Broken smartphone to working laptop transformation

פורסם בתאריך 23 יול 2020
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This is the screen we'll be using: geni.us/USB-C-Monitor
Battery bank: amzn.to/3jxYXW5
Keyboard cover: amzn.to/2WOGxXe
Big thanks to my Patreons for making this video happen! patreon.com/diyperks

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  • Once your phone breaks Transform it into a laptop , once that breaks transform it into a homemade desktop computer once that breaks transform it into a studio light , once that breaks ...

  • Another cool thing about Dex is that (im guessing in supported phones), you can use your phone's screen as touchpad. So like you can literally make have your phone, plug it in and then swipe swipe around. I did a similarly inspired build over here : ilaward.info/the/wyd-w/wnmTpmJ30I-8g3I .But yeah a broken screen wouldn't really be helpful in that aspect lol

  • This guy can literally open his own company by just collecting old phones😂

    • it will bebad if he gets sony xperia e1 dual its specs and battery an android suck (view specs)

    • Yeap

  • And I was content with just a standard phone and a monitor… 😂 Seriously though, this takes dedication! Awesome video!

  • The overall project is really good, but the power management is really bad. The keyboard battery can get drained before the phone, the powerbank is only charged with 5V (really slow for a such USB C powerbank) and the on/off switch is not reliable. It is a lot more complicated to do that correctly!

  • How is it possible that every time I imagine a project, I search ILaward and this guy's already built better than I would've guessed? Ugh.. FINE! I GUESS I'LL FINALLY SUBSCRIBE!

    • Same here, It just comes in my dream but after watching the video 😝😝

    • @Nicole Stevens type h

    • Ok kid

    • "simpsons did it" 😂

    • @LemonPatchBuddy yes totally...?

  • I really like the idea. It inspired me to imagine a kind of "DIY tablet" which consists basically of exactly the same components you used for this project except the keyboard. It would consists of sliding your phone into this "DIY tablet" which would automatically trigger some desktop mode on the phone (just like the samsung galaxy DEX mode). This would allow to transform the smartphone into a tablet and therefore be able to take hand notes with some android compatible Capacitive stylus Pen ( just like the apple pencil) on a bigger touch screen and why not charge the phone at the same time as well. And if not used as a tablet, it would be possible to use this "DIY tablet" 's screen as an additionnal external monitor just like in some other of your videos.

    • @Aidan Chappelle if it was an iphone sliding into a ipad it wouldnt have.

    • @Aidan Chappelle there we go yeah. padfone

    • sounds like Asus Zenbook thingy

    • I wonder if I could use parts of a intermediary-to-top smartphone inside an aleatory tablet body.

    • Asus did that already...

  • Airport security is waiting for you to explain everything in this video to them :D

  • The samsung engineers who made dex after watching this: "ah yes my life's work. Oh how well he has used it. There is purpose in life after all."

    • @VII 29 A Rudra Badhe i'll do ya one better.. "clem!"

    • @tobias ripper only one word : apple

    • @tobias ripper its fine man. And i agree tbh. Its a real problem with the tech industry. I just got worried they axed it or something. It is something I use evryday and it would suck if I couldn't use anymore.

    • @Vinamra Parashar hhahaha no, sorry, i didn't mean that it actually happened. was just making a parody of how these huge corps. act when they are faced with losing money, even if its pennies. and it was based on them watching this video hahaha. dont worry it was all just in fun.

    • @tobias ripper what? I still have dex on my s9+ and s21+ and my brother's s21U. When did they axe it?

  • Another piece of superb ingenuity from Matt. What would be just old tech junk to me, is a world of possibilities to him. I feel I am learning a lot from this channel.

  • If you locate the phone holding clips a bit higher, you could use the phone's selfie cam as a webcam

    • Yeah, true 👍

    • @channel48 you probably have one looking at you right now 👍

    • @ACID Webdont like webcams looking at us all the time lol

    • You could just use a laptop webcam, considering it being 4 oin usb

    • Or rip the camera out and connect it infront by digging a small hole on the front and the back to connect the wires

  • Samsung Dex is a game changer and freaking awesome to use. This makes recycling phones with desktop software a great way to help someone less fortunate.

  • few ideas how to improve this even further: use a normal switch that would be soldered to one of the usb power wires to the board, or a relay to not rely on a mechanical switch, and add a USB C port to the side, e.g. with a USB hub

  • definitely makes me want to dabble w/ electronics now. I took a course in it a while back, but we did foundational stuff. No soldering. Hm, nothing crazy happening there though. Cool stuff!

