Secondary Uses for Your Old Phone(s)

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If you are looking to upgrade your phone, what exactly are you doing with your old phone?  Don’t tell me you are just stashing it away somewhere in a drawer!?!  There are quite a few good uses for your old phones that you probably haven’t thought of yet.  There’s still time even though you may think your old phone is outdated.  Let’s take a look a few uses for your old phone.

Extra Security Camera

If you have a phone with a camera and it’s from 2010 and beyond, you’ll be pleased to know that you can very quickly turn the phone into an extra security camera.  How to do this?  Simple, we recommend downloading the app “Alfred.”  You must download the Alfred app on your old phone(s) and link them together into a single account.  Once you do this, you’ll have a network of security cameras where you can watch potential burglars or keep tabs on your home (or office) whenever you aren’t there.  A major bonus to the Alfred app is that it’s free, plus you can access your cameras online on any PC or Smartphone!

alfred
Alfred, like Batman’s Butler? Cool!

Smart TV Remote Control

TV’s are using less Infrared and more Wi-Fi connected device integration, meaning traditional remote controls are being rooted out.  On some TV’s, like the Roku Smart TV’s, you can access and even power up your TV using your Smartphone.  Why not connect your old phones to this capability and turn the other phones into Remote Controls?

Smart TV app

Main Smart Home Control Device

You can certainly add both the remote control and other smart home functions like lighting, AC controls through the Nest app, and much more.  Have your old phone turned into the primary device for these functions so that you have everything in one place!

GPS Device

Little do people know that you can download Google Maps (using the Google Map app) so that data won’t be downloaded.  Plus it’s not necessarily true that you need a SIM card for tracking ability when on the road.  So you could turn your old Phone into a GPS device for your car!  Of course, you’ll need to make sure your phone has offline GPS capability.

Extra Trackpad for Your Computer

Unified Remote Server, an app available on Android and iOS will allow you to turn your device into a new Trackpad (Mouse) for your PC.  You’ll need to download software for the PC to do this, but other to then that it’s super easy to get started!

Unified Remote Server

 


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