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Zoom in and out in Google Maps with one hand

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Want a quicker, more precise way to browse Google Maps? If you double tap and hold with one finger, you can scroll up and down to zoom in or out!

This feature also works with other Google apps, including Chrome on both Android and iOS. It’s pretty handy for pictures and objects with zoom capabilities, along with sites that aren’t optimized for mobile. On the Android platform, this feature is available almost anywhere you can pinch-to-zoom.

If you’re an iOS user, keep in mind that Apple Maps won’t cut it – you’ll need to pick up Google Maps off the App Store to take advantage of this trick.

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How to return paid apps on Google Play

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Suffering a little Google Play buyer’s remorse? Get some Google Play buyer’s recourse.

As long as it’s been less than two hours since purchasing and installing the paid app, you can return it for a full refund – no questions asked.

If the two hour limit has passed, there’s still a chance to get your money back. You can contact the app developer directly and ask nicely for a refund.

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Turn off Facebook’s video auto-play feature on iOS

You know what’s cool?

Not letting Facebook tell you how to live your life. Specifically when it comes to videos auto-playing in your newsfeed.

Oh sure, video auto-play can be handy. But it can also use a considerable amount of mobile data without your permission.

Today’s Ting Tip will show you how to disable auto-play from the app’s settings menu. Follow along using our step-by-step GIF instruction guide below!

Using an Android device? We’ve got you covered.

Turn off Facebook’s video auto-play feature on Android

Ever notice that the Facebook app instantly plays any video you see on your newsfeed, regardless of whether you wanted to watch it?

This “feature” is automatically turned on and can use a considerable amount of mobile data without your permission.

Take back control with today’s Ting tip. Inside Facebook’s settings menu, there’s a simple toggle that lets you choose between always on, Wi-Fi only and always off.

Follow along using our step-by-step GIF instructions below!

Using an iPhone or iPad? We’ve got you covered.

Ting tip for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus: Get a grip on Reachability

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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.

Big phones are all well and good, but they do come with some trade-offs. Mainly, decreased finger travel with one-handed phone use.

Most people will find Apple’s iPhone 6 relatively comfortable in that regard. However, the iPhone 6 Plus can leave a lot to be desired.

Thankfully, Apple has taken a page from Samsung’s “One-handed Operation” mode with Reachability. This option, enabled by a double-tap to the home button, will lower the content of the screen into reach of your thumb.

It’s a quick solution that can come in handy.

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.