  • Brilliant! You are a true genius. One thing I'd like to add is that you could have placed the phone a little bit higher on the back of the screen. That way you're also able to utilize the front selfie camera. I really like your content and want to start my own project but it always holds me back from some reason as it seems to be a lot of work and the lack of knowledge on some of the topics like soldering etc.

  • An actual legit DIY channel we all need. GENIOUS

    • Ikr if only he could do it in 5minutes... Jk

    • Genius. It is ingenious though.

  • Sometimes finding replacement parts for the screen and phone chassis is even impossible, so dude awesome idea of what to use a beat up phone for. I'm planning on creating my own laptop chassis for an existing and working laptop motherboard, ssd, ram, etc. The case is almost impossible to find. I'll be sure to shoot my pics of it when I'm done.

    • Just buy a broken laptop that has a intact chassi

  • I personally would suggest adding usb-c switch passthroughs and wiring the switches together as to not strain the usb-c connectors therefore giving the "dock" a much longer life. Otherwise, incredible build!

  • Just found this great vid. Instead of the hand-formed clips for the phone, you could 3D print a removable bracket for the phone(s) that could be replaced for different form factors, making it forward-compatible for the next phone.

  • Hi, I have recently found your channel and I really enjoy your content. I particularly enjoyed watching the wooden case that you made for PS5, and the invisible PC, and monitor. I would like to request that you redo this video but with a wooden case with rounded corners

  • This would be a great recycling project for unwanted phones: to become Internet devices for the less fortunate in our world. Well done - Cheers!

    • @KrotowX To add to that, the developed countries mostly stopped developing. They switched from a being preemptive to being reactive, and a lot of red tape made it difficult for even the country's citizens to live a good life. Life is not easy anywhere, but in some places is easier, at least from some points of view. Wish we had a corruption-free meritocratic civilization in our current human civilization, but it doesn't seem like we have, at least not anymore. Right now, the best option for the people who want something like that would be making a breakaway civilization which to focus on being hyper-efficient and which to make use of assets others find as liabilities, and which to push the limits of humanity to the point where some fiction and fantasy becomes fact.

    • @MrWirelesscaller Especially since there could be a kit similar to this one which can be bought ready-made, which one could buy and stick the old phone into, after replacing the operating system with one like LineageOS and Replicant, or after updating to a newer Android version. And depending on the capabilities of the hardware (most important part being the screen, in terms of price), we could get nice smartphone-to-laptop conversion kits, maybe even adding custom cooling for the phone, with the aid of either a thermal pad or lots of thermal paste, or even removing the case and battery from the phone (or replacing the battery with a smaller one, to leave more room for cooling but not shut down if power is cut for a few seconds), and directly cool the other components, especially since there are lots of small and tiny stick-on cooling fins, and funneling the air from a fan into the right places is not difficult nor expensive.

    • It depends on how old the phone was because it could be considered a security risk for some of the more security required apps (like banking) due to not being able to update android enough to plug security leaks. I like the fact that phones can be unlocked but they really also need to be able to be rooted remove the crapware from the mfg and would allow other options to keep many of these devices to become ewaste (not everyone recycles or sells off their old devices, they simply throw them away) by allowing enthusiastic people to come together as a community to develop an OS that can run on them. Many of these flagship android phones hardware are much better than some of the basic arm chromebooks, it's a shame that they can't be recycled into a diy laptop or chromebook instead.

    • @Sapioit Would be good to have proper image of so called developed economy countries where living for regular folk is quite harsh. Otherwise people from world shitholes take imaginary tales about western wonderlands as granted and came here in result, causing huge problems for both sides.

    • Yes!!!! This would be very good

  • This was amazing bud. You're absolutely brilliant. Everything you do is awesome

  • Thank you for all the wonderful videos sir! Question: is it possible to make an "all-in-one dextop"? I have a Note 8 I am looking at using for home use. Just curious what your thoughts are. Thanks and I greatly enjoy all the superb diy projects you share! Cheers!

  • One of biggest advantages of this is low energy consumption. It's difficult to get it use more than 10W even with pulling 5w with otg. While gaming, my phone uses about 2w to 3.5w of power. And laptops powersupplies wary from 30w to 200w. It still probably charges slowly. And I can't believe it to run windows smoothly due to nature of cpu. Though Linux could be a different thing...

  • Really awesome. I would make another solution for the phone. I like the option to mount different phones, but I would make a place to slide it into, so its not that visible. A webcam with microphone would be a must too 🙂 I might also prefer build in speakers, just to enable sound. I know that most people including myself would often use a headset or other bluetooth device... But all in all awesome 😊

  • This is something I would actually make to travel with, using my current phone, instead of bringing my expensive laptop!

