Every year, manufacturers come out with the latest Android smartphones and tablets and there are various devices to choose from. While this is a good thing as we get the latest hardware and software features, users sometimes have to sell their old smartphones for less in order to buy a new one.
If you’re thinking of getting a new Android device, then you should try some cool hacks and tricks on your old phone instead of selling it for less. There are various cool things that you can do on your old phone and in this post, I’ll tell you about six awesome hacks and tricks for old Android phones.
Why Not Sell Your Old Android Phone?
Even if you can get a good deal selling your old Android device, I would highly recommend keeping it with you as you can do so much with it. Here are the reasons why you should avoid selling your phone.
- Avoid losing money on selling your Android device.
- Use your phone to do all sorts of risky stuff that you’re afraid to do on your regular Android phone.
- Save a lot of money by turning your old Android device into something productive, such as a PC, a security camera or a wireless mouse.
1. Use Your Old Phone As A Camera Or Monitoring Device
I’m not talking about using your phone as a regular camera to snap pictures here, but I’m talking about using your phone as a monitoring or video recording device. I believe this is one of the coolest and most useful things you can do with your old phone.
Security cameras and baby monitors can be really expensive, but why spend a lot of money when you can turn your old phone into an actual baby monitor or security camera? There are loads of such apps available on the Google Play Store and many users are already taking advantage of this.
You can also check out my earlier post on how to use your old Android device as a baby monitor. If you’re looking for a security camera, you can use apps like IP Webcam and place your phone in your store or at the entrance of your house.
2. Use Your Android Device As A Portable Gaming Console
One of the best things about Android is that there are lots of HD games available on the Google Play Store and the best thing is that some of them are totally free. Whether you’re a FIFA fan or you like hardcore racing, you’ll find all sorts of games.
The problem that many users face is that they can’t play games for hours on their regular Android phone as this will take up a lot of battery and because they need to use their phones for other tasks as well, such as calls, messages and web browsing.
So why not use your old Android phone as a gaming-only device and play HD games for hours and hours without worrying? You’ll also save a lot of battery if you keep your phone on Airplane mode. You can also get a gaming controller in order to take your experience to the next level.
3. Root Your Old Android Phone
Rooting is one of the things that many users do on their regular Android devices. However, rooting is a really risky process that can brick your phone. It also voids the manufacturer’s warranty. That being said, rooting also lets you do awesome stuff on your phone.
If you’re worried about bricking or voiding the warranty of your new Android phone, then using your old phone as a rooted device is the smart thing to do. This way, you won’t have to worry even if something goes wrong. After rooting, you’ll be able to do cool stuff, such as install custom ROMs, flash mods and use root enabled apps.
4. Use Your Old Phone As A Testing Device
Another great thing you can do with your old Android phone is to use it as a testing device. There are many apps available on the Google Play Store, however, some of them can mess with your phone.
When you install too many apps on your Android phone and your phone starts to malfunction, there usually isn’t an easy way to find the culprit and users end up factory resetting their phones and lose all of their data.
If you want to keep your new Android device safe, then you can use your old one in order to test the apps that you want to install. This way, your new Android device will be safe. Not only can you do this for third-party apps from the Google Play Store, but you can also test apk files and flashable mods from the XDA forums.
5.Turn Your Old Android Device Into A PC
Android devices are so powerful that they can do almost everything that average PCs can do. Not only can they do the basics, such as playing videos and browsing the web, but you can do more complicated stuff as well, such as making presentations, photo editing and word processing.
Obviously, you wouldn’t want to use your Android device as your first choice PC if your PC uses a powerful processor. However, Android devices can make great second choice PCs. If you don’t usually perform heavy tasks on your PC, then your Android device might even become your first choice PC.
In order to turn your Android device into a PC, follow the steps below.
Step 1 – Get OTG Adapter
Get an OTG USB adapter in order to connect a USB mouse. USB OTG adapters are not expensive and you can get them at your local PC store or from Amazon using this link. Before buying it, make sure that your phone supports OTG connections. You don’t need an OTG adapter if you want to use a Bluetooth mouse.
Step 2 – Connect Keyboard And Mouse
Get a USB mouse and a Bluetooth keyboard. Connect the USB mouse through the OTG adapter and pair your Android device with the Bluetooth keyboard.
Step 3 – Connect Your Android Device To Your TV
If your old Android device is a tablet, then the screen size probably won’t be an issue. If you’re using an Android smartphone, then you can connect your phone to your TV using a micro HDMI cable.
Step 4 – Install Relevant Apps
Download the right apps. In order to get a full PC experience, you can download various apps for photo editing, managing files, word processing, making presentations and opening MS office files. That’s it! Your Android device is now your PC.
I currently have only one Android smartphone and sometimes I feel that I can’t make the most out of my phone because I don’t have a second Android device.
If you have an old Android smartphone or tablet lying around, then I would highly recommend keeping it and doing cool things with it. If you have any questions about these hacks and tricks for old Android phones, feel free to ask them in the comments section below.