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Raise your hand if you’re a busy mom – ???… every mom in the world puts both hands up!
I saw a stat that reports that Americans check their phones an average of 46 times per day – and this stat was from 2015 so I’d be willing to guess it’s a whole lot higher today.
Smartphones can get a bad rep but they can be SUPER helpful for busy moms on the go – I have a couple of tricks and iPhone hacks for busy moms that I promise will make your life a little easier!
9 iPhone Hacks for Busy Moms
1. Download the Best Apps
I’m all about any app that will make my life easier + save me money! The My Phillips 66 app does both – you can pay at the pump using your phone (always a mom win!) AND you save $0.15/gallon (up to 30 gallons) when you pay using the My Phillips 66 app now through 12/31/19. Win/Win!
The My Phillips 66 app also shows you the price per gallon at Phillips 66 stations near you.
You can download it here on Android and Apple devices!
2. Email Your Child
I wrote about this before – create an email address for your child and send him/her photos, notes, silly things they say, or nice emails from their teacher. When they turn 18, give them the password.
An easy, great way to create a little digital scrapbook for your child – just be sure to periodically log in and check the account so it stays active.
3. Share Calendars
There are a few apps out there to manage family calendars, but the thing that works best for us is to each have our own Gmail and Outlook calendars (Chris’s calendar of record is his work one – Outlook) and we invite each other to events.
Another option is to have separate Gmail calendars for each family member OR just for the family that both parents can see.
Either way, keeping it all straight is much easier when both parents have their calendars in their pockets.
4. Set App Limits
Ever accidentally scrolled Facebook or Instagram for WAY too long? (guilty). You can set up time limits for whatever apps you want, schedule downtime, and, if you have kids using your phone (or their own), you can set content & privacy restrictions. Go to Settings > Screen Time to set them up.
5. Timers for Everything
I’m the queen of setting my phone’s timer for eve.ry.thing… – when I tell the kids, “we have 5 minutes left at the park” I set my timer for 5 minutes and then when the timer goes off, we go! Much easier for the timer to be the boss than me ;).
6. Talk to Text is Life
If you aren’t using the ‘talk to text’ function on your phone, you’re missing out! You just press the button and speak everything you want typed into a text… including punctuation! So if you wanted the text to say: I love you! you would say “I love you exclamation point”.
My friends Lindsay and Emily also use voice memos which is SO great if you have something longer than a text but can’t chat on the phone.
7. Reminders List
The Reminders app (standard on the iPhone, nothing to download) SAVES MY LIFE regularly. I tell Siri to “remind me to mail the tuition check” or basically anything that pops into my head and it’s all in one place. A great on-the-go to-do list.
8. Text Replacement for Stuff You Type Often
This one is one of my faves, especially if you have something tricky you’re constantly having to re-type. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement – and from there, you can enter any abbreviation you want to auto populate into an entire word.
For instance, I have all my blog URLs with shortcodes so I don’t mistype an address:
9. Quick Battery Recharge
You probably already know the whole ‘put your phone into airplane mode while it’s charging so it charges faster’ trick but if you also turn your screen’s brightness down it’ll charge even quicker.
10. Search Your Photos
Did you know there’s a search function on your photos roll? Just type in whatever it is you’re looking for and all the results will pop right up!
11. Guided Access
For the times you’re not *rightnextto* your child and they’re watching a show or playing a game on your phone – you can ‘lock them in’ an app. GO to General > Accessibility > Guided Access. You can enable this setting then to activate in an app, triple click your home button, and disable whatever sections of the touchscreen you want. No more accidental emails sent from children ;).
12. Emergency SOS
Here are instructions on how to set up your phone to make emergency phone calls by pressing your lock button repeatedly.
Smartphones can definitely help make your #momlife easier if you know how to help them help you ;). Phillips 66 is also dedicated to helping us Live to the Full – check out my Tips for Taking Your Kids to the Cardinals Game + Our 5 Favorite STL Places for Families.