survival tools from broken phone partsEngineers love making things and technology. And when we recently stumbled on an infographic that tells you how to upcycle your broken mobile phone parts into survival tools, we knew we had to share — immediately!

Mobile phones have become downright powerful. Yet when they're broken, well, they're not much use. Until now! Maybe you're out hiking or camping and drop your phone on a rock. You might not be able to talk, text or surf the Internet, but you can salvage some of the parts into practical survival tools.

Here’s one example: You can craft a handy compass from your phone’s speaker, a piece of steel wire, a leaf and a puddle. Sounds a little too MacGyver-esque? It’s not, we promise! Here are the steps as outlined in AnsonAlex’s infographic:

Remove the magnet from the speaker. Straighten the piece of wire and rub one end of the wire on the magnet for several seconds. Pierce the leaf with the wire and set the leaf on top of a small puddle. The wire and leaf will align and the end of wire that you rubbed on the magnet will point north. Pretty nifty, right?

And that’s not all. Take a look at the infographic to find out how you can turn an LED screen into a signal mirror, catch food with your phone’s circuit board and metal mount or make a cutting tool from the same pieces.

How to Upcycle Your Broken Mobile Phone Parts into Survival Tools

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Who knew mobile phone parts had so much versatility beyond making calls and making social media posts? The next time you head out to hike, camp or otherwise spend time in the great outdoors, file these tips away — just in case!

If you’ve discovered any other handy uses for broken mobile phone parts, we’d love to hear about them in the comments. And if not, check out options for recycling your smartphone instead of simply tossing it in the trash. That way, you’ll do your part for the most important tool of all — our planet!

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