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All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone

This just in! Smartphones weren't solely invented for selfies, food photos, and Snapchat. We can all agree that smartphones have become quite the 21st century nuisance; everywhere you go, faces look downward and fingers are flying across four square inches of glass screen. But before we all start boycotting public use of smartphones (HA!), let's take a look at some of the coolest, most impressive uses for your smartphone. 

It's true that people get a little carried away with being on their phones. I mean, you're driving to 7-11 to pick up some munchies and next thing you know, you're trolling your ex's Instagram while sitting at a stop light. WHY?! But there are some really intelligent and helpful apps out there. Nowadays, there are entire high school and college courses dedicated to creating apps. Apps are the world wide web of the future, and because they pinpoint specific needs, there's a cool smartphone use out there for everyone. 

Trying to lose weight? My Fitness Pal will count your calories and help create workout plans for you. Been meaning to tune that dusty old banjo for the past two years? Cleartune is a simple and accurate way to do it directly from your phone. So next time you're watching your favorite band at that cool venue and everyone around you is on their phone, don't get annoyed! They're probably doing something really important like checking their blood pressure or reading Moby Dick on their Kindle. 

What are your favorite uses for your smartphone? Vote up your favorites and add any cool things you can do while staring at a screen that you don't see listed here.
list ordered by
  • 1

    Listen to Music

    Spotify, Sound Cloud, iTunes, YouTube... the options are endless! 
  • 2

    Take Pictures

  • 3

    Learn Something New

    Google it, yo!
  • 4

    Check the Weather

    Whether you're team Droid or team Apple, you automatically have a weather app on your phone. 
  • 5

    Never Get Lost

    The standard Google Maps app will do the job, but it can be a bit of a dud. Waze has gained popularity especially with its attractive and user friendly interface. Not satisfied with either? If Apple's made a believer out of you so far, you'll probably like using Apple Maps
  • 6

    Talk to Distant Friends/Relatives

    Using apps like Skype, Facebook, text, or FaceTime to connect. 
  • 7

    watch videos

    to learn something new...

  • 8

    Watch TV

    There are several options that allow you to stream live television to your phone, here are some of the more popular apps: YouTube TV, Sling, Hulu, and CBS All Access. 

  • 9

    Light the Way

    Use the Flashlight app to illuminate all your darkest hours. 
  • 10

    Play mobile games

    You can play Fortnite and you can play all cool games on your mobile phone

  • 11

    It's a Phone Right?

  • 12

    Keep Track of Your Life

    Simply use the Calendar app on your phone to manage your tasks and plans, or take it up a notch and use Sunrise Calendar.
  • 13

    Edit Videos and Photos

    Vine lets you loop, edit, and share videos. IMovie is also a great, classic video editing app.

  • 14

    Stream Movies

    Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, Shudder, and YouTube Movies.

  • 15

    Online Banking

    Wherever do you bank? Download their mobile app!
  • 16

    Exercise Your Brain

    Using fun brain game apps like Lumosity
  • 17

    Buy Movie Tickets

    Conveniently look up showtimes and purchase tickets through a theater's app or other options such as Fandango and Atom Tickets.

  • 18

    Read a Book

    The Kindle and iBook apps are many bookworms' personal faves.
  • 19

    Pay for Things

  • 20

    Request Transportation

    Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, Carma Carpooling...

  • 21

    Track Traffic Reports

    SigAlert is the Old Faithful of the bunch, but Waze and Beat the Traffic are efficient and reliable runners up. 
  • 22

    Calculate the Right Tip

    Tip n Split Tip Calculator or plain ol' Tip Calculator apps are super convenient for those awkward moments when you're trying to calculate the tip in front of your date.
  • 23

    Learn a New Language

    Duolingo is a great app for brushing up on all those Spanish vocab words you forgot from high school.
  • 24

    Check in for a Flight

    You can do this directly through your email, or if you're a frequent flyer, download your preferred airline's mobile app and check in that way. 
  • 25

    Stream the NFL

    NFL Mobile, RedZone, Yahoo Sports, Amazon Prime Video, Sling, and several other options.