What makes an iPhone a great smartphone is its LCD touch screen, battery life, camera, and many other features. But if one of these elements becomes damaged, this does not mean you can’t successfully repurpose your broken iOS device.
As a result, there are several creative ways to repurpose your device and give it a whole new purpose.
Repurpose Your Device as A New Game System
Let’s say your iPhone or iPad has a poor speaker, and a broken rare camera.
Even though it may be inconvenient at first, this is the perfect opportunity to use your device exclusively for gaming.
Rather than having to save storage space for important data, you can finally download that one game you’ve always wanted to.
Here’s a plus: You won’t have to worry about conserving your battery to do other tasks on your phone like making a phone call or checking your email.
Repurpose Your Device as A High-Quality Camera
If your phone has a damaged volume button or a cracked screen, focus on using it for its camera.
Rather than spend hundreds or even thousands on a handheld or DSLR, use your phone to capture an image.
For instance, the new iPhone 12 has a night mode and Smart HDR 3 camera features, which allows it to enhance and balance elements such as color, sharpness, and texture.
Depending on your device, you could already own a studio-quality camera.
Repurpose Your Device as Extra Data Storage
You should still keep your broken device handy, especially if it stores important data.
Depending on the damages, continue to use your device to save contacts, store passwords and organize files.
If you have data on your computer that you‘d like to store on another device, you can also load information directly to your phone.
Once you have all of the important information needed, be sure to back everything up on iCloud so you can have it forever.
Repurpose Your Device as a New Home Appliance
Are you constantly losing your remote control? Consider turning your damaged device into one.
The App Store has several universal remotes that are compatible with smart TVs.
If you need help getting up in the morning, use your phone as an alarm clock. If you need to keep track of your time in other ways, use your phone as a stopwatch or timer.
Even though home phones are not as common as they once were, if you are ever in need of one, just use your unused or damaged device. A typical home does not have many features besides displaying caller ID, so using a damaged iPhone won’t feel any different.
Depending on the damages, owning an unused or broken iPhone can still be useful in so many ways. But if you want your phone to actually function the way it’s meant to, there is always an option to get it repaired.
Repair services such as iFixYouri can fix your device while saving you money and time. If you are not sure what exactly is wrong with your phone, a free diagnostic service is also provided.
For the iPhone specifically, iFixYouri repairs:
- Broken glass
- Water damage
- Vibrate switch
- Ear speaker
- Volume button
- Front/ Rare camera
- Power button
- Charging port
After this is all said and done, if you are still not able to successfully repurpose your broken iOS device, or you don’t think it’s worth it, you can always sell your device to a buy-back company in the condition that it is in.
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