If you intend to travel between the end of this year and 2018, there are certain things you need to know. A phone can be the multilingual and resourceful travel buddy you’ve always dreamed of. In addition, it comes with a fantastic sense of direction. However, it also attracts a whole lot of unwanted attention.
This article will deal with few tips on how to be a sharp smartphone traveler. There are three things you need to keep in mind:
- Prevent insane roaming fees.
- Map out a plan for an instance of a lost or stolen phone.
- Make the most out of your phone by using online apps.
Be Very Aware of Crowd and Avoid having your phone in plain sight
Never underestimate the capability of thieves. Once, a friend got his phone snatched from him by the window side while his bus was in motion. Although at night, the thieves could easily spot him because his phone’s light was bright enough and he was close to an open window. Because of a phone’s high resale value, a lot of people are always after it. Thus, this is why it is important to keep your devices away in a safe place. Also, make sure that the bag you are carrying is in front of you. This is especially for extremely rowdy areas. Backpacks are usually not advisable. However, if you are to use backpacks, be sure to carry it in front of you.
Worst Case Scenario Starter pack
For your traveling hacks for 2018, it’s best to be prepared for the worst-case scenario, losing your phone. Before leaving home, there are four steps you need to take:
- Make sure your important files are backed up. This includes your contacts, photos and other data. If you have an IOS device, save through iTunes or ICloud. On IOS, go to settings > Touch ID> Change Passcode. Then you tap the passcode options to create different types of codes. For Android devices, go to your settings. From your settings, search for backup and reset. Then, add a strong passcode. Think about shortening the auto-lock time and creating an alphanumeric (which includes numbers and letters) code instead. So, the thief may not be able to use your phone to take off all personal data. If you are unsure whether your phone is missing, you can put it in Lost Mode which will lock it with a passcode. It will also display a custom message on the screen.
- Ensure that you can wipe your device remotely. On your iPhone, enable “find my iPhone” while on the Android enable your Device Manager. It is important to note that you would not be able to use these services if your device is not connected to the internet. However, you can create a pending Remote Wipe so that your data gets erased as soon as the phone has Wi-fi connection or data.
- Use a service that backs up all your vacation photos. For instance Google Photos. It offers unlimited storage for photos up to 16 megapixels and its compatible on both iOS and Android.
Make sure To Turn data roaming OFF!!!
Always ensure that you do this. This is because you will end up incurring some unwanted fees. For instance, when someone calls you and you don’t pick up, you’ll incur roaming fees. Thus, it’s best to just do it now
- On iOS, go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options and slide Data Roaming to OFF.
- On Samsung, go to Settings > Connections > Data Usage > International Data Roaming and uncheck International Data.
Finally, use the magic combo: Airplane Mode + Wi-Fi.
I know, you’re not dumb, but just in case you forgot, here is a quick reminder! This is the safest precaution you can try out. It’s best to do this in the likelihood that you’re traveling. Always remember this trick.