If you're going abroad and want to take your smartphone, whether it's to take holiday photos, listen to music or simply to keep in touch with your friends back home, it's important to make sure your phone is as prepared as it can be before you set off on your travels. You can even use your phone to help organise and book your holiday, so find out how to get the most from your mobile this holiday season.
It's now even easier to organise a holiday from your smartphone, from booking flights to arranging accommodation. We've picked our favourite apps to help you plan your next trip, no matter where you're going.
There's plenty of organisation to do when planning a trip, with hotel bookings to make and reference numbers to remember – and that's where TripIt comes in.
Forward all your hotel, flight, car rental, and restaurant confirmation emails to Tripit and wait while your schedule is planned. Once created, you can check your holiday plans at any time from your phone or a computer.
If you subscribe to the Pro version of TripIt, you'll get even more value – with real-time flight updates to warn you of delays and even alternative flight recommendations, should you need to rearrange at the last minute. Perfect for taking the stress out of your vacation.
Find out what to expect from your trip with TripAdvisor, an app full of comments, photos and reviews from other travellers who want to share their experiences. Get an idea of the on-site facilities, nearby shops and any local events that might be happening during your stay.
TripAdvisor contains street maps, restaurant recommendations, air fare comparisons and more – and you'll only need to download the information for your particular destination, keeping data sizes low.
If you're travelling without much mobile data, using your phone as a satnav can turn expensive. When you travel to a new place, new maps have to be downloaded before your satnav knows where you are. Fortunately for you and your phone bill, Citymaps lets you download all your maps in advance so you can prepare your phone from your home using a Wi-Fi network.
Not only can you download huge maps in advance of your travel, but you can also create an account and find your friends' maps too. Custom maps are also available, showing nearby attractions, events, hotels and more for you to enjoy on your trip. Don't let poor signal or lack of internet get in the way of your sightseeing with CityMaps.
Taking an expensive smartphone abroad can feel risky, but with the right preparation you can protect your mobile from running out of power, loss, damage and even more.
Check out our guide to backing up your phone to a computer to protect your personal data, then follow the steps below to turn on security features, turn on power-saving and back up your photos on the go.
There's no worse feeling than losing your phone, especially when you've travelled to a new place. With a bit of preparation, you'll be able to find your phone using the internet.
By default, these settings are enabled. Make sure your phone's security settings are turned on by following these steps.
Find My iPhone
To find a missing iPhone, visit www.icloud.com, sign in and click on Find iPhone.
Running out of power on your phone can leave you without a camera, a map or a way to contact your friends. Turning off unused features can make your battery last longer, so check our list of features you should turn off to save your phone's battery.
If you can use the internet while you're abroad, your smartphone can save your photos straight to the cloud as soon as you take them.
Save your iPhone photos
Save your Android photos
You're now prepared to travel with your phone or tablet. If you have your own travel tips, let us know using the social links below.
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