Smartphone Apps of the Month- March

Spring is the in the air, which means it’s time for some spring-cleaning. This month’s recommended apps help smartphone users get organized in two of the places they need it most: around the house and on their phone.

Good Housekeeping @Home: Available on Android and iPhone

When it comes to spring-cleaning, where do you start? If you’re like me, you need a little help and motivation to transition to organization mode. Thankfully, there’s the Good Housekeeping @Home app, which helps users tackle household cleaning tasks so your home is ready for the new season.GH app border

With a fun, simple layout that’s easy to navigate, the app has everything you need to turn a cluttered house into a clean, tidy home. The Stain Buster tool helps you zap the most common stains from fabric, upholstery and carpeting with short, step-by-step instructions. If you have a cleaning emergency, the app provides quick tips, or you can view an alphabetical list with simple pointers for dealing with everything from baked-on food to cleaning stainless steel.

Looking for decorating inspiration? The Home Decor Gallery includes hundreds of photos to suggest paint colors, furniture styles and accessory ideas for any room in your home. Use the News and Tips section to find articles and advice for tackling do-it-yourself projects and organizing your clutter-prone areas. The app also integrates with Facebook and Twitter, so it’s easy to share your favorite finds with friends.

If you have kids, pets or simply enjoy hosting get-togethers, take the stress out of maintaining a happy, clean and stress-free home and download the Good Housekeeping @Home app.

Shutterfly: Available on Android and iPhone

Shutterfly appSmartphones make it easy to capture all of life’s special moments — everything from a baby’s first steps to a beautiful sunset or an impressive home-cooked meal can be forever memorialized in a quick tap or two. But what do you do with all of those photos once they’re on your device? Rather than letting them just take up space, use the Shutterfly app to share your photos with others while doing some spring-cleaning for your phone.

Shutterfly is an attractive, well-designed app that’s easy to use from start to finish. The app lets you create online galleries by uploading photos stored on your phone, or a Facebook or Instagram account. Galleries make it simple to share treasured moments with friends and family; plus, you can order prints or a wide selection of custom photo gifts. Simply select a product, preview how it will look with your photo and then place your order. It’s that easy! Your order is then shipped to your door within a few days.

If you’re looking for a fast, easy and inexpensive way to clean all of those photos off your phone and transform them into something you can share online, gift to a friend or simply appreciate yourself, I recommend downloading the Shutterfly app.

24 Thoughts on "Smartphone Apps of the Month- March"

  1. Lynne Shields says

    I havent received my new aarp card. can i just add it later?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Absolutely, Lynne. Whenever you get your new card, just give us a call at 888-345-5509 and we can add it to your account. Thank you for the question!

  2. Roberta Sokol says

    Wondering if using the xfinity remote app on my iPhone and playing a DVR’d tv show will use up my data usage even if using a hospital wifi???

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Good question, Roberta. If you are using Wi-Fi, your apps should not be accessing your data. Just to be sure, you can disable data temporarily if you like, then turn it on when you need it. We would be happy to help you with that; just give us a call at 888-345-5509. Thank you again for the question!

  3. jaime says

    how do i clear up space on my smart phone?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That is a great question, Jaime. An easy option to is to remove any pictures you don’t need and save them to a SIM card or to your computer. You can also delete any apps you no longer use or need, which will also free up some space. Our customer support team can assist you with that, just give them a call at 888-345-5509. Thanks for reaching out to us!

  4. Ron Mee says

    Still keeping an eye open for an easy to use senior smart phone with a decent camera for outdoor photos of flowers and wildlife. The Huawei does not have very good reports from several users. Something that would easily fit in my front pants pocket like my little Motorola WX345 but with a better camera. What about this new Doro Liberty 820 Mini ?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the comment, Ron. We appreciate the feedback regarding our selection of senior phones. The Huawei Vision 2 does have a strong camera, or you may try the very user-friendly Moto G. At this time, we do not offer the Doro 820, but if that changes we will be sure to let you know. Thank you again for commenting, and if you have any questions about our phones, please call us at 888-345-5509. We will be happy to discuss the features of each with you and work to find the right phone for your needs.

