DVR apps.

Using a real DVR in your car is always the best choice. CamOnRoad, AutoGuard, CaroO, DailyRoads Voyager are some of the Dashcam apps which are used.



6. Access to the magic menu

If you really want to do something serious with your smartphone and make everyone jaws fall, then you have to change its settings like a professional developer. To do so, first you need a smartphone and some fake smartness, then pick your phone go to the Developer Menu, and do the following steps.

Go to: “Settings“ — ”About the phone“ — Click 7 times on “Model Number.” Using this menu, you can improve the overall performance, signal reception quality, and system appearance.


7. UV light

You may not be knowing this but your smartphone can be used to check the authenticity of banknotes. NO!!! this technique does not need any applications from the internet. All you need is a mobile phone with a flashlight and create this flashlight into UV rays. DIY by utilizing some tape, markers, and a smartphone, of course

Stick a piece of tape to the flashlight, and paint over it with a blue marker. Repeat step one, paint it purple, then add 2 more layers the same way. Done!



8. Smartphone construction level

Most of the smartphone now has an accelerometer and a gyro sensor. Both allow it to determine the device’s position in space. Download specific apps for Android and iOS and your phone can replace a level device. It will definitely work for small construction. However, use real tools for a professional construction.

Bubble level, Precise Level (Spirit Level), Clinometer + bubble level are some of the Android apps which can be used for this technique.



9. Interesting stats

All the major smartphone OSes now have detailed readouts of which apps are being used the most, so have a root through the Settings app to find the worst offenders and uninstall them if necessary. It will show to which app you have been addicted to, by looking at some of the interesting stats.

On iOS, simply go to “Settings“ — ”Battery” and press the dial key to the right of the “last 7 days” column. A list of your most-used apps will appear. For Android, you will have to install one more app (yes, again an app).



10. Monochrome mode

Do you want to save your battery and your eyesight? Then use your smartphone in monochrome mode while reading. Go to the “magical“ developer’s menu, and find ”stimulate anomaly,” then switch the monochrome mode on. Now your phone will work in black and white.

You can use this feature by downloading apps from the store. Pixoff, Monochrome Atom Theme, Screen Filter are some of the Android apps which can be used.


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