Mobile phones have become one of the most essential things to us after food, clothing and shelter. Many of us love to upgrade our phones whenever there is a new launch of smartphones. But what do you do with the old phone when you get a new phone?
Some of us sell it off while some of you tend to give it to any of your family members. You can also sell and trade in your phone online through many websites. But there are a few other ways through which you can make good use of old phones. We have created a list of a few methods which would help you to recycle your old phone.
Use it as a portable gaming device
Who does not like to play mobile games in their spare time? Some of us are mostly addicted to it. If you are a game junkie and do not wish to stock up your new phone with all the games then you can download all your favourite games on the old phone which you wish to recycle.
You can insert the memory card of additional memory in the old phone to expand the storage. It could be your great alternative to Nintendo DS or Portable PlayStation. You can even give it to your children for using educational apps.
Use it as a Universal Remote
This is one of the other methods to recycle your old phone. You can use your old phone as a remote control. Nowadays you can get many remote-control apps with which you can use your phone as a remote control. This remote control can be used for TV, AC, Fan, Audio System and other remote-controlled devices.
Here once you download the app you would need to configure all the devices in the app to get access to it. Once you have done then you can use it as a remote control.
Use it as a security camera
Installing a security camera or CCTV camera at your residence or office has become one of the necessities today. These cameras can cost you a fortune sometimes. To avoid that now you can also use your old smartphone as a CCTV camera.
There are various apps such as Warden Cam through which you can configure your phone to work as a security camera. Your old phone will capture all the footage while you can watch the recordings on your other phone or computer.
Create a Piggy Bank
Have you ever thought of creating a piggy bank out of your old smartphone? Sounds like a great idea. Let’s see how you can do this. This could be a great idea if you have a broken phone.
All you need to do is to take a phone and remove all the gadgetry from it. Here you would only need an outer case or shell to create this small piggy bank or wallet. You can use this empty shell to keep your notes or coins in it.
Create a Ghost phone
Nowadays there are chances that hackers can steal any of the phone’s data. If you have some important data that you wish to store at a secure place then you can convert your old phone into a ghost phone so that no one would be able to trace it. Here the procedure is very simple.
There are various apps that provide this facility such as Burner or Hushed. You would need to download any of these apps. It would provide you with a burner phone number. Then add the secure VPN service which would encrypt all the data that goes out from that phone.
Here you can use ExpressVPN, NordVPN or CyberGhost for this purpose. Create any new Gmail or apple ID depending upon the phone and sing up with it. Make sure you do not do any money transaction through this account as it can trace the data.
Use it in your car
The mobile phone can serve many purposes in your car. You can use it as a GPS or even listen to music. You do not wish to empty your regular phone battery for this purpose.
Hence in this case you can use your old phone to use as a GPS or the music system. You can fix the phone with the help of a phone stand and keep it in your car permanently. For a music system, you can connect it to any Bluetooth speakers and listen to music in the car.