Have an old iPad that’s antiquated by Apple’s standards that you intend to throw away? Don’t. That marvellous piece of tech can still enjoy a second life as a device that can do a lot more. Here are ten ideas on how you can reuse before you recycle an old iPad:
eBook and Audiobook Reader
The iPad, regardless of whether it’s the 7.9-inch, 10 inch or 12-inch model, is really good for reading text. It’s ideal for when you need a dedicated eBook or audiobook reader that can hold many digital formats, including magazines and comics.
Get a reader app that supports what you need, including ones that can open PDFs or comic books. Examples include, Apple Books, and Amazon Kindle.
Dedicated In-Car Navigation and Entertainment System
Upgrade your in-car entertainment at a very cost-effective manner by getting a tablet mount and putting it on your dashboard. Your old iPad will have the necessary hardware, including GPS and HDMI out for navigational and connectivity purposes.
This can come in really handy when you’re going on a road trip with kids or to a new location. Save up on having a new GPS dash installed by setting up a perfectly serviceable gadget.
This reuse method will require some kind of adjustable stand or a tripod. Then, walk around the house and see where you can put up a security camera. It can be in the baby’s room as an audio-visual monitor, in the hallway so you can see the comings and goings of family members, or the garage.
Download a free surveillance app that has video recording and 24/7 monitoring features for the best results. Then, you’re good to go!
A Digital Photo Frame
Why spend up to £200 on a 10-inch, high resolution digital picture frame when you have an iPad that can get the job done?
Add a stand and you can have one on your desk, the hallway or the living room. Mount it on a wall and it can be a conversation starter with guests. A slideshow app can put your favourite family photos and vacation pictures up front and centre.
Tired of rehashing that same old dinner? With an old iPad hanging on the kitchen wall, you can look up recipes on YouTube or on cooking apps and come up with an entirely new dish that can tickle you and your family’s taste buds!
But that’s not all, the iPad can be a powerful kitchen tool. It can be a unit converter, a timer or a voice-assisted cooking companion that gets activated by saying ‘Hey, Siri’.
Offline Entertainment Device
When the internet goes down, you could be staring into space and be bored in just 2 minutes. Or, you can plan ahead and stuff your old iPad with videos and movies. The beauty of the iPad is that it’s great for media consumption. And while it doesn’t allow for storage expansion, you can easily squeeze in a good 6 to 8 hours’ worth of movies and TV shows in a 32GB model.
Take advantage of apps like Netflix and Prime Video that let you download hours of video entertainment to watch offline at your pleasure. Ideal for individuals and families travelling or on the go with reliable internet connections harder to come by.
Dedicated Music Server
Turn your old iPad into a portable media player. Thanks to apps like Spotify, Apple Music, Pandora, YouTube Music, and the like, you can download all your favourite music to listen to offline and wirelessly stream audio via Bluetooth headphones or speakers to liven up parties!
Imagine having a cup of coffee and flipping on the pages of your…iPad? Install news apps such as Flipboard, Apple News, Feedly, Google News, and the latest podcast apps like Apple Podcasts, Pandora, and TuneIn so you can keep up to date with current trends and news happening locally and around the world.
Smart Home Controller
You’ve got a HomeKit, Siri and smart devices such as Wi-Fi lighting, connected appliances and automatic blinds. You’re probably using your smartphone to control them, but a backup device such as your old iPad can come in really handy as a dedicated master control.
Install all the apps on the tablet and mount on the wall with an attached charger. You’ll have a regulator for your home devices without having to look at your mobile.
Second Monitor Display
Having a second monitor has its perks and advantages, and the truth is you won’t have to spend a single cent to make it happen. All you’ll need is an existing device, such as the iPad and an app that can make it function like a second monitor via USB connection or Wi-Fi.
With this setup, you can become more productive and get more work done. Not bad for an old iPad that you intend to throw in the trash!
The iPad is a versatile piece of equipment that can serve a variety of functions. Contribute to a sustainable future and reuse your old iPad with our 10 creative tips!
*This is a collaborative post edited by Lacey Dearie, but contributed by Plunc*