Tech What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?  

Louis Patterson
676 votes 31 voters 44 items

List Rules Vote up the apps, functions, and abilities you use your smartphone for.

Gone are the days of monochrome screens and punching out texts on numeric keypads, as devices like the iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S9 can record 4k video, run augmented reality games, and even recognize people's faces. 

But do we manage to make the most of these technological advancements? While somebody out there is probably filming a cinematic masterpiece on their mobile device, many others seem content to check social media, get directions, and make the occasional phone call.  

Where do you fall on this spectrum? Are you pushing your smartphone to its absolute limit, or just keeping up with the same apps you've been using for decades? Vote up the functions you couldn't live without. 

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23 2
Surfing The Web is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Surfing The Web

2
22 2
Checking The Time is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Time

3
20 4
Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather

4
16 4
Making Phone Calls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Making Phone Calls

5
16 5
GPS/Navigation is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
GPS/Navigation

Examples: Google Maps, Apple Maps

6
13 3
Taking Everyday Photos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Everyday Photos

7
15 5
Texting is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting

8
16 6
The Flashlight App is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Flashlight App

9
9 4
Playing Mobile Games is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Mobile Games

Examples: Fortnite Mobile, Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga

10
12 8
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

11
11 7
The Calculator App is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Calculator App

12
10 6
Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email

13
11 8
Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online

14
12 10
Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music

Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

15
8 6
Streaming Video is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Video

Examples: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

16
7 5
Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions

17
10 9
The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App

18
8 7
Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest

19
8 7
Following Cooking Recipes is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Following Cooking Recipes

20
8 8
Translating Foreign Languages is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages

21
8 9
Scheduling Appointments is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments

22
7 8
Ordering Food is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Ordering Food

23
6 7
Accessing Rewards Programs is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Accessing Rewards Programs

Examples: CVS Mobile ExtraCare Rewards, Punchcard

24
6 7
Tracking Fitness is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Tracking Fitness

Examples: Fitbit, Runkeeper

25
6 8
Initiating Ride-Share Services is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Initiating Ride-Share Services

Examples: Uber, Lyft, Bird

26
4 7
Hobby-Specific Apps is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Hobby-Specific Apps

Examples: Fender Tune, Ravelry, Untappd

27
4 7
Listening To Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Listening To Podcasts

28
7 11
Instagram is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

29
6 10
Banking is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Banking

30
4 8
Reading Books is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Reading Books

31
4 8
Videochatting is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Videochatting

Examples: Facetime, Skype

32
4 8
Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

33
3 7
Controlling The TV is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Controlling The TV

34
5 10
Listening To White Noise is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Listening To White Noise

35
3 8
Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

36
3 8
Scanning Documents is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scanning Documents

37
5 11
Playing Augmented Reality Game... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Augmented Reality Games

Examples: Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

38
2 9
Taking Selfies is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Selfies

39
2 9
Shooting High-Quality Artistic... is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shooting High-Quality Artistic Videos

40
2 9
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

41
3 11
Checking Horoscopes is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Horoscopes

42
2 10
Watching Adult Videos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Watching Adult Videos

43
1 9
Paying For Things is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Paying For Things

Examples: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay

44
0 9
Online Dating is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Online Dating

Examples: Tinder, eharmony