8 Pointers Every Smartphone User Should Know

Are you on Windows Phone? Android, or iPhone? It doesn't matter, as long as you follow these pieces of advice, you can outsmart your 'smartphone' and make your life a whole lot easier. Here's how you can make the most out of your trusty mobile buddy:

Sort Your Home Screen For Efficient Use

Organize your home screen by putting your favorite apps in folders, or by putting them directly where you can access them. Use categories in naming folders and organize apps accordingly. For example, include all gaming apps in one folder and name it "Games". Gather calculator, voice recorder, weather app and currency converter in one folder and name it "Tools". This way, even if you get more apps in the future, your home screen wouldn't look like a mess.

Install Mobile Antivirus Software

Most smartphones already come with an installed mobile antivirus software. If yours doesn't have one, it's best to install now. Mobile anti-virus software can help protect your phone from damage.

Back Up Your Photos, Files

Save your photos from disaster. Instead of marking your calendar to schedule a manual backup of your photos, why not set your phone for an automatic backup? This way, you'll never lose any of your photos, even if you lose your phone. Apps like Carousel (Dropbox) and OneDrive (Microsoft) does this automatically for you with up to 5 GB, and 7 GB storage capacity, respectively. For Android or iOS users, you can just modify your settings for Google+ to automatically backup your photos everytime you are connected to the internet.

Explore Other Email and Browser Alternatives

Though it wouldn't hurt to try rely on usual browser apps, it is also good to find other alternatives like Mailbox (iOS) and Dolphin browser. You can easily manage your mail using Mailbox in just a swipe and easily attach files with the option to email them later. Gmail iOS app also lets you view long and previous conversation threads. While Dolphin browser features a desktop style view.

No Need To Buy Insurance

Don't be lured into buying insurance or extended warranty to save some bucks. You can save it for later if you need to repair your phone or replace it if something goes wrong.

Use Wireless Hotspot Feature

By using your phone as a wireless hotspot, you can access the internet using a laptop or tablet. In some data plan, this feature is already included. It is cheaper than availing of a data plan for your tablet.

Use Cloud To Store Music

Lighten your phone's memory load by using free cloud storage apps online. With Google Play Music, you can have up to 20,000 free songs which you can also access using Music Manager software from Google, in your desktop. But if you really want to build a million songs in your music library, you can install Amazon Cloud Player for $25 a year or subscribe to Spotify, Beats Music or Rdio for $10 a month.

Know Basic Shortcuts

Shorcuts are made to do things faster. For iOS, you can view quick settings by swiping from up to bottom. Double tap on the home screen to view recent apps and close apps by swiping up. For Android, pinch outward, long press and drag down, to zoom in your notifications. To discover more functions, you can long press or double tap home buttons.