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Redditors share seven Ting hacks to help you save money on mobile

The Ting subreddit is a great place to discuss everything related to Ting service, smartphones and the US mobile industry in general.

We’re constantly seeing discussions that help redditors have a better experience with Ting, sharing ways to help minimize data, minutes and text usage. Smartphones offer so many features that it’s easy to miss out on useful apps and settings that can have a big impact on your monthly phone bill (if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting).

While our Ting tips do a pretty good job of digging into the basics, redditors are on another level when it comes to overall smartphone knowledge. So, we decided to ask the community to share the #1 phone trick or hack they use to lower their monthly Ting bill.

We’ve listed our seven favorites below – take a look.

Compress your data with Onavo Extend

Compress data and save big with Onavo Extend

Today’s App of the Week can save you big money on mobile data!

Onavo Extend is a free app for Android and iOS that creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection on your smartphone to compress the data you download over the mobile network. This compression technology directs your data through Onavo’s server’s, significantly cutting your monthly mobile data usage. For you visual learners out there, Onavo has created a nifty image to explain how their “magical shrinking machine” works:

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   Source: www.onavo.com

Keep in mind that it only compresses data that is received by your device, so any photos or videos you send will stay crisp and clear. Onavo Extend is available for Android 4.0+ and iOS 6.0+. Onavo takes privacy seriously. You can check out Onavo’s privacy policy to read up on how your privacy is protected.

While Onavo Extend cannot compress video streaming apps, Opera Max for Android can! Learn more in our Opera Max review.

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for data.

Onavo Extend

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Onavo Extend

Onavo Extend

Reduce your cellular data usage with Wi-Fi Assistant

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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.

Google has rolled out a new feature for Nexus and Pixel smartphones that automatically connects your device to public Wi-Fi hotspots nearby. To keep your personal information safe, Wi-Fi Assistant creates a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which routes all of your data through a secure server managed by Google.

Not to be mistaken with the iPhone’s Wi-Fi Assist function, enabling Wi-Fi Assistant can significantly lower your mobile data usage if you’re often near malls, restaurants and other areas with public Wi-Fi. Keep in mind, though, that Wi-Fi Assistant will not work if the public Wi-Fi network requires you to sign in.

It’s as simple as enabling a toggle in the settings menu – find out how in our instructions below.

Use Snapchat Memories to save your mobile data

If you’re a regular user of Snapchat, you know how easy it is to use a lot of mobile data without even realizing it. Even just sharing a couple videos when you’re out and about can rack up 50-100 MB of cellular data usage.

While Snapchat has added Travel Mode to help lower your mobile data usage when viewing Snaps from friends and family, there hasn’t been an easy way to reduce your data usage when sending them, until now!

Snapchat’s new Memories feature allows you to save your pictures and videos for later, letting you share them once you’re back on a Wi-Fi connection. While it may not be a “up-to-the-minute” Snap, it’s a small price to pay to significantly reduce your mobile data usage, and lower your phone bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

Reduce your cellular data usage by up to 50% with Opera Max

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The latest Ting Download helps you save on your cell phone bill without requiring any sort of effort.

Opera Max is a free app that automatically reduces your cellular data usage up to 50% by compressing data downloaded over the mobile network. It works with the majority of popular apps, including Instagram, Google Chrome, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Netflix. We’ve also tested Pokemon Go and noticed some savings – it’s minimal (18.8 MB used with 0.7 MB in savings), but it all adds up!

You can also manage your apps’ mobile data access (like restricting foreground or background data), monitor your data consumption within each app and much more.

Opera Max is currently only available on Android smartphones. For a similar app on iOS, check out Onavo Extend.

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how you can more with your smartphone without paying more for data.

Plug more storage into your Android phone with USB OTG

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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.

Running out of space on your Android phone, with no option for expandable storage? Whether you’d like to watch a movie on your phone without wasting a GB of space or keep a library of music available at your fingertips, today’s Ting tip has you covered.

s7_usb_250pxWith a USB OTG cable, you can plug a USB drive directly into your device and access the content without having to transfer anything to your smartphone.

Smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher should be USB OTG compatible from the get-go, just plug your USB stick into a USB OTG cable or adapter (shown at right) and instantly see all your files.

If you’re running an older version of Android it’s possible your phone may still work with USB OTG, just Google: “is (my phone model) USB OTG compatible” and see what comes up.

Keep in mind that if you own an Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or any other devices that have the new USB-C charging port, you’ll need to purchase a “USB-C OTG” cable instead of the standard USB OTG cable.