Have an old smart phone? An extra companion? Its works fine but the new one is better isn’t it? But that does not mean you have to through away the old phone in your deepest drawer in cupboard and forget about it! Here  I give 10 ways  to do away smartly with your old smart phone!

Before starting anything do usefull with your old phone, back up your data(if any) in the old phone and give it a full factory reset.Now lets assume you have an old android phone and proceed (However, most ideas can also be applied to any other OS,(all you need is just different applications) choosed android cause thats what I like, and thats what I have!)

Idea 1: Use it to create an small,  personal wifi environment, when not in home. Have an simcard (preferably postpaid, as it gives more data for lesser price, than prepaid), plug that in , turn on the net, and boom > get all your devices ( new phone, laptop, tablet) connected!  Saves the battery of the newphone!

Idea 2: Use it as a lab-rat. Test any application you want to use in the new phone. Learn to use it, see whether it suits you and your need, If it fails, uninstall it! You may say the same can be done on the new phone, yes it can be, but note even if you uninstall it some files sticks to memory-over time this slows down the phone believe me!

Idea 3: Use it unleash the customiser-cum-developer inside you. Root it, and get started! Believe me even Kitkat can be given Lollipop-like features. WARNING: After doing this, you might not want to use your new phone any more ( as it was with me! 🙂 )!  Planning to write a whole seperate blog on Android customisation, later.

Idea 4: Are you a gamer? But fear playing games might damage your phone! Yes it does! So what, use your old buddy. Best option! Use “Purify” to stop all other background applications in real time ( ie. not only does it closes them, but also prevents them from restarting, unlike any other ram cleaner) giving better gaming experience!

Idea 5: Have an LED TV? Your friends have Smart ones? So,KEEP CALM AND TURN LED INTO SMART TV in just  Rs 4500/ $35. Use your old phone as the media control: play you- tube, surf net, watch movies and much more!

Idea 6: Turn it into your surrogate when you are not in the vincity! Turn on the camera put it in an unnoticed position and spy who comes and goes your room, and what he does! And yes, dont forget to plug it into the charger.

Idea 7: Are you a reader, I mean a book-worm kinda thing? Wanna buy Kindle, but empty pockets? No probs – use your old buddy! Download Kindle app from appstore and get started. You can use “Eyefilter- bluelight” to suit your dimness level, even bellow the default minimum level of your device and also ad filter colours if you like so as not disturb anybody near you and also not to strain your eyes, something people say exclusive to Kindle! *use a tab for best/Kindle-like experience*

Idea 8: Use it as an webcam! All you need is an app from play-store and get “IP Webcam” Follow my lead-

1. Connect your computer and the phone to the same Wi-Fi network.

2. Install the IP Webcam app on your smartphone.

3. Close all other camera apps. Force close them from the app switcher before you proceed. Better to use “Purify”, if you have root access, to force close all application.

4. Launch the IP Webcam app. Scroll to the bottom and tap Start server.

5. The app will now fire up your phone’s camera and display a URL, something like this

6. Enter this URL in any browser on your computer and hit Enter.

7. In the browser, you’ll see a drop down menu next to Video renderer. Select Browser.

8. Below that, you’ll see Audio renderer. Select HTML wav. Now you’ll see a live video feed in your browser. You can also record this footage via the browser. To do this, just press the red Record button under the video. This saves the footage as an MP4.There will be a slight lag if you enable HTML wav audio in the browser. You can select the Flash option (doesn’t work on all computers) or open the same URL in VLC Media Player.

9. To do this, first download and install VLC . Then in VLC, go to Media > Network Stream and enter the URL from the app as seen in step 5.

Once the app is running, you don’t need to keep your phone’s screen on. It works even when the phone is locked, but the video feed is slightly smoother when the screen is on. [For vedio calls, however use “Droid cam”. It tried but it fails to come up to my expectations!]

Idea 9: If your old phone is not very old, Sell it! The easyest option. Any get a few good bucks!

Idea 10: If you have a big heart then show it to your friends- donate your old phone 🙂

Best of Luck!