How to Turn Your Phone into a Survival Tool

Written by The Ready Store

Phones are becoming a larger part of our daily lives. Every day, we connect with family, friends, businesses associates and others via our phone. We check news, social media, text messages, email and more.

Because phones are such a common item, we don’t often think that our phone could save our life! There are many precious items that Bear Grylls would never abandon if he had a phone in the wild. Check out the infographic below to see how you might be able to use parts of your phone to start fires, cut, signal, direct you and more!

Also, comment below to tell us what you have re-purposed your phone for! Share your tips and tricks.

How to upcycle your broken mobile phone parts into survival tools

So, what do you think? Do you think these are legitimate things that people could do? What else have you re-purposed a phone for?

Updated August 23, 2012


  1. mrs julie a neary wrote:

    its a worry on for those that dont have your sort of survival guide on the agenda

    in the wrong hands i am feeling a possible victim

    be watchful not vigilantee

    August 25th, 2012 at 4:01 pm
  2. Raymond P. Narushof wrote:

    Hey folks YAH Done MC/Giver,&Bear Grylls proud! you can hang with them ,any time you want to, maybe even teach them a thing or to, maybe make a survival video or two together who says ingenuity is dead? good stuff on ya miyte ;-) Ray

    August 30th, 2012 at 4:55 pm
  3. cliffoprd chapman wrote:

    Take phone call your friend tell him to come get you !

    September 1st, 2012 at 6:30 pm
  4. common sense wrote:

    throw away the phone and carry a knife, water-proof matches and a polished dog tag with a hole drilled in the center for signaling. I do at all times because trouble will find you when you least expect it.

    January 5th, 2013 at 10:57 pm
  5. common sense wrote:

    Cliffoprd we are under the assumption that the phone is dead or out of signal range you pile of monkey nuts. Call a friend OMG!! don’t rely on friends rely on yourself!! Stay Alive!!!!!! be a victor not a victom.

    January 5th, 2013 at 11:06 pm
  6. granny wrote:

    I’ve heard they can zero in on cellphones ,seems like you might be shooting yourself in foot if jump gun .At what point do you lose hope , give up and tear it apart.

    January 10th, 2013 at 12:57 am
  7. Rusty Shackleferd wrote:

    To granny, that is assuming you want to be found, also most phones need to be in range of a cell tower to be located and this is assuming you are not. These are good ideas. And I am sure the plastic case could contribute something…

    September 5th, 2013 at 6:52 am
  8. txgal wrote:

    Granny, I beleive the senario above is if there is no cell tower or cell phones work at all.

    September 5th, 2013 at 7:42 am
  9. Amanda wrote:

    I think that it is important to remember that when you are in a situation where you survive or die that you will wish to make use of everything you have to that end. I comment this article because the more informed we are the better chances we have.

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:01 am
  10. Ready_Dude wrote:

    I have a 1994 Cell phone brick.. I dont have an LCD screen. What can I make with that phone?

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:47 am
  11. tahj wrote:

    most cellphones are capable GPS units if yiu doenload maps ahead of time

    September 5th, 2013 at 10:21 am
  12. Jason wrote:

    Yes they can locate you by pinging your phone off towers. Hopefully near three makes more accurate position. However this about broken dead or out of range. Does battery fire starter work with a dead/broken/wet battery? Plus I think their is an app that turns your iPhone into a helicopter. But seriously you can buy a stun gun case for your iPhone . Any outdoors person has basic tools. This is plan b

    September 5th, 2013 at 8:56 pm
  13. Condor wrote:

    Maps, GPS. Compass.

    Tear it apart if it doesn’t work but…

    September 5th, 2013 at 9:57 pm
  14. walt wrote:

    most of these people are stupid and need to die

    September 6th, 2013 at 4:38 am
  15. Stacey wrote:

    The title is “How to Upcycle Your BROKEN Mobile Phone Parts into Survival Tools”. So if your phone is broken it is still useful. Good tips here. Not everyone is a survivalist.

    September 7th, 2013 at 5:33 pm
  16. Mark wrote:

    I’m just wondering how to open my iphone without breaking the glass with only a palm tree, sand and salt water at my disposal..

    January 14th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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