Due to the quarantine imposed by a lot of governments nowadays, a lot of people are now staying at home. Some are doing work from home, while some are enjoying the long “vacation,” to say the least. Although most of us go home after every shift, staying at home for the rest of the quarantine days can feel strange to some.

Most of us who stay at home, resort to using our phones as a means of passing the time. We use our smartphones in a plethora of ways. However, here are some things you can do with your phone that you didn’t know about:

Watching Movies for Free

Although this feature is a no brainer, many people don’t know that they can watch movies for free on their phones. You can certainly watch a lot of free movies from everywhere around the house using your smartphone. All you need are free movie apps, and you’re good to go. There are tons of reliable apps to download from your app store. If you already have one on your phone, then passing the time won’t be so much of a problem.

If you want to share your movies on your widescreen tv, you can certainly do so by tinkering with the screen share settings on your apps. From there, you can control the volume, the quality, and you can scrub videos as well.

As a Remote

Speaking of remote controls, your smartphone can be used as a remote to power anything in your house, assuming they’re smart-ready. For example, most modern smart homeowners use their phones to lock doors remotely, open windows, control the lights, and even the air conditioning. If you’re not really living in a smart home, don’t fret. You can still use this feature on specific intelligent devices such as your television.

Starting Your Car

Although quarantine prevents us from traveling, specific provisions in it allow us to go buy our necessities. To get to the nearest grocery store, you’ll need your car. But what if you lose your keys? If you run into that problem, then you can use your phone to lock, unlock, and even start your car.

With certain apps that can connect your phone to your car, you can make that journey to the grocery much safer and quicker. For tinkerers who like to fix their cars by themselves and at home, you can also use your smartphone and its apps to get diagnostics from your vehicle.

Checking TV Remote Batteries

Believe it or not, a lot of people can waste a lot of time figuring out what’s wrong with their tv during their favorite shows. Instead of enjoying a movie or a tv show, most people try to figure out what’s wrong with their remote or their subscription. Most of the time, they solve the problem by checking the batteries of their tv remote. However, by that time, the show they’re watching is midway or even done.

To avoid wasting precious tv time, there’s a quicker and safer way to check the batteries of your remote. First off, get your smartphone and open your camera app. Take your tv remote and point it towards the phone’s camera. If you see a red light coming from the remote, then it means that it’s working fine. Depending on the light’s strength, you can also gauge how much power the tv remote’s battery has to offer.


A lot of people are undoubtedly bored with the time being spent at home. To kill boredom, most people use their phones to have fun with. Aside from playing games, the features mentioned above are just a few tricks you can do with your smartphone.