Many of us rely on our phones throughout the day not just for communicating with others, but for all sorts of information. If you want to check your diary or play some music, for example, it’s all there on your smartphone, and you can access it instantly from a widget on your home screen.
Here is a look at some handy apps to use, including a good way to check your battery power, how to stay in touch with local traffic and weather data, plus a good way to organize your widgets and phone settings.
Check you have enough power for the day ahead
It is easy to not notice the standard battery power indicator on your phone, which means the first you know that about running out of juice is when you get a warning message flash up on your screen.
Nothing is more frustrating than running out of battery power during the day, so you might want to download the Battery HD widget.
It gives you an aesthetically pleasing battery icon on your home screen, but more importantly, it delivers enhanced usage and battery health data that you cannot miss.
You can then recharge your phone before it is too late.
Don’t get caught out
There are a number of widgets that deserve some space on your home screen so that you can instantly access some useful information about local weather and traffic conditions.
Weather Live free from Apalon Apps is a good one to have. It allows you to check what is happening with the weather around the globe so that you know what conditions you will be facing where you are headed.
Accurate weather information is always useful to have and you can plan your schedule accordingly.
You might also want to use the Google Maps traffic widget, which has recently be enhanced with “nearby” traffic data, so you can check the live reporting for any local traffic problems.
Multi-task with one widget
There is only a certain amount of space on your home screen which means you might run out of room for all of your favorite apps.
A good way to solve that problem would be the Tabr widget.
This is basically an organizational tool for some of your widgets and it allows you to switch between modules for calendar, social network sites and other apps, which can all be accessed via the one Tabr widget.
An easy way to adjust the volume
It is not always as easy as it should be to adjust the volume for all the different things you are using on your phone.
There are different volume controls and settings for ringtones, media player and call volume.
This is why the Slider widget could be a handy tool to have on your home screen. It gives you fast access to all the various volume controls so that you can adjust the volume and even the brightness, without having to work out which buttons to press or how to find the settings in the first place.
Unleash the power of widgets and you will get more out of your phone as well as being able to access data and settings more efficiently.
Mary Brays is a stay-at-home Mom who enjoys writing articles on a range of topics. Parenting, traveling with the kids, budgeting, cooking and so much more. Her articles appear mostly on Mommy blogs where she finds like-minded readers.