  • Perfection, except I'm interested in how many years it could last in that configuration, especially if you were to make and sell dozens or hundreds even just without the phone, and the customers could use their own at their leisure. I wonder if it would be a benefit to make it more heavily padded on the inside to make it almost 'rugged' at the expense of form factor, for that business model since to be on the safe side if made by hand. This could also be useful for tablets or tiny broken Chromebooks and netbooks.

    • Products like that exist. Nexdock is basically just an empty shell of a laptop. With ports. Mostly used with Samsung dex

  • If you also happen to have a broken switch, take apart the dock, and grab the converter board from that (only if the switch is very dead). Then, dig deeper until you find the ribbon cable that goes to USB type c, plug that into the board, hook everything up to hdmi and you can have a desktop. Reusing electronics is a virtue.

  • It seems with some forethought, you could have made a sliding tray in that back rigth corner to slide the phone in and out of the main case. That would have made this perfect!

  • If the phone holder is a little bit higher so that the top bezel of the phone sticks up a little bit, you'll get a functional webcam as well!

    • The appearance might bother you tho

    • This project indeed is really good. At home use the "Notephone" for basic online stuff like email, surfing, movies, music, which are much more enjoyable in andorid than Windows shit. So our main phone can last longer because of minimum usage like text and call.

    • ikr..front facing cam for s8 not that bad

    • Yup

    • I was going to say the same thing

  • You could cut a nice space in the back so you could leave the phone inside. The big hole can be covered with Kydex , which you can heat-mold , and it comes in different colors.

  • what I love so much is that you are always so enthusiastic with a big smile and bring your beautiful projects to a great end product.

  • The slider disconnection is pure genius I wouldn't have thought about that

  • This is one of the most awesome'st(!) diy-builds I've seen a while - especially for the ability to use any (android?) phone with it. This brings forward the idea having a PC without a PC :)

    • You cant use any only phones with desktop modes

  • The best part about this channel is building without having to rely on a 3D printer. Kudos again

    • 3D printers make it really easy. Just get an ender 3 pro for $200!

    • He degraded into using 3D printers in recent episodes... Such a shame!

    • @TheMonitor you don’t have too, plus a drill really isn’t that expensive

    • @ProfessorDey aside from the display part of this, the aluminum, paint, screws, etc aren't that expensive. Especially if you have the power bank already laying around. You don't need to rivet, nor would you want to. I am curious about those screw inserts, and the tool he used to insta them, which I think is what your referring to as "rivets"

    • Agreed. The two things I don't have yet, a welder and a 3d printer. Santa better know I've been a good boy this year!

  • Has anyone tried this yet? Seems this would work well with a usb c splitter with hdmi and Ethernet ports. Perhaps even a touchscreen lcd panel if you wanted to get fancy

    • Yes, this is really noice, but actually, it rather come up being more expensive than a laptop with better performance

  • love how creative yet simple it is and think i will actully give this a try some time as my s8 is rather shabby now and need new phone anyways

  • Thanks so much! I'm trying to scrap (not scrape) together a supercomputer from old electronics, and this will help me a lot!

  • @DIY Perks, I think I would have liked to see all that alloy getting polished like a mirror to help reflect what a fantastic job you've done with this project.

  • So this is how Chromebooks are made... interesting

    • gallogay member aquired

    • @Andrive yeah, i mean i don't have a proper chromebook (i have a thinkpad running chrome os flex), but the experience is rlly good! i got crostini to work and even wine! (wine runs horribly tho xD)

    • @i3 13 he simply made a dock for samsung dex, nothing special, literally just took a display and keyboard with a touchpad and jammed it into a laptop form factor with a samsung phone inside

    • @Piyo x86 is just the name of the architecture genius, 64bit x86 processors are a thing, and it's what's used on the x86 chromebooks as far as i know

    • Nah my s3 functions better than a chromebook

  • What would be nice is to have a pdf with a parts list and drawings with dimensions. That will remove any guess work and boo-boo's that could cause problems.

  • super neat. sometimes i feel disappointed when I see some huge tools is needed to cut metal , etc

  • Hey DIYP, I am really enjoing your vids - and plan to transform a display smashed surface pro that way - regarding the build for phones I wonder - how do you connect the keyboard to the phone and still be able to use bluetooth for speakers? Thanks in advance. DD

  • for artists this is a nice tip when using dex / desktop mode like done here ; if you run your phone in desktop mode [or dex mode for samsung users] and you own or buy an old wacom tablet.. intuos or bamboo you can start drawing painting designing. those old tablets work in desktop mode (because then the aspect ratio of the pentablet and the desktop are the same). penpressure works and using apps like medibang, infinite painter or even krita (full pc version) for android you can start being an artist without forking out big money for a computer/laptop. with a lapdock you can even do it on the go ...

