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Make use of your old Android smartphone

January 24, 2018 at 2:00 PM

Make use of your old android smartphone

With technology rapidly increasing in our smartphones every year, it sometimes leaves us with no choice but to ditch our current devices and go for the annual upgrade, but what happens to that old phone once it’s served its purpose? Letting it sit and gather dust is usually my route of choice, but usability of your previous handheld devices doesn’t need to end as soon as some may think. Here are just a few ways you can make use of your old smartphone on a day-to-day basis (Compatibility of devices may vary).  

 1.       A wireless trackpad for your PC

Some minor tweaks may be needed to get this one to work, but the effort will pay off, with a fully wireless, Bluetooth connected trackpad for your Windows, Mac or Linux computers.

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As well as some tweaks to your device, you will also need to download an app called Unified Remote, which allows you to connect to any computer with Bluetooth capabilities and use your once-rendered useless device as a brand-new wireless mouse pad. There are two versions of the app, the free version will still give you all the capabilities to make the trackpad. Though some additional features will become available when paying for the full version.

 2.       A Universal remote for all your household smart devices

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Possibly the most resource efficient option to go for when recycling your old android device is to turn it into the high-tech, magic wand of the household. The old joke of “There’s probably an app for that” has never been so right for this example, just go ahead and find the apps necessary to access any of your smart TVs, Chromecasts etc and set them up as required. Now you’ll be able to control everything you need with one universal remote, making better use of that thing you were desperately trying to sell on trade me for months.

 3.       Digital Photo frame

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A great way to keep all of your memories playing without interruption. Just find a visible spot and a place to charge it, go into your photo app and start a slideshow (way to start a slideshow is device dependent, though it should be possible on most devices). Just a quick and cost-efficient way to make a digital photo frame. No additional software required for this one, just plug in and go!

 4.       A central GUI for your car

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Having a mounted command centre for your car takes away the hassle of getting out your phone, connecting via Bluetooth to the stereo, choosing your music etc and instead makes an easy alternative to get you on the road faster. All you will need to do is find a decent car dock and place it somewhere safe, connect your old device to the stereo (whether that’s via aux cable or stereo) and just download and maps or music you will need for your journey before you hit the road. This one can be a great time saver, as well as a distraction removal as well. If you want to go the extra step in repurposing your smartphone, you can download the Android Auto app, which enlarges the buttons on your home screen and simplifies the interface to give it a more Satnav type look, making use of its additional voice commands too can give your car a completely hands-free experience.

 5.       Use it’s processing power for scientific research

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Possibly the most interesting suggestion I came across was an app that uses your smartphone CPU to help give scientists worldwide a bit of extra power in conducting all kinds of scientific research. Boinc is a free to download app that gives you the power to contribute to projects working on earthquake detection, Alzheimer cures and more. Repurposing your old smartphone for this one is easy. As long as it’s plugged in and connected to Wi-Fi, all you will need to is install Boinc, choose our project, and let the people at the University of Berkeley turn your old smartphone into a scientific research contributor.

 

With such a variety of ways to reinstate your old androids purpose, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t give any of these options the light of day. Whether it’s for your own gain or for the gain of science, recycling your previous devices really can help out in many ways, shapes and forms.

 

If you would like any further information on how to set this up or any queries, Please feel free to contact us at Sales@mcdonaldsit.co.nz 

Created by Rory McDonald 




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