My Phone Is Smarter Than I Am


Most of us have experienced the feeling of being outsmarted by our phone, especially if you have lived long enough to remember how exciting it was to have a cordless phone. My second cordless phone could even get a signal in the yard.

Learning how to use a new phone is no easy task these days. If you just want to make phone calls with your phone, you probably mastered that quickly. Some people only want to use the phone as a phone; go figure. However, if you are like me, you feel guilty spending all that money on a “smart” phone and not using at least a few of the features.

Almost everything that you can use your phone for requires an app. Some are already on your phone when you get it, and some must be added later. Some are free and some are not. Some have a one-time fee, and others have a subscription fee, and the list goes on and on. I just counted the apps on my phone, and I have 136. That is insane.

The phone app is basic, except when I can’t get the finger swipe to answer it to work, or it goes on speaker phone, and I can’t get it off. Another favorite app is the camera, which I love if I can get my phone unlocked and the camera app opened before the moment has passed.

Help is available for these issues and many other phone conundrumsOur Computer Lab volunteers can help you navigate your phone and show it who’s boss. 

             Gil on Tuesdays 10:00 – 11:30 and Alan on Thursdays 12:30 – 2:30

It’s best to make an appointment, but you can also drop in. Note that our volunteers do occasionally take days off since they are both retired. If those days and times don’t work, call (608-267-8650) or email Laura and she will try to find a time that works for you.

“I’ll call it a smartphone when I yell “Where’s my phone?” and it yells back “Down here in the couch cushions!”              Cool Funny

cell phone in a hand





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