See The 7 Cool Stuffs You Don’t Know You Can Do With Your Smartphone.

See The 7 Cool Stuffs You Don’t Know You Can Do With Your Smartphone.

1. Turn your Android into a games console:

There are some tremendously powerful Android phones around, but raw power isn’t all that’s required for a good gaming experience. Sometimes you need a big screen and a proper controller too.

The good news is that these things are within your reach. MHL (aka Mobile High-Definition Link) is a way to connect phones and other portable electronics to HD televisions and monitors, using an MHL cable linked between the micro USB port on your phone and your screen’s HDMI.

Not all phones support MHL, but handsets by Samsung and Sony do. Assuming your phone supports it, you can pick up an MHL cable from around £10 and then you’ll be able to experience media from your smartphone on a big screen.

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That’s great for video, but for games you’re still stuck with a touchscreen interface. However, there are a number of Bluetooth smartphone controllers available and with one of those in hand you can take smartphone gaming to a level that approaches home consoles.

If you’ve got a Sony Xperia Z3+, Sony Xperia Z3, Sony Xperia Z3 Compact or Sony Xperia Z2, another idea is to make use of PS4 Remote Play and play your console games on your phone.

2. Identify songs instantly:

You may already know that you can get Shazam or SoundHound for your smartphone, both of which can be used to identify a song as it’s playing. But did you know that Google, Apple and Microsoft have also created their own song identification tools?

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They’re built right into their respective virtual assistants, so you can just ask Google Now or Siri what’s playing or tap the Music Search icon inside Cortana.

3. Speak any language:

Even the best linguist can’t be expected to rattle off complex sentences in various languages, and many of us struggle to say anything more complicated than ‘hello’ in another country. Your smartphone can make speaking and understanding other languages a whole lot easier.


If you’ve got an Android phone you can just ask Google Now to translate a word or phrase for you and get both a spoken and written response, while the app iTranslate, available on iOS, Windows Phone and Android, works similarly.

4. Use volume buttons to skip songs:

Using a phone as an MP3 player is great, but when the screen’s off and the phone’s in your pocket it can be a chore to skip that Haddaway song you drunkenly added to your playlist. However, with a little bit of alteration you can make your volume buttons double as a way to skip tracks.

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On BlackBerry 10 this is easy; just head to ‘System Volume’ in the settings screen and turn ‘Music Shortcuts’ on. Once you’ve done that you’ll be able to skip to the next track by holding the volume up button and play a previous one by holding the down button. A tap on either of them will change the volume as usual.

On Android, something similar can be achieved with the help of a third party app, such as ‘Pocket Skip Track’ or ‘Change Track’, which allow you to skip a song with a tap of the volume buttons.

Unfortunately this is only possible on iOS with a jailbreak and Windows Phone 8 has no way of doing it without first turning the screen on.

5. Remote lock or wipe your lost phone:

There’s not much worse than losing your phone, apart from losing your phone and knowing that someone might have access to your data. It’s not only depressing, it’s downright dangerous. Did you know that Google has an awesome feature called Android Device Manager that lets you track and take control of your phone if you ever lose it?


ADM goes beyond just tracking your phone though: you can use it to ring your phone, remotely lock it or even factory reset it if you know you’re never getting it back. Just enable Android Device Manager in Settings > Security > Device Administrators and access the site on your computer if you ever lose your phone.

6. If found, return to:

This is another great tip for anyone with a tendency to misplace their things or for those with the bad habit of leaving your phone on the restaurant table while they dash off to the bathroom. If your phone gets lost and you suspect it has been picked up by someone, you can put a message on the lock screen telling the finder of your phone how to get in contact with you.


You can achieve the same thing with Android Device Manager if you’ve already lost your phone, but the option can be done in advance as a safety measure. Go to Settings > Security > Lock screen message to add your phone number, email or return instructions. Offering a reward for your phone’s safe return isn’t a bad idea either.

7. Scan barcodes

Back to the camera on your smartphone: You can turn it into a usable barcode scanner with ease and an app such as the aptly named Barcode Scanner. The app works with QR codes as well as barcodes and there are plenty of third-party apps on the Google Play Store that do the same job.


Why would you want to scan a barcode? It largely depends on the app you’re using, but shopping is the main reason: If you see something in a store you can check the online price, for example, or you can use it to order something you’re about to run out of.