With technology advancing at such breakneck speed, keeping up with all the increasingly updates and modifications can be difficult. But not to worry- some of the most interesting things you can do with a smartphone are simple tricks that require only a basic knowledge of smartphones.  If you are looking for easier ways to customize your phone without jailbreaking or rooting it, try these hacks and tricks on your mobile phone.

  1. Trap Someone Inside Your Phone

One of the oldest- and funniest- smartphone “hacks” is making it seem as though someone was stuck behind the screen. The easiest way is having a friend press up against the glass. Have him or she come as close as possible before snapping the picture. If you need to edit you can do so using any of the editing apps on your phone. From there, simply set the image as your lock screen and let the hilarity ensue.

  1. Change App Icons

For total customization, why not personalize your app icons? It might seem like a difficult feat to pull off, but there are easy ways to do so. This is a hack that requires special apps, and there is no shortage to choose from, both paid and free. Examples include Iconical, CocoPPa, and App Icons. These apps allow you to choose from a library of set icons.

  1. Check Your Remote Controller

Ever got frustrated when your remote controller doesn’t work? You are not alone. The remote controllers often malfunction when dropped from a height or cell is drained out. You can use your smartphone camera to detect the infrared signals of the remote controller. Point the remote controller’s end at the camera lens and press any key on the remote control.