  5. Don says

    Will Consumer Cellular offer Hot Spot? My previous phone had the option and the Ascend Mate 2 has the option also. Maybe not since it regulates and has limited Data.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for the comment, Don. You can use your Mate 2 as a hotspot, there are just a few settings we need to adjust to do so. Can you call us at 888-345-5509? We can get that taken care of for you. Thanks!

  6. Elizabeth says

    Why can’t I send photos from my phone? They always go to my outbox and send whenever they feel like it.Sometimes weeks later! Do I need a different plan?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for asking, Elizabeth. You probably don’t need a different plan, just some adjustment to the settings on your phone. Can you give us a call at 888-345-5509? We can get that issue resolved for you. Thanks!

  7. Ron says

    I have a Moto G ext, I downloaded music from my computer to the phone, how do I play it back without up loading to Google Play?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thanks for the question, Ron. If you have saved the music to the phone, you should be able to listen to it using the Play Music app. If you have any issues, we can help you troubleshoot them over the phone. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to help you get that resolved. Thank you for reaching out to us!

  8. sandra west says

    I have a Huawei phone, how do I save pictures I received from another smart phone & goes to an AT &T view my message

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Thank you for reaching out to us, Sandra. If you want to save a picture that someone sent you via text message, it generally works best to touch the image and hold. From there, you should see a prompt to save the image to your phone. We can also help you with this over the phone if that is more convenient for you. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we will be happy to walk you through it. Thanks!

  9. Stephanie says

    Can I get my bill reduced by using my WiFi at home.

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Stephanie. Using Wi-Fi at home will allow you to use less data from your plan. By doing that, you may find that a smaller plan will work for your needs, which can save you money. And if you ever need more, you can change your plan until the last day of the billing cycle to prevent overages. If you have any questions about using Wi-Fi or about your data plan, we’ll be happy to help at 888-345-5509. Thank you for commenting!

  10. joseph says

    I have a laptop,hp sleekbook and a kindle fire tablet
    what phone would you recommend to replace those and just have one unit

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      What a great question, Joseph! We have a variety of phones to meet the lifestyle needs of our customers. It sounds like you would prefer a phone with a large screen to use for surfing the internet or reading a book. The Ascend Mate 2 is a great Android option, or if you prefer an Apple device, we offer the powerful iPhone 6 Plus. You can take a look at these phones here, and even compare them side-by-side. We’re also available to answer any questions you may have at 888-345-5509. Best of all, with our 100% Risk-Free Guarantee, you can try a phone without worry. Thank you again for commenting, and have a wonderful day!

  11. Anna says

    I’m going on vacation to France, Germany & Belgium next month. Is there anything I need to do to use my iphone for messenger or facebook before I leave ie; change sim card, turn off data, etc. to avoid extra charges?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      That is a great question, Anna. Your Consumer Cellular phone is designed to work in the U.S. only. If you do have any service in another country, you will likely be subject to the laws and fees for use there, which can be very expensive. We recommend turning your phone off while traveling or using it on Airplane mode. Some customers have had luck using an international SIM card in their phones, but the pricing and availability varies from country to country. We will be happy to answer any questions you may have about traveling with your phone. Just give us a call at 888-345-5509, and we can assist you. Thank you, and we hope you have a wonderful vacation!

  12. malcolm sedtal sr. says

    I have a galaxy exhilarate phone. When I get a message how do I get the picture that was sent to me?

    • Ashley at Consumer Cellular says

      Great question, Malcolm! With your device, open the message with the picture, then touch and hold the picture. Options will appear on the screen, and select the Attached items option. A box will appear on the screen, so please check the box next to the name of the image. Then choose the Save option. The picture will then be saved to your phone. We appreciate you taking the time to comment today!