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Let’s get lazy with Google Assistant

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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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Do more with Google Assistant so you can do less

Today’s tip covers native Assistant, the one that comes with the latest Android smartphones and can open apps, send messages on your behalf, brief you with the news and more.

Google Assistant is available natively on Android and in the App Store for iOS. It’s also available inside Allo, Google’s latest messaging app, where it aims to help you with daily tasks based on what you’re chatting about.

A slight catch for iOS users – the Google Assistant app will not have the Always listening feature that’s available on Android. The quickest way to prompt Google Assistant on iOS is by adding it to your list of widgets so it’s never far from reach. You can also talk and type your requests directly inside the Google Assistant app (and through Allo).

We’re going to show you our favorite tips for making the most of Google Assistant. Put up your feet and let Google’s AI get to work. Maybe toss in a little please and thank you every now and then. We still don’t know how this whole Assistant thing is going to turn out (and if it turns out for the worst, may our robot overlords be merciful).

Customize notifications with Notification Channels in Oreo for 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.

Use Notification Channels to customize your Android notifications

Mobile notifications can be a real hassle. Sorting through them can be a pain, and finding the important ones can be even trickier.

If you’re looking to streamline your notification experience on your Android device, Oreo comes with a cool new feature called Notification Channels.

Notification Channels let you set levels of importance and modify notifications on a case-by-case basis. One thing to note is that Notification Channels have to be programmed by app developers. So if you’re trying to customize notifications for an app, and it doesn’t support customization, then you’re out of luck.

There are a lot of apps that already support this customization like most apps in the Google Suite.

Let’s get started. We’ll walk you through how to use Notification Channels for Gmail.

How to make the switch from iPhone to 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.

Switch from iPhone to Android in no time

Want to make the switch from iPhone to Android? There are any number of reasons why you might want to, and this post will explain how to move your iOS data over to your new Android.

Google makes it super easy to switch – all you have to do is backup your iPhone data with the app Google Drive. Google Drive will transfer texts and iMessages, photos and videos, music, contacts and calendars. It won’t cover app data, paid apps, and free apps not matched or available on the Google Play Store.

To get started just download Google Drive on your iPhone.

Five lesser-known iOS 11 features Apple isn’t talking about

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Five iOS 11 features you should know about

Anyone can talk about the hot new iOS 11 features. Perhaps you’ve heard of some by now: A new App Store, improved file browsing, a redesigned control center, Siri’s new voice and much more.

You yawn. “Who hasn’t heard of that,” you say. “Give me something the other guys aren’t talking about.”

Fair enough. Here are a few, less hyped, iOS 11 features that we think Ting customers will appreciate.

How to transfer your data and switch from Android to iPhone

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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.

Ready to make a move? How to switch from Android to iPhone

If you’re curious about switching from Android to iPhone or are ready to make the switch, this post will explain how to move your Android data over to your new iOS.

The good news is, it’s pretty easy. Apple has an app called Move to iOS that will transfer content including your contacts, message history, photos and videos, email accounts, calendars and more.

The app can match the free apps you have on your Android, as long as they’re available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. In terms of apps you’ve purchased from Google Play, you’re out of luck. Matched paid apps will appear in your iTunes Wishlist.

To get started, just download Move to iOS from Google Play.

Clean up your iCloud storage and make the most of your free 5 GB

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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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Cleaning up your iCloud storage

iCloud storageMaybe you’ve started to get notifications on your iPhone or iPad that you’re approaching your iCloud storage limit and are running out of storage space.

With your Apple ID you get 5 free GB of iCloud storage across all your Apple devices. We’re going to show you how to make the most of that free space.

We’ll walk you through the basics of iCloud storage management, show you how to wrangle your photos, talk about keeping your backups under control and encourage you to make those hard decisions along the way. What kinds of hard decisions? Well, maybe your beloved Roller Coaster Tycoon Classic game is taking up a bit too much of that precious free storage. Just saying.