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How to deal with your old smartphone lying around your house?

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Majority of smartphones can be used for 2-3 years. After that, the lifeline of your smartphones is over and it is time to replace it with a newer, better and classier smart-phone. But just because you have moved to a shiny, new smartphone; doesn’t mean that you are allowed to trash the old one. Don’t forget that that old phone has been your companion for past 3 years. And why should you trash it when there are a million things you could use it for. Well we could not accommodate all the million things in the article, but here are 10 most sought after things you can do with your old smartphone.

Majority of smartphones can be used for 2-3 years. After that, the lifeline of your smartphones is over and it is time to replace it with a newer, better and classier smart-phone. But just because you have moved to a shiny, new smartphone; doesn’t mean that you are allowed to trash the old one. Don’t forget that that old phone has been your companion for past 3 years. And why should you trash it when there are a million things you could use it for. Well we could not accommodate all the million things in the article, but here are 10 most sought after things you can do with your old smartphone.

Old Smartphones can be used to:

As surveillance device:

Smartphones come with a decent camera these days so you can convert your phone into a surveillance device for your home, office or anywhere else. The things you will need for this are apps like IP webcam or tinyCam Monitor. These are used to view live videos using the web browser, uploading recorded videos to cloud storage device etc.

As GPS for your car:

Having a GPS in your car has become a necessity these days as the world around you is expanding rapidly. To use your phone as GPS, just install a mapping app like HERE WeGo or Google maps. These apps come with features like turn-by-turn voice navigation and maps can be downloaded for offline use also.

As a digital photo frame:

Looking for a smart way to accommodate all your family photos beautifully? Why not use your ‘smart’ phone for it! Install app like Digital photo frame on your old phone. This app is capable of displaying a slideshow of your favourite family photos. Options like catchy animations, backgrounds and effects are also available.




As a media server:

There are apps like Plex or BubbleUPnP that help you convert your smartphone into a media server quite easily. Install any of these apps and use your phone for streaming multimedia content fantastically.

As a remote controller:

If your smart-phone has an IR blaster, then you can utilise it as a universal remote controller with the help of some apps like Easy Universal TV Remote and Peel Smart remote. This remote controller can control all your devices like air conditioners and TVs. Yupe, one remote for all of them. How cool!

As a media player/gaming device:

This one is really, really easy. If you have a spare phone, and want to use it as a media player or gaming device, then uninstall all unnecessary apps from the phone and install a good media player (like VLC), load up your media collection and you are good to go!

As an e-book reader:

Who says that only Kindle can quench your thirst for books? Your smartphone can do that too. All e-reader makers have their own apps (like Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kobo), which you can install and use to read e-books. If you do not have a Kindle or e-reader, your smartphone isn’t a bad choice.

As a Wireless Hotspot:

Ah, that’s what you have been waiting to hear, ain’t we right? For this, you can get a separate SIM card recharged with a 3G/4G data pack, slide it into your old phone and enable the wireless hotspot option.

For tweaking/development:

The open source nature of Android OS makes it possible for coders and geeks to use Android phones as means of learning the coding process. There are many apps, launchers, and ROMs available for this purpose.

As a first smartphone for your kids:

Last but not the least, you can pass on your old smartphones to your kinds or younger siblings as almost every kid needs a smartphone these days.

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