What do you do when you discard your old mobile phone? Throw it in the bin or send it for recycling and buy a new smartphone. According to a Deloitte consumer survey from 2016, only about 13 per cent of people actually recycle or bin their phones. Old mobile handsets seem to be of no use to many but being a bit creative you can make full use of this not wanted mobile and convert it into super smart usage at home. Here are the six ways you can think of reusing your old device before sending it into the trash.
How to Convert your Old Mobile into Super Smart Usage at Home with Six Easy Ways
1. Hand it over to your kid to play
Kids always want your phone and what’s better to hand them your old mobile? You can lock down the settings on your old phone and make it into a kid-friendly entertainment device. In old iPhone just go to Settings app > General > Restrictions > Set a passcode and turn restrictions on. From there you can turn off access to everything you don’t want your child to fiddle 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. 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. Get a sturdy case and maybe a screen protector and you then have the ultimate kid-proof device. Now they won’t be bugging you for your phone.
Though a smartphone without a sim card can still dial triple-0 it is better to put the phone into aeroplane mode it will help stop accidental calls and save battery life too.
2. Old phone now a dedicated MP3 player
Old phones will help you make room in your new smartphones. All you need is to fill your old phone with all the music and empty your new phone creating lots of space for more valuable data on your new mobile. This serves two purposes. Neither your best song albums are lost and the new phone works more efficient due to more memory. Also if your phone usually gets low on power by the end of the day, it makes sense to 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 than go fishing in your bag for the cords and dongles. If you prefer to go with streaming music services, that’s still fine on an old phone with no mobile data. Also, you can save music for offline use if you have a subscription to a streaming service with that feature and just download your playlists at home over wifi and then you’ll have your collection on the go.
3. Enjoy listening to digital radio
Old mobiles can also be used for listening to the digital radio. 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 as you do not need any sim card or radio receiver for that. Make a mobile stand or buy one and keep the radio mobile in your kitchen, living room or even in your car.
4. Convert it into the handheld gaming device
How about converting your old mobile into a handheld gaming device? You can play free pokies and download any games app you want. 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 controller 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. Monitor your house activity
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 the 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. Keep your business secret
With an old mobile phone, particularly an iPhone running iOS 8 or later, with no sim card you can have secure communication even if you have to dig into the settings to disable GPS. 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. So what’s better to use an old phone can do to keep your secrets?
For business communications, you can use encrypted devices like these to ensure tips or confidential information remain secret. There isn’t any super sophisticated custom hardware involved here as everyday consumer devices offer full system encryption. Depending on your needs, keeping your encrypted communication on a separate device can be smart practice.
Besides these six ways that can make your old mobile into great usage at home, you can also give your old device to the underprivileged. Many times the persons that work for us at home cannot afford to buy an iPhone or a better Android smartphone. So instead of throwing them away, you can lend them for free so that they can make full use of them.