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Make calls through Hangouts for free on iOS

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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.

Free outbound calls over a Wi-Fi connection

Google Hangouts has always been a great app for keeping in touch with your friends, especially for video chatting and texting.

Hangouts lets you place phone calls to any number in the United States and Canada over Wi-Fi or a mobile data connection. If you’re on Wi-Fi, these calls will be entirely free – meaning they won’t count towards your Ting voice minutes or mobile data.

The latest Hangouts 4.0 update brings caller ID to your outbound calls too. No longer are you displayed as as unknown caller – your friends and family will see your Ting number! If you have a Google Voice account you can also receive calls through Hangouts, text through the app and more.

So, if you’re often around Wi-Fi, why not follow along with today’s Ting tip and learn how to lower your monthly mobile bill.

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Control which iOS apps use cellular data

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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.

Disable specific iOS apps from using mobile data

Apps are pretty awesome. What’s not awesome is apps that decide, without any input from you, that your cellular data connection is their personal plaything. We’re looking at you, Snapchat.

Thankfully, iOS lets you choose which apps will work when you’re on-the-go, and which ones will stay dormant until you find yourself back in a Wi-Fi connected environment. This feature is particularly handy for those who are bandwidth conscious or prone to accidentally hitting the wrong app icon (we’ve all been there).

But wait, you ask, isn’t not opening the app enough? Sort of. While iOS’s background application management is designed to put the app completely to sleep, some apps will continue talking with their servers for status updates (like new e-mail, message notifications, etc). In terms of data used, these are minor updates. But they do add up towards your monthly data usage – so why not turn them off if they’re not essential?

Follow today’s two-step Ting tip to help save your mobile data for more important matters (like streaming cat videos).

Using Android? Here’s how to control which apps use background data.

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Update Google Play apps over Wi-Fi only

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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.

Set Google Play to only update apps over Wi-Fi

Google Play automatically updates your apps to provide a smooth, uninterrupted smartphone experience.

If you haven’t yet changed Google Play’s auto-update setting to Wi-Fi only, your device will download these app updates any time you’re connected to the internet, including over a mobile network. The file size of these app releases can sometimes be large, resulting in tons of unnecessary mobile data usage if you’re not careful.

While instant updates are a useful Android feature, they’re not typically crucial and can wait till you’ve reached a Wi-Fi covered zone like home or work.

Follow today’s two-step Ting tip to help save your mobile data for more important matters.

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Back up Google Photos over Wi-Fi only

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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.

Back up photos and videos on Wi-Fi

Google Photos is available on Android and iOS and includes an Auto Backup tool that lets you save all your photos and videos privately in the cloud. Even if you upgrade or (heaven forbid) lose your phone, your pictures and videos will be safe and sound, ready to move to your new device. All your media is backed up and available at photos.google.com, accessible with your Google Account login. Even the Google Assistant moments your phone creates for you are safe and secure.

If you’re not careful though, this handy backup feature could ding you on mobile data. Avoid this possibility by choosing to perform backups “Over Wi-Fi only” as opposed to when connected to the mobile network.

First time opening Google Photos? You’ll be asked to select your uploading preferences upon startup.

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Automatically download podcasts over Wi-Fi on iOS

Auto-download podcasts over Wi-Fi on an iOS device

Podcasts is the only podcast app you’ll ever need on an iPhone or iPad. This native app lets you automatically download every podcast you’ve subscribed to on iTunes once you’re in range of a Wi-Fi connection.

Not only will this significantly lower your mobile data usage, it also guarantees a smooth, uninterrupted stream, no matter where you are or what you’re up to.

Own an Android device? Click here for the equivalent article.

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Automatically download podcasts over Wi-Fi on Android

Auto-download podcasts over Wi-Fi on an Android device

Tons of podcast apps on the Android platform allow you to download episodes over a Wi-Fi connection. Whether you’re heading out for your morning commute or afternoon session at the gym, it’s an easy way to save on mobile data and guarantee a smooth, uninterrupted stream.

Did you know that you can also set up your podcast manager to automatically grab the latest episodes once you’re back in a Wi-Fi zone?

While we used Pocket Casts as an example, there are several other Android apps that offer a similar experience, including BeyondPod and Podcast Addict.

Own an iOS device? Click here for the equivalent article.

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