At the rate smartphones and tablets are replaced nowadays, most people have several spare devices sitting around. They are too good to be thrown away, too old in comparison with the latest and the greatest, and they’re not worth the trouble for selling second-hand. In the end, they just sit in the drawers collecting dust.
You know what? It doesn’t have to be that way! Here are 7 ideas for repurposing your “old” smartphones.
1) Home security camera, baby cam, nanny cam, pet cam, home care cam
Download Alfred on your old iPhone, iPad, iPod, or any Android smartphones/tablets you have and instantly turn them into a surveillance camera with walkie-talkie, motion detector, and night vision! In comparison with traditional CCTV systems or security cameras you can buy, Alfred requires no installation, wiring, or even IP pairing. It’s as simple as downloading, logging in, finding the perfect setup for your use case, and you are ready to go!
Do you need inspiration for finding the best way to set up your Camera Phone? Check out our examples!
2) GPS navigator
Download Google Maps, Waze, or InRoute, and you have yourself a GPS navigator.
3) Music player
Get a dedicated music player by downloading Spotify, Deezer, or Shazam. This ensures the music won’t be cut when you receive a phone call.
4) Fitness device
If you use your smartphone as a run tracker, your worst nightmare would be accidentally dropping the phone and breaking the screen during your run. Try running apps like Strava, FitBit, Nike+ Run Club, or Garmin on an old phone instead. It’ll hurt a lot less in the worst case scenario.
5) Bitcoin miner
Guess what? As long as a device has computing capacity, you can upcycle it to be part of a Bitcoin mining rig! This is probably not for everyone, but check out Samsung’s Galaxy Upcycling project if you are interested!
Try Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, or iBook.
7) White noise machine
Don’t rush out to buy a white noise machine if you find it hard to fall asleep! You can easily turn an old phone into one by downloading a white noise generator app from Google Play Store or App Store.
Why throw away perfectly usable devices and buy more equipment when you can upcycle, recycle, and repurpose old devices? We’d love to hear how you reuse your old phones!