  • DIY Perks in 2021: Transform a smashed Nokia 3310 into a flying car

    • I use Nokia 3310 in the garage, like GSM Alarm :D but phone neither car still don't fly :(

    • Not quite, but he made an actual miniature submarine

    • Him in 2030: How to make a Nuke using a Trash Can

    • 2020 ah yes making a laptop out of a broken phone! 2022 *makes a submarine out of syringes*

    • sad its 2022 they still havent done it😢

  • Very helpful although the phone being outside is kinda a bummer would love to see something similar with a note 10+ or so to see what is lost or gained from converting it

  • this is one of the better looking homebrew laptops I have ever seen! though not a fan of the tacking the phone to the back of the screen, I think i would rather add an internal hub and then plug a low profile wifi dongle

  • You had me until that whole mounting the phone on the outside part.

    • Oh, why nottt?.( What to do?( Oh, he actually could place antennas in the display brackets, but that anyway won't be good()

  • Dá uma paz assistir esse cara falando! Calmo, sereno, cauteloso, seguro....

  • I'v realised since watching these videos I don't have enough aluminium in my life

    • @Matt Hamlin It's NOT the British who put an extra "i"; it's the Americans who took out the "i". :D :D :D

    • @Matt Hamlin "We are the Knights who say NI!" ..."in "aluminum" so it becomes "aluminium..."

    • I've realized that aluminum is trash, but aluminium is incredible

    • XDDDDDDDD

    • you could use iron or zinc instead. there's plenty in your body

  • Awesome project. would be even better using a usb c hub, so you can have additonal USB inputs / ethernet / HDMI etc.

  • Absolutely amazing!!!! Loving these videos x

  • honestly, you can make this better big time by making it into a tablet with a connector that can connect into those keyboards and such.

  • That would be interesting if you could install a desktop software for ARM processors(there's a lot of Linux ones out there Microsoft make one too)that are found in Android phones and use those as better alternatives and increase usefulness.

    • Installing Linux on a smartphone not made for Linux - not easy at all. That is why smartphones with Linux cost lot more for the same performance as ones running Android. P.S. or maybe it is easy if you don't mind non-operating cellular, cameras etc.

  • Love this guy. He's MacGyver, Michael Scofield and Tony Stark in one person.

  • I like how robust the laptop looks, if u can make it a real laptop, with that robust build in white I’ll buy instantly

  • This guy is awesome, he could build anything out of nothing. Well played Tony, Well played.

  • This is the easiest build you've ever done. I am just 12 years and i made my own laptop thanks to you

  • What a nice tutorial! I want to do this just for fun. Thank you 🙏

  • DiyPerks 2019: Broken laptop? Lets turn that into a working Desktop DiyPerks 2020: Broken smartphone? Lets turn that into a working laptop Diyperks 2030: broken prosthetic legs? Lets make an ironman suit for you

    • 2040: broken desktop lets turn that into death

    • Dead nokias? Lets make a military grade suit!!

    • @Seias Broken oven? Lets make that a kitchen and mini jet engine

    • Broken toaster? Lets turn that into an oven.

    • @Typhoon Warface Let's make replacement with this broken smartwatch (and look at the sports mode app!)

  • New subscriber just getting started/interested in diy electronics. I like that your projects don't need a 3D printer and clear instructions cheers from Alberta Canada 👋

  • First off thank you, definitely one of my favourite channels, I rewatched a ton of your content today, Artificial sun & brass ps5 blew my mind, and now this, which I will be trying myself I have a question if you find the time to answer Can I use 3-4 phones in an arc to make a super laptop? I have 3 Samsungs all broken screen ( s7,s8 and s10 ) and I also have a broken Huweii p40 pro plus which is heart breaking I loved that phone and just got it but I let it fall and wreaked the wifi/bluetooth/data modules they dont work. please let me know :)

  • Pretty cool, I would've made the keyboard frame from plastic so you can have a wifi signal.

  • I would love to see a car version of this, where you reveal a hidden display and slide in your phone to watch Netflix in your car.

  • Video: *ends* Me: looks at my phone My phone: Don't you even think about it!

    • 🤣🤣🤣

    • LOL

    • Video . Ends Me thinking we need a phone and nuts Phone and no nut November: don't even think about it!

