18 Great Uses for an Old Android Device

That outdated Android device in your closet still has a lot to offer -- if you know what to do with it. Here are 18 excellent ways to give new life to an old phone or tablet.

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This one's easy, right? After all, what's old to you is new to someone else. You can go the regular route and list your device on Craigslist or eBay -- or you can check in with a more niche service like Gazelle or Glyde to get an instant estimated price for your device. Amazon and Best Buy also both offer buyback programs that are worth investigating.

Whatever you do, make sure you head into your phone's settings and perform a full factory reset on the device before passing it along. You may also want to remove any memory cards you've added into the gadget.

18. Donate it

Feeling philanthropic? Rest assured: There's no shortage of organizations ready to put your old device in the hands of someone who could really use it.

A few possibilities worth considering:

So there you have it: 18 intriguing options for giving new life to your old device. Figure out which one best suits you -- and send those gadget-dwelling dust bunnies packing.

JR Raphael is a Computerworld contributing editor and the author of the Android Power blog. For more Android tips and insights, follow him on Google+, Twitter or Facebook.

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