Questions tagged [phone]

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

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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 can I charge my smartphone faster?

Sometimes I get home and need to go out again soon and only have a short while to charge up my phone before I leave. Any tips or tricks on how to charge my phone any quicker? I don't want to have ...
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How to dry out a wet phone?

I unfortunately dropped my aunt's phone in water. I didn't tried anything yet (I'm afraid of a short circuit). Is there a quick and cheap way to completely dry out the internals of this mobile phone ...
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How do I get lint out of a headphone jack?

Spending most of its life in my pocket, the headphone jack of my phone frequently gets clogged up with lint. Usually I can tweeze it out, but this time I forgot, and tried to plug in my headphones, ...
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How to shoot a video underwater using your smart phone?

I have iPhone, but solution probably can apply to all smart phones. I know that I can buy a waterproof bag/pouch or special underwater cameras, but who remember it to buy it before going to the trip? ...
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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 can I safely sanitise my smartphone's display?

I've recently upgraded from a keypad feature phone to a smartphone. The smartphone in question has Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the touchscreen, which I've read has an olegeophobic coating which can be ...
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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 to avoid butt-dials on phones where the keypad is always exposed?

My phone just loves to butt-dial. In the ~6 months I have owned it, I've made about 10 butt-dials, 2 of which were emergency phone calls. Naturally, I don't want to clog their services. How can I get ...
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How can I amplify the speakers of my iPhone?

There are lots of sites that give various methods for speaker amplification: Put the phone in a toilet roll (cut a slit) Put cups on the phone Place it on a box or similar (guitars are sometimes ...
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How to decrease hold time for customer service calls? [closed]

As I type this question I've been on hold with Bank of America for over a half an hour. I'm looking for a way to make my wait time shorter in the future by either: Changing my own behavior within the ...
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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 do I make my smartphone battery last longer?

My phone battery lasts often less than 3 hours. How do I get more life out of it? FYI, it's a 3 year old Apple iPhone 5.
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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 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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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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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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How to make a cellphone tripod?

I want to take a photo of myself. Ideally, I should use a tripod, but I don't have one and do not want to buy one. What can I use instead?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 cover up or fix a dent on a phone?

I recently got a new phone. I recently dropped said new phone on a hard ceramic flooring. My heart broke in two at this point as I discovered I had dented the phone as the case is a pile of rubbish ...
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How can I keep my phone from falling over when watching videos? [closed]

Now and again I like to watch a video on my phone, I also want to have my hands free to do other things or just simply because it more comfortable but I find due to most phones not being particularly '...
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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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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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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 take macro pictures using any smart phone camera?

Is there any way of taking close up photos with a camera phone? Are there any life hacks to do that?
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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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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 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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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 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 make an adapter for a micro SIM?

I currently have an iPhone 4S and these models use a 'micro-SIM' which is smaller than a standard SIM Card (see below): The thing is I need to move the SIM from the iPhone (micro-SIM) into an older ...
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How to improve mobile phone signal?

I'm sure everyone been there when you don't have great signal (reception) for your mobile phone (cellphone) and you need to make a call. Are there any easy ways to improve a mobile phone signal? I'...
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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 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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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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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 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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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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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 to convert standard SIM into Nano SIM? [closed]

I've some standard SIM cards which I'd like to test on my iPhone 5, but they're way too big. Is there any adapter or methods of converting the SIM card, so it could fit and work into smaller Nano SIM ...
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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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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 ...