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Automatically connect to Wi-Fi at home and work

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Connect to Wi-Fi automatically with IFTTT

Ever forget to enable Wi-Fi when arriving at home or work, only to realize hours later that you’ve accidentally used hundreds of megabytes of mobile data?

We have, and it sucks. Today’s Ting tip ensures that’ll never happen to you again.

If This Than That (IFTTT) is an automation tool that uses conditional statements (called applets) to trigger changes within your phone. With a service like IFTTT, you can easily create a “recipe” that instructs your phone to automatically turn on Wi-Fi and connect to a network when you arrive at familiar places like home, work or school.

How to reduce Instagram data usage

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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.

Reduce Instagram data usage

In a line-up of apps accused of wasting your mobile data, I bet you’d probably never consider your old friend Instagram. I mean, how could it be guilty? It’s just pictures, right? Hundreds of pictures of brunch, with some filters on it. Pictures, and sometimes video. Streaming video that plays without your permission…

You hear the shatter without realizing the mug was slipping out of your hand. Coffee spills everywhere.

How could you have been so foolish? Instagram was Kaiser Soze all along. What once appeared as an innocent looking app with a bum leg, now confidently strides out of your workplace and into a limousine, taking your precious megabytes along for the ride.

Luckily, this week’s Ting Tip exposes the one secret Instagram never bothered telling you – it has a mode to control cellular data usage. Just flip on the “Use Less Data” switch and videos will no longer automatically preload over your mobile network, saving you money in the process if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

Read on for our step-by-step instructions on how to reduce Instagram data usage.

 

 

Reduce Instagram data usage

Save battery power on your AMOLED display with Pixel Filter for Android

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Get Pixel Filter to save battery power

As screens get bigger and with battery life always at a premium, even AMOLED screens can use a little help.

AMOLED (active-matrix organic light emitting diode) screens are inside a wide variety of phones, from the original Moto X to the latest Samsung Galaxy 8, 8+ and Note8. AMOLED differs from LCD in that each pixel is its own light source. With traditional LCD screens, the pixels need to be lit from behind. Counterintuitively, in LCD, pixels are backlit even when they’re trying to show black.

If you’re wondering whether your phone has an AMOLED display or not, check out this handy Wikipedia list (just click Show to expand the list).

AMOLED screens are capable of showing off a greater range of colors and displaying vibrant images. One cool thing about AMOLED is that when a pixel is black, it’s off and so doesn’t draw power.

Maybe you’re already dimming your screen when your battery starts to run low but that’s only part of the battle. Pixel Filter is a smart little app that lets you take things a step further. Download it for free in the Google Play Store.

Wifi Analyzer for Android finds the best Wi-Fi connection at home and on the go

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Get Wifi Analyzer for the best connection

Wherever you are, Wifi Analyzer for Android helps you find the best Wi-Fi connection.

Wifi Analyzer is also great if you’re troubleshooting a chronically slow Wi-Fi connection at home. If you live in a densely populated area like an apartment building, there’s a chance all those different Wi-Fi networks, in all those different units, end up on the same channels and compete for the same airspace. Wifi Analyzer can suggest the least densely populated Wi-Fi channel so you can get your router out of the fray.

If you’re not using a VPN app on your smartphone, you should be

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Secure your smartphone with a VPN app

As much as the Internet has become commonplace and we rely on it every day, surfing, shopping and sharing online can expose us to digital threats, hackers and identity theft.

Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about what a VPN is.

Hack your phone plan: A smartphone plan under $20

smartphone plan under $20A phone plan with data for around $16 plus tax each month. It’s not a pipe dream. It doesn’t mean giving up your smartphone. In fact, it requires having a smartphone.

With Ting Mobile, the $16 phone bill is within reach. If you’re smart about how you use your phone (and smart about choosing a cell phone service) your phone bill doesn’t need to come with a side of sticker shock. Whether you love iPhone or whether you’re in the Android camp, following are some easy ways to take complete control of your phone bill.

This phone hack works due to Ting’s flexible pricing model where you pay for minutes, messages and mobile data separately. With this “a la carte” approach to pricing, you can use free and freely available services to meet all your smartphone needs without ever paying for a voice minute or a text message. Use Wi-Fi whenever it’s available and jump on mobile data when it’s not.