Smartphones have replaced so many devices in our lives that there doesn’t seem to be a limit to this trend.
We at Bright Side found 7 ingenious features to help you overcome some everyday problems and make your life much easier. And don’t miss a cool bonus tip at the end of the article!
7. Measure a distance
As often happens, all of a sudden you feel the urge to redecorate the house, but you don’t have a tape measure at hand. Or you want to measure an object but it seems like an impossible task because of its size. This app will help you deal with this challenge in the blink of an eye thanks to its ability to measure almost anything through your phone’s camera. Run the program, point the camera at the object, and wait for the result. It’s that simple!
6. Test your remote control batteries
If you’re not very eager to rush to the nearest supermarket to check if your remote control batteries actually died, this trick will definitely save you time. Just pull out your smartphone, and start the camera app. Then take the remote control, point it at the camera, and press any button. If you see a red or pinkish light coming from the tip of the remote when you look at it through your phone’s display, it means the infrared signal is working properly and the problem, in this case, is the batteries.
5. Control your phone without touching it
The opportunity to use a phone without actually touching it makes this gesture control app irreplaceable in many situations. You can launch music and video players or answer calls with a wave of your hand without worrying about getting dirt all over your screen while cooking or cleaning. Keeping your display nice and neat has never been so easy! There are Android and iOS versions.
4. Drive safely
If you’re driving in the dark and want to keep your eyes constantly on the road, this app will certainly come in handy. Just put your phone on the dashboard, adjust the brightness settings, and you will get all the information you need: driving speed and a GPS-enabled map on your windshield. Make sure your phone screen is bright enough for you to see the projection clearly.
3. Send texts from your PC
Did your phone battery die when you least expected it and you need to get in touch with your friend or coworker? With this app, you won’t miss a thing! It syncs your phone and computer or tablet and gives you the opportunity to manage SMS and MMS from your email. All messages linked to your phone number will appear on your computer screen, and you can also find them in your phone’s text inbox. So nothing will get lost!
2. Make better decisions
We’ve all been there. You’ve been looking for at least an hour for the perfect restaurant for a first date, but you still can’t decide between this Chinese place and that Italian restaurant. To save your time and make the decision-making process a little bit easier, name your options, set characteristics, and let the app suggest the best choice instantly. No more hesitation! Unfortunately, this app is not available in the App Store, but here you can find a similar one for iOS devices.
1. Keep yourself safe
If you often come home late in the evening and feel unsafe on the streets, this app may help to calm your nerves and deal with any potential danger. It will not only send an SOS message to your emergency contacts but will also record video and audio, track your GPS location, and set a timer that will automatically send an alarm to friends if you don’t turn it off in time. It can even save you from a bad date with a fake call option.
It doesn’t matter if you need to share a video from your phone on an important business meeting or show vacation photos to your grandma — screen mirroring apps will certainly save the day. Just install the app, and you will be able to play video, music, and present photos right from your smartphone. You can even broadcast your favorite games in real time. No USB cable is needed! Check out the iOS and Android versions.