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How to restrict background data usage? Here are some tips for Android users

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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.

How to restrict background data usage

  1. Open Settings and tap Data usage.
  2. Scroll down to view a list of your Android apps sorted by data usage. Tap an app to see detailed usage statistics.
  3. Tap the app(s) you don’t want to connect to mobile data and select Restrict app background data (see example below).
  4. Save data, save money.

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Restrict background data and save money

At Ting, we like to think that anyone can save on their mobile bill by changing their mobile habits. One big way to save is to ask yourself if you can restrict background data and limit how much mobile data you use every month.

It’s worth knowing that despite your best efforts, some apps continue to use data in the background even while you don’t have them open. There are many Android apps that, without your knowledge, will go ahead and connect to your cellular network even when the app is closed.

Background data usage can wrack up quite a bit of MB. The good news is, you can reduce data usage. All you have to do is turn off background data. We’ll show you how to restrict background data on your Android phone and cut any lingering data usage.

Wrangle your usage and save big. Some people spend as little $20 a month on one phone. Now there’s a smartphone plan that makes sense. Reducing background data is a great place to start.

Airplane travel with kids: how to keep them entertained offline

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airplane travel with kidsLet’s be fair here: most children are very well-behaved during air travel. Still, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tech tricks up your sleeve the next time you’re undertaking airplane travel with kids.

For your sake (and for your fellow passengers’ sanity), we’ve built this quick guide to keep the peace when you’re bringing small kids on a flight.

How to backup iPhone text messages

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How to back up text messages on iPhone

  1. Enable iCloud storage by going to Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup.
  2. Follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant, select Restore from iCloud Backup and select the backup you created.
  3. If you’re reinstalling iOS on the same device, wipe it by going to Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings.
  4. Then follow the initial steps in the iOS Setup Assistant, select Restore from iCloud Backup when prompted and select the backup you created.

Trying to backup iPhone text messages only to realize there is no one-step solution? We previously explained how to save your texts in Android. We thought it was time to give some love to the Apple crowd!

Looking to transfer your texts to a brand new iPhone or restore your iPhone without losing all your messages? Wondering how to transfer messages from iPhone to iPhone without iCloud? Hoping to save texts to your computer in a viewable format? This is for you.

How to use Google Maps offline: 4 easy steps

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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.

How to download Google Maps

  1. Search for the location you want to save in Google Maps
  2. Tap the bottom info bar and tap Download
  3. Choose the size of the region
  4. To view, tap the top left menu button then tap Offline areas

 

How to download and use downloaded maps

Navigating with Google Maps over a mobile data connection can rack up a hefty amount of usage over time. Most of Google Maps data use is incurred when initially searching for the destination and charting a course. Fortunately, Google has hooked us up with a feature that downloads entire regions of Maps over a Wi-Fi connection, letting you complete your journey without having to connect to a cellular network.

The previous version of offline Google Maps would only let you view downloaded regions of a map, which was useful but still required you to connect to the Internet to start a navigation or search for a specific location. Google’s latest update offers a much better offline experience for users. Turn-by-turn navigation, location searches and establishment info can all be accessed without a data connection.

Once you know how to download Google Maps for offline use, you’ll be able to have a smooth, uninterrupted experience even when traveling through a low reception area.

Keep in mind that you can’t save the whole world. That’s Superman’s job. While there’s a limit on the amount of data you can cache, you can save a pretty large area before you hit the max.


How to unplug: it starts with your phone

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Why unplug?

Between email, social media and texts, too often our phones can feel more like a source of stress than a utility meant to make our lives easier. If you find yourself compulsively checking your phone or you just want to cut back, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we’re going to talk about how to unplug from your phone.

It might seem odd that Ting (being a mobile service provider) would talk about unplugging and cell phone overuse here on the blog. It’s no secret that using your phone less means you’ll spend less on Ting. With our service, you pay for what you use. Every month, Ting customers use their phones however they want. Then at the end of the month, they pay a fair price for what they used.

A lot of Ting customers have found reducing their mobile habits helps them live in the moment. Many of them found that reducing their cell phone use wasn’t actually that much of a burden at all.

Avoid data shock with these summer saving tips

saving tipsProtect your wallet and your phone this summer: avoid data shock with these summer saving tips

Every year, we see mobile data use spike in the summer. That’s because more people are away from Wi-Fi. Most of us are out and about, at the beach or on a road trip, enjoying the warm weather. The problem is, we bring our phones with us, and are more likely to use Google Maps to navigate and stream our favorite playlists on Spotify.

The same way you wouldn’t go outside in the summer sun without sunscreen, a hat and water, there are a few simple saving tips and tricks you can take with you to protect your phone and your bill too.