Modern smartphones already have a ton of incredible features, but software developers and hardware designers continue to find new ways to tuck nifty little additions into their operating systems and devices. True tech nerds may already know about these features, and some are only available on either iPhone or Android (but not both), but here are a bunch of not-so-popular features that your current smartphone might actually be capable of.
1 Downloading videos and audios from YouTube
By default, Google hides apps that enable you to download YouTube videos from its official store. But there are plenty of freely available third-party developer applications. Some already have a well-established reputation; others are new on the market. All of them work along the same principles: you either paste a link to the video or find the file via the app.
2 Using offline maps
Using mobile Internet while roaming can be very expensive. But what if you’re lost and need to use an electronic map? The best solution is to download online maps to your phone and disable mobile Internet while leaving GPS switched on. Your location will still be displayed on offline maps, thanks to satellite data — without any cost to you.
3 Switching to safe mode
This mode is needed for debugging and the removal of third-party applications that interfere with the proper operation of the phone. To enable safe mode, switch on your phone or tablet, then press the power button again and hold it. When a menu appears, press and hold the onscreen “Off“ or ”Power Off" key. When safe mode option appears, click “OK.”
4 Paying with your phone instead of a credit card
With the help of the NFC modules, built in to many phone models, you can link your credit card to an account in the relevant system (Android Pay or Apple Pay).This will enable you to pay with your phone in any of the thousands of stores that accept contactless payments.
5 A scanner that’s always at hand
Did you know that you can scan any document or photo with your smartphone camera? To take full advantage of this feature, you’ll need to download one of the special applications that will not only recognize the document but also save it to the cloud and send a copy to the intended recipient.
6 Switching to two-window mode with one touch
Want to read an e-book and use a dictionary at the same time without having to switch screens? Nothing could be easier: just enable multi-window mode! To do this, open the right app, and hold the task list key (to the right of the "Home" button). Unfortunately, not every smartphone is able to work in this mode.
7 Linking two smartphones together
Thanks to the One-Touch-Go (OTG) function, any modern smartphone can be linked to a peripheral device, including another smartphone. The process requires fitting one phone with a USB female adapter and the second phone with a micro-USB cable. After the phones identify the cable and the adapter, you can safely connect them together.
8 Cloning applications
In fresh versions of Android, there’s a menu option called "App Cloner" that allows you to duplicate the desired application with a single tap. This can be useful to people who often access one social network under different accounts. Those whose version of Android doesn’t support this feature can download a special program for cloning applications.
9 Unlimited search
With an application called Google Goggles, you can find anything you want. This app’s distinctiveness is in the fact that, instead of typing in your search queries, you’re using your smartphone camera. This is especially convenient when making searches related to foods, household goods, images, and barcodes.
10 Turning your smartphone into a digital scale
You can also use your phone for weighing small objects (for instance, groceries at the store) thanks to a special app that transforms your gadget into a digital scale. Simply install the app, calibrate it with a small air cushion or any object whose weight is known in advance (such as a coin), and you’re ready to go!