Why carry a large laptop when you can use your phone for almost anything?
Long ago, computers were physically huge. Thanks to major technological leaps, they have become smaller and smaller. Laptops are great, but what if you could use your phone for everything? Here are the five best ways to turn your phone into your computer.
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5 tips to turn your phone into your computer
Buy a Bluetooth keyboard. Today, large phones like those from Samsung or Apple can be paired with Bluetooth keyboards. The amount of productivity you can have with a physical keyboard paired with your phone can quickly make your pocket buddy feel like a real productivity machine. I’m a fan of using a foldable Bluetooth keyboard for added portability.
Turn it on
Once you have that keyboard, get something that can place your phone on a desk. That can be a phone case with a small stand or even a phone or tablet stand. This one from MoKo costs a whopping $5 and works with any number of phones or tablets. Put on your phone, pair that keyboard and everything feels more like a real computer.
Take control of the power
Learn more about your phone’s power saving modes. This is a weird one, but listen to me: power-saving features in Android and iOS can make your battery last. However, they can ruin your ability to run multiple apps properly at the same time. For example, you don’t want your phone to hibernate Outlook in the background while you’re researching in a browser. In addition, some power saving modes disable the notifications you may need. So spend some time learning about your particular phone and its power saving mode.
Apps for everything
Go to your app store and make sure you have mobile versions of every program you normally use on your computer. I often choose apps or programs based on whether they are available on different platforms. This gives you the ability to work with your files in a way that makes sense for the device you’re using.
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Bring your computer
There are times when mobile apps just aren’t enough. Sometimes you need your real computer, so take it with you in the form of a remote desktop. Google and Microsoft have solutions available. Their software runs on your computer – which you can leave running at home. Then you can use the remote desktop app on your phone to access that machine. It might be a little weird navigating your desktop on your phone screen, but you can access almost everything your computer can do from your phone.