Can I do anything with my old mobile phones? Here are the six things you can do instead of putting it in trash bin.
Do you keep your old mobile phone when you get a new smartphone for yourself? Well according to a recent survey almost half of Australians keep their old phone around after they upgrade to a new device. Also it was found that only 13% of mobile users actually recycle or bin their phones. If you are thinking as what you can do with your old mobile phones then here are the six things you can do instead of putting it in trash bin.
1. You can make your old phone kid friendly
You can lock down the settings on your old phone and make it into a kid-friendly entertainment device. On an iOS phone Simply go to settings > General > Restrictions > Set a passcode and turn restrictions on. Then you can turn off access to everything you don’t want your child to play with, including the web browser, camera, location services and the ability to install and delete apps or make in-app purchases.
On an Android phone the best way to set it up for your child is to create a user account for them that has restrictions applied to it. Just go into: Settings > Users > Add user or profile. Create a restricted profile and toggle off the things you don’t want your child to have access to.
From the Google Play Store you can also go into parental controls to limit what type of apps and content they can look at and download.
Then once your phone is set up how you like it, just go to the iPhone App Store or Google Play Store, browse the kids or family categories and fill up your phone’s home screen with a few essential games or media players.
Also buy or have a sturdy case or a screen protector and then have the ultimate kid-proof device. Note that a smartphone without a sim card can still dial triple-0. It goes without saying that you should supervise your child, but if you put the phone into airplane mode it will help stop accidental calls and also save battery life.
2. Make your old phone into a MP3 player
If you are struggling to free space on your new mobile just fill up your old phone with music that you wish to retain. Also this will save some power on your new device as by this way you can listen to music on a separate device during your daily commute.
It might also be easier to keep your headphones attached and wrapped around an old device and if you prefer to go with streaming music services, that’s still fine on an old phone with no mobile data.
You can save music for offline use if you have a subscription to a streaming service with that feature. Simply download your playlists at home over wifi and then you’ll have your collection on the go.
3. You can listen to digital radio with your old phone
If you want to listen to the radio you can use your old phone for that. There are a lot of different radio apps available for both Android and iPhone, many of them free. The apps will stream over your home wifi. Note that you need not need any sim card or radio receiver for this.
4. Make the ultimate handheld gaming device with old mobile
Games on phones aren’t just limited to fiddly touchscreen controls. You can buy controllers or adapters that turn your old device into a much more comfortable and traditional game machine.
Android phones are best for this as they allow you to use an array of Bluetooth controllers you may already own, instead of a controllers made only to work with an iPhone. Both phone ecosystems will have controller-compatible games available to download but Android also offers emulators for classic game systems. Using an old phone just for games is a great way to avoid draining the battery of your daily driver.
5. Make use of your old phone as a security device for your home
An old phone can also be used as a cheap device to monitor your house. All you need is a spare phone, your choice of security camera app and a wall socket. Just position the device and plug in the power cord and then you can record footage or even stream remotely to another mobile phone. Some apps also have a feature that will allow the device to only record when it detects movement.
6. Also secure your communications with your old mobile
One of the most secure communication devices you can buy is an iPod Touch with just Signal or WhatsApp installed. There’s no GPS, the operating system and your messages are encrypted and if you only use it for chat, you’re less likely to get the device infected by visiting a malicious link.
But an old mobile phone, particularly an iPhone running iOS 8 or later, with no sim card is still a pretty good runner up even if you have to dig into the settings to disable GPS.
Many professionals and businesses use encrypted devices like these to ensure tips or confidential information remain secret. Thus depending on your needs, keeping your encrypted communication to a separate device can be smart practice you can make use from your old phone.
There can be many other usages of old phones, all you need is creative thinking and an idea to implement.