9 photos you should always have handy on your phone
Your phone’s photo library is useful for more than selfies and food photos for Instagram.
Most of us have enough screenshots, memes, and other unwanted stuff that clogs things up that it’s hard to even see the photos that we need to access quickly. I’ve put together an easy guide to cleaning up the mess. Tap or click here for the simple trick I use to clean up my photos.
I have a shortcut below to keep track of your most important photos, but there is another easy way to find, for example, that beautiful photo you took at the beach in Hawaii three years ago. Faucet or click for the photo search tip everyone should know.
Your life will be better organized with these images at your fingertips.
Your COVID vaccination record
It’s helpful to have it on hand in case you need to show it to a healthcare provider, restaurant, or travel purposes. It’s also safer than keeping it in your wallet, where it can crumble or get damaged.
Don’t want your card to get lost in a sea of images? Follow the steps below.
If you’re using an iPhone, open Notes and tap the Camera icon> Scan Document. Your phone’s camera will open. Take a picture of your card. When you’re happy with your photo, tap the three dots in the corner and select Pin. That way he’s always at the front of the stack.
Did you know that you also lock your notes with a password? I would suggest doing this for anything you don’t want others to get their hands on. Press or Click on to password protect a note. (Scroll to # 6.)
It’s that easy on Android. Open the Google Drive app and tap Add, then Scan. Take your photo, then tap the three dots to add it to favorite documents.
This well-rated Android app, Private Notepad, is another smart way to protect your private information.
Driver’s license and other identity documents
For most people, a driver’s license or state ID is their primary form of identification. It fits easily in a wallet or purse and should always be with you. But there may be times when you do not have it with you, for example when you are hiking.
That’s why it’s a good idea to store them on your phone. Make sure to use the above steps to lock it with a password.
Your state may offer an application for your driver’s license or 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 official state government websites for more information on how to apply.
License plate, VIN number, car insurance card
Picture this: you are shopping and when you return to where you know you parked your car is gone. In the panic, you won’t remember details like your license plate number. Instead of going through documents when you get home, go outside now and take a few photos.
It’s smart information to have on hand before you need it. Don’t forget your auto insurance card. If you step into a fender bender, you can retrieve the physical card from your glovebox, but that might not always be possible.
Medical and dental insurance cards
True story: A few times a year my son would call me and ask me to send him a copy of his insurance card to avoid the compulsory health insurance costs of the university. I understand, it’s a pain to keep them with you, and you might not always have the physical copy with you.
My son’s requests stopped once I told him to save the photo to his camera roll and “favorite” it. Now he can go to his photo gallery. It’s faster than waiting for me.
Your phone is always with you, but your wallet may not be. I like that I don’t have to dig through fragile paper cards to retrieve my insurance information when filling out forms.
Airbnb or other rental property
Just like with a rental car, you are most likely responsible for damage to an Airbnb, VRBO, or other rental property. After collecting my bags inside, I take a photo in each room of my rental. You can zoom in on the damage, like a large mark on the wall, for extra backup.
Make sure to take a selfie while standing in front of the rental. When you take a photo with your smartphone, it is geotagged. This means it’s easy to get directions using the Map app on your phone or showing the address to your Uber or Lyft driver.
No need to display the rental property list in your email or in an app every time you go out.
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