Four ways to repurpose a smartphone
▪ As a jukebox: An old phone can always be sold or recycled, but consider using one as a dedicated receiver for music streamed from services like Spotify or Apple Music. Chances are, the phone can easily link to Bluetooth speakers.
▪ As a smart-home hub: If you own smart light bulbs, smart thermostats, or any similar devices, get their apps installed on the old phone and affix it to a wall near a power outlet. Voilà: a one-stop control center.
▪ As an e-reader: Install a books app like Kobo on the phone and use it as a portable reader. If you have a Kindle, the two devices can be synced, letting you start a book in bed on one device, then pick up where you left off while commuting with the other.
▪ As a security camera: Want to keep an eye on the kids or pets? Turn your old phone into a camera you can access from anywhere, using apps like Manything and Alfred.