What’s On My Smartphone?

My setup looks somewhat the same for quite some time. That’s because I like it this way and I feel like everything I need daily is there. I believe that it is crucial to learn how a person uses technology to his or her benefits. In this quick article, I will explain how I use my smartphone. I will also talk about social media and how I manage it.

Only Essentials

I have been practicing this for some time, and I can say it can be extremely beneficial. On my phone (and most of my devices) I only keep apps that I find as extremely useful. I believe that only having apps that it can make me more productive. I can also concentrate and focus more easily since I don’t have any distracting apps.

Notifications Off

I know that I haven’t even talked about applications, but this is something that you can’t see from the setup and has a significant impact on how I use my device. I believe that I will give my friends and extra attention when I want too, and that’s the reason I have turned off the notifications. I’m sure that if something is urgent, they will call or send a text. One of the benefits of not having as many notifications is that you can use your phone when you want. I feel a lot better now, and I encourage others to try this. You don’t need to turn off every single app, start with Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat.

Wallpaper

I’m sure that some of you might wonder where I get my wallpapers from. To be completely honest, most of the time, I test my own. Sometimes I use wallpapers from Unsplash or Abstruct app. Both of these platforms are great, and I like to have some good photos and abstract wallpapers. I change wallpapers pretty regularly, probably a few times per week. I’m continually looking for good wallpapers, and when I find some, I sometimes have it for a few weeks. This particular wallpaper is from my latest post here on Zheano Blog. You should check it out here and download it for free.

Launcher

I like the stock feel, and that’s why I mostly use Pixel Launcher. I’ve tried other launchers, but I hate to lose some functionality and animations however I’m a big fan of icon packs.

Setup

This setup is relatively simple. I have the essential apps on my home screen. I might change this setup soon since I had it for some time now and I might want to make it even more efficient. I most of the time, I don’t change setups, and I keep it as it is also when I switch phones. The only widget I have is the stock one that comes with Pixel Launcher. It does its job, and I like having this clean look. Most of the time, I don’t use any additional widgets since I don’t want my home screen to feel cluttered.

Apps

Apps are probably the most exciting thing about setups. I need to disappoint you. As you can see, I don’t have many apps on my home screen or my phone. The ones I use the most are seen in the setup. So here there are.

Endel – I’ve written an article about Endel on Zheano Blog. I will recommend reading it if you want to learn more about this app. I love it, and I use it daily.

Pocket Casts – Is an excellent app for podcasts. I’ve been using it for quite some time, and I love that it’s available on iOS, Android, and web. I believe that’s important since I listen to podcasts via many different devices.

Google Drive – I use Google Drive as my primary cloud storage. I choose Drive since I have unlimited storage via my university account.

Keep Notes – Great app to keep all my notes synchronized. I love that it is available on multiple platforms so I can access my notes from almost everywhere.

Calculator – Well it comes handy from time to time. I use it at least once a week, and I believe it’s going to become essential when I go back to university in October.

Gmail – I don’t think this app needs any explanation. I like how it looks and feels.

Spotify – Is my streaming music service of choice. There’s nothing much to it.

Google Calendar – This is one of my most opened apps on my phone. I plan most of my things, and I put all of them into the Google Calendar. Again it is excellent since it synchronizes.

Clock – I use Clock to wake me up. As simple as that.

Google Play Store – I don’t use it daily; however, I like to keep it on my home screen.

And then the only app worth mentioning is Todoist.

Todoist – is a great to-do app I’ve been using for quite some time. I use it for all aspects of my life, and I would strongly suggest to anyone who wants to organize your experience further.

Conclusion

I love writing posts like this one, and I’m sure you learned a lot about my setup and how I use my smartphone. When somethings change, I would love to do an update on it. Let me know if you like this kind of posts. I might also do some Q&A in the future. I hope that with posts like this people, my readers will learn more about me. I had a lot of fun with this post, and I hope it brought some value. Stay tuned for more awesome content coming in the upcoming days.

Author:

Zan is a content creator and founder of Zheano Blog. He enjoys learning new things and meeting new people. Zan has been passionate about design, user experience and Android for quite some time. From time to time, he also likes to program, but he is not that good at it yet.