We all know about the conveniences of having a smartphone. With Internet access in the palm of your hand, you can find answers to any questions you have, connect with friends and family instantaneously, and even pass the hours away playing your favorite games. But these arguably unnecessary features don’t hold a candle to other ways in which using your smartphone in a smart way can improve your life. To show you how, here are three ways you can use your phone to make each and every part of your life a whole lot easier.

Getting the Right Apps

Although you may like breaking out your Indiana Jones whip cracking app for dramatic effect around the house or at the office, those aren’t the kind of apps we’re talking about here. According to Jennifer Cohen, a contributor to Forbes.com, there are tons of apps out there that can make managing and organizing your everyday schedule a lot more convenient. Some of these apps include Trello, Wordswag, Office Mobile, TripIt and more. By downloading the right apps onto your mobile phone, you can have all the disparate parts of your life now together right at your fingertips.

Communicating with Businesses

With the amount of business we conduct each day, it only makes sense to simplify this process through your smartphone. But we don’t just mean business in the form of running or owning a business. We mean patroning businesses, communicating with businesses either through social media or MMS texting, researching reviews about various businesses and more. Without your smartphone, there’s no telling how your interactions with businesses would be different today.

All Things Financial

One of the best things that has come out of the use of mobile phones is the ease of finances. Before smartphones made it easy to keep track of all things financial, many people had a much more vague idea of what their finances looked like on a day-to-day basis. But with the right tools, you can have a full and clear picture of all things financial, making your life a lot less stressful.

While you can now do things like pay bills, check your bank statements, make purchases and more on your phone, you also have to be much more careful about your phone’s security as well. John Egan, a contributor to Bankrate.com, shares that there are certain safety measures anyone who does financial work on their phone should put into place. These include having anti-virus software, using a “find my phone” feature, and having remote locking to protect yourself and your sensitive information.

Just because smartphones have been around for a while doesn’t mean that everyone is taking full advantage of how they can best be used to make your life easier. Use the tips mentioned above to make your phone the tool it was meant to be in your life.