Mobile phones have revolutionised how we get through each day. But while these devices are incredible, most fail to use them to their maximum. There’s nothing wrong with making calls, browsing the internet, streaming videos, and staying active on social media. But with a slight tweak, these technological marvels can truly improve our lives.

Here are some ideas to transform your phone into a life-changing device.

1. Kickstart an App Detox

If you want to get more productivity out of your smartphone, start by uninstalling distracting apps. Games and social media apps are some you might want to consider removing from your phone. And while it might seem difficult at the time, think carefully about which apps you can definitely live without. You’ll want to keep messaging apps around, but switch off the notifications.

2. Hide Distracting Apps

It’s instinctive to open a distracting app when it’s in-your-face. In fact, many have experienced muscle memory where they subconsciously launch an app or website without realising it. To overcome this, only keep beneficial apps on your home screen. Store everything else in a folder tucked-away in an obscure corner of your phone.

3. Learn a New Skill

There’s an app for everything, so why not learn something new? Everyone talks about learning a new language, so why not spend a few minutes a day completing a lesson on the Duolingo app? Download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store and start learning languages from your phone for free!

You can also explore the National Library Board (NLB)'s digital catalogue of books, audiobooks, and magazines with the Libby app. Simply download the app from the App Store or Google Play Store and start downloading ebooks and audiobooks for free!

If you want to be entertained while learning a skill, turn off subtitles when watching a foreign language show on Netflix or dive into an educational Spotify podcast. Don’t forget that M1's 5Go Access pack and Bespoke Mobile Data Plans mean you never have to worry about going over your data limit. Browse from a list of 5G compatible mobile phones and tap into M1’s network built on 5G standalone hardware and experience True 5G for yourself.

4. Save Yourself a Buck

Once you’re done learning, use your smartphone to save a few bucks. There’s a wealth of apps which offer cashback programmes and vouchers , including ShopBack and Eatigo.

Meanwhile, the Healthy 365 app helps promote a healthier lifestyle through gamification. Shop healthier at participating outlets, scan the Healthy 365 QR Code on your receipt to earn Healthpoints, and win rewards.