10 Things You Can Do With Old Smartphones – WHS 167

Inevitably, you’re going to have an old smartphone kicking around the house. What should you do with it? Recycle it? Reuse it?

In today’s episode of The Wired Homeschool I’ll discuss 10 things you can do with old smartphones.


The Wired Homeschool is underwritten by Scholaric: The homeschool planner that SAVES you time. Plan, track, and organize your homeschool more easily than you ever imagined. Start your free trial today.

Thanks to all the individual patrons who have supported the podcast. Special thanks go out to Matt Kamla.

A little bit of news first: I’m having surgery on my shoulder next week so for the next 2-3 weeks there will be guest hosts of the podcast. I’m really looking forward to hearing what these people have to say and I think you’ll like a different perspective on homeschooling and tech.

10 Things You Can Do With Old Smartphones

1. Hand it down to your kids. With proper restrictions and parental controls an old smartphone can be great for kids. Load up a bunch of educational apps, music, or videos and you’ve got a device you can hand over to your kids on those long car trips.

2. Use it as an emergency phone. In the U.S., the FCC requires all cellphone carriers to allow unactivated phones access to 911 for emergency calls.

3. Convert it to a wi-fi phone. Services like Fring and Skype allow you to utilize your phone over wi-fi to make normal phone calls.

4. Use it as an mp3 or dedicated media player. Stick it in your car or a stereo dock and load it up with your favorite tunes.

5. Universal remote for smart TVs or other devices. You can control your Roku, Chromecast, or even your TV with an old smartphone. It can be used as a great universal remote.

6. Convert it to a fancy digital clock. Replace that boring old alarm clock with a fancy digital one.

7. Digital picture frame. Instead of some cheap digital picture frame use and old smartphone to relive some of your favorite memories.

8. Dedicated e-reader. If you don’t already have a Kindle, you can use an old smartphone as an e-reader.

9. Sell it. The used smartphone market is booming. Even one with a broken screen can fetch a nice price.

10. Donate it. Donating your phone to a non-profit organization is a great way to give your old smartphone a new life.

Connect Socially!

  • Join the Facebook page

  • Circle on Google Plus
  • Follow John Wilkerson

Leave a Voicemail

You can call 518-290-0228 to leave me a message or use this convenient widget to record a message right from your computer.


Want to be notified of any upcoming news regarding the podcast or if I’m speaking in your area? Join my spam-free mailing list. You’ll receive monthly updates and news about future projects and I’ll let you know if I’m speaking in your area at a homeschooling convention.

The Wired Homeschool is a proud member of the Tech Podcast Network. For more family-friendly tech podcasts visit techpodcasts.com

Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement

Powered by WordPress. Designed by WooThemes

%d bloggers like this: