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Hacks related to phones: usage, maintenance, and improvement of smartphones, as well as other mobile phones and landlines.

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What to do with old contacts on phone that aren't used anymore?

This question pertains to saved contacts on a smartphone (Android in my case). I find I have a lot I don't use but don't want to get rid of them because if I ever go through text messages it would be ...
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How to prevent pickpocketing in busy bars?

My iPhone X got stolen from my pocket a couple of months ago. I switched back to my iPhone 5. Last weekend an acquaintance of mine jokingly put my iPhone 5 out of my pocket and I immediately felt the ...
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How to minimize breathing being recorded in phone?

I would like to start recording my thoughts about stuff and post them on youtube. Just audio. I think what I need is an external mic to somehow make the quality of recordings a bit better. But I do ...
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How to keep silicone mobile case clean and prevent from being yellowish?

How can I clean a yellowish silicone mobile back cover and prevent it from yellowing again? Is there a way to get rid of this or do I need to buy new one? Can see how yellowish it is become.
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How can I take my broken headphones out my IPad?

R.I.P! So I used some headphones on my iPad, my ipad ended up falling and the head phones broke above halfway. How can I remove the broken piece?
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How to physically restrain myself from accessing my phone

I have already reverted my phone to the factory default but still I find myself whiling my time away on chrome. I need to physically restrain myself from accessing my phone. Such that it takes 10-...
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How to not forget my phone in the bathroom?

Many times I go to the bathroom only for a quick pee, while in the middle of something, hence my mind is occupied, and I don't pay much attention. I take my phone out of my pocket and place it ...
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How to carry a phone stylus in winter without losing it

I bought a stylus for playing Pokemon Go outside in the winter, when it's too cold to use my hands. I've been just keeping it in my coat pocket, the same as my gloves, but it keeps falling out. I ...
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Disrupt a game being played on wifi

I stay in a hostel and my roommates constantly play Mini-Militia using their smartphones and I'm really fed up of them making noises while playing. Is there any way that I can turn off their phone ...
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Does pressing “9” on a phone actually put my number on an internal “Do not call” list?

Background According to Lifehacks #1777, pressing "9" on a phone will apparently add your number to an internal do not call list on the other end. This is also apparently verified by a very hoaky ...
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How to cure „stickiness“ on walkie-talkie rubber components

I have just retrieved my walkie-talkies from the big storage box where they lived for the last couple of years. The rubber/rubberized components (grip coating, dials, etc.) have gone very sticky to ...
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How can I legally identify pesky robocallers?

I am planning to move to New Hampshire soon, and one of the great benefits of living there is that unlike most states, private citizens can prosecute misdemeanors. That means once I become a New ...
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How can I remove skin oil from my phone's screen?

My phone screen picks up the usual fingerprint smudges, but there is a band where the swipe keyboard appears that is particularly bad. Rubbing with phone screen cleaning wipes and glasses cleaning ...
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How to recover swollen battery?

Many have faced this issue. So this is a general question. I am using a smartphone from last 3 years. Now it's battery is swollen and there is some liquid developed inside the battery. Due to this, ...
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My clear phone case that I'm not using seems greasy or uncleaned? [closed]

I have a clear phone case that is yellow throughout, which I've grown accustomed to, but one day I saw a clearer phone case and bought it, and left the old one aside. A few days/weeks later I saw my ...
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Air freshener inside phone screen [closed]

I was spraying air freshener in my room since it smelled bad, and my phone got in the way. Now, there is an abundance of it in my phone screen. It is a weird dark blue liquid that covers the top ...
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Fixing the safety case of the smartphone

Just yesterday my smartphone's safety cover got broken as in the image below. It's minor damage and my favourite too so I do not want to replace it, at least not now. I want to fix it by using "...
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How do I know if my phone's jack slot is broken and not my headphones?

Initials: First of all, sorry if this question has been asked at the wrong place. This is a general consumer electronics question, but there's no such site yet. And I'm pretty sure these are wrong ...
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Protecting a smartphone from rain?

I have a 5.5 inch smartphone,but it's not water proof and i face problem when i am cycling and it rains. I tried searching a polythene cover but alas i am unable to find a slim cover for the phone.Any ...
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Best way to mount a phone in the car

I have a Toyota Matrix and want to mount my iPhone 7 ( or future versions) for easy access to directions, etc. while still being able to charge it. Right now it sits in the cup holder or I stuff it ...
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How to get a squished leaf out of a headphone jack?

Was a bit careless and didn't notice there was a small bit of a leaf in my headphone jack until I was putting it in. Now it's squished and presumably stuck in there. Does anyone know a safe way to get ...
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Removing permanent marker marks from phone screen

What would be the best way to remove marks from my smartphone's screen, which have been caused accidentally from a permanent marker ? Note that my phone unfortunately isn't waterproof. Also, I have ...
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How to prevent mobile phone in the car from falling when I use it as GPS?

When I want to use my phone as a GPS I usually try to find spaces in the car to put the phone in a horizontal position. Some possible places are the space right over the middle air condition holes, ...
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How to push small button with plastic cover on phone's edge easier?

My phone (Xperia M4 Aqua) has a power button on the edge of the phone. After having a thin plastic cover, the button is required a lot of force to push it. I can cut a hole in the cover in that ...
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How to prevent charger cables wearing out too quickly? [duplicate]

All of my phone charging leads have frayed at the ends where you plug it in. I've spent a lot on getting these braided cords that are supposed to last for a while but they never last. I have in total ...
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Preventing airbubbles when placing screen protector?

