10 Cool Tips To Turn Your Old Android Smartphone Into A Useful Gadget

By Vijaykumar

    The Android smartphone market is growing huge as new device entering the market with new technology and updated features. While, everyday we see one or the other handset hitting the stores with powerful specs and larger display. Most of us replace often our Android handset, with this advancement in smartphone technology, it seems a tow-year old device feels like outdated.

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    If you don't want to sell your Android smartphone or give it to a friend or donate it, then there are many different ways to make use of it. We have listed some interesting uses that your outdated smartphone can do a excellent job.

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    Here are the tips that involves turning your Android powered smartphone or a tablet into a dedicated device. Take a look at the slider below to give a new life to your old smartphone or tablet in an excellent way.

    Your old Android smartphone can be used as a home surveillance device or a baby monitor. The Android app store have plenty of apps that enables you to keep and eye on your property or your kids from somewhere else.

    One such app you can download from Google Play store is iCamSpy. The app turns your smartphone into a feature-rich mobile audio and video surveillance system with motion detection.


    The best way to utilize your old smartphone by turning it to a digital photo frame. You just need to get an smartphone or tablet holder and plug it to power supply.

    Download a free app called Dayframe, it connects to multiple social media accounts including Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Flickr and Twitter. The app endless stream all photos from your social networking accounts.


    Turn your old Android smartphone or tablet into a dedicated e-reader. Smartphone screen are not quite built for reading for longer time, but they do well for a quick reading on the go.

    Plenty of e-book apps like Amazon Kindle or Kobo Book including Google Play Books to get free books.


    Your old Android tablet of phone will be great educational gadget for your kids. Device running Android 4.3 or higher can find a native Restricted Profile feature in the device settings. This features allows you to control exactly what programs your kids will and won't be able to use.

    While, for Android 2.2 to Android 4.2 devices, you can download a free app called Kid Mode, that provides a custom kid-friendly interface with age-appropriate games and activities.


    Your old smartphone are good option over portable MP3 players to listen to music on the go. While, the tablets can be connected to your stereo or in your car making a great music system.

    An old phone with a dock can make a cool-looking customizable clock for your desk. You can find many apps on Android app market, few notably, the Timely Alarm Clock and Walk Me Up! These apps will make your device as an always-on alarm clock.

    Use your old Android phone as a compact internet radio device with your home Wi-Fi. Almost every station broadcasts online now, you can check for official app on the app market. However, there are plenty of online radio apps like TuneIn Radio that provide access to number of radio stations.

    Even the old Android device has ample power to control high-tech home entertainment system. There are many apps to make it work. With Harmony app you can use old device as a remote for your media center. There are many apps for Android smartphone or tablets that makes to to control smart TV using a same networking.

    The Android Calendar app comes with a great feature that can be turned as a desk calendar. You can also go for a stand-along calendar app called Cal, which will give more graphical interface.

    Your old smartphone probably already have navigation tools like Google Maps that can be used as a dedicated GPS navigator for your car.

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