6 Ways to Tune Up Your Smartphone That Won’t Cost You Anything

We all know that smartphones are multifunctional and capable of many different things. However, when we want to get the maximum experience from our smartphones, sometimes we need to spend some money. The most curious people among us, though, keep looking for simpler solutions that can replace their expensive analogues.

We at Bright Side have collected some really cool smartphone hacks that will help you save money.

1. Taking great pictures with your phone

In the era of Instagram, we all love taking great pictures and posting them online. There are so many different apps for cool filters and effects, but they all take our time and money and make the whole process a bit boring. But what if it were possible to immediately take great pictures with effects already on them? Well, it is possible. This hack will save you priceless time and money, and it is very easy to do. You just need to attach a piece of tape over the camera of your phone and color it with any markers you like. An adorable result is guaranteed.

2. Making VR glasses for your phone

Virtual reality is becoming more and more popular and intriguing. Many games and videos are created to include this particular experience. However, to enjoy virtual reality on our smartphones, we need special glasses that are far from cheap. But don't worry! There is a practical way to make something similar and way more affordable on your own. Find a template for VR glasses online, print it out, cut it out on cardboard, and glue the forms accordingly. Then just add so-called biconvex lenses, and you are ready to take your virtual reality trip!

3. Making a joystick for your phone

Ever wanted a joystick to get a better experience when playing games on your phone? Well, it's really possible, and, moreover, it will cost you nothing. First, cut a plastic bottle into 2 pieces with a craft knife. Then use scissors to cut a strip 4-6 inches long from around the bottle. Get a small piece of sponge, and wrap it in aluminum foil to make a small ball. Glue the tip of the plastic strip to the foil ball, and then glue the end and other parts of the strip to get a round shape and make it strong. Get 2 rubber bands, attach them to your circle (as shown in the picture), and put them together. Then just put this on your phone, turn on a game, and use it as a joystick. Enjoy!

4. Taking close-up photos on your phone

Do you want to take close-up photos on your phone, but your camera doesn't allow this? An expensive macro effect lens can be a way out, of course. But isn't it better to spend a few minutes and create one on your own? You'll just need to find an old laser pointer, which has a focusing lens glued inside it. Remove it, hold it with a hairpin, and then attach it to your smartphone. The effect is incredible!

5. Making a stylus for your phone

Styluses for smartphones are not as popular as they used to be, however, there are still certain situations where we really need them. For example, if you like to draw pictures on your phone or tablet but your fingers don't fit perfectly. A stylus might be a bit expensive, though, so there is a perfect way to easily make it yourself. All you need to do is roll an ordinary pen into aluminum foil, and press the edges tightly. Easy! Don't be afraid: it won't scratch your display.

6. Pumping up the volume of your phone

Do you love listening to music in the shower, but the volume on your phone is just not loud enough to hear over the noise of the water? Well, it's a common problem, and there's no need to consider buying an expensive amplifier for your smartphone. There is a really easy way to pump up the volume. You need just one thing: a glass. An empty glass, to be precise. The next time you need better volume, just put your phone in a glass. The problem is solved.

Do you prefer DIY hacks when tuning up your devices, or are you keener on buying stuff to improve performance? Share with us!

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