How to make sure your phone is travel-ready Published: 08/05/2019 | by Star Trader

How to make sure your phone is travel-ready

Before travelling overseas with your phone, use our checklist to make sure you have everything you need. 


If you’re heading off on your travels, your smartphone should be the first thing you pack. Not only will it help you when speaking the local lingo, it’ll also give you a fool-proof way to stay in touch with family and friends back home. But, before you brush off your backpack and head out into the big, blue yonder, there are a few things you can do to make sure your phone is travel-ready. 


1. Update your software

Update your smartphone before you set off so you don’t miss out on any new features. You might struggle to find wifi if you travel off the beaten path.


2. Set up your mobile wallet

Whether you use Apple Pay, Google Pay or Samsung Pay, it’s good to add a form of payment to your phone. It’s quick, easy and saves you from having to carry your cards and cash when you’re on the go.


3. Find a way to stay in touch

Don’t leave loved ones in the lurch about your adventures. Before you go, get a sim that allows you to send texts, call, or browse the internet to your heart’s content. 

If you’re travelling within our Europe Zone, then your minutes, data and texts will work the same as when you’re at home. If you’re travelling outside the Europe Zone, O2 Travel might be a better option for you, as it allows you to roam in 75 destinations at no extra cost. Or, you could try our International Big Bundles, which give you the freedom to make calls to the UK and over 40 other destinations as standard. A dual-sim phone is another option worth checking out.

So, there’s no need to be an incommunicado!


4. Check your date and time settings

If your location services are on, then your phone should update the date and time automatically. You don’t want to send alarm bells unnecessarily when you’re away. Make sure your location services are turned on, so the date and time updates automatically. Double check your settings to make sure everything is set up correctly. 


5. Protect yourself

Be prepared for every eventuality when you’re travelling. Your phone can be your bodyguard in scary situations. Make sure you enable all the safety features, such as SOS Messages on Android devices or location alerts if you have an iPhone. Whatever device you have, you’ll also have the option to add emergency contacts in case you ever need them. 


6. Stay organised

Travelling means plenty of plane, train and bus journeys. And that means only one thing – tickets, tickets and, you guessed it... more tickets. Keep them all stored safely in your phone’s Wallet, or create a dedicated ‘Travelling’ folder within your email account to add all your downloadable tickets to. 


7. Download your favourite shows

The adventure aspect of travelling? Fun. The waiting around aspect? Not so fun. Relieve the boredom with a few episodes of your favourite show or a film. If you have a Netflix account, you can download anything you want to your phone. The best thing? You won’t need wifi to watch them once they’ve been downloaded.


Lighten the load on your travels by making sure your phone is prepped and ready to go with our top tips. Without it, travelling would be 10x harder.


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