Going to the DMV usually ranks at the top of everyone’s list of the most boring, frustrating things to do — especially if the DMV offices in your city are often too packed and busy for comfort.
Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, your smartphone is the source of all the entertainment you need to waste away the hours you would otherwise spend staring at the wall or at other DMV patrons.
Here are seven fun things to do on your smartphone while waiting around at the DMV:
1. Play Games
What’s your favorite game in the whole wide world? Chances are, that you can find that game or its variation in the app store on your smartphone. If you don’t already have games installed on your device, launch Google Play Store or App Store on your Android or iOS, then search for and download your favorite game.
Better yet, consider exploring new apps and games through SideMoney — an app that rewards you with points for trying new games, and allows you to redeem those points for gift cards.
2. Discover New Music
Bring a pair of headphones and stream music on YouTube and other popular music apps to discover new songs and albums. Listening to music is an ideal way to drown out and ignore background sounds at the DMV while discovering new artists and music styles in the process.
3. Catch Up on Social Media
Take advantage of downtime at the DMV to spend time liking and commenting on your friends’ social media posts. This can be a fun, mellow way to connect with friends and family without talking on the telephone and annoying other patrons while waiting your turn.
4. Read Articles and Books
Purchase the latest bestselling thriller, or explore free classics and indie novels on platforms such as Google Play Books and the Free Books app available on iOS.
If you enjoy browsing the Web for fun articles, check out Flipboard and StumbleUpon, which can be customized to only display articles about your favorite topics and interests.
5. Watch Videos
Watching television shows, movies, and music videos are easy ways to forget you’re actually spending time at the DMV. Check out recommended picks on YouTube, or sign into your Netflix or Hulu account and catch up on the latest episodes and new releases.
Alternately, launch the SideMoney app and watch videos to earn more points that can then be redeemed for gift cards. SideMoney updates its video library daily so you can stay entertained and let time fly by.
6. Go Shopping
Browse the websites of your favorite stores for the latest sales and deals, or download shopping apps to enhance and simplify your buying experience. Dedicated shopping apps such as Amazon, eBay, Etsy, Walmart, and Craigslist can keep you entertained for hours, and help you find items you’re looking for.
7. Write Important Emails
While drafting important emails may not be ranked highest on your list of fun things to do, this can be a productive way to make up for time you’re missing at work.
Use voice dictation features on your smartphone to avoid having to type out long emails using the small keyboard, or draft important key points you want to include in emails later on when you arrive back at the office.
Waiting at the DMV doesn’t always have to be miserable! Try doing one or more of the above seven activities, and don’t forget to install SideMoney so you can earn free points for gift cards while having fun at the same time.