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July 02, 2022 2 min read

3 Clever ways to maximize your cellphone features

Cellphones have become an essential part of our everyday. In fact, cellphones are part of pretty much everything we do on a daily basis. We use them for directions, banking, entertainment, safety, work, leisure, learning, and to stay in touch.

It is no surprise many people are ditching the space hogging computers and using these portable wonders! Some phones have more computing power than some desktops still at homes today. 

The type of phone you have can be limiting though. As an iPhone user, you will find that your iPhone is great for keeping you out of trouble when it prevents undesired downloads, but it also makes it hard for you to get stuff done with any other electronic not made by Apple.

Here are some easy tips on how to expand your phone features with the aid of nifty gadgets and how to take advantage of useful features already there:

1. Know if your microphone or camera is in use. Prevent eavesdropping and mobile spying:

iPhone users: Any time your microphone is engaged you will see an orange dot, an orange square, or a green dot indicates when the microphone or camera is being used by an app. This feature is standard for iPhones running iOS14 or later.  

Android users: An indicator at the top of the phone, in the top right corner of the screen, will show a camera or microphone icon if an app has asked to access that hardware. This feature is standard for android phones running Android 12 or later.

 2. Connect any USB device to your iPhone. Work smarter!

Use this adapter to give your iPhone the ability to connect USB devices of any memory size to your mobile phone. Simply plug the USB adapter to the lightning charging port and your USB flashdrive, keyboard, microphone, camera or recorder (to name a few) and then open the FILES app on your phone to manage the contents. Most of the time the device will be named Unknown or Untitled and will be listed in the brose window of the Files App which apple preinstalls for you.

3. Check out and manage memory cards using your Cellphone. Expand mobility and add external storage 

This mobile reader adapter will be your best friend that works well with ANY device. Includes all the possible USB types you may need and a slot for your MicroSD card. Simply insert the memory card in the slot, locate the USB that your device uses (look at the charging port and match) then plug it in the charging port, and once again head to the FILES app to view and manage the memory card contents. So easy! The files app is present in both Apple and Android devices.

There you have it. These are 3 easy things you can do right away to increase your cellphone privacy and productivity.