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How to reduce Instagram data usage

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Reduce Instagram data usage

In a line-up of apps accused of wasting your mobile data, I bet you’d probably never consider your old friend Instagram. I mean, how could it be guilty? It’s just pictures, right? Hundreds of pictures of brunch, with some filters on it. Pictures, and sometimes video. Streaming video that plays without your permission…

You hear the shatter without realizing the mug was slipping out of your hand. Coffee spills everywhere.

How could you have been so foolish? Instagram was Kaiser Soze all along. What once appeared as an innocent looking app with a bum leg, now confidently strides out of your workplace and into a limousine, taking your precious megabytes along for the ride.

Luckily, this week’s Ting Tip exposes the one secret Instagram never bothered telling you – it has a mode to control cellular data usage. Just flip on the “Use Less Data” switch and videos will no longer automatically preload over your mobile network, saving you money in the process if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

Read on for our step-by-step instructions on how to reduce Instagram data usage.

 

 

Reduce Instagram data usage

Save battery power on your AMOLED display with Pixel Filter for Android

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Get Pixel Filter to save battery power

As screens get bigger and with battery life always at a premium, even AMOLED screens can use a little help.

AMOLED (active-matrix organic light emitting diode) screens are inside a wide variety of phones, from the original Moto X to the latest Samsung Galaxy 8, 8+ and Note8. AMOLED differs from LCD in that each pixel is its own light source. With traditional LCD screens, the pixels need to be lit from behind. Counterintuitively, in LCD, pixels are backlit even when they’re trying to show black.

If you’re wondering whether your phone has an AMOLED display or not, check out this handy Wikipedia list (just click Show to expand the list).

AMOLED screens are capable of showing off a greater range of colors and displaying vibrant images. One cool thing about AMOLED is that when a pixel is black, it’s off and so doesn’t draw power.

Maybe you’re already dimming your screen when your battery starts to run low but that’s only part of the battle. Pixel Filter is a smart little app that lets you take things a step further. Download it for free in the Google Play Store.

Hack your phone plan: A smartphone plan under $20

smartphone plan under $20A phone plan with data for around $16 plus tax each month. It’s not a pipe dream. It doesn’t mean giving up your smartphone. In fact, it requires having a smartphone.

With Ting Mobile, the $16 phone bill is within reach. If you’re smart about how you use your phone (and smart about choosing a cell phone service) your phone bill doesn’t need to come with a side of sticker shock. Whether you love iPhone or whether you’re in the Android camp, following are some easy ways to take complete control of your phone bill.

This phone hack works due to Ting’s flexible pricing model where you pay for minutes, messages and mobile data separately. With this “a la carte” approach to pricing, you can use free and freely available services to meet all your smartphone needs without ever paying for a voice minute or a text message. Use Wi-Fi whenever it’s available and jump on mobile data when it’s not.

Make email easy with Unroll.me for iOS and Android

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

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Clean up your inbox and mass unsubscribe with Unroll.me

Got a scary high inbox count? Find yourself flooded with alerts, newsletters and offers? Managing subscriptions is easier than ever with Unroll.me | Android | iOS | , a productivity app for Android and iOS.

Unroll.me helps you wrangle your email subscriptions and keep your email feeling fresher than ever.

Do more with your smartphone without paying more for mobile data

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Instead of asking how to get more data without paying, learn how to do more with less

You may be asking yourself “how do I get more data on my phone?” and, judging by the searches that bring people to this particular article, you are. In a similar vein, “how to get more data without paying” is a common question.

Rather than trying to figure out how to get more data on your phone, though, a better approach is how to do more with the data you have. While it’s possible to have a smartphone without a data plan, a little mobile data makes the smartphone experience that much better.

That said, don’t listen to carriers that want you to sign on long-term for so-called “unlimited” data, though: Instead, learn how to do more with less using the simple and easily implemented tips below.

Five things iPhone can do that Android can’t

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Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

iPhone can do that Android can't

Why iPhone users stick around and keep buying Apple

While the launch of the iPhone X had Apple fans rejoicing, it left many Android users left thinking, Really?

With a hefty price tag and some competitive Android phones in the sub $200 range, what gives? Why do iPhone users stay so loyal to Apple year after year?