Taking great photos and recording videos – that’s the basic purpose for the camera on your Android phone. However, there are many other ways you can creatively use it to enhance your smartphone experience all the same.

Scan documents

You can easily scan documents and convert them into printable PDFs using a variety of apps such as Handy Scanner. These apps use your camera to snap a photo of the document and magically turn it into a PDF file. You can then email the PDF or put it in a Dropbox folder. The Google Drive app does pretty much the same thing, only that instead of converting documents to PDF, it turns them into Google Docs. This is a great way to make extra use of your android Smartphone camera, right?

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Catch a thief

Your phone getting stolen is not exactly an entertaining idea, but it could happen anyway. Gotya is a fantastic app that uses your handset’s camera to catch a thief in the act and capture a photo of them if they try to bypass your device’s security login. The app will instantly email the photo, as well as the thief’s location so that you can tip off law enforcement. This obviously works on devices that are equipped with a front-facing camera. You’d also need to have turned 3G data on.

Play augmented reality games

Augmented is an awesome feature that’s been on smartphones for a while. There are a lot of ways to have fun with augmented reality on Android. You can play games such as SpecTrek, which allows you to search for virtual ghosts using a map then shoot them down. Another good one is Zombies, Run!

Use your phone as a webcam

Your smartphone’s camera also serves great as a video camera. Most newer smartphones can even record in HD. That means you can make great videos on the move. You only need a decent internet connection to stream what you record live online. There’s never an end to how you can use your phone’s webcam-camera to have fun on social networks.

Save photo notes

The ability to take notes at random whenever an idea pops into your head is one of the most underrated features of a Smartphone. But you can bring in your camera so that you’re able to capture snaps too, on the go. Apps such as Evernote and Google Keep make this super easy. The beauty with Evernote is that anything you snap that contains text will be recognized and archived. That means you can access everything much later through a simple text search. This can be immensely useful if you want to digitize receipts or other documents.

Translate text

Looking to translate the menu at a foreign restaurant? Simply install the Google translate app and you’ll be ready to go. More so, there are tons of other picture-to-text translator apps available out there, for all intents and purposes!

How else do you use your Smartphone camera? If you think we left anything out, please share in the comments section below!

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