Smartphone usage has become ubiquitous, especially among the young. and this ubiquity of an attractive, sometimes addictive technology has raised alarm among educators. This alarm has its justifications, since the negative aspects of smartphone usage can lead to distraction. However, since smartphones are, in effect, miniature laptop computers, they also have substantial benefits when employed correctly. They allow access to numerous apps and programs that benefit students, especially when they are learning a foreign language and trying to improve via self-study. Moreover, young people themselves are frequently insightful in to the negative aspects of this technology. Finally, students who are active at self-studying and aware of smart technologys benefits can be admirably creative in developing study habits and strategies that might be effective if incorporated into structured foreign language learning.