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All the Most Useful Things You Can Do with Your Phone

Updated February 19, 2020 13.9k votes 1.6k voters 48.9k views

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.
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    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. 
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    Request Transportation

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    Concert/Event Admission

    If you're purchasing concert tickets online, request digital copies so you don't have to print out hard copies for the show. They'll scan the barcode when you arrive. 
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    Manage Your Diet

    My Fitness Pal and Lose It! allow you to track your food and exercise to manage food intake throughout the day. 
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    Deposit Your Paychecks

    It depends on who you bank with, but they probably have an app that allows you to take photos of your check to deposit directly into your account. 
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    Get Out of a Sticky Situation

    The Circle of 6 app allows you to have an emergency network and use emergency commands to get in touch with them when things get weird.
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    Tune an Instrument

    Cleartune is the winning chromatic tuner app out there right now.
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    Monitor Your Heart Rate

    Keep your heart healthy by using Instant Heart Rate or Runtastic Heart Rate PRO.
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    Meet Your Soulmate

    Tinder, OkCupid, Match.com, Coffee Meets Bagel, the list could go on. Try out one of the latest dating apps, Bumblecoming atcha from former Tinder execs, where the babes run the show. 
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    Pay Back Your Friends

    Square Cash allows you to wire money directly to your friends. 
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    Manage Your Blog

    Be it Tumblr, Wordpress, or Wix, download the mobile app and manage your blog posts from anywhere. 
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    Write a Book

    Using Notes or any other app created for novelists.
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    Start Your Car

    Depending on the car you drive, you may be able to take advantage of Viper SmartStart, the app that allows you to use GPS to start your car when you haven't even gotten inside yet. 
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    Stock Market Coverage

    STOCKS is a great place to start. 
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    This is something you can play on your phone. Its fun and something to do instead of playing video games on your console, instead you can play it on mobile