So, you got the iPhone X for Christmas. Or, you got an IOU for Christmas, but now you finally have it, and After taking 14 selfies of the unboxing experience for your blog/Facebook/Twitter/Instagram/Snapchat/blog/all of the above, you’re confronted with a problem. What do you do with your old 7? Normally, you’d just put it in the dedicated “graveyard” cupboard, where it will stay for many long years until you move out. But why leave your devices in a dark place to (metaphorically) rot away, when there are so many better things you could do with it?

Your iPhone/iPad still has a ton of life in it, so why should all that life be wasted? Here’s how to put it to good use.

 Give it to the kids

Have your kids been asking for a phone/tablet for the past however-long? Why not give them your old iPhone/iPad? You can set parental controls (not as good as a Mac, but still OK), you can download all the apps you’re OK with them using etc. etc. It may not be much to you, but to them, it will be like a transition into adulthood, and a new responsibility that you (now the greatest parent ever) have entrusted them with (I sound like an author for Child don’t I?).

Use it as a second display

Laptops are truly a computer revolution (did I mention Apple invented them?). But, they have one small problem: The screen is too small for many types of productive work. There’s no space for Zoom if you’re video calling your boss. There’s no space for Discord if you’re gaming, and there’s no space for YouTube if you’re catching up on Apple Keynotes (or something). So why not turn your iPad into a (small) second monitor for your Mac? Introducing Duet Display! Duet Display will turn your iPad into a second monitor for your Mac, and all you need is a Lighting Cable to connect them up. There is one snag though: the price. It costs, (ahem) $10. Ouch.

Use it as a Smart Home Hub

Yes, we know you’re out there. In your mind, your house is Tony Stark’s Mansion, and Siri is your JARVIS: Controlling your home with your voice was once a sci-fi dream, but now it’s a reality. If your old iPad is compatible with iOS 11, (iPad Pro, iPad 5th Generation or later, iPad Mini 2 or later and iPad Air or Air 2), you can turn your iPad into a smart home controller using HomeKit. Always wanted to control your home while you’re away (with HomeKit) but don’t have an Apple TV? As of iOS 10, you can set an iPad to be your Hub. Plus, if you’ve always dreamed of having a dedicated screen (or two) for Smart Home control in your house? You can restrict your iPad to running the Home app with Guided Access, and if you buy a couple of packs of Sugru and follow these instructions, this setup could be yours:

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Use it as an Apple TV remote

Are you always losing the Apple TV remote? Is your movie night filled with arguments about who gets the Apple TV remote? Then you are in luck! Download the Apple TV Remote app for iPhone and use it as you would an Apple TV remote!

Send it in for recycling

Remember the cover image? That robot is a Liberation iPhone Auto Disassembly Machine or LIAM. He (and all his LIAM pals) will disassemble your iOS device and retrieve the reusable parts. All you need to do is pop into your local Apple Store and hand it in, and you’ll even get a Gift Card to say thanks for saving the planet.


I can read your thoughts. “Finally! I can clear out the Graveyard, and I’ll have another cupboard for Arts and Crafts!” Really, who needs a graveyard when you can put your iPhone to such good use? And if you can’t use it? You can help save the planet, and get paid in the process!

Can you think of any other things to do? Let me know down in the comments!






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