If you’re like most folks these days, you probably buy a new phone at least every other year or so, and more often than not your old phone is still working just fine when you move on to the new one.
You could always sell your old phone or simply place it in a drawer and forget about it, but you also have the option of giving it a second life by installing an app that turns it into something that’s actually quite useful.
Here are seven great uses for your old (working) smartphone:
1 – You could use it as a “landline” telephone. I know what you’re thinking: Why would you need a landline phone when you have a perfectly good mobile phone?
Well, suppose you drop your smartphone and break it and you have to send it off for repair? Or what if your cell service goes out for a day or two? Yep, a landline just might come in handy on occasion!
2 – You could turn it into an emergency radio scanner. A simple radio scanner app will let you use your old phone to listen in on 911 calls involving your local police, fire and rescue operations.
3 – You could use it as a wireless security camera to keep tabs on what’s happening at your front door or in a certain room in your house. Example: Your old phone would make a fantastic baby monitor!
4 – You could use your old phone as a document scanner and use it to scan business cards, receipts, or pretty much any printed document.
5 – You could turn it into a remote for your digital camera. Simply install an app and you’ll be able to remotely control most any modern DSLR by tapping on your phone’s screen.
6 – You could turn it into a metal detector. Yep, believe it or not, installing a simple app will allow you to use your old phone to find…well, pretty much anything that’s made of metal.
7 – You could use it as an electronic, zoom-able magnifying glass. I have an ancient Samsung Galaxy S that I’ve used as a magnifying glass for years, and it works extremely well.
As you can see, your unused, but working smart phone can help you out in a number of ways!
Give one of them a try and put yours to work for you today!
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