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Tip of the Week: New Uses for an Old Mobile Device

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Once a mobile device outlives its presumed usefulness, the default assumption is that there is nothing left to do but dispose of it. Many people will trade in their old mobile device for a very small amount of money off their new phone. However, before you do so, reconsider. There may be other ways that your device could show its utility. For this week’s tip, we will look at new uses for an old mobile device and a few ways that an aged-out smartphone or tablet can still be handy for you, even in the office!

Keep in mind that these are all only suggestions, and should all be run by your IT resource for approval before you try to tweak anything.

New Uses for an Old Mobile Device – Remote into Your Home Desktop

While we can help create solutions that allow your team to access their workstations from home, you and your users may find yourself needing the opposite connectivity at times. There are many apps that, when installed on both devices, allow you to turn your Android device into a terminal tied to your home system. With so many employees working at home due to coronavirus, this could be useful.

Turn it into a Video Conferencing Hub

With a few older devices, you can easily create a video communications network to collaborate with others in the office, or even others across the world. A stand, a power source, and a Wi-Fi connection are all you need, and you’ll have a reliable means of reaching out via video.

Make it a Decorative Feature for Your Desk

This is a creative one many people probably don’t realize is an option. Real productivity isn’t possible in a completely sterile environment, so why not jazz up your workspace with a photograph. Find out if the cloud service of your choice has a slideshow function, as Google Photos does, and let your phone rotate out your photos. Alternatively, there are webcam apps that can deliver a livestream of some remote location directly to your desk, if you prefer. If you’d like something with some more functionality, you could always set up your old smartphone to be a desk clock or calendar to give yourself a quick-access reference point for these needs.

Turn it into a Security Camera

If there’s something special you want to keep an eye on while you’re at the office (or again, vice versa), you can also set up your mobile device to act as an impromptu security camera. Various applications are available that will allow you to stream a live feed from your mobile device to a web browser, keeping you in-the-know of everything that is happening while you’re away. This isn’t really a replacement for physical security for your business, but it’s a great way to keep tabs on your dog at home. If you would like more instruction on how to make this happen, check out our blog on the topic.

Of course, if your mobile device is ready for retirement, you should at least dispose of it responsibly and properly. However we hope these new uses for a mobile device are helpful to you. If you would like to try to implement any of the ideas above or need any other IT support or IT solutions, reach out to our team at Symmetric IT Group to learn more about recycling your electronics securely, and for any other IT-related questions, at (813) 749-0895.

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