In the modern day and age almost everyone owns a smartphone or an iPhone. These miniature computers can act as a GPS, an encyclopedia, a camera, a music player, a typewriter, and they can also make phone calls as well but who even does that anymore nowadays? In addition to all these amazing functions, the user can also install apps which can increase the functionality of the phone nearly exponentially.
But sometimes these additional apps can cost money and more often than not the lengthy use of your phone can result in some hefty cell phone bills.
These next six hacks will help with reviving phone chargers, cleaning phone screens, and keeping viral content forever.
Now as mentioned earlier, there are a multitude of apps out there. And a solid chunk of those apps are used for watching videos.
Whether it be Vine (now defunct), YouTube or Worldstarhiphop, these are all apps that contain videos that we want to watch more than just once.
So, in order to download and keep these videos, all you have to do is install an app called Keepvid and it can download videos from all those aforementioned apps…
It can even control the quality of the video that gets replicated and is a video downloader for almost all video apps!
For those of us that like to watch videos while we eat chicken wings or nachos, it gets quite irritating when we can’t use the touchscreen due to our sticky fingers.
So guess what? If you have a banana lying around, those delicious potassium filled fruits can act as a great substitute for a stylus.
What’s a stylus you ask? Well, a stylus was a pen-like object that was introduced in the early 2000’s to allow users to write and draw on a touchscreen before people figured it would be a lot easier just using their fingers.
So instead of trying to use your knuckles to tap on the screen or other body parts, just grab a banana and use it to click away!
If you are ever out of a wall charger or away from an outlet, have no fear, this next hack can help you charge your phone in an instant (or it might take a little longer.)
All you need for this trick is a 9V battery, some coins (preferably silver,) and a car charger.
Place the stack of coins onto the negative charge of the battery (the bigger hole) and connect your car charger onto the positive charge.
Now all you have to do is plug your phone in and it should begin recharging! This hack only works with phone chargers so don’t try to use it with anything else.
In the event that you accidentally mark your phone with some permanent mark, or if you choose to do so intentionally, a quick and effective way to remove the damage is to use some WD-40.
Spray a generous amount on the screen (or the surface that is marked up) and then use a cloth to rub it off.
Rub hard and thoroughly and the marker should slowly but surely come off. (P.S. one of the best things to clean your electronic devices’ screens with is a microfiber cloth.)
For those who were unaware, a quick way to rapidly charge your phone is to turn it on ‘airplane mode’ while the phone is charging.
This speeds up the recharging process by nearly 50 per cent so if you’re in a rush, just flip your phone to a different mode!
This one requires a little more handiwork but it can save you a couple of dollars! If you have ever dealt with a severed phone charger then this will come in handy.
For this hack you need three separate stainless steel mini rulers, a piece of cardboard, aluminum foil and non concentrated sulfuric acid.
Cut out a piece of cardboard identical in size to the metal ruler and then let those pieces of cardboard soak in a bowl of the acid.
While they are absorbing the acid, cut out three distinct pieces of aluminum foil that are once again identical in size to the rulers and cardboard pieces.
Then, make a sandwich with the ruler at the bottom, the soaked cardboard piece in the middle and then finally the piece of aluminum foil on the top.
Stack them up until you have used all three pieces in that configuration. Secure the product together with some tape.
Here comes the tricky part, attach some cables to the metal ruler. One positive and one negative. Make sure that the ends of the cable are intertwined onto the metal ruler itself. (Only metal conducts electricity so make sure the cables are fastened the right way.)
Now take your phone charger that’s been broken or cut in half, and connect the red wire with the red wire and the black wire with the black wire.
If your phone charger has more than those two colors, that is perfectly fine. All you will need for this trick is the black and red cable. (Remove the other colors if you so choose.)
Now plug your phone in and voilà! You got yourself a homemade, portable charger.