Your phone’s photo library is better than just selfies and food pictures for Instagram.
Most of us have lots of screenshots, mimes, and other junk clogging content, making it difficult to see the photos we need to access quickly. I’ve put together an easy guide to get rid of the mess. Tap or click here for a simple trick I use to clean my photos.
I have a shortcut below to keep track of your important images, but there is another easy way to find, for example, a beautiful shot you took three years ago on a beach in Hawaii. Tap or click for photo search advice that everyone should know.
Your life will be better organized with these pictures at your fingertips:
Your COVID-19 Vaccine Card
This is useful if you ever need to show it to a health care provider, restaurant or travel destination. This is safer than putting it in your wallet, where it can collapse or spoil.
Don’t want your card to get lost in a sea of pictures? Follow the steps below:
Open if you use iPhone Notes And tap Camera icon > Scan document. Your phone’s camera opens. Take a photo of your card. When you’re happy with your picture, tap and select the three dots in the corner Pin. That way, it’s always in front of the pile.
Did you know that you lock notes with a password? I would suggest doing this for anything you don’t want getting into the hands of others. Tap or click the password to protect the note. (Scroll down to number 6.)
It’s also simple on Android. Open and tap the Google Drive app Add, Then Scan. Take your photo, then tap on three dots to add it Starred records.
This well-reviewed Android App, Private Note Pad, is another great way to keep your private information safe and secure.
Your driver’s license and other IDs
For most people, a driving license or state ID is their main form of identification. It easily fits into a wallet or wallet and should always be with you. But there may be occasions when you do not have one, say when you are hiking.
That’s why it’s a good idea to store these on your phone. Be sure to use the above steps to lock it with a password.
Your state may issue an opt for your driver’s license or state ID. Arizona, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, and Wyoming are among the states that offer digital licensing options or pilot programs. Check the official state government websites for more information on how to apply.
Your car’s license plate, VIN number and auto insurance card
Imagine this: When you get back to a place where you know you’re working, and you’re parked, your car is gone. In panic, you are not going to remember details like your license plate number. Instead of rifling through the logs after you get home, walk out now, and take some pictures.
This is smart information at hand before you need it. Don’t forget about your auto insurance card. If you log into Fender Bender, you can get a physical card from your glove compartment, but that may not always be the case.
Your medical and dental insurance cards
True story: Twice a year, my son called and asked me to send him a copy of his insurance card to avoid the university’s compulsory health insurance fees. I understand, keeping them around is a pain, and you don’t always have a physical copy of yourself.
My son’s requests once stopped for his camera roll to save the picture and say “favorite”. Now he can go to his photo gallery. That’s faster than waiting for me.
Your phone will always be on you, but your wallet may not. When I fill out forms, I like not having to dig into weak paper cards to get my insurance information.
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Before and after your rental car
If you are traveling in a city where the car is mandatory, you will get a rental. Your first step after you get to the car is to take photos before you turn it on.
Remember, the rental agency will inspect the vehicle from top to bottom once you turn it back on. If they see stains, scratches or dents, you may need to pay for the repair. You always want a record of the condition of the car before you drive a mile. Also take a picture of the odometer.
Take photos while you are in the parking lot, put it back down. Lucky for you, digital photos include metadata with the date and time you took pictures. All the proof you need is correct if something happens.
Will Soon hit the road soon?Here are five smart travel tips to keep you safe. Tell me: Don’t connect to public Wi-Fi.
Your Airbnb or other rental property
Like a rental car, you may be liable for damage to Airbnb, VRBO or other rental property. After I take my bags inside, I take a photo in each room of my rental. You can zoom in on the damage with a large mark on the wall for extra backup.
Be sure to stand in front of the rental and take a selfie. When you take a photo using your smartphone, it is geotagged. This means that it is easy to get directions by using your phone’s map app or by addressing your Uber or Lyft driver.
Don’t pull up a rental property listing in your email or app every time you go out.
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Learn about all the latest technologies at the Kim Commando Show, the country’s largest weekend radio talk show. Kim takes calls and advises on today’s digital lifestyle, from smartphones and tablets to online privacy and data hacks. For her daily tips, free newsletters and more, visit her website at Komando.com.
The opinions and opinions expressed in this column are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those.