Six Uses For An Old Tablet

The technology evolves every passing day and, consequently, what you buy today can be obsolete tomorrow. Of course, this is just a figure of speech, but the frequency with which we replace our gadgets is constantly increasing as new and useful things come up. Here are some unknown uses for an old tablet which, if you don’t give it away, can take over new practical roles in a home. The ideas come via

If you want to keep an eye on your home, your old Android tablet can serve as a connected security monitor, employing either its front or rear cameras to keep an eye on your home or office. There are a number of apps that make it easy to use your old Android device or devices for home security, but our favorite is AtHome Video Streamer.

You can use your Android tablet as a universal remote to do anything from change the TV channel to turn on your lights or turn down the thermostat. Most smart-home apps operate over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth, and you can control many smart TVs over Wi-Fi.

Many people pay $50 to $100 to buy digital photo frames that display slide shows of family pictures. However, if you have an old Android tablet that you’re willing to dedicate to this task, you can get that functionality without spending an extra dime. You turn your tablet into a photo frame by way of apps at the Play Store, one being Photo Slides. You’ll need to load all the photos you want onto the old tablet and place the device somewhere near an outlet so it can remain plugged in at all times.

Your computer’s storage drive contains a treasure trove of important data, from your family photos to your work reports. But no matter how secure your laptop is, a hardware or software failure can still wipe out your files. Install an app like Wi-Fi File Server Free, and your old tablet can serve as a wireless backup server, keeping a copy of your files available at all times on your local network or even on the Internet.

If you like to draw, you can use your old Android tablet to breathe new life into your artistic abilities. To set up your device as a digital canvas, purchase a stylus that you can use to write on the display (make sure the stylus is compatible with most Android devices first), then download an app or two that let you draw and paint, and go from there.

There are a number of painting apps available for Android. We like Drawing Board, a free app that’s very easy to use, or Autodesk SketchBook and Adobe Illustrator, which are a little more complex.

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