We know, you’re a smartphone warrior. Or you’d like to be.
You send messages to friends. You text photos to your family and, of course, you use your phone’s GPS to get from Point A to Point B.
There are far too many apps to know them all. Not even people who develop Android and Apple smartphones and apps know everything that you can do with them.
But, if you think about it, all those apps really come down to providing one, life-improving service: Your smartphone saves you a lot of time.
Just think about your everyday life a decade ago. In the office, you could waste hours typing up documents and either faxing them or mailing them to your colleagues. It could take days for important information to get to everyone.
At home, you might spend a couple of hours calling parents to arrange a carpool for your children. Then, despite being exhausted after a long day, you’d get in the car, drive to the mall to buy clothes, then head over to the grocery store and drug store, too.
These days, you save so much time by just tapping apps like Facebook Messenger, Amazon and others to take care of all those things.
But, even if you’re a power user, there are so many other ways to save time with your Android smartphone or iPhone. Keep reading.
We’ll tell you about three tricks that you may not already know.
1. Save a precious few seconds
Do you hate typing “.com” every time you’re visiting a website on your Android smartphone? (Keep reading for iPhone tips.)
Well, you don’t have to. Here’s how to skip typing .com or .org or .net.
Your smartphone’s keyboard most likely has a .com button. When you type in Komando, for example, your next key will be .com. So, no need to type in . followed by c, then o and then m.
You might be thinking: Great, but what about .org or .net? Just hold down the .com key until you see a menu pop up. You can tap .org or .net.
Note: Many manufacturers make Android smartphones. So, the way you perform this tip and the following tips might vary a bit.
2. Estimated travel time
Never be late again for a flight back home or an important meeting with your boss. Here’s one way to find out how long it’ll take you to get there on time with your Android smartphone.
Calendar >> type in the event >> type in the exact address of your destination where it says “location.” When you’re alerted to the event, click on the link to the address.
It automatically opens to Google Maps. There, it will show you how long you’ll need to get there whether you’re driving or walking.
3. Book a flight
If you’re of a certain age, you remember travel agencies. If you were planning a trip, you had to first plan a trip to see your agent.
You’d tell her exactly when you wanted to travel, where you were going and how much money you were willing to spend. A few hours, (or days!) later, she’d call you back with all the details. Then, you’d drive back to pick up your tickets and itinerary.
These days, on Android, tap the microphone icon on your screen >> say something like, “Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to LAX on July 22” >> you’ll see flights and prices >> tap on the flight you want, then book it.
Note: Do you use an iPhone? Keep reading for step-by-step instructions.
iPhone Time Savers
1. Save a precious few seconds
It can get annoying typing in .com every time you visit a website. K-O-M-A-N-D-O-.-C-O-M. Phew!
Guess what? You don’t have to type in .com or .org or several other website extensions. Instead, just hold the “.” key until you see a menu pop up. It’ll give you the options for .com, .us, .edu, .net and .org.
2. Estimated travel time alerts
You know that you can set up alerts on your iPhone’s calendar. You can set it up, for instance, to alert you one hour before you have to be at a doctor’s appointment or a meeting with your boss.
But, are you just guessing how long it will take to get ready and drive over there? If so, your estimate of a half-hour could be way off. Do you want to be late for an important meeting?
Of course not. Instead, set up an estimated driving (or walking) time to get there.
Tap on your Calendar >> tap the red + in the upper-right side of your screen >> type a title for the event, like “Meeting” >> type in the exact address of the meeting >> start time >> travel time (if you don’t see this, save the event and then choose: edit) >> turn it on >> select your starting destination.
3. Book a flight
If you want to book a flight on your iPhone, you may want to download an app like Skyscanner. Or, better yet, talk to Siri.
“Show me flights from LAX to JFK on July 3.” Siri will show you several options to book a flight, including prices. Select the best deal, then proceed to book your flight.