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18 great uses for an old Android device

JR Raphael | Jan. 17, 2014
That outdated Android device in your closet still has a lot to offer -- if you know what to do with it. Here are 18 excellent ways to give new life to an old phone or tablet.

16. Keep it handy for emergencies
Any cell phone can make emergency calls, even if it's not connected to active service. Keep an old phone charged up and in your car or travel bag; if something bad happens and your active phone is either dead or unavailable, you'll still have a way to get through to 911.

17. Sell it
This one's easy, right? After all, what's old to you is new to someone else. You can go the regular route and list your device on Craigslist or eBay -- or you can check in with a more niche service like Gazelle or Glyde to get an instant estimated price for your device. Amazon and Best Buy also both offer buyback programs that are worth investigating.

Whatever you do, make sure you head into your phone's settings and perform a full factory reset on the device before passing it along. You may also want to remove any memory cards you've added into the gadget.

18. Donate it
Feeling philanthropic? Rest assured: There's no shortage of organizations ready to put your old device in the hands of someone who could really use it.

A few possibilities worth considering:

So there you have it: 18 intriguing options for giving new life to your old device. Figure out which one best suits you -- and send those gadget-dwelling dust bunnies packing.


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