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Save on smartphone mobile data with the free Cut Your Data ebook

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Learn how to limit data usage

Learning how to limit data usage is much easier than you think. The major carriers want you to believe that an unlimited plan is necessary in this day and age, but how much mobile data do you really need?

You can have an identical smartphone experience with a much lower bill just by taking advantage of data saving features in popular apps and using Wi-Fi where available.

Save on smartphone mobile data, save money

The comprehensive Cut your Data ebook helps you understand how your mobile data is being used and how to take control of said usage. The book starts with an audit of how much data you’re using today, whether you’re on iPhone or Android. Next, we jump into some general data saving strategies before taking a look at how to limit data usage in all the popular apps and services used today, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

You should totally download it… if only for the horoscopes on the last page.

If you’re thirsty for more info, check out our complete list of guides and tutorials on ways to lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill. We’ll show you how to do more with your phone without paying for more data.

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Opera Max can reduce your cellular data usage by up to 50%

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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 for Android smartphones. For a similar app on iOS, check out Onavo Extend.

 

You might also be interested in learning how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for data. And if you’re looking for even more ways to save money on your next bill, check out our complete guide on ways to lower mobile data usage.

Six (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

You’re probably using more mobile data than you need to. If you’re overpaying for an unlimited plan, by all means use as much as you possibly can. If you’ve realized that there’s a smarter way to do mobile though, then read on.

If you’re not interested in using your smartphone less, don’t sweat it! Often, all it takes is switching on a setting or scheduling a download to cut your monthly mobile data usage by half.

Our first six simple tips to save on mobile data post garnered a ton of helpful reader tips and feedback. So, we’re doing the redux!

Following is a list of popular apps that include options to reduce the amount of data sent across a mobile network. We also include a section on Google’s universal toggle for disabling mobile data, so if you’re only interested in one data saving tip today, make it this one!

Five things you didn’t know Google Assistant could do

Google Assistant, Android’s official voice command software (available for iOS in the Apple App Store), is a useful tool that has been impressing us more and more through each update it brings.

You may think it’s only used to input voice-to-text in messages, emails and Google searches, but there’s much more under the hood than you might expect. We’ve been keeping tabs on the powerful features in Google Assistsnt and decided to list some valuable tricks that you may not have heard about.

Whether you’re navigating across town, listening to music or looking to go out for a meal, Google Assistant can not only make things easier, but enhance your life on a daily basis.

If you’re not able to get the “OK Google” voice action to work, you may need to turn the feature on in the Google Assistant settings page. To enable this:

Open the Google app (called googlenowGoogle in the app drawer) > Tap the menuiconmenu button in the top left > SettingsVoice > “Ok Google” detection > Enable Always on or From any screen


Learn more in the full article


GasBuddy: App of the Week

GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest gas prices nearby.

Available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, GasBuddy relies on user submissions to list current pump prices at stations all around you. You can switch between a list or map view and quickly compare prices to get the best possible deal when filling up.

The GasBuddy app is free and simple to use. Learn more in Kyra’s review below.

Download Netflix shows and movies for offline use

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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.

 

Netflix now allows movies and TV shows to be downloaded and watched offline.

Offline viewing is feature that Ting customers in particular have been waiting for. Now, with a tiny bit of pre-planning, you can save your favorite shows and movies and watch them, in full resolution, whenever you want.

Every Netflix original is available to be downloaded and stored for offline viewing. Beyond Netflix original content, you’ll find a wealth of TV shows, movies and specials available. Just keep an eye out for the new Download option in the listing.