Tech What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?  

Louis Patterson
449 votes 23 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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16 1
Checking The Time is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Time

2
15 2
Surfing The Web is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Surfing The Web

3
14 3
Checking The Weather is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking The Weather

4
12 3
Making Phone Calls is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Making Phone Calls

5
8 1
Taking Everyday Photos is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Everyday Photos

6
10 4
GPS/Navigation is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
GPS/Navigation Examples: Google Maps, Apple Maps

7
9 4
Facebook is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

8
9 4
Texting is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Texting

9
10 5
The Flashlight App is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Flashlight App

10
8 5
The Calculator App is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Calculator App

11
9 7
Streaming Music is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Music Examples: Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud

12
6 5
Initiating Ride-Share Services is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Initiating Ride-Share Services Examples: Uber, Lyft, Bird

13
6 5
Checking Email is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Email

14
4 3
Playing Mobile Games is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Mobile Games Examples: Fortnite Mobile, Angry Birds, Candy Crush Saga

15
4 3
Googling Questions is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Googling Questions

16
7 7
The Timer App is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
The Timer App

17
6 6
Scheduling Appointments is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scheduling Appointments

18
6 6
Shopping Online is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shopping Online

19
4 4
Browsing Pinterest is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Browsing Pinterest

20
4 4
Streaming Video is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Streaming Video Examples: Netflix, YouTube, Hulu

21
4 4
Accessing Rewards Programs is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Accessing Rewards Programs Examples: CVS Mobile ExtraCare Rewards, Punchcard

22
3 3
Listening To Podcasts is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Listening To Podcasts

23
3 3
Controlling The TV is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Controlling The TV

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

25
5 6
Ordering Food is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Ordering Food

26
5 6
Translating Foreign Languages is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Translating Foreign Languages

27
4 6
Following Cooking Recipes is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Following Cooking Recipes

28
3 5
Tracking Fitness is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Tracking Fitness Examples: Fitbit, Runkeeper

29
3 5
Hobby-Specific Apps is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Hobby-Specific Apps Examples: Fender Tune, Ravelry, Untappd

30
4 7
Listening To White Noise is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Listening To White Noise

31
4 7
Playing Augmented Reality Game... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Playing Augmented Reality Games Examples: Pokémon GO, Harry Potter: Wizards Unite

32
3 6
Yelp, Inc. is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

33
2 5
Taking Selfies is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Taking Selfies

34
2 5
Twitter is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

35
3 7
Banking is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Banking

36
2 7
Checking Horoscopes is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Checking Horoscopes

37
1 6
Reading Books is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Reading Books

38
1 6
Videochatting is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Videochatting Examples: Facetime, Skype

39
1 6
Snapchat is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?

40
1 6
Shooting High-Quality Artistic... is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Shooting High-Quality Artistic Videos

41
1 6
Scanning Documents is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Scanning Documents

42
1 7
Watching Adult Videos is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Watching Adult Videos

43
0 6
Online Dating is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Online Dating Examples: Tinder, eharmony

44
0 6
Paying For Things is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list What Do You Actually Use Your Cell Phone For?
Paying For Things Examples: Apple Pay, Samsung Pay