How to pass the time if you only have an iPhone at hand

It’s something we all do. At this point, it’s practically a third arm. We pull out our iPhones when we need to pass the time, or during awkward social situations. Soon enough, we’ll lose all sense of time and space. 

Maybe it happens while you’re waiting in line at the supermarket, or on a long bus journey.  Ever wondered if there are any other things that you can do with your phone when you’re bored that don’t involve mindlessly scrolling back and forth across a screen?

Below are more than enough things to do on your iPhone to keep you occupied for as long as your battery will last.  

Read or listen to books

If you’ve lost your love of reading books or don’t usually find the time to indulge in your favorite pastime, then what better moment to crack open Apple Books app than while on your iPhone. Alternatively, listen to an audiobook. A lot of books are available online these days and they are a great way to build your knowledge base without having to enroll in an academic institution.

Apple Books app | Books and Audiobooks

Listen to music

Music is a great way to pass the time, and you’ll always be entertained while rocking to Metallica or dancing along to Abba on Apple Music. As well as making time go by faster, music can also help you stay calm in stressful situations or focus on a specific task. Create a playlist of songs you haven’t listened to in a long time next time you are looking for something to do.

Apple Music app | Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos, Lossless sound

Play traditional card games

Board Games and card games have certainly seen a decline since the digital era. These days, there are many amazing websites where you can play solitaire and other games online. Developers have proven all doubters wrong by adapting to this new wave of technology by making these types of games relevant to iPhone users.

Card games | Spades, Hearts, Diamonds, and Clubs

Practise Meditation

We all know about meditation, but how many of us avoid it due to lack of time? Beyond Apple Fitness+, there are many free meditation apps available that you can download and practice calming techniques to reduce stress and anxiety. Meditating in any form offers many benefits to your mental and physical well-being.

Apple Fitness+ | Yoga class

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Declutter your emails

How many unread emails take up storage space in your iPhone right now? Spend some time sorting through those pesky spam emails you usually leave unread, and put them where they belong spam or trash. It is also a good idea to unsubscribe from any newsletters that you no longer want to receive. In this way, you’ll be less likely to get buried in junk emails in the future.

Delete your screenshots & photos

iPhone provides you with the convenience of always having a camera on hand. And which of us hasn’t accidentally taken a blurred selfie while looking at our screen. When there’s nothing else to do, sort through your photo library, and delete pictures you don’t need. Post them on social media, or send them to your friends to reminisce.

Apple Photos app

Listen to podcasts

Instead of checking social media, consider listening to a lecture or an informative podcast when you have some spare time. You will find them to be surprisingly educational and fun, providing information and knowledge on topics you may not come across in your day-to-day life.

Learn a new language

What better way to spend your time than improving your cognitive health by learning a new language. Sometimes, the idea of book learning can seem tedious or boring to some, especially those who are more used to living digitally. To counter this, download a language app for interactive and fun learning. Bite-sized language exercises will kill boredom and teach you something new.

Eiffel Tower | Paris, France

Rearrange your apps

If your iPhone is cluttered with downloaded and discarded apps, then now is the chance to uninstall the ones you don’t use and organize the ones you use the most. When you find yourself with time to spare, review your Home screen to make your favorite apps more accessible.

Next time you find yourself wondering how to pass the time if you only have your iPhone at hand, consider any of the above suggestions and do something other than scrolling mindlessly through social media.

There are many ways to be more productive and to learn something new in the process.

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