    • Lol God bless you all ecstasy family and consciousness

    • @The Basketball Historian are you sure about that

  • I wouldn't mind watching a 2 in 1 tablet getting made with the newer type touchscreens you have shown with a phone device like this.. With a keyboard attachment.

  • Thanku so much sir for this great diy laptop project. I personally found out it very useful because I was having old laptop 💻 whose motherboard was burned out. Thanks a lot 😉

  • this would be a cool project if i had all the gear, keep up the good work.

  • This was a great idea! However since I'm not going to build it myself and am just living vicariously through you, there are so many ways to improve this idea. 1.) Using a power bank that has a battery percent screen and moving the screen up. 2.) charge the power bank with type c output to type c input as current devices use type c. 3.) Glue the phone up more so you can also use it as a webcam 4.) I'm glad you mentioned speakers otherwise you could have definitely put a larger keyboard and trackpad. (Speakers & headphone jack powered through an amp) Now that I said them all I might actually build it now because it a cheap laptop killer, because 1.) it's cheap (so I don't need to worry about my expensive laptop) 2.) It light and durable 3.) It lasts for SO LONG and can probably add another 10 hr will a second battery pack...

  • I love this guy already for showing advertisement after the actual project is done instead before or mid process

    • @Veerdonk Yup. That's a good way to cheat these ILawardrs out of their source of living.

    • have a look how much he makes out of google each year, thens there is the patreon sponsors, then checkout his workshop video which is a room 6/4, he does bloody well for himself really. somebody said why does this guy have so many dislikes, hes not typical british, hes upper middle class from probably a private education, well spoken, articulate and intelligent and the bulk of the english are as thick as two short planks as they voted Boris Johnson in and us out of europe so he can be trumps bedfellow....

    • @Veerdonk just installed it and it's incredible, thank you

    • It does have ads in beginnen and halfway

    • Amen! 🙌

  • Absolutely genius love it I don't see anyone doing this except myself but way nice

  • Yes, this is pretty cool I’m gonna make one myself with my friends, thank you so much

  • Definitely doing this with my old Google Pixel that won't hold a charge anymore. Also if you had done your mold higher (if the USB-C cord is long enough) you could have the phone stick up a bit above the monitor to use the front facing camera as a webcam.

    • @Supersloth Good point, I didn't think about that. I've read that a display link adapter works on the Pixel, but I guess I'll have to try it and see. If not I guess I'm SOL.

    • @Andrew B I don't think that is how it works. Usb-c is just the connecter that can be used for different protocols. A phone can lack the hardware to output video even if it has a usb port.

    • @Supersloth USB-C supports display port natively, so as long as it has a USB-C it should work. If not then you can always use adapters to make it work.

    • I don't think you can. Not many phones have video output through their usb port.

  • The man is just brilliant, intelligent, and smart. Smartphone to laptop 💻 damn!

  • A humane man who shares his knowledge with others. Goodness is seen in the eyes. Мaster of your craft. I wish you all the best.

  • This is fantastic I might try this with a touchscreen display!!

  • I'd just be happy to have the tools this man has ...

  • Your videos r amazing, I love the diy hacks. I do have same model of Samsung phone which is just lying in my old electronic box. Don't have access to the lovely tools you r using to build the kit. Will have to figure out something. Let the other projects keep coming

  • For those that are wanting to use the same powerbank that Matt did, click the link and scroll down until you see the Charmast one. :) That is the one he used

  • When you think "what else can he do?" and he publishes a video named: I turned this phone into a laptop. He never stops...

    • @Fraz Ahmad@ '@

    • @Matteo Barsanti not hating on your comment I did not realise I did a reply to another post that was supposed to be a unrelated message and not in this thread. Agreed it may not be genius what he did this time and it may be easy for some people. But the fact he did his research and made something quite well with the various alternative materials and made it. That's testament to his ingenuity and skill as a builder, home tinkerer, diy enthusiast. His previous builds and In depth builds show case his creativity and genius.

    • @Fraz Ahmad man my comment wasn't an hate one, I'm even subscribed to this channel, you totally misunderstood, as I said this guy have a lot of great ideas and some are indeed ingenious but certainly not this one, and btw yeah I completed many cool projects but (as for this guy) I wouldn't call my self a genius in any way

    • Matt you are a true inventor and general all round genius. Wish you all the best and look forward to seeing your upcoming projects.

    • @Julius Huck yeah exactly, I don't understand how people thinks that this is ingenious, he had a lot of great ideas in the past and that build is well made but it's nor original (things like that already exists) or difficult to be made