Whenever I try and place a screen protector on any electrical device, I always get a load of airbubbles, and my device ends up looking like this: How can I prevent this from happening, or how can I ...
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How to clean the charging port of iPhone 6?

For weeks, I had the issue of my phone not charging as soon as I plugged in the lightning cable. I suspect it could be because of dirt that has accumulated over the years. How do I safely clean the ...
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Good way to prevent phone camera from touching table

In every smartphone I've looked at, the camera protrudes slightly from the bottom of the case, meaning that it is the primary point of contact when the phone is laid down flat: Note that the lens ...
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How to fix when there is bubble after putting tempered glass and why is this happening? [closed]

I am using Iphone SE. When I put the tempered glass there generated bubble in the corner. I tried to fix it but it does not work & I have changed my tempered glass twice but still the bubble gets ...
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How can I unclog my headphone port on my phone? [duplicate]

So, my phone rather surprisingly spends a lot of its life in my pocket. In the course of its day to day life, it gets what I assume is pocket lint in the headphone jack. This buildup has made it so ...
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Muffling phone vibration at work

I have my cell phone set to vibrate at work. I keep it on my desk, in my peripheral vision so I can either see the screen light up, or hear/feel a weak vibration in case I'm staring too hard into my ...
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How to control phone while inside VR device without an action button [closed]

I bought a VR device that can hold your phone to give a VR experience, however I only discovered after I got home that I have no way of controlling anything while my phone is inside the VR device. I ...
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Get the phone system to automatically call me back?

I have a weird problem with my phone which just got a new modem. I can call out but people complain they cannot call me. Supposedly it has been fixed, but how can I test this? In the old days there ...
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How to clean transparent silicone/jelly cases?

I have here my jelly case on my smartphone. After 2 months, i saw that it getting yellowish and i don't know how to clean it. But every month, I clean it with cloth and alcohol, but nothing's change. ...
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Removing dust from mobile's screen [closed]

Dust has gone inside my mobile screen and front camera. I don't know how it got there but I suspect that it has entered from the USB port. How can it be removed?
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Opening and tightening small screws

How can I open and close the tiny screws of my mobile phone if I don't have any type of tool to open that tiny screw? Suggest me the ways too by which I can make screwdrivers at home according to my ...
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Smartphone data usage when travelling in US [closed]

I'm planning a trip to the US in an area I don't know well. It would be really helpful if I have my smartphone with me for things like google maps and staying in touch with people. Sadly, my provider ...
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Taking photos of 100+ pages using mob cam without pain in hand

I don't take notes in class, so I usually just borrow notes from one of my friends for a few days and take photos of all of the pages before giving it back to them. But the larger the stack of ...
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What can I do if I mess up a voicemail? [closed]

Sometimes when I leave a voice mail I can mess it because I'm not expecting to have to leave a voicemail and are unsure what to say and end up stumbling and not effectively expressing myself. What ...
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Sweat and touch screen issues

I am recently working on a project. I had to visit site day before yesterday. I will be staying there for next 6 days. The problem here is that the temperature is warm and due to working in sun body ...
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In which pant-pocket should I keep wallet, handkerchief and phone? [closed]

Currently I put handkerchief, mobile phone and keys in right front pocket, and the wallet in left one. But I figured out some issues: If I put keys and mobile in same pocket phone screen gets ...
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How to tell a technical support call center worker that I am technically inclined? [closed]

Sometimes I just want to scream at people "I know what I'm talking about!". Ideally, I'd like a more polite way of saying this that won't be taken offensively, and can be said at the beginning of a ...
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Cleaning MicroUSB socket on mobile phone

I have a Motorola Nexus 6, and recently I noticed the charging cable wasn't staying in place as well as it did when the phone was bought - my phone is charging, but if I picked it up whilst plugged in,...
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How to protect micro switches?

The power button on my smartphone (Samsung Galaxy Note) stopped responding after carelessly using the phone outside on many rainy days. It would not come back so over time I got used to alternative ...
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Temporary Phone Protection

I recently purchased a phone which is very new on the market. So new, it doesn't have any fitted cases for it yet. What could i used as a temporary case or bumper to protect the edges and back of the ...
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Turn Smartphone into Headlamp

Last night I was changing my oil and using my smartphone as a flashlight (yes it did get dirty, and no I don't care). In the midst of the job I started wishing I could strap my phone to my head and ...
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How to Keep Phone Cool in Car

In the summer, with the sun beating down on my phone while I drive, my android phone tends to overheat. I stumbled upon an ad hoc solution -- I had a piece of paper double folded to be 4.25" by 5.5" ...
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How to avoid losing keys/phone/wallet? [closed]

I constantly lose my keys, phone and wallet. I tend to leave them inside the car, house, bathroom, public places, etc. It costs me a lot of valuable time plus increases my stress levels. Any tips on ...
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How can I fortify micro USB connectors

Perhaps I'm heavy-handed but I've accidentally broken many micro usb cables by bending the connector on the cable and pulling it out of it's housing. I've tried a premium cable but even that broke the ...
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Using a 5v USB Wall Charger on a Zenfone 2 with +9v battery? [closed]

I ordered the new Zenfone 2 and it only comes with the "Boostmaster" quick charger that outputs 9v and 2A. Also, I saw pictures where the visible part of the battery in the phone says "+9v 2A" on it. ...