What to Do With Your Old Tech

October 22, 2020

As you replace phones, tablets, and laptops with the newest models, don’t just toss that outdated gear into a dusty drawer. Wired.com recently highlighted ways you can repurpose old tech for everything from security cameras to e-readers.

An old smartphone can provide an always-on video feed that you can tap into from another phone and use as a security camera for monitoring your own home or on showing appointments (as long as you have access to Wi-Fi). Use software such as Manything and Alfredoffer, available as Android and iOS apps, to turn your phone into a security camera, Wired.com recommends. Tablets can be repurposed in this way too.

An old digital camera can be used as a webcam to make your Zoom calls more high-quality. You’ll be able to position your webcam from an angle as opposed to relying on the straightforward cameras that are built into your laptop or computer screen. Camera makers such as Sony, Canon, and Fujifilm have programs and guides available to help turn your digital camera into a webcam.

Old laptops can be repurposed as media centers for storing videos and music. That saves precious hard drive space on your new laptop. Try programs such as Plex or Kodi for storage solutions, Wired.com suggests.

Also, turn that old tablet into a digital photo frame to show off photos of the home during showings. Keep it plugged in and propped up. Explore third-party apps, including Fotoo for Android tablets and LiveFrame for iPads, to use as digital photo frame tools.

Get more ideas for your outdated tech at Wired.com.

How to Repurpose Your Old Gadgets,” Wired.com (Oct. 18, 2020)