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Getting the most out of your smartphone during lockdown

Smartphones have become essential tools in our daily working lives - whether most of us realise this or not - but are you getting the most out of yours? 


How many times a day do you use your mobile to send an email? Check your work calendar? Answer a work call from Steve in Finance?

For many people who weren’t used to using their smartphone for work before the lockdown, remote working now means we are more inclined to use our smartphone on the job.

The question is, are you getting the most out of your mobile?

A smartphone can do so much more than simply send emails and let you answer work calls on the go. To help make sure you’re getting the most from your mobile, we’ve compiled a handy list of top seven features below…



Make the most of mobile apps

Whether you’re a busy employee, a senior manager or if you run your own business, you can often feel like you’re pulled in several directions at once. Have you ever considered how your mobile might help?

Apps have become more powerful in recent years and there are an ever-growing number of them that can help boost your productivity.

Whilst many of us are used to ordering lunch using UberEats or messaging friends on Whatsapp, business apps such as Microsoft Teams, Slack and Expensify can make communicating with colleagues, keeping track of projects or completing mundane tasks such as submitting expenses much easier.

In fact, research has shown that mobile apps can boost worker productivity by over 34%!

Despite the positive impact apps can have, some organisations still worry about encouraging the use of work-related apps.

Mobile Device Management (MDM) solutions such as YorMDM, however, allow you to manage your devices and to create your own app store - meaning you can choose which apps employees can install.



Video conference wherever you are

Almost all modern smartphones have high-quality front-facing cameras which can be used for so much more than just selfies!

You can use your camera to host or attend video conferences remotely which not only saves you time by allowing you to avoid travelling, it also reduces your travel costs and is better for the environment.

You can also use your camera to join teleconferences ‘on-the-go’ meaning you don’t need to take a computer with you or spend time fumbling around setting your laptop up on the train for an impromptu call.

Whilst this might not be so much the case during lockdown, a smartphone can double as an excellent web-cam if you haven’t been able to buy-one allowing you to stay connected with your team.



Use your phone’s search tool

Most smartphones feature some form of search tool (normally accessed by pulling down or swiping your home screen).

You can use the built-in search tool to find information you need quickly. For example, rather than logging into your email account or searching through your calendar app to find an appointment, you can use the search tool to find.

You can do the same for emails, texts, apps, website and contacts.



You have an assistant in your pocket - use it!

Whether you call them Siri, Google Assistant or Cortana, most modern smartphones come with an intelligent virtual assistant.

Although they may not be as conversational as a real-person and they might test your patience over the first few days, persevering with your mobile assistant can pay dividends.

User them to manage and add events to your calendar, read out your reminders for the day, alert you to traffic on your commute, send texts, email, or call hands-free.

Not only can the likes of Siri help you manage your time, but by using many of its other features you can speed up many tasks and become much more productive once you get into the habit of using it.



Your camera isn’t just for taking photos of your food…

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Stopping your team moving to the next slide because you haven’t finished taking on- screen notes? Take a photo.

Visiting a customer in a new city for the first time and worried you’ll forget where you’ve parked? Take a photo.

Installed a new network for one of your customers that you’re really proud of? Take a photo.

We could go on, but you get the gist. You can use photos to speed up work, make a note of something to remember or to take a record of something that has been done.

Research also shows that using photos and videos to promote your business on social media can help increase customer engagement by 58% (remember a picture says a thousand words).

Particularly during lockdown and for businesses now relying on their digital presence rather than a bricks and mortar shop, digital engagement with customers has never been more important so its essential that you use all the tools available to you.



Turn your smartphone into a business handset

For many organisations and their employees, remote working from home is the new norm and it will be for some time.

Whilst it is often easy to pick up your work laptop or computer and take it home, how do you answer important work calls without giving out your home or personal mobile number?

VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) technology offers a perfect solution, allowing you and your employees to answer calls to work numbers wherever they are.

VoIP essentially delivers telephone calls over the internet as opposed to traditional telephone lines. This provides enormous geographic flexibility because you can essentially answer calls wherever you have an internet connection.

Services like YorVoIP provide a softphone app. This means you don’t have to have business handsets because your team can download the app onto their own smartphone allowing them to receive personal and business calls on different numbers.



Turn yourself into a wireless hotspot

We’re all used to our home and work broadband connection going down from time-to-time. Whilst this often feels like a fact of life, lockdown means that we can no longer visit the library of local café to use their free WiFi.

It also means that Openreach engineers are only allowed to fix line faults inside your property in a limited number of circumstances meaning your connection might be down for a number of weeks.

There is a solution, however. Many of us are used to sharing our smartphone’s data after giving up doing battle with poor-quality train station WiFi to work during our commute.

Your smartphone should have a wireless hotspot that means you can share your mobile data and minimise your downtime. 

By turning your phone into a WiFi hotspot, you can allow your devices (such as laptops, computers, and tablets) to access the internet. This way you can continue working unencumbered by broadband blackouts or by slow public WiFi. Just remember to set a password on your hotspot if you don’t want anyone else connecting to it!

It’s worth remembering that sharing your mobile data with other devices means you may use your allowance up faster than you normally would - particularly if you’re expecting to be using it for an extended period of time.

Make sure you’re aware of how much data you have available to share before turning your phone into a hotspot and, if you need more, check out our YorMobile tariffs.



If you want to know more about the services mentioned in this post, check out YorMDM and YorMobile or if you have questions about how we can support your organisation contact us here!


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