6 ways to repurpose an old iPhone

“The iPhone has been around a full 10 years now, meaning at some point you’ve probably upgraded to a newer model,” Rick Broida writes for CNET. “(Possibly several newer models.) And whenever you do that, you’re left with your old phone and a question: What should I do with it?”

“Most common answer: sell it. That’s a good way to help defray the cost of the upgrade,” Broida writes. “However, that’s not the only option, and not necessarily even the best. Instead, consider repurposing that old iPhone. You might be surprised at some of the feats it can perform.”

• Keep it as a backup phone
• Add it to a multi-camera video shoot
• Use it as a baby monitor
• Give it the GoPro treatment
• Create a poor-man’s Amazon Echo
• Leave it on your nightstand

Each of the six points above explained in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hand it down to family members.


    1. Yep, you can still use a deactivated iPhone to access the internet via WiFi for web browsing, games, etc. In addition, an iPhone includes GPS, unlike an iPod touch, so you can use it for navigation if you have a WiFi link for the map data.

    2. That’s what I did. I mounted it in my S2000 and plugged it into a Neo-ion adapter which makes the stock radio think I have a CD Changer. I installed CarTunes for easy control(much easier to swipe the screen than try to hit a small GUI control while driving). With WiFi syncing and smart playlists, anything I listened to that was not rated 5 stars would be removed and replaced with something I hadn’t heard in a while as soon as I pulled into the garage.


  1. Thinking about it and doing it are two very different things. Thinking about it and recognizing that it would not help is actually noble and not illegal. Don’t take quotes out of context.

    1. No kidding. We’ve handed down two 5S iPhones to my oldest granddaughter. Both had smashed screens within a week. This after two-plus years of pristine use by original adult ownership.

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