What to do with old cell phones

What to do with old cell phones

It's a dilemma many of us face: what to do with old phones once we get a newer model. We can sell it or recycle it, but why not get creative and put it to a new use? With a little imagination and ingenuity, you can turn your old smartphone into something useful and even fun. Here are some creative ways to repurpose your old smartphone and give it a new lease of life. From turning it into a media server to making a security camera, there's something here for everyone, so get ready to get creative and get the most out of your old smartphone.




Create an Android TV Box

One of the things you can do with your old cell phone, if it still works, is to use it to connect it via a cable to the TV. Not all mobile phones or tablets allow this, but if you come across one that does, you can use it as a makeshift Android TV Box to be able to run all kinds of apps and video games on your TV. For this to be possible, you must have Mobile High Definition (MHL) connection support on your USB data and charging connector, otherwise, you won't be able to do it that easily. However, you always have the option of using a Chromecast.

Use it as a security camera

If you're looking for a new use for your old smartphone, why not turn it into a security camera? Today there are very small and affordable cameras that connect to the phone. If you have an old smartphone lying around, turning it into a security camera is a great idea. You can use apps on your old device to view the camera feed from a distance, so it doesn't matter where the camera is. If you have an old smartphone, you can use IP Camera to turn it into a security camera. If you have a newer device, you can use the Dropcam app to turn your old smartphone into a security camera.

Turn it into a dedicated GPS device

If you like to travel, you might consider turning your old smartphone into a dedicated GPS device. You can attach an old smartphone to a car mount and use it as a GPS device. You can also connect your phone to your car's Bluetooth and use your old device's navigation system. If you don't want to go through the trouble of assembling your old device, you can always use a mobile app. There are many navigation apps available, so check the Google Play Store to find one that works with your old device.

Turn it into a dedicated music player

If you are a music lover, you probably have a lot of music on your phone. Instead of deleting your music, you can turn your old smartphone into a dedicated music player. In this way, you will not consume the battery of your current smartphone. You can connect your old device to a Bluetooth speaker or headset and use it as a music player. You can also connect your old smartphone to a Bluetooth speaker and use it as a dedicated music player. If you don't want to connect your old device to a speaker, you can always use a mobile app. There are many music apps available, so check out the Google Play Store to find one that works with your old device 

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