How to use your old smartphones

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – We once paid hundreds of dollars for a shiny new smartphone.

Remember that great iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy 4? They did everything we needed them to do at the time.

Now they are probably collecting dust in a junk drawer. They’re worth nothing to anyone else, but as long as you can remember the passcode, you can find a good use for them.

Even if they’re cracked, old smartphones have some great uses. Once upon a time, people spent money on iPods to listen to music on the go, but if you have an old smartphone that you’re not using, turn it into a portable music player.

First, remove all apps and photos and load the device with your favorite songs from your computer.

Sixteen or 32 gig phones can hold a ton of songs. Use it at the gym or plug it into your car’s USB port and you’ve got a music player that won’t stop when your new phone rings. You can also connect it to your current device’s mobile hotspot and stream music from Spotify or another service.

Old smartphones make great bedside or desk clocks. Apps that display the time and forecast are free, and even Apple or Google apps can display the clock.

To use it as a bedside alarm clock, plug it in and change the screen setting to ‘always on’ or turn off automatic screen closing.

You can set an alarm just by asking Siri or OK Google. The FCC requires that all smartphones be able to call for help, even if they don’t have any cellular service.

Keep one in the car or kitchen so kids can always call 911, even if they don’t have a smartphone.

Teach them how to call 911 by hard pressing the side button five times. Old smartphones make great TV remotes. Download the app for Roku, Amazon FireStick, Google TV, or Apple TV.

The apps are easier to use than the remote that comes with the streaming device. You can use old smartphones as security cameras. Download the “Alfred” app on your main device and any old smartphone.

Plug the old phone into a power source and place it where you want to observe movement. You can use it as a nanny cam or a pet cam to talk to your dog or cat while you’re at work.

You’ll even get a notification if it detects motion. Your kids can use an old smartphone to play video games, as long as you can still download the game app or the app is already installed on the phone. Use it as a portable webcam with the EcoCam app.

You can also use it as a dedicated Facetime or Zoom camera, so the kids don’t have to borrow your phone when they want to video chat with their grandparents. Or use it as a dedicated camera so you don’t run out of space on the phone you have now.

If your phone can connect to your home WiFi or your main phone’s hotspot, you can use these ideas to breathe new life into your phone or you can probably think of other uses for old smartphones.

Whether they’re cracked or not, they’re not dead yet.

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