There's more to a good smartphone than just great cameras. Today’s phones are emergency calculators, GPS navigators, remote control devices, flashlights, foreign language translators among other unexpected uses. These devices have so many functions that a good number of people use them for years without realizing their full capacity.

Smartphones are also an important of keeping a home. According to Home Warranty Providers at, “Our smartphones can be a useful addition to our home security systems. “ This isn’t something we consider very often but with a smartphone, one can keep an eye on things at home from wherever they are and make adjustments as needed as long as there’s a WI-FI connection.

Here are 5 ways your smartphone can help to protect your home

Remote Monitoring

The video surveillance in your home may involve nothing more than checking a live feed while on the go, or it may necessitate setting up an off-site management structure.

Small, high-quality security cameras coupled with clever apps installed on your phone could let you keep tabs on who's coming and going into your home. These cameras could be motion activated, so they don't record unless there is activity. You can get a notification on your phone when it starts recording, and you can check in on your home from anywhere in the world.

You will also be notified if someone breaks in and tries to disarm the security system. In addition to deterring burglars, installing surveillance cameras can help you apprehend them if one does break in.

Remote Garage System

Do you still use the large control panel you installed by the garage door several years ago? Thanks to mobile computing, you can finally get rid of that bulky control panel and set everything up with a simple smartphone app. 

If you are constantly on the go, a garage door opener that you can operate from a distance will be invaluable. These kinds of apps make it easy to provide on-demand entry to a loved one, neighbor, or service provider from anywhere in the world! The garage door can be opened and closed with the push of a button. If your garage door opens while you're away, the system will send you an alert right away to let you know. You can rest easy knowing that you will be alerted immediately if anyone attempts to enter your home through the garage.

High-Tech Locks

Deadbolt locks that require a traditional key to unlock are archaic. Hi-tech locks are one of the surprising ways you can use your smart phone around the house.

With new smart key technology, you can now lock and unlock doors remotely as well as share temporary access codes with trusted visitors. This not only simplifies your life but also removes the anxiety associated with entrusting your next-door neighbor with the house key while you're on vacation so he can feed your pet. A digital key that is only valid for the amount of time you specify and you can change the access codes at will and at no cost. This is a lot more simpler than changing traditional locks.

Hi-tech locks also give you a chance to check to see at any time which doors are open or unlocked. Some high-tech smart locks can be controlled through apps on your mobile phone. With that, you can have peace of mind knowing that only authorized family members will be able to enter your home, even when you're away.

Smart Fire and Carbon Monoxide Alarms

Your phones could help your protect your home from fatal fires, smoke inhalation and other toxic gases. Upgrading to smart smoke alarms that work alongside your mobile phone is a lot more convenient than the regular smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Some versions include voice warnings that explain the nature of the threat, its location, and the next steps. Some versions will text a link to your mobile device, inquiring if you want to call 911. In the event of an emergency, you'll be able to act swiftly thanks to these features.

Light Automation

Automating your home's lighting can help you create the impression that you’re home even while you're away. This is a great tool to have at night or while traveling. With your smartphone, you can set your lights to turn on and off at predetermined times. This can deter burglars by creating the illusion that someone is home. If you or a family member are elderly and have trouble getting around the house, automating your light with your smartphone can be a helpful safety tool.

Installing automated lights outside in the backyard or another outside area of your home that could be used as an entry point is also important as this can scare potential intruders away.


Your smartphone can be an absolute live saver. Some of its obvious life-saving functions include helping you to contact the authorities or other emergency contacts quickly in times of crisis. Less obvious features include emergency SOS and location-sharing features, remote surveillance, hi-tech locks and light automation functions.

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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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