Updated: 17 January 2017

What To Do With Old iPhone or iPad (3 Unexpected Ways)

What to do with an old iPhone or an iPad – frequently asked question these days. Sell it? Give it to little ones? Use it as a cutting board? Well, in this article we came up 3 uses for an old iPhone & iPad you won't meet anywhere else. 

Josh Brown

Let me start with a little backstory: 

While developing our Mac & Windows application – WALTR, we noticed that many of our customers just LOVE to use our app for their old devices. Here's just one piece of feedback that we've received:

'Since I've started using WALTR, must say – proved to be very useful, since I can plug the kids' iPads up to the Mac Mini before a long trip, and 10 minutes later, they're good to go...'

This is how we knew that these ways actually work. Especially for iPads or iPhones that you don't know what to do with. 

Before we proceed – Let's start with a couple of common facts: 

Fact #1: There is a great number of people still keeping older generations of iPhones & iPads at home.

Fact#2: iOS 10 and majority of the modern applications aren't available for these devices. 

Fact #3: Even now – Older iOS gadgets have good storage size and Tech specs. 

In the end, scarcely any of them are actually used in everyday life. Taking into account our own experience and the big deal of feedback from our customers, we came up with the following ideas on what to do with old iPhone or iPad.

What to do with an old iPhone, iPad, iPod touch?

1.  Turn your iPad into a digital movie viewer
2.  Make an awesome hi-tech eBook
3.  Enjoy HD Music on your old iPad

And the best part – they all require a single application – WALTR. We'll show you how it works in this very article. 

Watch Movies on an iPad (or iPhone) Offline

Your iPad (no matter how old it is) has a good screen and is perfect for watching movies. With WALTR, there is a straight forward way to send movies for offline playback on your iOS device. 

We prepared a short screencast to show how this works: 

What’s great about this software – is that you just install it once on your computer but it turns out to be good for any iOS device you’re having: iPhone, iPod, iPad – absolutely no difference in generation.

This way you can get a pretty tasty chunk of movies on your iPad and you then can watch it on-the-go. Here's how:

Step 1. Start WALTR.

Download WALTR and install it. The download is free, so you can test the app before purchasing it.

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Step 2. Locate your video & music and drag it into WALTR.

Before using, connect your iPhone to computer via USB

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What’s good about it – WALTR’s gonna eat absolutely any format you throw in it. Whether it’s AVI, MKV or WMV or any other file extension – it gets converted on-the-fly. As the result you get your file inside of your device ASAP.

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Then you'll get this 'Done' message. 

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And what's left is to...

Step 3. Play your file.

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WALTR lets you play back your file from the default iOS app – natively. Directly from the Home Videos folder. This is both more convenient and efficient.

This method lets you keep your hands clean off iTunes sync. WALTR has special built-in technology that lets you bypass it.

2. Make an Awesome hi-tech eBook

WALTR 2 works even simpler than its forerunner. The exclusive feature is that it can work via WiFi sync. (no cords needeed! phew)

For the time being, the supported file formats are: PDF and ePub.

With the WiFI sync feature you can make it instantaneous, the scheme stays the same.

– You launch WALTR

– Push an eBook into WALTR 2

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– Open it via iBooks.app

Easy!

With its big display, iPad’s gonna make a terrific reading tool. Well, same goes for iPhone. 

3. Enjoy HD Music on your old iPad & iPhone

Another idea of what to do with an old iPhone, iPod is to turn it into an ultimate music player. Just like with the movies, iPad 1, 2  and iPhones proved to be a great way to listen to music, even though there’s a restriction on the music formats you can play back.

Officially iPad, iPhone or iPod touch support AAC, MP3, WAV, AIFF. This does not include Flac (lossless music), APE, CUE, WMA, OGG  and other spread formats you can find on the web. So be sure to drop any music file into WALTR and get the outcome simultaneously on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.

Btw, with WALTR 2 you can put music on any iPod released after 2001. This means – ALL the iPod series are covered. 


To Sum Up

Seems like the launch of the original iPad wasn’t that long ago – but a Whole Lot has changed since then. For example, could you imagine in 2007 something like 3D Touch, 4K Video? And finally –  Live Photos? Being still good for its time, first iPhone models grew out of date.

For the time writing this article –  iOS 10 has seen the world. As always, the only thing that changed is – everything. New Messages features, Maps improvements, Memories, Siri SDK.. mhm what else?
Well, this – iPad 1,2,3 gens and iPhone 4 are not compatible. 

New tempting features made iOS 10 a hit even before it was released, yet it’s not available for many of the older generation devices. And If you decide to upgrade, you can’t just throw your old good iPad in the junk bin, can you? Same it's useless to let it collect the dust. It’s live and kicking and still works well.

If you wonder what to do with old iPhone or iPad – There're plenty of third-party applications letting you turn your iPad into a second display or into a digital photo frame or even into a home camera monitor.
However you still can breathe some life into 'em with the techiniques we showed above. 

The best part – you may use these tips for any iPhone, iPad or iPod (including even Classic series!).

And more than this, you still can mount it on the wall or in your car or use it as a second display – because all three ideas we just shared also go absolutely well with other craziest suggestions you might heard of.

Peace out!

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