Sign in with
Sign up | Sign in

9 New Uses For Your Old iPhone

9 New Uses For Your Old iPhone
By

Upgrading? Turn that brick iPhone or iPod Touch into a useful tool as iPhone 4 arrives. Here are nine mini-projects to help you do that.

Plan on upgrading to the latest iPhone 4? Great, but what do you do with your old iPhone or iPod Touch that now looks old, useless, and outdated? You could sell it and earn back some of what you originally spent or give it to a friend or family member. But, instead of getting rid of the old to make way for the new, why not put your old iPhone or iPod Touch to better use?

The iPhone and iPod Touch, including the oldest models, are still both very capable devices. Their capacitive, multi-touch screens are still some of the best and most accurate in the industry. Their shapes are thin and lightweight and the iPod Touch in particular is almost astonishingly flat. The user interface is simple and intuitive, and chances are you’re pretty familiar with how it works. It would be a shame to simply toss out a perfectly functional device when there are so many cool things anyone can do with it.

We’ve compiled a list of nine great things you can do with that old hardware to put it to good use. In the following pages, we cover our favorite uses for these older devices. If you think of something we missed, let us know in the comments section below.

Display 20 Comments.
This thread is closed for comments
  • 7 Hide
    icepick314 , June 15, 2010 10:25 PM
    what?

    no paper weight or door stop?
  • 6 Hide
    abhifx , June 16, 2010 1:43 PM
    or it can be given to someone like me who cant afford a smart phone. believe me its a good idea :) 
  • 5 Hide
    NuclearShadow , June 16, 2010 6:41 PM
    Apple products have a perfect logo a Apple with a bite taken out of it. What do you do when you no longer want/need a apple that you took a bite of? Do you give it away? NO! Do you find some other purpose for it? NO! You throw it in the trash. And that is what Apple wants you to do. Buy the new and discard the old because the old is uncool and you want to be cool right?

    This is a paid advertisement from the Church of Steve Jobs and the Macintosh Saints.

    P.S. Expect your new hardware to be outdated in 6 months. Remember only those who stay true to Jobs and buy all the new products to be saved from eternal torment from the devil Bill Gates and his place of eternal anguish Microsoft.

    Praise Jobs! Macllelujah!
  • 1 Hide
    dredg98 , June 17, 2010 3:24 AM
    NuclearShadowApple products have a perfect logo a Apple with a bite taken out of it. What do you do when you no longer want/need a apple that you took a bite of? Do you give it away? NO! Do you find some other purpose for it? NO! You throw it in the trash. And that is what Apple wants you to do. Buy the new and discard the old because the old is uncool and you want to be cool right? This is a paid advertisement from the Church of Steve Jobs and the Macintosh Saints.P.S. Expect your new hardware to be outdated in 6 months. Remember only those who stay true to Jobs and buy all the new products to be saved from eternal torment from the devil Bill Gates and his place of eternal anguish Microsoft.Praise Jobs! Macllelujah!



    Everything gets outdated in 6 months!
  • 2 Hide
    brianmoz , June 17, 2010 2:25 PM
    dredg98Everything gets outdated in 6 months!

    i dont get it. are you talking about technology in general or apple...my wife has 3g and is happy with it...that came out 2 years ago. Its not good to be a fanboy or a hater. the more you guys make these indignant claims as if your victims of apple or something the more you sound pathetic. Its a company that makes products. People buy them that want them and people who dont want them dont buy them. some people get angry about them for ...why?
  • 0 Hide
    JimmiG , June 17, 2010 3:47 PM
    abhifxor it can be given to someone like me who cant afford a smart phone. believe me its a good idea


    Same here. Still using a Samsung clamshell phone I bought for about $90 in 2006. It still works great, but I'm buying a smart phone finally this summer. I will keep the Samsung as a secondary phone for when I don't want to bring the bigger and more expensive smart phone (ie pubs etc.).
  • 1 Hide
    dredg98 , June 17, 2010 4:24 PM
    brianmozi dont get it. are you talking about technology in general or apple...my wife has 3g and is happy with it...that came out 2 years ago. Its not good to be a fanboy or a hater. the more you guys make these indignant claims as if your victims of apple or something the more you sound pathetic. Its a company that makes products. People buy them that want them and people who dont want them dont buy them. some people get angry about them for ...why?



