How do I make the most of my new smartphone?

So, you’ve just bought your brand new shiny smartphone. Sure, you know you can make calls, send texts and take photos, but how can you make your mobile as useful and rewarding as possible? With your new iPhone or Android, there are a number of things you can do to make your smartphone the centre of your digital life.

Whether it’s downloading the latest music tracks, perusing your social media accounts, consuming the news, or using photo editing software, smartphones have the potential to be your most precious electronic device. Read on for our top tips.

Social media apps

One thing we’d definitely recommend is downloading social media apps like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. The apps will allow you to update your profile with photos and status updates wherever you are. If you’re at a cool event and want to let your friends know about it, you can share a tweet, upload a photo to Instagram or post your location to Facebook instantly.

Other cool mobile apps include the ephemeral photo messaging service, Snapchat, the livestreaming service, Periscope, and Vine, an app which allows you to create short video clips and share them with your friends.

Listen to music

Bored on the train to work? With your smartphone, you can make a busy commute much more relaxing by listening to your favourite tracks.

To download music, go into the iTunes or GooglePlay store on your iPhone or Android and simply enter the song title or artist in the ‘search’ box. You’ll need to have uploaded your payment details before downloading the songs.

After you’ve completed the download process, the individual track or album will be available in the ‘Music’ section of your phone.

Read the news

Almost all the major international news outlets run apps, available to download from your App Store. Media apps like the BBC, New York Times and Wall Street Journal feature options to personalize the news you receive, meaning you’ll see the headlines you want to read.

Link up your phone with wearables

Many smart wearables like Fitbit and AppleWatch work in conjunction with downloadable apps. Taking fitness trackers as an example, you can use the app to analyse data from your exercise session and

Enjoy entertainment

Entertainment streaming services like Netflix, BBC iPlayer and Amazon Prime also run apps, providing their exclusive content to your phone. You can sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite programmes on your smartphone.

As you can see, the possibilities with your smartphone are endless. Follow our top tips and make your phone your most precious digital item. discover where you need to improve.