7 Ways To Make Use Of Your Old Windows Phone

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    An interesting way to re purpose an old Windows mobile device.

    1. Use it as a Fully-functional PC

    If you own the flagship Windows smartphone like Lumia 950/950XL, you can use it as a full-fledged Windows PC.
    This is possible with its Continuum feature. There are two ways to use continuum feature:

    NexDock – Nexdock is a laptop with all things but Brain and costs around $149. Just connect your Lumia smartphone to Nexdock via HDMI-to-Micro USB connector and that’s all you have a  fully functional Windows laptop. More about NexDock

    Microsoft display dock – The official gadget from Microsoft to use Continuum feature. Connect your phone to one side of dock and other side to a TV or Monitor via HDMI and you have a Complete Windows PC.


    2. A Personal Home cloud storage (No Internet required)

    Are you tired of copying files from one device to Other?
    Wouldn’t it be great to have your own cloud storage to store all your Movies, Music & files and access them wirelessly 24/7.

    Yeah it is quite possible with FTP server app for windows phone. With FTP server app you can store all files on Windows phone and view them from any Phone or Computer at your home.


    3. Gift it to your Mom/Dad

    Most Mom’s & dad’s or Grandparents

    aren’t tech-savvy and are uncomfortable using smartphone.But Windows phone can be easy~to~use for them with Large Icons (or Tiles). As they only need basic feature like Calling & messaging, it would be easy to use a windows phone.


    4. As a Remote control/ Mouse/ Keyboard for PC

    You can also use your Windows phone as a Mouse, Keyboard & Remote control for your Windows PC using PC Remote app.

    With PC remote app you can :

    • Use as Mouse & Keyboard
    • Control Media playback, Volume & Power point Presentation
    • Shutdown, Sleep, Restart your PC
    • Access PC files


    5. A Security/ Surveillance camera

    Though your phone cannot be a Replacement to a Security camera setup, using a spare windows phone as security camera is not a Bad idea.
    There are couple of Great apps to use your phone as security camera.

    Win IP camera : It is a great IP camera app. You can use any of the Front or Rear camera to watch live feed of your Home/office wherever you place it.
    Once you download and run it, you can just enter the IP address with port in any Browser on any device and Watch the live feed over WiFi (without Internet).

    There is another app called Gotya. This app doesn’t show you live feed, but it captures multiple pictures when it see any suspicious thing Moving. So it may someday help you catch a thief.


    6. Baby  Monitor

    What’s more Worrisome than leaving your Baby in one room and you are working in another.Well, Baby Monitor app can be of great help here.

    How to use:
    Just install & run Baby Monitor on your old windows phone, fix the phone on top of cradle so the camera is facing the baby.

    Install PC Remote server on your PC. Connect to your PC by opening Baby Monitor app and then Enable camera and Audio and your are good to go.


    7.  A Secondary & Bed-side device

    Having a secondary devices may seem unnecessary, but it would very helpful to have one. Some cases where having a Secondary phone is beneficial:

    Your primary phone is being repaired.

    Your phone is out of battery and you need a phone urgently.

    And also you can use your phone as a Bed-side device for bedside activities like Casual browsing, Gaming and Reading, while keeping your primary phone with Full of charge.

    Full story: https://digicular.com/old-lumia-windows-phone-uses/

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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    Dedicated GPS device for your car

    You can also fix your old windows phone in your car and use it as a GPS device to find your way on maps.

    All Windows phone comes preloaded with Here Maps, which is great for Finding a route and also get directions for driving and best part is it works Offline too.

    Waze is another good navigation app.
    If you are a fan of Google maps you can also try gMaps, an unofficial Google maps client for WIndows phone.

    In a completely sane world, madness is the only freedom (J.G.Ballard).

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