If you’ve just bought a brand spanking new phone then while your old phone might be surplus to requirements, that doesn’t mean it can’t do more than just collect dust in our drawer. Yes, an oldie can be a goodie. And in fact, there are a number of surprisingly creative ways you can put your old phone to use, any of which is much better than adding to the mountains of e-waste already in the world.
So, what should you do with your old phone? Here are a few ideas you can have for free...
Turn it into a baby monitor
If you have a young child then, believe it or not, your old smartphone can make a fantastic baby monitor and work just as well as a standalone product. All you need to do is download an app like Dormi, which includes all the standard baby monitor features but without the price tag. That includes two-way audio so you can talk to the baby and video monitoring so you can see exactly what’s going on.
Use it as an MP3 player
Many people like to listen to music while they exercise, whether they’re out jogging, cycling or in the gym. With phones often being dropped or falling out of pockets, this increases the risk of damage to your sparkling new phone. The solution is to fill your old phone’s memory with music and use it as your dedicated exercise MP3. You can then leave you new phone safely tucked up at home.
Keep it as a backup phone
Any phone that has all the contact details of your nearest and dearest and gives you access to your emails and social media profiles can’t be useless, can it? Phones get lost, stolen and dropped down toilets every day, but if you have a phone at home you can use in emergencies that will make your life a lot easier. Presuming your new phone is merely broken, you may also be able to pop the SIM card into your old phone to restore your voice and data.
Give it to your child
If you want your son or daughter to have a simple phone they can use to keep in contact with you, your old smartphone is the perfect tool for the job. Just set it up with the apps and functionality they need and put the necessary locks in place to limit their access.
Leave it by your bed
An old smartphone left by your bed can serve any number of useful purposes. It can become your dedicated alarm clock, a clock radio, an e-reader or even an audio player to provide some soothing music to send you off to sleep.
You can take your old smartphone to a charity like Oxfam which will turn every phone you donate into cash to buy vital kit such as water tanks, wells, tools, seeds and school books. Now that has to be better than leaving it in your drawer!
Use it as a TV remote
Losing the TV remote is one of the scourges of modern life, but by turning your old smartphone into a spare television remote, you can make this inconvenience a thing of the past. Rather than turning your sofa upside down, setups such as Amazon Fire, Apple TV and a number of connected TVs allow you to use Wi-Fi remotes. Just connect to the shared wireless network and away you go.
Any ingenious uses for old phones that we haven’t covered? Please share your suggestions in the comments section below.
October 12, 2017
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