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Which Tasks Should You Automate When You Get a New Phone?

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Tasks you should automate on your new phone

If your day is anything like mine, I’m sure you’d appreciate it if you could cross off some of those endless tasks you need to do every day. Your phone can actually help you do that. Instead of wasting time deleting photos, muting your handset and so on, you can actually automate some of these tasks and make your life much easier.

But what automations can you set up on your phone? Here is a list to help you out.

Tasks to automate on your phone:

  • Backing up your photos & videos

Do you hate that “out of storage” message your phone displays to you? Do you want an effective and easy way to never see it again? All you need to do is make sure your phone backs up your photos and data and clears up your storage automatically. To do this on your iPhone, toggle the iCloud Photo Library option. Then select Optimize iPhone Storage. This will erase all the local copies of your images and videos after they are stored in the iCloud.

As for Android users, Google Photos does the job for them automatically. It also resizes your photos and videos and stores them for free. Just select Free Up Space from the app menu and you are good to go.

  • Unlocking your phone

This works for Android users only. When choosing this option, your phone will automatically unlock in certain locations you set. Just open Settings -> Security then Smart Lock. After that, tap Trusted Locations and choose the locations on the map where it is safe to keep your phone unlocked.

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  • Setting up Do Not Disturb times

This has to be one of my favorite options to automate! Avoid your phone going off in meetings or while your kids are asleep by choosing this automation option.

For iPhone users, open Settings and tap Do Not Disturb. Turn on the feature then choose your quiet hours. For Android users, launch Settings then tap Sound followed by Do Not Disturb. You can use this option to mute notifications block visual disturbances. Moreover, you have default WeekendWeeknight and Event settings to choose from.

  • Posting to all your social media accounts simultaneously

Some people have the time to post on each of their social media accounts separately. I personally don’t. I also know many other who don’t have the time to do it either. The good news is, you can automate this process as well. All you need to do is instal Buffer on your iPhone or Android then start cross-posting. Moreover, you can use Buffer to queue up and schedule your posts in advance!

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  • Getting home with a press of a button

Getting home from anywhere should be as easy as pie. However, that’s not always the case. This is why you need to make this process automatic by installing Workflow on your iPhone. Once you have done that, tap Create Workflow -> Today Widget then tap Action and add your Street Address. Now, tap Actions again and Show Directions then Done.

It’s a bit easier for Android users. Just choose Widgets then find Directions in Google Maps. Enter your home address, preferred mode of transport and tap Save. There you go, now you can get home with one tap!

What tasks do you automate on your phone? Don’t hesitate to let us know in the comment section below. 

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