if you’re anything like us, you’ve definitely got a few old phones stashed away somewhere in your home. Even if you take good care of your things, the fact of the matter is that technology wears out eventually, so anyone who uses their cell phone regularly probably understands what kind of wear and tear they go through and how quickly they can burn out no matter how careful you are. Just because an old phone isn’t necessarily working for its original intention, however, doesn’t actually man that you have to throw it out! Lately, we’ve been totally enamoured with the idea of upcycling our old phones into other things with the help of the trusty old Internet.
Just in case you’re as taken with the idea of repurposing your old telephones, no matter what kind they are, as we were if not more, here are 15 of the most unique and creative tutorials, ideas, and concepts that we’ve come across in our mission to reuse out old phones so far!
1. Old phone to action camera
Are you the kind of active person who has always wanted an action camera (like a GoPro) because you do lots of high speed sports and activities but you also know that they’re really expensive and you just can’t afford it right now? Then maybe you’d get along a little better making one of your own instead! It might sound rather intimidating to make a camera, but Victor Neamtu is here to show you just how simply it can actually be done using an old smartphone.
2. Old phone to security camera
Did we really get your attention when we started talking about ways to turn old smartphones into different types of cameras but you’re just not sure you have a use for an action camera like the one we talked about above? Then maybe you’d prefer to make yourself a home security camera instead! So long as you have a wifi connection, this tutorial from Ground Effect RC & Tech is exactly what you need to make it happen.
3. Old phone to night vision camera
Just in case you thought we were done presenting you with ways to turn your old smartphones into cameras, here’s yet another idea to keep you interested and make sure you have all kinds of options! Bokin DIY guides you step by step through the process of making certain adjustments in your old phone in order to transform it into a night vision camera. We think you’ll be impressed with how well this idea actually works.
4. Android phone to standalone music player
Have you actually long been an Android user but your last model finally became outdated, so now you’ve decided to try an iPhone but you’ve already got all your music synced to an app other than iTunes and it’s all gotten a little too confusing for you to manage or transfer? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Phandroid solved that precisely that problem by turning their old Android phone into a standalone music player.