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How to Turn Your Phone into a Survival Tool

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?

16 thoughts on “How to Turn Your Phone into a Survival Tool”

  • mrs julie a neary
    mrs julie a neary August 25, 2012 at 10:01 am

    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

  • Raymond P. Narushof
    Raymond P. Narushof August 30, 2012 at 10:55 am

    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

  • cliffoprd chapman
    cliffoprd chapman September 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

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

  • common sense

    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.

  • common sense

    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.

  • granny

    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.

  • Rusty Shackleferd
    Rusty Shackleferd September 5, 2013 at 12:52 am

    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...

  • txgal

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

  • Amanda

    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.

  • Ready_Dude

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

  • tahj

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

  • Jason

    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

  • Condor

    Maps, GPS. Compass.

    Tear it apart if it doesn't work but...

  • walt

    most of these people are stupid and need to die

  • Stacey

    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.

  • Mark

    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..

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