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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 October 16, 2019

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

11 Meeting Scheduler Apps to Boost Your Productivity

Automations are key to improving efficiency. Set the system up right from the beginning and you’ll reduce the amount of no-shows and cancellations.

Whatever your business is, with automations, meeting scheduler apps do more than just streamline appointment setting. They prime your workflow for maximum results.

Meeting scheduler apps are awesome if you use them right. Use them wrong and you can look like an arrogant elitist.

In this article, I will share with you 11 great meeting scheduler apps you can start using today to boost your productivity.

1. ScheduleOnce

    ScheduleOnce is an industry leader and robust solution. Whether you work alone or have a large team, ScheduleOnce can support you.

    ScheduleOnce allows you to create multiple users and multiple calendars. I use one calendar for booking podcast guests with automations set up to prep my guests for our interview. I use another calendar for strategy sessions and coaching calls.

    ScheduleOnce also has embeddable widgets so you can keep the scheduler inside your own website.

    Starting at $7 a month and a 14 day free trial, ScheduleOnce can fit a variety of needs in business.

    Available on Web

    2. Calendly

      Calendly stands out for its clean, easy to use interface. If you like clean design, Calendly might be your choice. It too has robust automations and integrations for individuals and teams alike.

      You can try Calendly free for 14 days. Their basic plan is free while their most robust plan is only $12 a month.

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      Available on Web | Google Chrome Extension

      3. Assistant.to

        For those who use gmail, Assistant.to is a super simple solution.

        From inside an email, you click on the Assistant.to icon and pick times your free. Assistant.to embeds the times directly into the email so the recipient can quickly pick a time that works for them.

        While it doesn’t have all the bells and whistles of apps like Calendly or ScheduleOnce, Assistant.to is completely free.

        Available on Web

        4. Acuityscheduling

          Acuity is a robust meeting scheduler very similar to ScheduleOnce. It integrates with CRMs, Email Marketing platforms, Analytics tools and accounting software.

          It comes with a 14 day free trial. They have a free solo account but if you want the benefit of the integrations, you’ll start as low as $15 a month and can cost up to $50 a month.

          Available on Web | iOS | Android

          5. Pick

            Built for simplicity, Pick is direct and easy to use. You can create your own url extension like pick.co/yournamehere and it integrates with Google calendar and Office 365.

            At $3 a month, this is a great tool for quick scheduling.

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            Available on Web

            6. X.ai

              For those who are early adopters of AI, this may be the solution for you. X.ai created two AI assistants they call Amy and Andrew Ingram. After setting up your account you simply CC them on your emails with the person you’re wanting to schedule and the AI assistants will email your guests from there until your appointment is set.

              This type of scheduler feels more personal because of the dialogue. There are stories on their site of people thinking Amy and Andrew are real people. X.ai integrates with Google, Office 365 and Outlook.

              Starting at $29 a month for an Individual account and $39 a month per user for a Team account, Amy and Andrew are ready to schedule meetings for you. Want to try it out first? They do have a free trial.

              Available on Web

              7. YouCanBook.me

                is another competitive solution for scheduling meetings online. You can manage the calendars of your entire team, configure booking forms, and integrate with your calendar.

                They have a free account branded with their company name or you can have some control over your branding and appearance at $10 a month for all their features. Either way, this company is worth a look.

                Available on Web

                8. Doodle

                  Doodle is unique in the space of meeting schedulers because it helps groups of people find a time to meet that works for everyone.

                  It integrates with your calendar and allows you to send a poll to all invited. Once people vote on the poll you can see which time works best for everyone.

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                  You can also run polls for food preferences if you’re scheduling a lunch meeting or a section of town if people are coming from all over.

                  While there is a free account, you’ll unlock it’s potential starting at $39 per year.

                  Available on Web | iOS | Android

                  9. WhenAvailable

                    WhenAvailable is another scheduler that works for groups of people. You can use it to schedule a pickup game of basketball, decide on your next book club or book your family reunion.

                    Their free account allows up to 20 guests, unlimited events and one contact group. For $15 a year you unlock all the goodies including reminders and chat messages.

                    Available on Web

                    10. Rally

                      Like Doodle and WhenAvailable, Rallly is helpful for scheduling meetings and events with multiple people involved. You create a poll and everyone votes. It’s quick and easy.

                      Unlike Doodle, it doesn’t have as many features, but it’s entirely free.

                      Available on Web

                      11. NeedtoMeet

                        Finishing strong, NeedtoMeet is our last app that allows you to schedule meetings or events for multiple people. It has mobile apps, custom urls, easy polling, notifications and commenting.

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                        NeedtoMeet also allows 1:1 Meetings for things like performance reviews for your whole team. You send out the your calendar slots to your team and they can only pick 1 slot, minimizing the amount of emails and scheduling you have to coordinate.

                        While they have a free account, you can unlock all features for only $19 a year.

                        Available on Web

                        Bonus: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Using Meeting Schedulers

                        In the excitement of streamlining your scheduling process, it can be easy to forget the feelings of those you’re inviting to meet. I know. I’ve done this.

                        To say “Hey, schedule time on my calendar” feels colder than “Hey, here’s my calendar. To avoid all the back and forth, pick a time that works best for you.”

                        Always make sure to frame your invite with your scheduler app with the benefit to them and why we’re doing it this way rather than the old fashioned, personal way.

                        A little finesse goes a long way. Without it, you risk seeming transactional and cold.

                        Some meeting scheduler widgets you can embed in your site can take a couple seconds to load. If you go this route, make sure there’s text just above the widget that lets your guest know the calendar will appear below and to wait for it to load.

                        If you use an online meeting tool like Zoom, it’s also important to explicitly let them know the meeting will take place on Zoom and include the Zoom link in the email reminder. Many make the mistake of not clarifying where the meeting will actually take place which can create last minute chaos at the time of the meeting.

                        Should you require special settings, like ethernet, external mics or lighting, let your guests know that on your thank you page and reminder emails so they are prepared for the meeting and you end up with the best meeting possible.

                        With clear communication in your automation, your meeting scheduler tools can almost perform like a virtual assistant for a fraction of the cost, or free, depending on the app you choose.

                        The Bottom Line

                        Meeting scheduler apps are diverse in features and unique in design. Before committing to one and realizing it’s not a fit, I recommend exploring which 3 might best fit you and then doing a trial with each of them at the same time so that you can see how they feel as you use them side by side.

                        Scheduling meetings the old fashioned way can be tedious. Conversely, finding a scheduling app that works seamlessly in the background is heavenly.

                        Like cell phones, meeting scheduler apps are moving from a nice-to-have luxury to must-have necessity in the lives of productive people. As you explore your options, stay true to your brand and the tools that have worked well for you to this point and simply find a meeting scheduler app that plays well with what you have created.

                        Featured photo credit: rawpixel via unsplash.com

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