Smartphones are the craze, and everyone loves and uses them now but what occurs to them when they become old and unusable?
Phones have become a must that every modern person finds it difficult to go anywhere without them. The weird thing about smartphones, nonetheless, is they practically don’t last for more than two years before you need to retire them!4
After some couple of years, all devices—especially those that we carry around all times—are bound to show a little wear and tear. They might even have a few bumps and scratches, or perhaps they slow down to annoying speeds.
You can avoid trauma by buying a case and screen guard, and fix the slowness with an excellent clean factory restart.
If you take necessary precautions, your old phone can have a productive afterlife. While the specs may no longer be what you desire, your old phone can still be super useful if you have Wi-Fi access.
Here, we show some cool ways to put your old and unusable phones to good use.
Pixel Toys recently launched a Kickstarter to raise funds to produce a shell that could transform old smartphones into handy, rugged camera for kids.
Even if you don’t buy into this particular effort by Pixel, this project showcases an apparent second life for smartphones as a standalone camera. There is no need for a wireless network for the camera to work and any images can be transmitted via Wi-Fi or a wired medium.
Always-On Skype Machine
So far you have good Wi-Fi coverage, your old smartphone can serve as a dedicated Skype interface or FaceTime, Google Duo, or snap chat or whatever video chat platform you fancy.
This guarantees you won’t miss a call and allows you to use your primary device still while conversing with friends and family.
The nice big display of your smartphone will work whether you have a network connection or not. It means you can use it as a stable clock which can bring more versatility than your bedside clock.
While there are some high-end and standalone headsets out there aimed at serious gamers, there are also some “shells” created to change your phone into a decent VR headset for passive viewing.
Some are created for specific models, for example, Gear VR which is meant to be paired with specific Samsung Galaxy phone models; or Daydream View designed just for Google Pixel devices. While these devices are functional, they are limited and quite expensive.
Using your old smartphone is the best as there are lots of VR apps it will play nicely with, and it can display any “360” video on YouTube. So, for comparatively little investment, you could turn your old smartphone into a permanent VR headset.
If you lose your TV remote, you can still download the official manufacturer’s app onto your phone. It may serve as a virtual remote that connects to your TV via their shared wireless network. There are a few setups that allow for Wi-Fi remotes including OTT devices like Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV in addition to a number of connected TVs.
Dedicated Music Player
If you are an enthusiastic subscriber to one of the many streaming music services out there that lets you gain access to just about any song ever made, you’re a cool person.
You can also use your old smartphone as a dedicated music player, while also matching it with a Bluetooth speaker or connected dongle such as Chromecast Audio, to improve the audio quality.