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Restrict background data: how to reduce your data usage in 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.

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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.

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.

How to update Google Play 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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File taxes online: Our favorite apps for tax season

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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.

File taxes online

Use your phone to file taxes online this tax season

The best tax season apps let you file taxes online right from your phone and keep you organized all year long.

Take a look at what’s out there and choose the app that’s right for you. Know that in the world of taxes, these services are rarely free. When you file your taxes in person you’re typically charged a fee for the service, right? A couple of the options below are no different, but we did find one free service you might want to check out.

We’ll point out some features of each and let you know where one app might get the edge up on another. Always read the app descriptions thoroughly so there aren’t any surprises in terms of fees.

Hiya protects you from spam callers and phishing scams

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Save yourself the spam call headache with Hiya

Everybody hates spam calls. Beyond those annoying “you won a cruise” messages that interrupt your day and clog your voicemail, scammers can use your phone number in phishing schemes and even trick you into giving up precious personal information. Luckily, when it comes to blocking spam and flagging unwanted numbers, you’ve got options.

We like the app Hiya | Android | iOS | because it serves numbers with a side of context. Hiya gives bit more information about numbers outside of your contact list, flagging them as likely spam, a colleague from work or an important call from the doctor’s office. Hiya also lets you control and update a personalized block list and report nuisance callers.

Hiya aggregates spam lists from their carrier partners to offer comprehensive protection against annoying and phishy calls and texts. It’s ad-free and easy to use. Grab the app and start protecting yourself today.

This DIY boombox can save your next party

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Create a DIY boombox in minutes flat

So you’re stuck at a party without an AUX cord or a wireless speaker for your smartphone. What to do?

Pump that playlist you’ve been waiting to show off with a DIY boombox that will take just minutes (seriously) to throw together. Consider this a level up from that old “toss your smartphone in a chip bowl” hack. Which also works, by the way, if you’re short any of the materials below.

How to turn your collection of vinyl to digital

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Rip your vinyl to digital

There’s a ton of reasons why you might prefer vinyl to digital. The sound, the large-scale album artwork, the rarity, the whole physical collection part of it. Sometimes, it feels like the only thing vinyl lacks is portability.

The good news is, you can take your collection anywhere if you rip it to digital.

Before we get ahead of ourselves here, let it be known: this is a labor of love. Ripping vinyl isn’t as easy as ripping CDs (assuming your computer still has a disc drive and if not, remember those?) and transferring vinyl sound to digital requires a bit of care, attention and patience. But of course you, as a lover of LPs, already possess all of those qualities. So, full steam ahead.