Network Synergy Blog

Network Synergy has been serving the Trumbull area since 1988, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Tip of the Week: Putting Your Old Android Device to Good Use

Tip of the Week: Putting Your Old Android Device to Good Use

Considering how often smartphones are replaced, you’re bound to have a couple of them stashed away for a rainy day. These devices are particularly helpful in the event that your smartphone breaks unexpectedly, but there are other purposes that you might want to keep in mind. Here are three ways you might be able to use your old mobile devices around the office.

A Portable Trackpad
There are all sorts of applications out there that can help you use your old phone for any number of uses for your computer. For example, you could use it as an extra controller for various apps or specialized features, allowing for an alternative way to control media playback, among other functionality.

You can achieve this by using the Touchpad app  on the Google Play store. It’s not perfect, but it’s the safest way to download legitimate apps. You should also run the decision by your IT department or IT decision makers to ensure that these apps will be compatible with your technology.

A Universal Remote
An old smart device might be a great way to take control of your other office devices. You can use a universal remote app from the Google Play store to control all sorts of devices around your office, eliminating the need to hold onto that old TV remote. Plus, since you are using just one device for every single television in your office, you don’t need to keep track of multiple remotes. If you have an older smartphone that comes with an onboard IR Blaster, you can utilize it as a TV remote, since many newer smartphones don’t come with one.

Makeshift Security Cameras
There are applications that you can find on the Google Play store that can turn your device into a miniature security camera. You might be surprised by how many different features you can find for this purpose. You can boost your business’ physical security presence, all by logging into a web browser. You can even record the footage and have it activated when detecting motion.

Of course, if you want to take your security seriously, you will want to discuss integrating a network-based IP camera security system.

Donate Your Old Devices to Science
If you choose to donate your device to the Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing, or BOINC, you will be providing the organization a valuable tool that allows them to advance various research projects. Resources donated to BOINC have been used toward researching the climate, molecular dynamics, genetic sequencing, measuring earthquake magnitude, and much more, all with the intent to make a better and more informed environment.

If this sounds like a better option than letting your devices collect dust in your junk drawer, just download the BOINC app from the Google Play store and select what kind of research you want your phone’s resources to go toward. This app will only run if your device has been charged and plugged in--the app will only work in this way so that your device isn’t being drained from this type of use, and thanks to it only transmitting data via Wi-Fi, you won’t waste any of your data, either.

What are some of your favorite ways to use your old Android devices? Let us know in the comments.



No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Tuesday, 22 May 2018
If you'd like to register, please fill in the username, password and name fields.

