I am trying to turn an old phone into a portable Raspberry Pi. I want to wire a Raspberry Pi Zero W into it's display and battery. Is this possible? If so, how do I do it?

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    yes, it is possible ... find a datasheet for the display that includes the connector pinout, a description of each pin and a command set ... design and build the necessary interface ... write a program to display images
    – jsotola
    Jun 20 at 18:29

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If your old phone is an android

Step 1. Turn on the wifi hot spot on your Android phone.

Step 2. Connect the raspberry pi to the phone's wifi network.

Step 3. Set up the VNC as if you were connected to a regular router.

The phone and the pi are on the same wifi network so can communicate without even having any internet access. Credit googleverse

If you have an apple iphone here's a slightly more complicated process Credit Being Engineers

As for wiring it into your phone battery it may be easier to get a LiPo Battery HAT Although I'll admit i'm not very knowledgeable about this aspect, and I cannot just comment this (not enough reputation).

  • The phone is dead but the screen still works, so VNC wouldn't work.
    – Farelkid11
    Jun 23 at 18:02

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