You probably carry your smartphone everywhere you go. It’s become your constant companion, and it’s already pretty powerful on its own. However, you can make it even more powerful by pairing it with accessories and add-ons that increase engagement, enjoyment, and even productivity.

Following are some of the most essential add-ons for your smartphone.

Headphones or Earbuds

Whether you’re listening to music, a podcast, or a TED talk, you don’t want to bother other people on the subway or in the dentist’s reception area. Headphones and earbuds allow you to listen to auditory media no matter where your journeys take you.

Plus, headphones give you a more immersive experience. Even when you’re in public, headphones or earbuds lend you an “oasis of privacy.” You can concentrate on the media that streams through the speakers instead of your surroundings, which means that headphones don’t just keep you from distracting others — they also keep others from distracting you.

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Camera Lenses and Filters

Today’s smartphones have more powerful cameras than ever before, but you can up the ante with camera lenses and filters.

Camera lenses attach to the camera on your phone to give you more options. For instance, macro lenses allow you to get closer to your subject. They’re particularly beneficial when photographing small objects, such as flowers and insects. On the other side of the spectrum, telephoto or wide-angle lenses give you more distance.

Additionally, you can download apps for camera filters. Turn your bland portrait into a stunning black-and-white image with a vintage feel, for instance, or boost the color and contrast for a more edgy look.

Pre-Paid Sim Card

There are two things that can make or break your smartphone experience.

First, you need a fast, reliable network like T-Mobile. Otherwise, you might not be able to stream music, television shows, and other media quickly enough. Second, you need a prepaid SIM card from T-Mobile. Store more photos, audio and video files, and other media on your device.

These two assets turn your smartphone into a personal computer. You can fit more information on the device, and you don’t have to worry about long loading screens and other frustrations.

High-Tech Cases

You probably already know that a high-quality case protects your phone from the elements and prevents it from breaking if you accidentally drop it. However, modern cases come with high-tech features that you might want to consider.

For instance, some come with built-in sound boosters. The amps allow you to listen to music at whatever volume you like, and they’re great for setting up a playlist for parties or sharing your favorite new band with a group of friends. Others come with roll-up or folding keyboards. Type emails, reports, and other documents without pulling out your unwieldy laptop or using the phone’s built-in keypad.

Charging Stand

Do you get tired of running out of battery after playing games on your phone or watching movies? A charging stand charges your phone faster and with less tension, which means that your phone’s battery lasts longer. Plus, charging stations look more polished and professional than the traditional USB cord.

Smartphone Printer

Back in the day, people printed out their photographs for albums, frames, and other purposes, but in today’s digital world, photographs often remain in digital format forever. Change this trend with a smartphone printer.

After you perfect your smartphone photography skills, use a smartphone printer to transfer your creations to paper. Hang them on the wall, hand them out to friends, or frame them in collages.

Wired Selfie Stick

Selfie sticks have become increasingly popular among all age groups, and for good reason. Who doesn’t want to get themselves in photos with family and friends? However, many selfie sticks rely on Wi-Fi or Bluetooth technology to connect with your phone.

A wired selfie stick removes that limitation. Just plug it into the charging port on your phone and use the stick to take as many selfies as you want, even if you don’t have a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection.

As you can see, smartphones really can become more powerful. You just need the right add-ons.