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Uses for Old Mobile Phones and Tablets

Uses for Old Mobile Phones and Tablets

When the time has come to upgrade your phone, you may be wondering what to do with your old mobile phone? If the phone is working perfectly fine, you may want to use your phone for something useful, to avoid a collection of old mobile phones from cluttering up your space.

But whatever you do, you should never throw your mobile phone in the bin, as this can be extremely detrimental to the environment. There are a range of different ways to dispose of your old electronic devices, from selling them for cash to converting them into a home security system or baby monitor. Here are RecycleZone, we have looked into the different uses for an old mobile phone – read on to find out different ways you can give your old mobile device a new lease of life.

Other uses for your old mobile phone or tablet:

  • Baby or pet monitor

Old mobile phones can be a great alternative to a baby monitor, especially when travelling as a phone is more lightweight than a baby device which can often be bulky. You can buy apps on the App or Play Store, which once connected to Wi-Fi, will alert your new phone if your baby starts making any noise. You can also speak back to your baby to soothe them sound to sleep.

But, the easiest and most cost-effective option is by utilising Skype. This handy article explains how to set up your DIY monitor on iPhone, Android and Kindle devices. The same goes for a pet, to keep an eye on them if they are prone to mischief and mess whilst you are away at work or on holiday.

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  • Interactive learning tool

Old mobile devices – or tablets – are great resources for learning for both adults and children. Whether you’re commuting, on holiday or want to keep the kids entertained, use your old device as a learning tool. Simply reset the device and install relevant applications, podcasts and e-books from the App Store or Google Play. Not only does this avoid clogging up your new phone’s memory, it provides zero distractions from social media, emails or messages, which can be a major temptation.

The same goes for children too, as although your device may seem “old”, it is still impressive to young children. Download a range of kid-friendly apps that help to stimulate brain development, as well as books and videos. Not only will children enjoy the interactive aspect, it is often one of the best ways to learn as it is more hands-on and fun.

  • Pocket gaming device

In the same way as a learning device, if you choose to transform your old phone or tablet into a gaming system, you avoid eating up your device’s storage like Pac-Man. If you enjoy playing games on your commute to and from work, or during downtime, this may be one of the perfect uses for your old mobile phone or tablet device – especially as some games require a substantial amount of storage space which you may not have once your day-to-day apps are installed.

Search the App Store or Play Store for games to keep you (or your kids) entertained, from games such as Football Manager, Worms or Minecraft to name a few. 

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  • Home security

You don’t need to spend and arm and a leg on a connected home security camera when you have a functioning old electronic device at hand. With the help of a third-party app, you can easily turn your old mobile phone into a home security system using Wi-Fi, which can be accessed through your new mobile or browser. The camera on your old device ensures you can keep an eye on your home or office from anywhere.

This is particularly useful if you have an alarm system in your home that comes equipped with an app for your phone. This means you can use your old device to control your home security at the push of a button.  

  • Sell it 

What’s old to you is new to someone else, right? If your old mobile phone is in good shape and you don’t need it anymore, you may be able to get some of your money back. There are a number of trade-in websites and shops on hand to help people do just this – both quickly and hassle-free. Some popular high-street trade-in brands include CeX and Cash Converters, however let’s be frank, sorting it out online is often the easiest and most convenient option of them all, especially if you are busy. This is why selling old phones via eBay, Amazon and phone recycling companies are preferred.

The amount you get for your phone varies on the type, how old it is and whether it is fully-functioning. More often than not, most phone recycling companies offer a fixed price for a working phone, and a cheaper price if it is damaged but meets a certain set of criteria, as certain components of the phone may be recycled. However, phones that are water damaged, physically broken or unresponsive are unlikely to get you much cash – if any at all.

If you would like to find out how much your mobile phone is worth, take a read of our handy guide here.


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