9 Clever Ways to Repurpose Your Old Android Phone

You’ll be able to nonetheless put your previous telephone to make use of.

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So you have bade your Android farewell. You could be changing it with a Google Pixel 6, selecting from the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup and even leaping ship and getting an iPhone. However what do you have to do together with your well-loved previous telephone? You can stash it in a drawer or attempt to promote it. Nonetheless, you may have another fascinating choices price contemplating.

In case your telephone’s too previous to command a excessive trade-in worth, otherwise you’re trying to avoid wasting cash on a webcam or a Google House, otherwise you similar to to tinker, there are some fairly ingenious methods to repurpose your previous gadget and switch it into one thing you will really need to use.

In any case, smartphones are small, highly effective computer systems with space for storing and a digicam. Your telephone makes a useful substitute for many different electronics — you may even flip it into a house safety digicam or diagnose your automotive’s mechanical issues. Learn on for methods that may give your previous Android new life.


Convert your previous Android right into a webcam.

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Flip your previous Android right into a webcam

Now is a good time to flip your previous telephone right into a webcam. You need to use a lot of free apps — together with Zoom or Skype — to enhance the standard of your video chats throughout quarantine. Getting began is simple, and we provide you with all the guidelines you want for a top-notch setup. Bear in mind, even an older telephone’s principal digicam might nonetheless be higher than your laptop computer’s built-in webcam — or no webcam in any respect.

Learn extra: Make Your Zoom Calls Run Extra Easily With These Methods


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Convert your previous Android right into a Nintendo Sport Boy

You’ll be able to play video video games in all places you go whenever you flip your Android right into a Nintendo Sport Boy. All it’s worthwhile to get began is a appropriate Android telephone and a $50 Hyperkin Smartboy Cell Gadget. 

With the intention to play the video games, you will want to purchase Sport Boy cartridges (until you continue to have them). However you may as well play Sport Boy Advance apps if you do not have the retro cartridges.

Retailer your images on the previous telephone

Photos take up a lot space for storing in your gadget, so retailer them in your previous telephone. You need to use your new gadget to take the images after which ship them to your older telephone to liberate area.

It’s also possible to use your previous telephone as a digicam and take it locations you usually would not need to take your new telephone. For instance, in the event you go to the lake or seaside, you may take images with out worrying as a lot about dropping your telephone within the water.

Learn extra: These 5 Telephone Digicam Methods Will Add Some Aptitude to Your Instagram

Use your Android as a common distant

It is nice having one distant that may do all the things — suppose Click on, the Adam Sandler film. OK, possibly not that excessive. However with the ability to management all your units from one distant is a aid. Obtain a distant management app, equivalent to iRule, after which sync your telephone to units together with your Xbox One, Roku and Apple TV.

In case you have good gentle bulbs, you may sync your telephone to these as properly. Observe these recommendations on find out how to flip your gadget right into a common distant so that you by no means should surprise the place your TV distant is hiding once more.


Flip your Android right into a Google House.

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Flip your Android telephone right into a Google House

Repurposing your Android telephone to be a Google House good speaker is straightforward and requires no app downloads. Make certain your telephone is up to date to the most recent Android OS so you may have “OK, Google.” Subsequent, you will must discover a Bluetooth speaker to pair your telephone with. Make certain each units keep plugged in and on always. You will be prepared to provide Google instructions very quickly. One of the best half is you will not should spend $129 on a Google House. Be taught extra about what you are able to do with a Google House right here.

Your Android can double as a house safety digicam

Really feel safe by turning your previous telephone right into a dwelling safety digicam. Obtain a safety digicam app, like Alfred (additionally works with an iPhone), to get began. Examine on your home whilst you’re at work to verify all is properly. Place the telephone in the primary room of the home in a spot the place you may have the very best view.

Once you’re dwelling, set it up exterior (hidden, after all) to see who’s knocking in your door or to see any suspicious exercise. Perhaps you will discover it is only a raccoon that is been leaving sweet wrappers in your yard and never your neighbor’s child.


Flip your telephone right into a child monitor.

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Use your previous telephone as a child monitor

As an alternative of operating into your kid’s room each time you suppose you hear crying or a wierd noise, examine to see in case your child is OK by turning your previous telephone right into a child monitor.

You’ll be able to set your previous telephone up within the room and entry it out of your present telephone by putting in Skype on each units. It’s also possible to use a child monitor app like Dormi. We’ve not examined them on actual infants, however the buyer scores are wonderful. You will really feel higher understanding you can be in any room and nonetheless see your child.

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Flip your Android right into a wi-fi mouse

It may be annoying when your wi-fi mouse dies on you with no warning. It helps to have a backup, and you may flip your telephone right into a mouse very quickly. You will must obtain an app, equivalent to Distant Mouse, so as to take action.

Upon getting the app, join your telephone and desktop to the identical Wi-Fi community and say bye-bye to that old-school mouse. Maintain it in your laptop computer case for whenever you’re on the go and cease by a espresso store to get some work carried out.

Maintain your previous telephone as a music participant

Unencumber space for storing in your new telephone through the use of your previous telephone as a media participant. Since you may have a brand new telephone, you may wipe all the info off your previous telephone (besides your music and music apps).

You’ll add as many songs as your previous telephone will enable with out worrying about how a lot storage you are utilizing. Hook it as much as your surround-sound speaker in the event you’re having a celebration and let the enjoyable start.

The good factor is you can depart it in a single place and will not have to fret about incoming calls and messages interrupting your tunes.

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