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5 Ways To Get More Mileage Out Of Your Old iPad

Nancy Messieh 08-10-2013

We recently showed you a few ways you can make the most out of your old iPad Breathe New Life Into Your Old iPad With These Tips Own an iPad 2? Or maybe even a first generation iPad? Your device is barely 3-4 years old, and yet at times it feels like complete junk. I know all about it, I own one... Read More in an effort to speed it up, but what if it’s just too slow for most of your needs? If you’re planning to (or have already) upgrade to a new iPad, or if the frustration is just too much to deal with, you can always simply pare down its use to something very specific.


We’ve taken a look at some cool uses for your iPad after upgrading 5 Cool Things You Can Do With Your Old iPad After Upgrading It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the new iPad. The new display is a significant upgrade and, for people who use their tablets to view text frequently, well worth the price of admission.... Read More in the past, including transforming it into a remote control, a digital frame, or a tool to use in your kitchen as a limitless recipe book. We have a few more items that you can add to the list – including turning it into an eBook reader, a business portfolio, or even as a nightstand alarm clock.

eBook Reader

Install the e-book reader app of your choice, load it up with your favourite books, and you’ve got yourself an e-reader. It’s likely you were already using your iPad as an e-reader anyway, so you already know which app you prefer to use. Now that your iPad is older and probably much slower, using it as an e-reader is a great way to get life out of the old dog yet.

If you weren’t already using your iPad as an e-reader, be sure to check out our beginners guide to setting up an eBook library on your iPad A Beginner's Guide to Setting Up an Ebook Library on iPads The recently announced iPad mini, along with similar digital tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 make for nearly perfect e-reading devices. From the near paper-like reading to the easy download and archiving of... Read More . Here you can find out more about the two of the most popular ebook apps available for the iPad – the Kindle app and the iPad’s native iBooks Reading Ebooks on the iPad With iBooks & Amazon Kindle [Mac] Read More .


Not only can you purchase bestsellers and classics on these popular apps, there are several sites where you can find lots of free eBooks 4+ More Websites to Find Free eBooks for iPad A while back we wrote about the best places to find free iPad books. The article yielded many useful comments and suggestions from you, and made me want to explore the area even more. I’ve... Read More ,


Business Portfolio

A logical use for an old iPad among photographers and designers is to use it as a portable portfolio Turn Your Old iPad Into A Dedicated Family Media Album Or Business Portfolio Ever since I upgraded to the iPad Mini, I quickly realized I will never use my original 16GB iPad 1 in the same way I've used it for the last two years. But instead of... Read More  or digital photo frame. You can even use the native Photos app and organize your images into albums, or you can opt for a downloaded app (like Viewbook Portfolio) that gives you a few more flashy features.

If you’ve got a second tablet, you’ll likely not use this option, after all, why carry two tablets around with you? That said, you could always stick your second iPad in your office on your desk, displaying a slideshow of your photos using the native Photos app.

Entertainment Console

After you’ve wiped your iPad, you can choose to install a select number of apps that bring you the latest in TV and movies. Install apps like Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer or any other apps that work in your area and you can watch your favourite shows anywhere you have access to an Internet connection. You can also install apps like Pandora or Spotify to use your old iPad as a way to stream music.



If you’re interested in taking your movies and music with you on the go, where you might not necessarily have access to a decent internet connection, you can always transfer movies to your iPad and watch them anywhere you want. This will also give you the opportunity to mount your iPad in your car 9 Useful DIY Ways to Set Up a Tablet or Smartphone Car Mount Don't spent money on flimsy and unreliable dashboard mounts for your phone or tablet. Here's how to make a DIY car phone holder. Read More for real on-the-go viewing, or even download offline maps to use on the go.

Night Stand Alarm Clock

The App Store is packed with fun and creative alarm clock apps. You can find the app that suits your needs – whether you want to see the weather at a glance, latest updates from your favourite social networks (Twitter, Facebook or even Reddit Reddit Photo Clock for iPad: The Greatest Productivity Killer Ever Reddit Photo Clock is a typical photo-frame clock app for the most part; but it pulls images from Reddit for your delectation, and that makes it 9000 times more awesome than any other photo clock... Read More ) alongside the time, and of course, use the iPad to make sure you get up on time.

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A few free alarm clock apps worth taking a look at include Nightstand for iPad and Alarm Clock HD, both of which give you access to social media streams on your nightstand. There’s a few more options to choose from in our list of free iPad alarm clocks 6 Best Free iPhone and iPad Alarm Clock Apps Read More , and more are released all the time. Getting a dock is a great way to really supercharge this idea, and will probably let you play music on better speakers to boot.


Computer Tool

With the use of a few free and paid apps, you can turn your iPad into a trackpad for your computer, a second monitor, or even an external drawing board. We took a look at a few of these apps 4 Ways To Use The iPad To Enhance The Use Of Your Personal Computer Many people separate the personal computer and the iPad into two different worlds - the PC is for work and the iPad is for fun. But I think both devices don't have to be on... Read More a couple of years ago, and there’s a few more worth adding to the list. One of the most cost-effective ways to you use your iPad as a tool in the office is to use it o extend the display of your computer, so check out these three paid apps worth considering for using your iPad as a second monitor How To Use Your iPad (or iPhone!) As A Second Monitor [iOS] Productivity pros swear by multiple monitors, but we don't all have the luxury of carrying around huge screens and endless wallets. On the other hand, the iPad has become pretty ubiquitous, and it can really... Read More .


Another considering if you’re looking to use your iPad as a trackpad is WiFi Touchpad HD.

At the end of the day, it’s all about finding the specific apps that cater to your precise needs. Can you think of any creative uses for an iPad that’s on its last leg? Let us know in the comments.


Image Credits: Jan HammershaugBlake Patterson, Steve Paine

Related topics: Digital Alarm Clock, eReader.

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  1. Bob-RJ Burkhart
    December 30, 2016 at 11:54 am

    Great overview of alternative App-based futures for wonky iPad2!