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[Guide] 8 Ways To Reuse Your Old Android Phone

Got extra smartphones sitting around your house? How about tablets? You abandoned Android gadgets are actually virtual gold mines. You just have to find the right way to tap into their potential and give them new life.

Turn it into a Music Player

A popular way to recycle your old phone is to reset the device and use it as a music player. Reset it and strip it of all of its apps (except music streaming ones, of course) and connect it to a speaker. This can be beneficial as it will help save money on a music system. As music streaming services are so widely used these days, you do not need much storage either.

Use it as a Remote Control

Many older smartphones came equipped with an infrared ‘blaster’ (IR). This means that it can be used as a remote for your TV, Blu-Ray, streaming, or satellite devices. The Google Play Store is filled with various remote apps. Unified Remote is a great app which offers universal device compatibility. Even if you do not have a smartphone with an IR blaster there are apps out there which work over wifi!

Use as Security Camera

Many companies have been leaning towards automating your home through the internet of things (IoT). You’ll be surprised that your old phone can be used as a surveillance camera for when you are out of the house. This not only saves money but also protects your belongings like never before.

Use as Dash Camera

Dash cams have risen significantly over the last couple of years amongst drivers, as you can never be too careful. They help settle disputes between drivers by providing recorded evidence of any incident. Another benefit is that it helps to lower insurance premiums too, this can come in handy for young drivers. Android phones especially offer a great alternative to expensive, dedicated dash cam units. They also provide HD video recording which might be a premium when it comes to purchasing a dedicated unit.

Use it as a Digital Photo Frame

Snag an inexpensive stand, plug your device in, and turn it into a snazzy cloud-connected photo frame for your home.

Give it to your Kid For Educational Purpose

Your old tablet may seem tired to you, but it’s still top-notch technology by toddler standards — so why not turn it into a fun and educational gadget for your kid?

Use it For Testing and Developing Purpose

Android is a tinkerer’s dream. It’s generally pretty easy to root, or gain system-level access to, an Android device — and once you’ve done that, you open up a whole new world of possibilities. You can install powerful root-only applications and even replace your device’s entire operating system with a custom ROM full of fresh features and advanced customization potential.


You can always Donate your Phone if you are not using it! Atleast someone else can make a good use of it!

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Written by Snehasish Nayak

Google Top Contributor (Allo, Duo), a Local Guide, and Founder of TechIncludes. Follow me on twitter @Th3Snehasish.

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