    Technology in general once you buy something its pretty much outdated
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , June 17, 2010 11:00 PM
    OK.. so basically an old iPhone can be hacked and improved or used like a flash drive. Since the replacement phone will presumably be better than a jailbroken iPhone with a skype app; and since flash drives are smaller and more reliable than anything Apple makes I think my conclusion is: I'd rather smash it with a hammer.
  • 0 Hide
    NuclearShadow , June 18, 2010 4:24 AM
    hammatimeOK.. so basically an old iPhone can be hacked and improved or used like a flash drive. Since the replacement phone will presumably be better than a jailbroken iPhone with a skype app; and since flash drives are smaller and more reliable than anything Apple makes I think my conclusion is: I'd rather smash it with a hammer.


    Now your thinking the Apple way! Why do you think the all mighty Jobs does not want you to upgrade a Mac? The very thought of upgrading is silly you simply smash the old Mac and buy a new!

    Jobs iBless you, Jobs ibless us all! iAmen
  • 0 Hide
    compprob237 , June 18, 2010 10:54 AM
    JimmiGSame here. Still using a Samsung clamshell phone I bought for about $90 in 2006. It still works great, but I'm buying a smart phone finally this summer. I will keep the Samsung as a secondary phone for when I don't want to bring the bigger and more expensive smart phone (ie pubs etc.).


    >_> I'm still using a Motorola SLVR L7e. Although, my Zune HD replaced everything a "Smartphone" would do without the bulk. On the plus side I like the fact I can drop my SLVR from my 2nd story balcony (everybody drops their phone at least once) and know that it will still work and not be broken nor expensive to fix/replace.
  • 0 Hide
    awood28211 , June 18, 2010 6:59 PM
    WTF. This should have been titled OLD uses for your OLD phone... There's nothing new about any of this...

    ...and... "The iPhone, with its capacitive touch screen, makes for a perfect universal remote. It doesn’t need replacement batteries, it’s powerful enough to control any number of devices, and everyone knows how to use it."

    WRONG! I for one have never even stuck one single finger to the screen of an iPhone. therefore not "EVERYONE knows how to use it."

  • -1 Hide
    Anonymous , June 18, 2010 7:14 PM
    Nice write up with some good suggestions. I never even thought about keeping my 3g as a back-up, but it makes sense. Or to have it as my "new" iPod instead - that works out well.
  • 0 Hide
    quantumrand , June 18, 2010 11:45 PM
    It's all fine and dandy until it tells you that you need to activate it again. Without a valid SIM card, iTunes won't let you activate the iPhone, and you won't be able to use it for anything.
  • 0 Hide
    compprob237 , June 21, 2010 5:57 PM
    #4 is about the only one i'd find a use for keeping it. Otherwise, i'd sell it or give it to the needy (if i so had one but since SOME people can't afford these...)


    side note: Lovin the ads /sarcasm
  • 0 Hide
    jacobdrj , June 21, 2010 8:14 PM
    Universal remote is kind of cool... but it has the same problem as every other ur, no RF remote control of Dish Network boxes...
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , June 23, 2010 6:35 PM
    A remote is a great use of an old iPhone when you get a 4G. The Re by www.newkinetix.com has features that make a Harmony One user envious. It's great to have a remote that works everywhere in my house, and I can get the show I want at the bar...carefully!
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , July 1, 2010 12:03 PM
    I use a blackberry 8703g.Totally outdated, but i was able to upgrade
    the software to 4.5.I use it for E-mail both out and in.calls,text,
    and in a rare occasion web surfing.I love the scroll wheel,they wear
    out twice a year,but I have replacement ins. so I get a new one free.I have a unlimited data plan from sprint and my contract is up
    so I can go month to month until a truly great phone comes out.
    christoph
  • 0 Hide
    hiros777 , July 9, 2010 8:03 AM
    I use my old iPod and iPhone as nice desktop Photo-Frames. My wife does the same with her old iPod. I am getting my new iPhone 4G today but I will keep my two-year-old 3G iPhone as backup unit.
  • 0 Hide
    Anonymous , November 29, 2011 5:28 PM
    You're against iUpdates, then you agree with Henry Ford, the Soviets and the old Western Electric-- we'll only sell you one model, it will last forever, never be updated, and will be black. All you have to do is say goodby to the technology revolution we've been immersed in for the past generation and everything it provides. Quadraphonic sound, anyone?
  • 0 Hide
    Michael Hiser , September 16, 2013 5:26 PM
    You could always trade it in. Make some serious cash. Easy yo.

    Top 10 Sites To Trade in Your Old iPhone:

    http://blog.promotionalcodes.com/article/Top-10-Sites-to-Trade-In-Your-Old-iPhone/103
Tom’s guide in the world
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Ireland
  • UK
Follow Tom’s guide
Subscribe to our newsletter