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8 Things You Can Do with an Old Tablet

Tech - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 2/16/2021

A mom and her son on a tablet together

Technology is always moving forward. What's new today becomes outdated very quickly. This is especially true of your digital devices. Tablets and phones have a pretty short shelf life before they're inevitably replaced by a newer, more advanced model. So, what do you do with your old tablet when you get a new one? Here are eight creative ways to reuse your older model tablet.

Turn Your Tablet Into a Digital Cookbook

Need a convenient place to store your favorite recipes? Designate your old tablet as a digital cookbook. Using it exclusively for this purpose will make it much easier to keep your recipes organized. Best of all, with an older model tablet, you don't have to worry about getting it dirty if you get a little too messy in the kitchen.

Transform It Into a Digital Photo & Frame

Not using your old tablet? Prop it on a shelf and use it to show off your favorite photos. You can even create slideshows to cycle through your favorite memories. This is an especially great use for models that are several generations old and may be too slow for other functions.

Convert Your Tablet Into a Baby Monitor

Instead of buying a new baby monitor, set up your old tablet in your baby's nursery, then sync it to your phone using a baby monitoring app like Dormi. This will allow you to stream live audio of your little one and make sure they're staying happy and healthy.

Use It as an E-Reader

If you've got an old tablet that's just taking up space, why not use it to catch up on your reading? Storing all of your electronic books on an old device will help save memory on your newest tablet and make it easy to organize your favorite titles.

Set Up a Dedicated Music Player

It's easy to set up a music station. Just pick up a Bluetooth speaker and you're good to go. Stream your favorite digital channels, music streaming services, podcasts and more.

Adopt It as a Digital Alarm Clock

Set up your old tablet near your bed to use it as a digital clock. You can even set it to wake you up in the morning to your favorite song or playlist.

Make It Into a Universal Smart Remote

Instead of keeping track of multiple remotes, why not use your old tablet as a remote for everything in your home. Use it to control smart TVs, soundbars, as well as smart home products like smart lights, plugs, cameras and more.

Recycle Your Old Tablet

Not interested in any of the ideas mentioned above? No problem. Instead of throwing it out, bring it to your nearest Batteries Plus to be recycled. You'll be doing your part for the environment by reducing landfill waste, repurposing valuable components and helping to keep harmful materials from leaching into the soil. Keep in mind that due to different state and local regulations, there is some variation in the type of recyclable material each store accepts. Fees also may apply. Contact your nearest store for exact details.

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