Awesome Uses For Your Old Android Smartphones

Do not dump your old Android device because it still has a lot to offer. Here are some excellent ways to inject new life to your old Android phone or tablet.

Turn it into a security camera


Turning your old Android phone in to a security camera is a great idea. You can watch over your house and office by simply transforming your device into a web-connected security camera. All you have to do is download the IP webcam app which is free of cost and follow the setup process. You can sneak a look through your phone’s lens from any attuned computer browser.

Use it as a digital photo frame


Get a low-cost stand, plug your device in, and turn it into a flashy cloud-connected photo frame for your home. The Dayframe app which comes for free can pull in a non-stop stream of images from your social media accounts.

Make it your live window into the world


If you want a great view of the outside world right from your home, your old Android phone can be your window to those exciting locales. Download the free EarthCam from the Google Play Store. It will give you access to live streaming cameras from around the world.

Use it as a video chat terminal



Set up your old Android device with apps like Skype and Google Hangouts and use it as an advanced terminal for face-to-face communications.

Turn it into an awesome gaming device


Surf the Play Store for some games. You can even find emulators for console-level systems, if you know where to find and then get one of those Moga’s universal Android game controllers to take things up a score.

Make it a dedicated MP3 player for your car


Stack up your old Android phone with all the music you want, then plug it into the power port to connect it to the stereo via either 3.5mm headphone jack or Bluetooth and send that old in-car CD player into a permanent withdrawal.

Turn it into a high-tech e-clock


An old phone with a dock will make a cool-looking customizable clock for your nightstand or desk. The free Timely Alarm Clock app is a great place to begin, particularly if you want to use the clock for alarms.

Turn it into a home media controller


With Comcast remote control Android app, you can have many options for controlling entertainment devices from an Android phone or tablet. If your device has an IR blaster, chances are it already has programmable software in place to do the job or you can try the universal Smart IR Remote app.

Make it a dedicated e-reader


Fill up your old Android device with only the apps you need for reading – Amazon Kindle, Google Play Books, Pocket or any other app that you might like.

Use it as a wireless trackpad for your computer


Turn your old Android into an on-demand wireless trackpad and remote control for your computer. Simply, download the free Gmote 2.0 app to your device, download the correct server-side software for your computer and create a secure password. Then you can click, point and slide around on your device’s screen to control everything from multimedia playback to presentations on your PC.

So, make good use of those spare handsets that are lying in your cupboard!

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by techtalks @TechTalks February 22, 2016 5:25 AM UTC


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