Old Smart Phone

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Let’s face it, we all have them. Some of us even have two, or more! I’m talking about your old cell phone – you know the one that’s hidden away in a drawer or box somewhere?

Why not put your old cell phone to good use? Here is a list of creative ways you can repurpose your old smart phone, giving your old device a new life.

Donate to Someone in Need

Donating your old cell phone, of any type, to someone in need is one of the best things you can do (outside of recycling, that is). There are many organizations that collect old cell phones of all types to help those in need, like senior citizens, women’s shelters, and even the military.

Here is a list of ways you can donate or recycle your old cell phone.

Clock / Alarm Clock

Your old phone doesn’t even need wi-fi access to be used as a clock. Simply plug it in, and prop it up on your desk or nightstand. Change your home screen to a large clock and weather widget or app of your choosing, and then update your display settings to never turn off or sleep. Your phone can easily be used as an alarm too.


Turn your old cell phone into a dedicated e-reader. There are plenty of places to get free eBooks, including your local library. Download a bunch of books, and read away. Or, use an e-reader app to purchase and download books.

MP3 Player

If your old smart phone has a sim card or other storage capacity, why not load it up with MP3’s and make it a dedicated MP3 player? You could plug it into the car, or use it while exercising, or cleaning the house.

Secondary Phone

Emergency Phone

All cell phones can dial 911, even if they aren’t activated. Keep the phone charged and then keep it in the car, just in case an emergency arises.

Travel Phone

Before traveling, have your cell phone carrier activate your phone line on your old spare. Now you don’t have to worry about anything happening to your phone on your travels, because it’s only your backup phone. When you return home have your carrier re-activate your regular phone.

Touchscreen Remote Control

There are apps that allow you to turn your old smartphone into a slick remote for your TV, cable box, stereo, Blue-Ray player, computer, media player, and other similar devices.


Use your old cell phone as a webcam or remote camera. As long as your phone has a camera and can download apps, you can use your phone to as a webcam/ remote camera to watch your dog while you’re at work, look in on your house while you’re on vacation, or use the webcam for any other reason you can dream up. Check your app store / market to see what webcam apps are available for your phone.

Got a creative use for an old smart phone? Leave us a comment and let us know.

Julie Strier is a freelance writer who wants to help you have fun with your technology. Email: [email protected]. Website:www.mybusinesswriter.com.

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