Nowadays, each one of us carries around in our pocket which appears to be a compact computer. The device we call smartphone can be sued to perform a variety of functions other than contacting others such as checking the weather forecast, browsing the internet, playing games, streaming live media or take pictures and videos. Smartphones are literally the greatest of the inventions in human history with one exception that there are always newer and far better models coming in the market.
Most of the people tend to use their smartphone for many years but in the end, the newer technology always prevails in its grandeur and we buy those new models. While most of the time a person trades in their old phone for a new phone on top of giving some money. In other cases, a person is normally left with an aging smartphone.
This makes us come to our current topic of the day, as to what to do with this aging smartphone. Instead of letting that smartphone collect the dust of the years, you can reuse it in a variety of ways. If the smartphone is able to connect with Wi-Fi, it can be beneficial to any household.
For our readers, we have gathered a bunch of amazing uses for your old smartphone. So check out our list in the article, “your old smartphone and unique uses” down below.
A camera for kids
One of the uses for the old smartphone is to make it into a kid’s camera. A toy company named Pixil Toys actually ells a Pixiplay camera which is a protective casing that houses a smartphone and resembles a classical camera. The camera also has an app, and you can download this app on your old smartphone and then take as well as edit photos right on the device. You can also share these images by use of Wi-Fi.
According to Pixel, this camera casing can be used for the following iPhone models as well as Samsung Galaxy S9.
A Gaming system
There are nearly thousands of free games available for both iPhone and Samsung smartphone and most of them do not even need any sort of internet connection. If you are in possession of an old smartphone, then make it into an exclusive gaming system. Use it to blow off the steam while resting on the couch after a tiring day.
Video chatting device
For those who use video chatting apps like Skype, FaceTime or any other such apps, then an old smartphone can be made into a dedicated video chatting device.
The only catch is that you have a great internet connection. This way, your kids will no longer have to ask for your smartphone to call their grandma or friends.
While there are many smart devices such as Lenovo Smart Clock or the Echo Spot, but not everyone has the money or the liking to such devices. In such cases, you can make use of your old smartphone to be used as an alarm clock.
Simply download a decent alarm clock app and place the device by your bedside. Handling a phone as an alarm clock is much earlier than the conventional clocks or devices.
A VR Headset
For a great VR Headset, you might need to spend hundreds of dollars. However, if you have any one of the following smartphones in spare, then simply buy yourself a Samsung Gear VR which costs only 100 dollars.
- Note 8
- S7 edge
- Note 5
- S6 edge+
- S6 edge
- A8 Star
Simply download the Oculus app on any of the above-stated smartphones and insert it inside the Gear VR to have some cheap yet thrilling virtual reality experience.
Majority of the media streaming devices have their own remote control system but their remote controls are often smaller. Some of the popular streaming devices like the following come with remote controls.
- Apple TV
- Fire TV Stick
There is a good chance that one day you are going to lose their remote control. Os when you do and you have a smartphone that is old and not used anymore then don’t bother buying a new remote control. Each of these streaming services has its own mobile app. Simply download it on your old smartphone, link it to your account and use it as a remote control.
E-Book reading device
For those who love to read books but are not willing to buy an eReader, then they can use their old smartphone. Simply downloads the Amazon Kindle app on either your old Apple or Android mobile phone. After that sync your purchases on the app or read free eBooks.
An Audiobook listener
For those who have an Audible account they simply need to download the app on their old smartphone and listen to your favorite books on it. Connect the smartphone with the speaker via Bluetooth for a surround sound listening experience.
If any of you have a subscription to a music streaming service then you have virtually the access to all the songs ever created. Simply start the music streaming service over your old smartphones and either listen via headphones or connect with Bluetooth speakers.
An emergency phone
According to US law, all smartphones are required to be able to call 911 even when there is no SIM card inside. This means that even if you have an old phone, it will still be able to connect to emergency services. Even in cases, when normal calls cannot be made, emergency calls tend to go through.
While everyone has their own mobile phone these days, it still would not hurt to keep an extra smartphone just for sake of emergencies like a mugging in your cars as a backup.