Recycling your old phones is one solution that helps the environment, but recycling itself should always be the last resort.

Do you remember the “reduce-reuse-recycle” mantra?

It’s hard to cut down on power, but now you can put your old phones to good use in a number of ways. This way you postpone the need to recycle a phone until the device has helped you in every way possible, a plus sustainable way to manage e-waste.

If you’re wondering what to do with old phones, ComputerWorld has put together a fantastic guide showing how an old phone can be repurposed instead of gathering dust or ending up in a landfill.

Since the 90s, people have been wondering what to do with old cell phones, but nowadays since most of the market is Android phones, the list of ideas for old phones is endless. After all, you’re carrying in your pocket a computing device better than the ones NASA used to put a person on the moon!

The first suggestion is the easiest to do: just turn your old phone into a wireless trackpad for your computer. All you have to do is install a free app called Unified Remote.

Another idea, if your phone has a built-in IR blaster, is to turn your old phone into a universal remote for most of your other smart devices.

It might also help clean up the storage on your current phone.

Want your old phone to help a lot of others?

Even if your old phone isn’t a good giveaway because it can’t handle today’s app demands, it can still impact the world in other ways.

You can actually donate its computing power to science through projects like HTC Power to Give, which helps researchers complete large projects, or the UC Berkeley Seismology Lab to detect earthquakes around the world. MyShake app help.

However, there is a world of possibilities of what you can do with an old phone that somehow still works.

Skip the recycling bin and head to Computer World for even more ideas.

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