These days, you will struggle to find a single person who does not have a smartphone. It is surprising that these devices are something we all have, yet few of us bother to learn about them. If you want to make the most of your phone, you need to learn some cool hacks to do so. Learn these tricks and they will change the way you use your phone forever.

Switch to ‘battery save’ mode when you are out

When you are out and about, you are busy doing things, and so you don’t need to play with your phone for hours on end. Before you leave the house, switch your phone to ‘battery save‘ mode. You should be able to find this function in your settings, depending on what type of phone you have. The mode won’t change what you can do on your phone, but it will stop your phone running out of power when you need it the most.

Turn your roaming data off when you charge it

Like most people, you probably charge your phone at night while you sleep. You ought to turn your roaming data off while you charge your phone so that you can get more power. If you take a look at these fun stats on dead phones you will see why you don’t want your phone to die. Instead, you need to get all the power you can for your smartphone. That way, it won’t fail when you are in the middle of something crucial, such as playing Angry Birds.

Put your smartphone in a cup for a super loud alarm

These days, nobody has retro alarm clocks. The problem is that the alarm setting on some phones is quiet and so loads of people ignore it. If you find it hard to wake up, there is one simple thing you can do. Pop your smartphone in a glass or a cup before you go to sleep. When the alarm buzzes in the morning, it will be super loud because the cup will make the sound echo. There will be no way to ignore the sound, and so you will have no choice but to get up and get on with your day.

Delete old unused apps so that you have space

Are you app crazy? If you download every single new app that comes out, you might find that all your storage disappears. It is a good idea to delete a whole bunch of apps from your phone now and then. Go to your settings and click on apps. You should find a list of all the apps you have ever downloaded. As a rule, if you have not used an app in the last three months, you should get rid of it. Some apps are just fads and people tire of them fast. There is no point keeping useless apps on your phone. Delete the things that you don’t use so that you don’t waste any extra space.

Use shortcuts when you text people

When you are texting people, it can be annoying to type out long sentences and addresses. You should take some time to create shortcuts on your phone. For example, you could create a shortcut so that when you type ‘TTYL’ on your phone, it comes up with ‘talk to you later’. This simple trick will save you loads of time when you are writing emails, updating your status or texting a friend. Now that you know these cool hacks, why not tell your friends? Come back again next time for some more essential tech tips.