I recently spent a few days at my parents’ house going through boxes of stuff from grade school, high school, and college. After I “oohed” and “aahed” at my old pictures, report cards, and projects, I had to decide what to do with all of it.
Too much to keep, too sentimental to discard.
In the end, I took most of it to be recycled — perhaps my old chemistry notebooks will come back to serve a higher purpose — but not before I used my smartphone to take pictures of the things I wanted to “keep:” newspaper articles, posters, collages, projects, models, letters, and trophies.
Picture …. perfect!
My new album of electronic memories didn’t cost anything, didn’t take up space in the car, doesn’t weigh anything, and doesn’t need to be stored or moved to the next house. The best part is that I have these memories with me whenever I want to look at them or share them.
Put your smartphone camera to use taking pictures of the stuff you want to save but don’t have room to store. And be sure to back up your photos in case anything happens to your phone.
Once you open an app on your smartphone, the app stays open until you close it. Simple.
Except, returning to the Home screen doesn’t close the app; the app stays open in the background — using the phone’s battery power.
You should close your open apps periodically. Here’s how:
Android Phones (Samsung, Motorola, LG, HTC, etc):
Press and hold the Home button until the open apps appear in “thumbnail” size on the screen. Slide each app to the left or right side of the screen. To close all open apps at once, tap the “Remove All” button at the bottom of the screen.
Double-tap on the Home button and the open apps will appear in “thumbnail” size. Slide each app off the top of the screen. You cannot close the Home screen.
Rather than tap the Start button to move to another app, tap the “back” button (bottom left of phone) to close the app. If you want to see which apps are open, tap and hold the “back” button to see the open apps in “thumbnail” size. To close an app from the thumbnail view, tap on an app and then tap the “back” button.
For video demonstrations, search YouTube (youtube.com) for closing background apps on your specific phone.
If you aren’t using a Reminders app on your smart phone, you are, well, forgetting one of the phone’s most practical features.
Consider that your phone is usually with you. What better place to record the things you think of when you think of them?
- Food you need to buy at the supermarket
- Tasks you must to do today, this week, or this month
- Items you don’t want to forget to pack on your next trip
- Information you agreed to provide for your next meeting
- Details you still need to address for your next party
- Issues you need to discuss with your doctor, lawyer, veterinarian, accountant, realtor, client, etc.
Apple, Android, and Windows phones all have pre-installed reminder/to-do capability, but there are also other third-party apps available from the app stores.
Find an app that works for you and let your phone do your remembering. Just don’t forget to look at your phone!