We all love getting new gadgets, but what do we do with the old ones? Many people would just abandon them in a drawer. Your old Android phone or tablet doesn’t have to sit on the shelf gathering dust after you get the latest shiny gadget. You can actually make your old Android devices have new life. There are actually a lot of things you can do with your old smartphone as long as it is capable of functioning bare minimum.
Here are 5 clever things you can do with your old smartphone –
1. Use as a wireless trackpad and controller for your computer
You can control almost everything on your computer via your android phone. That’s where your old phone comes in. You can install an app named Unified Remote on your old android and use either Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connection. After the initial setup and configuration, you can Perform mouse and keyboard functions along with specialized remote for media playback PowerPoint presentation, and many more.
2. Use it as a universal remote
With your old android phone lying around, you not only can control your laptop or computer but also your TV and other electrical appliances. The IR blaster present in your android device is capable of controlling almost all remotely controllable devices in your home. Apps like Universal remote, Near, Hue, etc help your phone turn into a remote.
3. Transform it into a free-standing security camera
You don’t need a separate security camera for surveillance if you have an old smartphone at home. With an app called IP webcam, you can convert your useless old smartphone info fully-featured security camera in no time. You’ll also be able to view live from any compatible web browser or the app itself.
4. Use it as a baby monitor
Babysitters cost a fortune these days. Wouldn’t it be awesome if your old phone would miraculously help you to cut some costs? Well, your phone can actually be a nice babysitter. An app called Dormi can help you monitor your baby while you’re far away. The app is capable of both audio and video monitoring and even offers two-way audio with which hopefully you can silent your crying baby.
5. Use as a WiFi repeater
Even the most modern WiFi routers don’t have a good range. The signal quality starts to weaken even in the next room. In this scenario, you can take the help of your old smartphone. By installing an app called net share, you can effortlessly convert your old smartphone into a pretty capable WiFi repeater.
With that, you’ve got an idea for some use cases and got an idea about the possibilities of how you can put your old phone to good use without spending any money. If you have any questions about how to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use, please don’t hesitate to comment down below.