How to install software on an old Android smartphone?

Robert B November 1, 2013
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I recently ran across an older article on Makeuseof titled “5 Interesting Uses For A Spare Old Smartphone 5 Alternative Uses For An Old & Out Of Date Android Phone If anyone were to craft a Toy Story homage based on smartphones, it would be a depressing tale. Smartphones are bought, loved, and then discarded – often all within two or three years. While these... Read More “.

I have an older HTC Evo sitting here collecting dust and would like to try using it as a remote for my TV and for Plex Media Server, etc. However since this phone is deactivated with Sprint, because I am now using my newer Samsung Galaxy S3, how do I get applications that are on the Google Play store onto this older cell phone?

  1. Robert B
    November 2, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    Thanks for the help, I was not aware that you could download via Wi_Fi but it makes since as most tablets are only Wi-Fi

    • Susendeep D
      November 15, 2013 at 11:11 am

      I'm glad that you are making reuse of your old gadgets instead of recycling them.

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  2. Hovsep A
    November 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Dalsan M suggestion is great, there are some android applications website so that you can download application to pc and the move it to your device, then with a file manager you can install it.

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    • Maria
      November 30, 2013 at 6:21 am

      Thanks for sharing tutorial of the problem. I have been facing the same problem for long, I will try this out to install software on my old smartphone


  3. Dalsan M
    November 2, 2013 at 2:23 am

    As long as you have Wi-Fi access and use your Gmail login (or any Gmail login to access the Play Store), you should be able to use it much like an android portable media player or Wi-Fi only tablet. Turn on Wi-Fi on the phone, enter the passkey information, then open the Play Store to download what you wish.