Woman shares iPhone hack that helps you use your phone even if it has run out of battery
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Anastasia Kiss, 28, is constantly on the move and relies on using her phone for electronic payments, including her Apple wallet which means she rarely carries cash.
In the event her phone has run out of battery but she needs to make an electronic payment, Anastasia found a solution thanks to a kind stranger who shared his secret.
"I always worried what would happen if my phone died and I didn’t have cash or my card on me, as I don’t like to carry around cash," Anastasia told NeedToKnow.Online
"I got to the turnstile to scan out and realised I was stuck. "I saw a long line of people waiting at the customer service counter to buy tickets and no one could help me.
"In a panic, I thought maybe someone could help scan me out of the turnstile with their card, so I turned to a man walking by and asked him if he could scan me.
"He then told me if my Octopus card is connected to my Apple Wallet, I could still use it even if my phone died. I didn't believe him and after giving it a go, it worked!”
An Octopus card is a reusable contactless smart card used for making payments in Hong Kong.
Anastasia, who lives between Hong Kong and New York, works as an actress and content creator.
"I was dumbfounded – I thought how strange it was that I wasn't aware of this function, and that we so heavily rely on our phones in daily situations."
After arriving home she decided to so some digging to find out exactly how the function works, before sharing her discovery on TikTok.
"The NFC chip in the card stays active if you have something called Express Mode set up. "All this time I had no idea!
"I thought it might help out other people too, if they ever find themselves in a similar situation.
"The video went viral overnight with people from all over the world saying they are trying it in their own city’s train stations, or to make purchases after their phone is dead!"
Anastasia is happy with the response her video has as she feels it can be helpful to women in particular, should they be stuck in an uncomfortable situation.
"I think for women this is comforting in a way – if your phone dies, you can still exit the train or bus, and you don't feel stuck and have to ask people for help.
"Furthermore, if an NFC chip is still activated and able to work for Express Pay on the Apple Wallet for transit, more apps could develop similar features to help with safety and tracking services to ensure we can all get home safely or get help when needed."
This is so helpful!