9 clever ways to repurpose your old Android phone

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So you said goodbye to your Android. Maybe replace it with a Google Pixel 6selection from the Samsung Galaxy S22 lineup or Jump ship and get an iPhone. But what should you do with your beloved old cell phone? You could put it in a drawer or give it a try sell it. However, you have some other interesting options worth considering.

If your phone is too old to get a high trade-in value or you want to save some money for a webcam or other Google homeor you just like to tinker, there are some pretty ingenious ways to repurpose your old device and turn it into something you actually want to use.

After all, smartphones are small, powerful computers with storage space and a camera. Your phone is a convenient replacement for many other electronic devices—in fact, you can Turn it into a home security camera or diagnose your car’s mechanical problems. Read on for tricks to breathe new life into your old Android.

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Turn your old Android into a webcam.

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Turn your old Android into a webcam

Now is a great time for that turn your old phone into a webcam. You can use a number of free apps – including Zoom or Skype – to improve the quality of your video chats during quarantine. Getting started is easy, and we’ll give you all the tips you need for a top notch setup. Keep in mind that even an older phone’s main camera could still be better than your laptop’s built-in webcam — or no webcam at all.

Continue reading: Use these tricks to make your Zoom calls go more smoothly

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The mobile device Hyperkin SmartBoy.

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Convert your old Android into a Nintendo Game Boy

You can play video games anywhere when you travel turn your Android into a Nintendo Game Boy. All you need to get started is a compatible Android phone and a $50 Hyperkin Smartboy mobile device.

In order to play the games, you must purchase Game Boy cartridges (if you don’t already have them). But you can also play Game Boy Advance apps if you don’t have the retro cartridges.

Save your photos on the old phone

Pictures take up so much storage space on your device, so save them on your old phone. You can use your new device to do this take the photos and then send them to your older phone to free up storage space.

You can also use your old phone as a camera and take it to places you wouldn’t normally want to take your new phone to. For example, when you go to the lake or beach, you can take photos without worrying about your phone falling into the water.

Continue reading: These 5 cell phone camera tricks will add some flair to your Instagram

Use your Android as a universal remote control

It’s great to have one remote that can do it all – think Adam Sandler’s Click. OK, maybe not that extreme. But being able to control all your devices from one remote is a relief. Download a remote control app like iRule, then sync your phone with devices including yours Xbox OneRoku and apple tv.

If you have smart lightbulbs, you can also sync your phone with them. Keep following these tips How to turn your device into a universal remote control So you never have to wonder where your TV remote control is hiding again.

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Turn your Android into a Google Home.

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Turn your Android phone into a Google Home

Convert your Android phone into one Google home Smart Speaker is easy and requires no app downloads. Make sure your phone is updated to the latest Android OS so you have “OK, Google”. Next you need to find a Bluetooth speaker to pair your phone with. Make sure both devices stay plugged in and powered on at all times. You will be willing to give Google commands in no time. Best of all, you don’t have to shell out $129 for a Google Home. learn more about what you can do with a Google Home here.

Your Android can serve as a home security camera

Feel safe by turning your old phone into one home security camera. Download a security camera app like Alfred (also works with an iPhone) to get started. Check your house while you’re at work to make sure everything is in order. Place the phone in the main room of the house where you have the best view.

When you’re at home, put it outside (hidden, of course) to see who’s knocking on your door or to spot suspicious activity. You might find that it’s just a raccoon that left candy wrappers in your yard and not your neighbor’s kid.

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Turn your phone into a baby monitor.

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Use your old phone as a baby monitor

Instead of running into your child’s room every time you think you hear crying or a strange noise, check to see if your baby is okay Turn your old phone into a baby monitor.

You can set up your old phone in the room and access it from your current phone by installing Skype on both devices. You can also use a baby monitor app like Dormi. We haven’t tested them on real babies, but customer reviews are excellent. You’ll feel better knowing you can be in any room and still see your baby.


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Turn your Android into a wireless mouse

It can be annoying when your wireless mouse dies without warning. It helps to have a backup and you can turn your phone into a mouse in no time. To do this, you need to download an app like Remote Mouse.

Once you have the app, connect your phone and desktop to the same Wi-Fi network and say goodbye to that old-fashioned mouse. Keep it in your laptop bag when you’re out and about to stop by a coffee shop to get some work done.

Keep your old phone as a music player

Free up space on your new phone by using your old phone as a media player. Since you have a new phone, you can erase all data from your old phone (except for your music and music apps).

You can add as many songs as your old phone allows without worrying about how much storage you’re using. Plug it into your surround sound speaker when you’re throwing a party and let the fun begin.

The great thing is that you can leave it in one place and not worry about incoming calls and messages interrupting your music.

Now that you have some cool new ideas for your phone, here it is How to Cast and Mirror Android Screen to TV, How to disinfect your device without damaging it and How to use the hidden features on Android 12.