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Last longer with Battery Saver on 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.

If your phone runs out of juice a little quicker than you’d like, Android 5.0: Lollipop includes a neat battery saving feature that’ll help extend your battery life. It’s easy to enable – just follow along with our GIF instructions below!

While Battery saver is super useful, your smartphone experience will be restricted. Device performance is reduced and background data is disabled, meaning you won’t get notifications from apps like Facebook, WhatsApp and Gmail.

Unfortunately, Battery saver is only available for Android 5.0: Lollipop and higher. If your device runs Android 4.4 KitKat or below and you’re looking to extend its battery life, check out Google Play for tons of third-party power saving apps.

Download Spotify music 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.

Take Spotify offline and reduce your data usage

If you’re a Spotify Premium user, make sure you take advantage of the Available Offline feature for Android, iOS and Windows Phone.

Instead of streaming music over your mobile network, Spotify lets you download your tunes on a Wi-Fi connection, giving you a seamless listening experience all while using zero mobile data.

With the flick of a switch, you’ll get access to all your favorite albums and playlists anywhere you go without needing an active internet connection. This is perfect for the subway, on an airplane or if you’re a Ting customer looking for a cheaper monthly bill.

Trying to decide whether Spotify Premium is worth it? If you’re a current student, it’s now only 5 bucks a month. You can always try Premium free for 30 days if you’d like to take it for a test drive.

Follow along with the GIF-y goodness below to learn how to download all your tracks and save on your monthly bill.

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Make calls through Hangouts for free on iOS

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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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How to control which iOS apps use cellular data

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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?

So if you’re wondering how to control which iOS apps use cellular data, follow today’s two-step Ting tip to learn and start saving your mobile data for more important matters (like streaming cat videos on YouTube).

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

How to control which iOS apps use cellular data

Back up Google Photos over Wi-Fi only

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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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