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Repurpose That Old Smartphone For Kids

Tuesday, April 12th, 2016 by | Filed Under: Android, iOS, Smartphones

If you’ve decided it’s time to upgrade to a new Android or iPhone, you could either trade your old phone in or sell it. But there’s another great option if you have kids.  You can re-purpose that phone at a WiFi only device.  Your child will then have a nice digital camera, a perfectly good music player and eReader and a tablet to play games on. After you’ve deactivated the device as a phone. You can make it great for kids with just a few steps.

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If you like, you can control keep the WiFi turned off, so they can’t surf the Internet or play games , but can still use the camera, play music that’s already been downloaded onto the phone and read books that are downloaded.

You’ll want to create a restricted user account.  In Android, got to settings and choose add user. Then create a restricted account.

If your phone doesn’t have that feature, go to the Google Play store, select Settings and then choose Parental controls.


Turn Parental controls on.


You can then select a PIN number.


Select what types of media are allowed to be downloaded.

Press Require Authentication to make sure that a child can’t purchase any apps or media without a password.


On your iPhone, you can go to Manage Family and select “Create an Apple ID for a child who doesn’t have an account.”

You’ll want to make sure you disable the ability to purchase apps and media from the phone, especially if you have a very young child who might not realize they are purchasing something.

Your child will then have a very nice camera, media player, and eReader at no additional cost to you.

Remember, if you re-assign the phone number and drop the phone plan, your child can’t use the phone to call 9-1-1.  If they’re using WiFi and have a messaging app, they could still contact you with a message, but they won’t be able to call the police in an emergency.

~ Cynthia



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One Response to “Repurpose That Old Smartphone For Kids”

  1. zukky says:

    Dear cynthia,

    I’m an ardent reader of your tips. pls how can i change my email ID from from name to real name.(e.g my email ID is “”)

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