How to reuse an old phone?

In this article, we discuss the various ways you can reuse an old phone camera. The majority of individuals have at least one outdated smartphone gathering dust in a drawer.

You can sell or trade in your old phone for a fraction of its original cost, but if it still works, there are a few things you can do with it around the house.

For example, you may use an old Android phone as a baby monitor or a makeshift Google Home speaker. Converting an old phone into a home security camera, a portable charger, are some of the most beneficial methods to upcycle it.

How to reuse an old phone?

You can reuse an old phone in the following ways:

  • As a security camera
  • Portable charger
  • Smart watch
  • DIY smartphone projector
  • Vintage phone wall art
  • Standalone music player

How to reuse old camera phone as a security camera

Upcycling an old phone instead of purchasing a new home security camera will save you a lot of money. It’s also simple to set up. In truth, there are only three steps to utilise an old, dusty iPhone or Android phone as a home security camera.

  • Install a security camera app on your old phone
  • Choose a spot for your phone security camera
  • Mount and power your new security camera

We shall discuss these in more detail.

Install a security camera app on your old phone

To get started, you’ll need to download a security camera app to your phone.

Many of the same functions are available in most apps, including local and cloud streaming, recording and storing footage locally or remotely, and motion detection and notifications. 

You’ll be able to watch your living area and manage your security camera from anywhere using your new phone once it’s set up.

Alfred is one of the greatest apps for turning your phone into a security camera. It’s cross-platform, so it doesn’t matter if you used an Android or an iPhone previously. The same may be said for your new phone.

Alfred is a free app that provides a remote view of your live stream, motion detection with warnings, free cloud storage, a two-way audio feed, and the ability to use both the front and rear cameras. 

You may subscribe to Alfred Premium to get more features including higher-resolution watching and recording, zoom capabilities, ad removal, and 30-day cloud storage.

  • Alfred (Android, iOS) may be installed on both old and new phones, as well as any tablets you desire to utilise.
  • Swipe through the introduction on the new phone and select Start. Tap Next after selecting Viewer.
  • When you reach the sign-in screen, select Sign in with Google (you’ll need a Google account) and sign in with your Google credentials.
  • Rep the steps on the previous phone, but instead of selecting Viewer, choose Camera. Also, be sure to use the same Google account.

You’re almost done with the setup after both phones are logged in to Alfred. The camera choices have been reduced to only a few possibilities by Alfred.

On iOS, you can just turn on motion detection, switch between front and back cameras, and turn on or off audio. 

You may also activate continuous focus, have Alfred immediately reopen if the phone reboots, choose a resolution, and enable a passcode lock if you’re using an Android smartphone.

Turning notifications on or off, naming a camera or viewer, adding people to your Trust Circle (giving them access to your video feeds), removing a camera, checking how many times a camera has disconnected, setting motion detection sensitivity, and enabling a low-light filter on cameras are all options available from your new phone.

While Alfred is an excellent option, it is not the only one. In reality, it’s the polar opposite. Manything, Salient Eye, and Presence are all excellent free options with a reasonable subscription plan if you want further functionality. 

And one of the most popular Android-only solutions is IP Webcam.

Choose a spot for your phone security camera

You’ll need to set up and position the camera after the broadcast is up and running. 

You could choose to concentrate on the main entrance to your home, your backyard, the location where you store valuables, or any area where you believe you are most exposed. An IP camera may also be used as a baby monitor.

You can set up many cameras for quite extensive video coverage if you have multiple old phones sitting around.

Mount and power your new security camera

A little smartphone tripod or suction-cup vehicle mount may perform wonders when it comes to mounting or positioning the camera in an unobtrusive location.

Consider purchasing a wide-angle lens for your phone, which can be found online for between $5 and $20.

Streaming video consumes a lot of power, and the phone will be on all the time. You’ll need to keep the phone close to a power source for the first several hours to keep it from dying.

A ten-foot Micro-USB or Lightning cable will offer you additional options for placement.

Turn an old phone to portable charger

Anyone who works or travels for lengthy periods of time while simultaneously using their phone frequently understands how rapidly a phone battery may expire in a day.

Of course, you could always bring your wall plug with you to charge your phone throughout the day, but it would need you to sit by the outlet for the duration of the phone charging, and busy individuals don’t always have time to do so.

That’s why external batteries that may be taken with you are such a good idea. 

However, they’re also pricey, which is why we were so excited to see this article from My Update Studio, which shows you how to transform an old smartphone into a portable charger to keep your current phone’s battery charged.

Turn an old phone to smart watch

Have you ever been fascinated by how certain old pieces of technology may be readily transformed into others by sharing many comparable features or characteristics?

If you have an older model of smartphone laying around, such as one with a pixelated screen and buttons instead of a touch screen, we believe you’ll enjoy Tinkernut’s creation of this cool wrist watch that used to be a phone.

Turn an old phone to DIY smartphone projector

Do you have an old smartphone that still works but you upgraded and removed the SIM card? Have you been considering giving it to your kids so they may use it to play games on the internet.

Check out how Not On The High Street constructed a surprisingly easy screen projector that would blow the movie from the little phone screen up onto the wall by loading a few movies onto the phone’s Netflix queue.

Vintage phone wall art

Have you been browsing through this entire page, hoping to find additional ideas for constructing new items out of even older phones than the ones you’ve seen so far, such as your first few original cell phones and maybe even your cordless home phones? That time has finally arrived.

Android phone to standalone music player

Have you been an Android user for a long time but your last model became obsolete, so you’ve decided to try an iPhone, but you’ve already got all your music synced to an app other than iTunes and it’s all grown a bit too complex to handle or transfer.

If that’s the case, we recommend having a look at how Phandroid handled the problem by converting an old Android phone into a standalone music player.


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