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Things to do on your phone?


Whether you’re a Diamond Solutions customer (or want to be) chances are you have a Smartphone of some description.  Few of us manage to get through a day without utilising the small computer in our pockets, and they are most definitely a part of everyday life.

But do you know everything there is to know about your phone?  Have you sussed out every little feature and wonderful thing it’s capable of?

Here are our top five things we think you might have missed about your Smartphone.

#1 – The power of infrared

Android phones are increasingly being released with built in infrared blasters (which, admittedly, sounds like something from Star Wars).  This is especially the case with higher-end devices such as the Samsung Galaxy 6 and the HTC One M9.

Other than it sounding cool, what’s the actual point? Well, in theory you will be able to control anything that responds to infrared signals, via your phone.  Such phones normally have the relevant app somewhere in their settings, to allow you to take over your TV or set-top box via your phone.  And if it doesn’t, you can download it pretty easily (for example, the Peel Smart Remote).

It’s a great way to ensure you still have a remote control long after the dog’s eaten it. Alternatively, it’s a great way to wind other family members up if they don’t realise your phone is responsible for turning their favourite programme off.

We don’t want to get dragged in to it though if this starts a war!

# 2 – Name that tune

No doubt you’ve heard of Shazam or SoundHound, both of which are able to identify a song as it’s playing.  No more of this “what is that song called?” that has plagued us for years.

However, if you don’t have the apps downloaded, you may be surprised to know your phone may already be able to give you the answers you need.  Google, Microsoft and Apple all have their own song identification abilities, squirrelled away within their virtual assistants.

# 3 – Thanks but no thanks

We’ve all had PPI claims, to name but one of the myriad of calls you may receive that you don’t want.  Whilst you could just ignore them, the easiest way to deal with them is to actually block them at the source.

In case you weren’t already aware, most Smartphones offer the chance to block nuisance calls, the difficulty is there are often a number of different ways to do it.

For example, with the iOS 8 on the iPhone you simply click the “i” next to the number in question, and select block this caller from the options.

With an Android it will depend what type of phone you have, but you may just be able to hold down the number in question, and then select block number.  Alternatively, go to your general settings for the auto reject list, where you can manually add numbers that you can ignore in future.


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