There are plenty of people who are well-versed in all things related to technology. However, there's a good number of people who truly don't know how to maneuver all of the benefits found on their smartphones. Consider some of the best ways to conquer your fear or lack of knowledge of smartphones by implementing these five tips to wake up your inner tech geek.

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1. Learn How to Shop Online

For many people, the idea of shopping online is still an occasional occurrence. While there are plenty of people who've adopted the beauty of grocery shopping online and same-day shipping perks, a large group of people prefer to go to the store, walk through the aisles and touch the items before they purchase. The next time you need to purchase an item, challenge yourself to make an online purchase instead. Read the reviews in order to become better acquainted with what others have to say before you purchase. Once you experience the ease of online shopping, it'll become easier to continue the tradition with a few taps on your touchscreen.

2. Download Apps

If you love to exercise with an online instructor, download the app that's affiliated with your online instructor. Whether it's YouTube or an actual fitness app, there are tons of ways to exercise with a trainer while you use your smartphone. There are so many beneficial apps in the app store. Whether you love to read, meditate or learn new languages, there's an app for anything you can imagine.

3. Transition Your Forms of Entertainment

For millions, streaming services like Netflix are wonderful when they're simulcasted to the television. However, what happens when you're on the go? If you're stranded on the side of the road and need to wait an hour for the tow truck to arrive, you don't need a television to catch up on your favorite shows. Just stream them from your smartphone. If you're a lover of casinos, you can enjoy the virtual version of a casino experience. As long as you keep your phone nearby, you can always remain entertained.

4. Regularly Update Your Devices

While it's never good to procrastinate, it's especially detrimental when you procrastinate on updating your devices. Software updates come in periodically. When you get the notification of a new software update, this is a time to place your phone on the charger, allow it to power down and fully update the phone. The longer you procrastinate, the more irrelevant and outdated your phone will be.

5. Watch Tutorials

Living in the age of technology can be rather intimidating for some. This is why it's best to use tutorials to your advantage. If you're unsure how to update your phone, use a specific phone feature or disable another feature, visit sites like YouTube to watch tutorials, ask questions and get the answers you need.

As you get better acquainted with your smartphone, be patient with yourself when you don't know specific elements. Be intentional about learning how to operate your devices because technology is the wave of the present and the future. Devices like smartphones and tablets aren't inexpensive either. Since you're already making the investment, you might as well learn how to use it to its fullest potential.

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What's my model number?

There are several ways to locate your model number:

Option 1
On your device, go to Settings, then "About device" and scroll down to "Model number"
Option 2
Often times you can view the model number inside the device, by removing the battery
Option 3
Using Samsung's model/serial number location tool

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