What to do with your old MacBook

New MacBooks come out every few years, with enticing new features and a lot more power. On the other hand, however, you may never think of throwing away your old MacBook, even if it is not running as it used to be. Here, we’ve listed several options to deal with your old Mac if you plan to upgrade.

Turn it into a network-attached storage system

If your old MacBook has a lot of storage left, turning it into a network-attached storage system is a great way to give it a second life. You can load it up with your movies, music, TV shows and any other media. You can also use the Mac as cloud storage by connecting it to your home Wi-Fi network.

Use it as an emergency WiFi hotspot

If there’s WiFi dead zone in your home, simply connect your old Mac to an Ethernet cable, and place it in the area where you need Wi-Fi coverage. Here’s how:

  • Go to System Preferences>Sharing.
  • Select Internet Sharing in the left-hand menu.
  • On the drop-down menu next to Share your connection from, select your internet source, such as Ethernet.
  • Below the drop-down menu, choose how you’d like to share your connection.
  • In the left-hand menu, put a check in the box next to Internet Sharing.
  • Then a prompt will appear about your Mac’s internet connection, click Start.

Install Linux

New macOS come out every year, leaving the old hardware in the dust quickly. Your old MacBook may allow you to install the latest version at first, but eventually it’ll become too old to run. No worry, but you can extend its life by installing Linux. Linux system needs some time for you to get used to, while it offers a number of different options that even lifelong macOS users will appreciate.

Besides that, Linux allows you to turn your old MacBook into a Chromebook using Chromium, Google’s Linux-based OS.

Trade in your old MacBook

If your Mac has severe hardware damage, you may prefer to recycle it with the Apple Trade-In program. You’ll fill out a form, get a box in the mail, and ship your device. Then you’ll get a check or gift card for the amount owed toward a new purchase.


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