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How to reduce YouTube data usage on your mobile device

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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 YouTube data usage

Reduce YouTube data usage and save money

If you like to watch YouTube when you’re on the go, there’s an easy way to reduce YouTube data usage in the mobile app.

Streaming video in high-definition uses much more mobile data than watching in standard quality, and it’s not like you need to watch a cute cat video in 1080p to get hit right in the feels.

Take advantage of the Limit mobile data usage setting inside the app which forces YouTube to only stream HD video when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re using cellular data, videos will automatically stream in standard quality, saving you big time on data usage. Even if you typically remember to switch to standard when using the YouTube app, we’d suggest turning on the toggle just in case.

If you have a YouTube Red subscription, go one step further and download full videos and playlists to avoid using mobile data altogether.

Get the run-down in our quick two-step tutorial below.

Automatically connect to Wi-Fi at home and work

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Connect to Wi-Fi automatically with IFTTT

Ever forget to enable Wi-Fi when arriving at home or work, only to realize hours later that you’ve accidentally used hundreds of megabytes of mobile data?

We have, and it sucks. Today’s Ting tip ensures that’ll never happen to you again.

If This Than That (IFTTT) is an automation tool that uses conditional statements (called applets) to trigger changes within your phone. With a service like IFTTT, you can easily create a “recipe” that instructs your phone to automatically turn on Wi-Fi and connect to a network when you arrive at familiar places like home, work or school.

We asked Ting customers: What phone do you think was the biggest game changer?

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What phone was the biggest game changer?

Many of us, in a particular age bracket, have a concrete memory of that moment in time where phones became a bit more than phones.

A moment where we weren’t using those handheld devices exclusively for calling anymore. We were using them for taking pictures, listening to music, instant messaging, emailing and playing games.

Where once cell phone ownership was a badge of honor, now not owning one is almost unimaginable.

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.

App of the Week: Alarm Clock Plus

Why we love Alarm Clock Plus:

Alarm Clock Plus is an app that will help you spring out of bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Either that or it’s the type of app that’ll make you throw your phone at the wall after the fourth time you fail to answer the math question that’s required to turn off the alarm.

Either way, you’re awake and ready to face the day. Whether it’s an expensive morning or not? Well, that’s determined by your arithmetical abilities… and perhaps your personal rage quotient (PRQ).

Alarm Clock Plus

Free
Download from Google Play
Set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. Turn on nightstand mode to dim the display. At the appointed time, your alarm will sound. No biggie, right? Well, there’s more to it.

Alarm Clock Plus lets you completely customize your alarms and take control of myriad options to create the perfect wakeup call. Most notable: Require a correct answer to a mathematical question (difficulty determined by you) before the alarm will turn off. Or, if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, before the alarm will even let you snooze.