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab

QR-Code dieser Seite

Sign Up

  • First Name *
  • Last Name *

      Blog Categories

      Printer The Internet of Things Data Warehousing Files Recovery Error Server Management Service-based Business Computing Infrastructure Current Events Work/Life Balance Microsoft Excel Hacking Twitter Chatbots Tip of the week Migration Electronic Medical Records Phishing Cache BDR IT Management Customer Relationship Management Display Search Operations GPS Heating/Cooling PDF Information Technology Office Black Market Spyware Streaming Media Business Growth Technology Tips Project Management Sports Star Wars Personal Information Presentation Artificial Intelligence Google Analyitcs Bitcoin Business Innovation CrashOverride Food Communication Android Hard Drives Government Business Owner How To Save Money End of Support Inbound Marketing IT Consulting Scheduling Automobile Business Intelligence Mouse Safety Customer Service Hosted Solutions Collaboration Entrepreneur Smart Tech Websites G Suite Private Cloud Windows 8 Business Computing Smartphones Data Security Logs IT Support Data Recovery Typing Undo Employer-Employee Relationship Unsupported Software Blockchain Mobile Security Going Green Macro Access Control Big Data Business Continuity Remote Monitoring Applications Screen Reader Data storage Running Cable Technology Laws Cloud Computing Wearable Technology Co-managed IT Excel Data Loss Data Taxes Social Networking SaaS Hotspot 3D Printing Servers Cookies Budget Computer Website PowerPoint Tablet Internet Scam People Legislation Work Station Value Productivity Black Friday Infrastructure Competition LinkedIn Best Practices Identity Piracy Passwords Chrome Software Connectivity Network Congestion Conferencing Downloads Thank You App Skype Computing Computer Accessories Troubleshooting Router Vendor Management Regulations Downtime Language IT Consultant Business Management Charger Hacker Social Media Crowdsourcing Document Management Virtual Desktop Modem Break Fix Risk Management Apple Permissions Cloud HIPAA Humor Managed IT services Internet Exlporer Writing Hard Drive Operating System Google Maps Congratulations Robot Cooperation Scary Stories LiFi Domains Digital Signature Mobile Data Tracking Mobile Technology Law Firm IT IT service Hardware 3D Remote Support Microsoft Malware Dark Web Managed IT Services Password Office 365 Mobile Devices User Error Motion sickness IoT Machine Learning Hiring/Firing Antivirus Public Speaking Word Browser Techology Windows IBM Emoji Remote Computing Secruity User Avoiding Downtime YouTube Business Technology Data Management Bring Your Own Device Superfish Recycling Managed IT Address Cameras Health Administration iPhone Cortana Workplace Tips Augmented Reality eWaste Programming Net Neutrality Upgrade BYOD Webcam Tech Term Utility Computing Network Security Wi-Fi Managed IT Service Spam Unified Communications Email eBay Disaster Recovery Efficiency Software as a Service Printing Laptop IP Address Politics Text Messaging Computer Care Google Drive Saving Time IT budget Specifications Best Practice Refrigeration Crowdfunding Automation User Tips Company Culture Help Desk Law Enforcement Wireless Fax Server Windows 8.1 Update Comparison Staff CIO Debate Touchscreen Bluetooth Holiday Google Calendar Windows 10 Identity Theft Upgrades Webinar Web Server Google Wallet Gmail Memory Halloween Cryptocurrency Staffing Healthcare Assessment Start Menu CCTV Flexibility Google Analytics Consumers Privacy Education Leadership USB WiFi Hosted Solution Mobile Computing Battery Best Available Social Hard Disk Drive Digital Payment Trending Virtualization Money Unified Threat Management Redundancy Telephone Systems Patch Management Relocation Nanotechnology Distributed Denial of Service Marketing Meetings Tip of the Week Saving Money Technology Legal IT Support Smart Technology Phone System Apps Maintenance Mobile Device Proactive IT Cyber Monday Alert Tutorials File Sharing Uninterrupted Power Supply Alt Codes Statistics Managed Service Provider Training Vulnerability Telephony Virus Sync Gaming Console Physical Security Motherboard Ransomware Social Engineering IT Solutions Online Currency Facebook Processors Smartphone VPN Outlook Computer Repair Supercomputer Fraud Wireless Technology Data Backup Compliance Mobility Office Tips IT Technicians Chromebook Lenovo Botnet Gadgets Mobile Device Management Mobile Office Internet of Things Unified Threat Management Notifications Bandwidth Point of Sale Drones Alerts Mirgation Multi-Factor Security Small Business Time Management Data Breach Gadget Windows 10 Retail Corporate Profile 5G Mail Merge Quick Tips Virtual Private Network PC Care Google Docs Deep Learning Cost Management Backups Digital Save Time Virtual Reality Experience Buisness Cybercrime Environment communications Disaster Resistance Firefox Backup Samsung Computers Storage Software Tips Paperless Office Cleaning Settings Microsoft Office Tech Support Solid State Drive Travel Public Cloud Hackers Security Print Server Users Outsourced IT VoIP Trainging Licensing Identities Administrator Productivity Server History Shortcut SharePoint Monitors Lithium-ion Battery Application IT Services Intranet Encryption Network Content Filtering Firewall Fun Tip of the Work Video Surveillance Hacks Disaster Network Management Consultation Documents Cabling Knowledge Miscellaneous Networking Cybersecurity Two-factor Authentication

      Latest Blogs

      Artificial intelligence is perhaps most commonly known as a malevolent force, thanks to popular culture. HAL 9000, Ultron, and many others have reinforced that A.I. will be the dow...

      Latest News

      Our Site Has Launched!


      Welcome to Our New Site!
      We are proud to announce the unveiling of our new website at Network Synergy!

      Read more ...

      Contact Us

      Learn more about what Network Synergy can do for your business.


      Call us today    203.261.2201

      Fax Number :    203-261-2935

      126 Monroe Turnpike
      Trumbull, Connecticut 06611

      facebook twitter linkedin #youtube