5 Other Practical Uses For Your Smartphone Camera

Modern smartphones are practically handheld personal computers. They hold broad computing capabilities and have top-of-the-line cameras. But did you know that your smartphone camera can do so much more than taking selfies and family photos? Here are 5 other practical ways to make the most out of your smartphone’s camera.


Look up UPC barcodes.

Smartphone scanning bar code from a document.

With the help of a UPC scanner application, you will be able to pull up relevant data on a specific product, including deals, sales, and store prices. Using your smartphone camera as a handy UPC code scanner will help you find out which store offers the best price.


Scan documents.

Smartphone scanning important documents.

Yes. It’s possible to use your smartphone camera to scan documents, contracts, business cards, receipts, or anything on paper that you want to digitize. Doing so will also make is easy for you to convert these digitized documents as JPG and PDF files as well as share them through text or email.


Translate foreign languages.

Smartphone translating sign in foreign language into English.

Probably every international traveler hails this feature a godsend. With the help of Google Translate, aim your smartphone camera at a foreign phrase and it will be able to translate it for you to English… or 23 other languages. Awesome, eh?


Find restaurants and bars.

Smartphone locating bars and restaurants.

Use your smartphone camera to look around and locate bars and restaurants near you. This is especially handy when you’re new to an area or just want to know if there are any new places to eat or drink at.


Transform into a security camera.

Smartphone with an application that helps control security cameras.

To save costs, don’t get rid of your old smartphone. Turn it into a security camera instead and have your very own surveillance system right in the palm of your hands. You can download security camera apps during times when you feel like you need to keep an extra eye out for your valuables. These applications use your smartphone camera and Wi-Fi connection to sense motion and then immediately alert you through text or email.


We hope these tips help you make the most out of your device. We’ll continually update this list whenever we discover new and practical ways to use your smartphone camera. For the meantime, try everything out on this list and let us know what you think in the comments below!