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Ting Tip: Go from keyboard to trackpad with 3D Touch text selection

Turn your keyboard into a trackpad for precision 3D Touch text selection

Navigating and highlighting teeny tiny iPhone text can be, even at the best of times, a struggle. Struggle no more with this helpful 3D Touch feature for iPhone 6S and up: 3D Touch text selection.

The next time you’re word processing and need to navigate to or highlight a piece of text, follow this tip for a seamless text selection experience. 3D Touch text selection is handy for texting, messaging, sending emails as well as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and more.

Switch to guest mode on your 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.

Let’s say your kid wants to play some Candy Crush on your phone. You unwittingly hand the thing over and the next thing you know, they’ve accidentally spammed the bulk of your work contacts.

Cute, right? But let’s say, for whatever reason, that you don’t want that to happen.

Android has a helpful native feature called Guest Mode. Turn it on whenever you let someone else use your phone and limit what they have access to. They’ll be able to open the default apps on your phone but won’t be able to see any of your data (your accounts won’t be logged in). Whether it’s your kid, your mom or your roommate, don’t worry about prying eyes getting into your contacts, messages, pictures and other saved data.

We’ll show you how.

Three ways to reduce WhatsApp data usage

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Cut back your WhatsApp data usage and save money

WhatsApp is the perfect app for chatting with all your friends and family. It offers everything you need for a great messaging app – audio and video calling, group chats, cross-platform compatibility (including desktop), encrypted messages and more.

Part of that “more” is the option to lower the amount of data usage being used by WhatsApp. Besides the obvious answer of connecting to Wi-Fi, there are three toggles built into the WhatsApp Settings menu that will reduce the amount of cellular data used by your smartphone.

Follow along with your preferred operating system below – we’ve included videos for both Android and iOS.

Going grayscale on iOS and Android to use your smartphone more mindfully

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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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Phantom vibration is the feeling you get when your phone vibrates in your pocket and, when you pull it out to check, it turns out it was a weird tactile hallucination. 90% of people have apparently experienced this phenomenon. Maybe you’re nodding your head.

Smartphones are little dopamine delivery machines. This fact is not lost on phone makers and app developers. Their job is to push our buttons to keep us coming back to push theirs. Phones are powerful tools at our control… but when you pull your phone out of your pocket at every micro-moment of inactivity, you can start to wonder who actually holds the power in the relationship.

There are many ways we can wrestle control back from our smartphones. As an interesting aside, there has been a bit of a resurgence in feature phone interest which is arguably a direct response to the shiny smartphone’s near irresistible allure.

If a feature phone feels like too much of a step back (agreed), this Ting Tip is a great way to take the power back without giving up the convenience of having a tiny, powerful computer in your pocket.

One way to you can make accessing your phone more of a mindful activity is to switch your display to grayscale. We’ll show you how.

Show my location on a map (for iPhone and 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.

Show my location on a map

Trying to meet up with your bestie for dinner but they just can’t seem to find the restaurant? Waiting for your brother to pick you up from the movies but he’s doing laps of the parking lot?

Don’t worry. Google Maps has a cool little feature that lets you share locations in real-time with your friends and family.

Free Wi-Fi calling with Google Hangouts

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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.

 

Free Wi-Fi calling

wi-fi callingYou can make voice calls from Hangouts on Android and Hangouts on iOS to any number across North America. For free.

You may be thinking, “doesn’t Google Hangouts use data?” How can it be free?

In short, jump on a Wi-Fi connection and any call you make to any number across the US and Canada is entirely free. These calls won’t count toward your voice minutes and can help you lower your monthly bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

The latest Hangouts 4.0 update brings caller ID to your outbound calls, too! No longer will you show up as “Unknown” – your friends and family now see your Ting number when you give them a ring.

Not familiar with Google Hangouts? It’s similar to Skype or iMessage (messaging, voice calls and video chat), except, as we’ve pointed out, Wi-Fi calling North American phone numbers through Hangouts Dialer costs absolutely nothing. Hangouts also supports animated GIFs… need we say more?!

It’s worth noting that you can lower your monthly bill even further by routing incoming calls (and texts) through Hangouts. Just remember that if you’re not connected to Wi-Fi, you’ll be using your mobile data plan, not your voice minutes.