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5 Ways To Put Your Old iPhone To Good Use

5 Ways To Put Your Old iPhone To Good Use

If you have anything older than an iPhone 5S: congratulations. You have an old iPhone! Not that that is a bad thing, as those phones are still perfectly capable of doing most tasks. Indeed, had I not dropped my iPhone 4S into a river, I would likely still be using it to this day.

Anyways, if you do decide to upgrade your smartphone, what happens to your trusty old iPhone 4/4S/5? One option of course is to sell it, but that is more difficult than it sounds. Sure, you could get a decent amount for your device if you find a buyer on Amazon, Craigslist, or Ebay. The only problem with that is that it takes time and effort on your part to make the sale, and there’s no guarantee that the buyer will be happy with your used device (if they find a scratch or defect for instance, they might ask for a refund).

Another option is to sell it off to your cellular service provider or a company like Gazelle, but they will only give you pennies on the dollar.

So, if selling your old iPhone isn’t the best idea, what else can you do? Keep it. Yup, even if you have a shiny new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus sitting in your hand right now, your old iPhone is still more than capable of performing other, less obvious tasks. Wondering what they are? Read on!

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1. Turn It Into A Universal Remote

Since you are no longer using your old iPhone as a daily driver, you don’t have to worry about draining its battery or otherwise over-using it. Most cable companies have an associated app on the app store that lets you control their cable boxes with your phone, meaning you can use your old iPhone to control every cable-box-controlled TV in your home.

It doesn’t end there either. Load Xbox Smart Glass onto your old iPhone, and use it to control your Xbox 360 or Xbox One without the need for a controller.

Beyond that, there are several other electronic devices that can be controlled through your iPhone as well. See what you have, and then check if there is an associated app. You will find that the possibilities are nearly endless!

2. Turn It Into A Dedicated Camera

Old iPhones such as the 4 and 5 can be turned into compact cameras with the addition of a few third party attachments (like improved lenses).

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Even without such additions, you can still treat your old iPhone as though it were an advanced digital camera. Wipe its hard drive, and you will have tons of space to work with. Then, you can use it to shoot and edit videos, pictures, and more!

Since your old iPhone is no longer your daily driver, you won’t have to worry about damaging it or putting it through too much use, and also won’t have to worry about clogging your storage with too many photos and videos.

3. Give It To Your Kids

Many parents buy their young children expensive tablets or other touchscreen devices to occupy themselves. Why not save yourself a buck and give them your old smartphone? It won’t have a cellular signal, so all it is essentially is a tiny tablet, perfect for children to consume content with.

If you are worried about your children’s safety, you can even download apps that allow you to set parental controls, blocking content that you don’t want your kids to access.

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4. Make It A Permanent Fixture In Your Car

Many modern cars these days are built with a central dashboard computing system included. Still, the majority of folks are driving cars that were made before these systems became commonplace within vehicles.

You can address that by turning your old iPhone into a dedicated computer for your older car. All you need is a quality dashboard mount, and you are good to go. Once installed, your phone will perform about as well as any other dashboard computing system, as you will have access not only to your music, but to GPS-based maps as well.

5. Turn It Into An Advanced Flash Drive

Is one of your computing devices running out of space? Worry no more, as your old iPhone can assist you. Just download this app, which allows you to transfer files to your old smartphone over WiFi.

This is a great way to put your old phone to good use, especially if you had a model with a lot of storage. Since you no longer need to use it as a daily driver, you can basically delete everything you had on it previously and use that free space to back up images, save documents, store movies, and archive music.

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Since you can transfer files over WiFi, you can even send files to your new iPhone from your old one, and vice versa. If you are an owner of the 16GB iPhone 6, that fact alone might make it worth keeping your old device around.

What did you do with your old iPhone? Did you sell it, or find a creative way to get a few more years of use out of it? Give us your thoughts in the comments section below!

Featured photo credit: iPhone4S/ Matthew Pearce via flickr.com

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Last Updated on February 15, 2019

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

Joe’s Goals

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    Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

    Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

    Daytum

      Daytum

      is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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      Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

      Excel or Numbers

        If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

        What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

        Evernote

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          I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

          Evernote is free with a premium version available.

          Access or Bento

            If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

            Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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            You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

            Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

            All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

            Conclusion

            I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

            What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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