☝️ Don’t let that old smartphone gather dust in a drawer or kill the environment in a landfill. In just a few steps, you can re-purpose it as a security camera, alarm clock, science experiment, and more.
❕ We each carry around with us a little supercomputer that can fit inside our pocket. It does everything we could ask it to do—it checks the weather, searches the internet, plays games, streams media, takes pictures, and analyzes data.
You can usually save a few bucks by trading your old phone in when you buy a new one, but there are times you might end up with an extra, aging smartphone hanging around.
❗ Instead of letting that phone collect dust, reuse it. If it connects to Wi-Fi, it can still be a handy addition to the household. Here are a few cool things you can do with your old smartphone.
📹 Video chat device
If you find yourself communicating a lot via Skype, FaceTime, or any other video chat platform, your old smartphone can serve as a dedicated interface for video chats. The kids no longer have to borrow your phone to call grandma or their friends, and your smartphone remains open for incoming calls and other alerts.
⏰ Alarm clock
Turn that old smartphone’s big display into an alarm clock.
Just download an alarm clock app via Wi-Fi, place your phone on a stand, and you’re good to go. If you tend to hit snooze in the morning, it’s easy to grab the phone off its stand and keep it with you as you catch some more sleep.
📢 Listen to audiobooks
If you have an Audible account, meanwhile, download the app and listen to your favorite books. Carry your old device around the house with you, or connect it to a Bluetooth speaker for surround-sound literature.
📚 E-Book reader
If you love books and comics, but don’t want to purchase an eReader, use your phone.
Comics fans, meanwhile, can tap into Comixology, Marvel Unlimited, or DC Universe.
📷 Wireless webcam
If you don’t have a webcam for your desktop computer or your laptop is on the fritz, you can turn to an old smartphone. Free software like DroidCam and EpocCam let you turn a smartphone into a webcam for your computer.
Most media streaming devices come with their own remote control. But those remotes tend to be a little small. Whether you own an Apple TV, Fire TV Stick, or Roku, chances are you will (or already have) lost its remote. Instead of buying a new one, though, you can use your phone. Each service has its own mobile app; download it on your old device, link your account, and use your phone as a remote.
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