Most of us have a draw full of old deactivated smartphones
Step 1: Why Do This
I know I love the apps that help in the workshop but don’t like having to use my good activated phone amidst dust, oil and general workshop conditions. Turns out it is possible to use the deactivated phone as a very useful all-purpose tool in the shop.
Video screen for downloaded plans and instructions
Watching YouTube videos
Step 2: So What Does It Take to Do This?
For the best results you will need WiFi. Most of us have
our cellphones setup to access our domestic WiFi router. I expected this would still work even with the phone deactivated from the wireless phone provider, wrong, there are several things you may need to do to get the wifi working again.
The first thing to check if you have MacAfee or similar is ensure it has not locked the phone (I removed it but you need the PIN to do that or to unlock the phone)
Step 3: We Have to Make It a WiFi Only Phone, Each Phone May Be a Little Different But the Following Should Work:
Go to settings and select aircraft mode, this will stop
the phone searching for a cellphone radio network connection, saving power.
Step 4: Connect to WiFi Router
Select WiFi and turn this on, and connect to your router
Step 5: Back to Settings
Go to Settings Network and uncheck the Data option. Then
also uncheck the Roaming option. This also removes data connections that are lingering. This varies depending on your device, so search for the Settings area and locate the Network or Wireless option. Keep clicking through until you find the Roaming option.
Step 6: The Fun Part
Now load any apps that you may need, you can clear out a lot
of the old stuff to make room for the new apps.