As technology continues to advance, it's common for people to upgrade their smartphones and tablets on a regular basis. But what do you do with your old devices? Rather than simply tossing them in the trash, there are many creative ways to repurpose and reuse your old iPhones and iPads. We look at how to give any devices on their deathbed a new lease of life.
Did you know that the average person upgrades their smartphone every 22 months (source: Forbes), and that the the global revenue in the smartphones market in 2023 is US$0.5tn (source: Statista). In short, the number of digital devices in the world is huge.
But, what happens to all these devices once their owner is done with them? Sadly, a huge number end up gathering dust in cupboards or, worse still, being thrown in the bin. And whilst it may be tempting to discard your old device when you get a shiny new one, there are actually a number of creative ways to reuse them.
Digital Photo Frame
One option is to repurpose your old iPhone or iPad as a digital photo frame. All you need to do is download a digital photo frame app, such as PhotoFrame or LiveFrame, and then load up the device with your favourite photos. Place the device in a prominent location, such as on your mantle or coffee table, and enjoy a constantly rotating display of memories.
Home Security Camera
Another idea is to use your old iPhone or iPad as a home security camera. Simply download a home security app, such as Alfred or Presence, and place the device in a strategic location in your home. The app will allow you to monitor your home remotely, giving you peace of mind while you're away.
If you're a music lover, consider turning your old iPhone or iPad into a dedicated music player. Download a music streaming app, such as Spotify or Pandora, and load up your device with your favourite playlists. Connect the device to a speaker or set of headphones and enjoy your music wherever you go.
For those who love to cook, an old iPhone or iPad can also be a useful kitchen tool. Download a recipe app, such as Yummly or Allrecipes, and use the device as a digital cookbook. The app will allow you to search for recipes, create shopping lists and even provide step-by-step cooking instructions.
If you have kids, an old iPhone or iPad can also be a great educational tool. Download educational apps, such as Duolingo or Khan Academy, and let your kids learn and have fun at the same time. Many of these apps are designed to be interactive and engaging, making learning a more enjoyable experience for your little ones.
In addition to these creative uses, there are also more practical ways to reuse your old iPhones and iPads. For example, you can sell your old devices on websites such as eBay or Craigslist, or trade them in at electronics stores like CEX. You could also donate your old devices to charity; Oxfam will recycle or repurpose your old phones depending on their condition, whilst Little Lives UK will pass old mobile phones and tablets onto disadvantaged children.
Overall, there are many creative and practical ways to reuse your old iPhones and iPads. By thinking outside the box, you can repurpose these devices in a variety of ways and avoid adding them to the growing problem of electronic waste.