iPhone SE What to do with this old iPhone SE?

Kaikidan

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I had this SE before upgrading to the 11, I also have an iPad Pro 11 for notes, games and drawing and a Sony Walkman for music, so basically all my needs are served. But... my old SE is sitting in the shelf colecting dust and i like this device a lot, also his battery is bad, barelly holding a charge, so I would need to change it, but I can't justify changing it if I have no use for it, so I was thinking about what I can use this device for, as it have 128gb, that can justify fixing the battery (wich is pricey here).

What could be a good use for this device?
 

Beelzbub

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I also use an iPhone 11, and I keep an SE as a backup. It will do in a pinch for phone calls emails and texts if needed, which would be my primary use for a backup phone if something happened to my 11.
 

DevinNj

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Either fix the battery and use it as a backup phone, as an iPod, or then try to sell it or donate it. Or don't fix the battery and use it as a backup phone, as an iPod, or sell it or donate it. Not sure what else you can do with it, maybe bronze it and keep it on the mantle?
 

funkiejack

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If you’re willing to try, self replacing the battery is pretty easy on the SE since this is before they started sealing the screen to the case. Battery is only a few bucks in the states to purchase.
 

eyoungren

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I use all of my secondary devices as media devices. Video, music, etc. WiFi and Bluetooth still work and you can stream media. Several of them also serve as backup security devices. I can approve Apple iCloud logins using any one of them. Video chat via Facetime still works via an email address (and not a phone number) as does iMessage.

Older devices still have uses.
 

now i see it

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Spare iPhone.
The smart thing to do is have an older model iPhone with all the same apps installed as your main iPhone and ready to roll with the swap of a sim.
If your main iPhone is important to you - do you have a backup plan in case you lose it? Permanently damage it? If it gets stolen?

That's a perfect job for your SE
 
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bobsamm

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I sold my 32gb SE that i paid $50AUD for $250 after i got my 11 pro, was like new though.
 

Kaikidan

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Anyone know if I can use it as a wireless or wired “media pendrive” for the iPad/iphone11? So I can put a lot of media in its 128gb and stream/usb it to those two in travels or areas where I can’t access plex or streamming services
 

556fmjoe

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Keep it; it will be a nice upgrade in a few years when you're ready to move on from the 11 to a superior form factor.
 
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tdhurst

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I use my old 6 as an alarm clock that's always plugged in.
I thought about doing so with my SE, but it was worth one month payment for my new iPhone, which is great.
 

vertical smile

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When I get home, I tend to put my iPhone in one spot in my home, the middle floor, and it sits there unless I get a call or I need to use it for some reason.

I have found a way for me to use my old iPhones, I keep on plugged in on the top floor and one on the bottom floor, and if I get a phone call while on one of those floors, I can answer it from one of the spares, instead of running to get my phone.

I am not sure if this will work for all networks, but it works for me using Verizon.
 

FlippyGonnaSnap

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I use my old 6 as an alarm clock that's always plugged in.
I thought about doing so with my SE, but it was worth one month payment for my new iPhone, which is great.
Why didn’t you sell it for like $100 and just buy a 5$ alarm. Wait no you can even save that 5$ and just use your current device as a alarm...

I mean I get people using it for the gym and stuff but as an alarm?
 

tdhurst

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Why didn’t you sell it for like $100 and just buy a 5$ alarm. Wait no you can even save that 5$ and just use your current device as a alarm...

I mean I get people using it for the gym and stuff but as an alarm?
Because there's a crack in the upper left corner of the screen and I can still use it as a backup if something happens to my main phone.

Also, $5 alarms have ****** sounds that I don't enjoy waking up to.

Thanks so much for picking apart my answer, on a thread about what to do with an old iPhone, about what I do with an older iPhone.
 
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FlippyGonnaSnap

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Because there's a crack in the upper left corner of the screen and I can still use it as a backup if something happens to my main phone.

Also, $5 alarms have ****** sounds that I don't enjoy waking up to.

Thanks so much for picking apart my answer, on a thread about what to do with an old iPhone, about what I do with an older iPhone.

I apologise for asking a question in regards to a slightly bizarre usage of an iPhone on a forum about iPhones in a thread discussing how people use old iPhones.

Asking questions and having a discussion on a forum, how crazy of me.
 

tdhurst

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I apologise for asking a question in regards to a slightly bizarre usage of an iPhone on a forum about iPhones in a thread discussing how people use old iPhones.

Asking questions and having a discussion on a forum, how crazy of me.
You asked why I didn’t sell my old iPhone, while also asking why I didn’t do something else with it, on a forum asking what people do with their old iPhones that don’t resell for much because of poor battery life or similar fixable issues that may not be worth the cost.

I do not accept your insincere apology.
 

FlippyGonnaSnap

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You asked why I didn’t sell my old iPhone on a forum asking what people do with their old iPhones that don’t resell for much.

I do not accept your insincere apology.
A question directly in regards to the usage of your old iPhone in a thread about the usage of an old iPhone that can be accomplished by your main device or a cheap alarm clock.

I was simply wondering why you’d use an iPhone as an alarm clock whilst it’s still worth some decent money.

I wasn’t attacking you, I was asking a question and thinking you could use the money from the device for a good night out or something instead of as an alarm clock.

Edit: I genuinely meant no offence and was asking a question out of curiosity. Looking back my wording in my initial response could have been better.
 
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jetlagged

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same situation, I have an iPhone 11 now.
My SE is just sitting in my drawer. Trying to consider if selling it for $75-100 is a good option. I’m probably gonna list it next week on Facebook marketplace and see what I can get for it. My iPhone 11 is so good that i don’t feel the need to upgrade until 2022 or sooner depending on what 2021 iPhone has to offer lol
 
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