[Complete Suggestions] What to do With Your Old iPhone SE/6/5?

Finally upgrade your iPhone but have no idea what to do with your old iPhone SE? Here are some ideas in this guide to help you make use of an old iPhone SE/6/5.


By Demi / Updated on June 7, 2023

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Few things can be better than finally upgrading to a new iPhone after using the old iPhone SE for three or four years. You don’t have to endure insufficient storage space, poor battery life, low resolution of camera, and so on.

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After setting up new iPhone from old iPhone, you are left in a conundrum: What to do with your old iPhone SE/6/5? Here are some inspirations for you to keep it out of your trash can and make full use of your old iPhone.

Advice about what to do with an old iPhone SE/6/5

In this part, you can get some inspirations to reuse your old iPhone. Optionally, to protect data on old iPhone SE well, you may need to transfer data from old iPhone to new iPhone and wipe the old iPhone SE/6/5 clean. If needed, a feature-rich tool is provided in the next part to make everything simpler and quicker.

Sell, donate, or recycle it

Even if the old iPhone SE doesn’t perform well, it is still considerably valuable. Therefore, your old iPhone SE will be popular for many customers.

Besides, you can give your old iPhone to your teenage relative as a present. A second-hand iPhone SE is still useful for them.

If you don’t know what to do with an old iPhone that doesn’t work, Apple will take your old iPhone and give you Apple Store credit for it if you use the Apple Trade In program. You can either send it in or drop it off at your nearest Apple shop.

Recycle Old iPhone

However, no matter you will sell, donate, or recycle your old iPhone SE, please make sure you have wiped iPhone clean in advance.

Make it a permanent car or bike fixture

If you are tired of mounting and unmounting iPhone in the car to use map navigation or stream music, why don’t you leave your old iPhone SE in the car as a permanent car infotainment device? Just remember to easily hide it when you park somewhere public, so as to avoid being stolen by thieves.

iPhone In Car

You can also mount it to the handlebars on your bike or use it as an GoPro or riding recorder for your bicycle helmet.

Make it an Apple TV remote

If you use an Apple TV, your old iPhone can become a brilliant movie playback device because you can stream Amazon movies (and TV shows) directly from the handset to your Apple TV via AirPlay.

It is compatible with any video app. Just download relative remote control app for your television and use your old iPhone to control the TV. Go to Settings > Remote, on your Apple TV to pair the remote.

iPhone Apple TV Remote

Make it reused by kids

You can give the old iPhone to your kids and let him/her reuse it. Rather than buying them a new iPhone or any other expensive item, your old iPhone would be a nice gift for them; it would also assist them in their studies and educate them to reuse their old items before disposing of them. If you go this way, don’t forget to set up the parental control app Screen Time.

Make it a music player

Rather than spending an extra dime to get an iPod, you can reuse your old iPhone as a music player. Just connect to Wi-Fi and use it to enjoy clear music from Apple Music, Spotify, or whatever else you like.

Make it a handheld gaming console

If you have got a dedicated gamepad that is compatible with your old iPhone, attached it to your iPhone, and you can get a decent gaming console at your fingertips without paying a penny.

iPhone Game Console

Besides the advice listed above, there are more what to do with your old iPhone SE than you can imagine. For example, you can also use it as a baby monitor, electronic recipe book, measurement calculator, and so on.

Bonus: How to protect data on old iPhone SE well

FoneTool, a professional iOS data management tool, is highly recommended to keep iPhone data safe and protect your privacy well.

To utilize the new iPhone as soon as possible, you can rely on its iPhone to iPhone Transfer tool to transfer everything to new iPhone without backup.

The Erase iPhone function in FoneTool will deeply and completely scan and wipe your iPhone more than once, making the data on your old iPhone not be recovered any longer. It can protect your privacy well, which is much more important  especially if you want to sell your old iPhone SE.

Click the icon below to download the powerful software - FoneTool, and get detailed steps in the following parts.

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Transfer everything from old iPhone SE to new iPhone

You won’ t lose anything because it helps transfer all data and information like photos, contacts, call history, memos, calendars, applications, and system settings.

Step 1. Connect two iPhones to computer with USB > Run FoneTool and click Phone Transfer > Choose iPhone to iPhone and click Start Transfer.

iPhone To iPhone Transfer

Step 2. Make sure the old and new iPhone are in the right place > Enable Backup encryption.

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Step 3. Click Start Transfer to begin the transfer. When the process is complete, your new iPhone will restart automatically.

Deeply wipe old iPhone SE clean

The steps to erase old iPhone SE is much simpler than ever. Follow the simple clicks to erase old iPhone SE clean.

Step 1. Connect your old iPhone to computer > Run FoneTool and click Toolbox > Click iPhone Eraser.

Erase iPhone

Step 2. Check the options as per your needs > Finally, click Erase Data to start the task.

Erase Options


That’s all for what to do with your old iPhone SE/6/5. Hope this guide can inspire you more ideas to get more out of your old iPhone SE since you never know when you might need a spare iPhone. If this guide helps you, please share it with others.

Demi · Editor
Demi is an editor of FoneTool group as well as a good advisor in the area of iOS-related issues. She does well in finding solutions to people's problems. She enjoys traveling, gardening, and watching movies. She spends most of her free time with her pet and family.