Millions spend hundreds of dollars each year on a smartphone for the latest apps and features. Eventually, though, we all move on to the latest version of the iPhone, Android, or some other device. Most phone companies offer deals where you can trade in your old phone for a new one to save money. But, if you still want to keep it, that old phone can pretty useful for you if it can still connect to Wi-Fi. Here are eight handy ways you can make good use your old smartphone.
Wake Up Call
Wake up in the morning for work or school can be such a drag. Even with alarm clocks on your phone, it’s so tempting to hit snooze and roll back over to go to sleep, especially if your phone is sitting right on your nightstand. However, there are some ways that you can force yourself to get up by using your phone.
App developers have realized that most people hit the snooze button at least once, which can result in being late and trying to hustle out of the door. So they’ve begun to create alarm clock apps where you have to complete some sort of task before the alarm will stop. The My Math Alarm Clock on iOS forces users to solve multiple-choice math puzzles before the alarm will stop. There’s also Snap Me Up, available for the Android, which makes you take a morning selfie to turn off the alarm. These unique apps will definitely get your mind up and moving before you accidentally oversleep.
Music Is Life
Most people have their entire music libraries right on their phones. Sometimes, it can be really inconvenient to try to convert all of your music to a new device. It’s helpful also to be able to pull up music for a party while still being able to keep your own phone for texting and scrolling through social media. That’s where your old phone comes into play. Using your old smartphone, you can open up a subscription to a music-streaming service like Apple Music, Spotify, or TIDAL. With a Wi-Fi connection, you’ll be able to play almost any song you want. Just connect it to a speaker and you can blast some tunes for any occasion.
Control The TV
Something new that’s really cool that you can use with your old smartphone is activating remote control apps. If you own an Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, or Roku, you can actually control all of these with your phone. It’s especially helpful if you’ve misplaced the actual remote or the batteries have run out and you don’t have any new ones on hand. These services have their own mobile app which can be downloaded on your old device. All you have to do is link your account and then boom— instant remote. That’s definitely a handy use of a phone you were getting ready to throw out!
You don’t need a Kindle or another eReader to read books on a screen. You can just use your old phone. With the Amazon Kindle app on iOS or Android, you can access millions of books right on your device without having to purchase something new. You can use bring up any of your old purchases on Kindle, use Prime Reading, and maybe even find free e-books that you’ll enjoy. Another option is also Apple Books for iPhone users. Of course, it’s the same concept as with the Kindle app. Either way, you’ll be able to use your phone to catch up on some reading.
Listen To Books
If you’re not a big fan of reading and scrolling through pages, then you can always opt to listen to audiobooks. Apps like Audible and Google Play Audiobooks allow users to find an audio version of their favorite books and take a listen. You would need to be connected to the Internet, so, more than likely, this would be an in-house option. However, it’s nice to still be able to access an audiobook at the click of a button.
Just because you aren’t paying for your old phone anymore doesn’t mean that you can’t use it to access some of your favorite games. iPhone, Android, and other smartphones offer plenty of mobile games. The best part is that a lot of them don’t even need the Internet. That being said, if you have a smartphone you’re not using anymore, it can be used solely for gaming. It’s a nice way to relax after a long day of work, school, or running around doing errands. The kids will love that too since they mostly end up wanting to play games on phones anyway.
Another great option for your extra smartphone is to use it to video chat with your family and friends. With a great internet connection, phones can still be used to access apps like Skype, FaceTime, Tango or other video chat platforms. It’s a great option to use a phone for this because you can keep your smartphone available for other calls, texts, and alerts. Really convenient!
A lot of kids love taking pictures and videos on their parents’ phones. With an old smartphone, they can take all the crazy pictures they want without you having to hand over your phone. Apps like the Pixlplay Camera for the Android or the FirstCamera for iOS users allow children to take and edit photos right on the phone. These apps keep it simple for kids to be able to easily figure out. There’s no wireless network needed to actually use the apps either. All you need is a screen protector and strong case for the phone in case they’re having too much fun and drop the phone.
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