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Make a custom ringtone for Android and iPhone


Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Today, we’re going to show you how to make a custom ringtone using your favorite song. You can set up cool, custom sounds for all your incoming messages, alerts, phone calls and even your morning alarm. Maybe your default ring (yes, iPhone people, that one) just feels somewhat lackluster these days. Maybe you’re obsessed with The Final Countdown and you want to wake up to that glorious air guitar anthem every morning.

Whatever the reason, we’re going to make it easy to do.

Limit background data usage with Data Saver

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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.

Data Saver in Android Nougat

Lowering your monthly data usage gets easier and easier.

Android’s latest operating system, 7.0 Nougat, includes a new Data saver toggle that sits inside the Android Settings menu.

Data saver is a brand new feature that, when you’re connected to mobile data, limits background processes so apps can only use a small amount of cellular data when the app isn’t explicitly opened. This means you’ll still get email updates, Facebook messages and other data-related notifications when Data saver is enabled, you’ll just see them less frequently than before. Once you’re back on a Wi-Fi connection, things resume to normal. You’ll receive all your notifications and updates the second they happen.

Say goodbye to apps that use 200 MB of mobile data in the background without your knowledge. Say hello to a lower phone bill if you’re with a pay for what you use provider like Ting.

Four ways to free up space on your iPhone


Constantly finding yourself running out of space on your iPhone? No more apps to delete? Never fear, Ting is here!

Clean up your iPhone storage with these four unique tricks. While some of these might seem bizarre and the results may vary, they totally work.

Save on smartphone mobile data with the free Cut Your Data ebook

Lowering your cellular data usage is much easier than you think. The major carriers want you to believe that an unlimited plan is necessary in this day and age, but how much mobile data do you really need?

You can have an identical smartphone experience with a much lower bill just by taking advantage of data saving features in popular apps and using Wi-Fi where available.

The comprehensive Cut your Data ebook helps you understand how your mobile data is being used and how to take control of said usage. The book starts with an audit of how much data you’re using today, whether you’re on iPhone or Android. Next, we jump into some general data saving strategies before taking a look at how to limit data usage in all the popular apps and services used today, like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat.

You should totally download it… If only for the horoscopes on the last page.

If you’re thirsty for more info, check out our complete list of guides and tutorials on ways to lower mobile data usage and save on your cell phone bill.

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Six (more) simple tips to save money on smartphone mobile data

You’re probably using more mobile data than you need to. If you’re overpaying for an unlimited plan, by all means use as much as you possibly can. If you’ve realized that there’s a smarter way to do mobile though, then read on.

If you’re not interested in using your smartphone less, don’t sweat it! Often, all it takes is switching on a setting or scheduling a download to cut your monthly mobile data usage by half.

Our first six simple tips to save on mobile data post garnered a ton of helpful reader tips and feedback. So, we’re doing the redux!

Following is a list of popular apps that include options to reduce the amount of data sent across a mobile network. We also include a section on Google’s universal toggle for disabling mobile data, so if you’re only interested in one data saving tip today, make it this one!

Make a call through Hangouts for free on Android


Quick tips to get the most from your phone, your favorite apps and your Ting service. No fluff. Just the tips.

Use Wi-Fi to make a call through Hangouts

If you’re connected to Wi-Fi, you don’t need to use your voice minutes to place a call through Hangouts to the United States or Canada.

Google Hangouts is an app for texting, calling and video chatting on your mobile device. It also lets you place phone calls over the Internet, instead of your voice network. If you’re on Wi-Fi you won’t be using your mobile data either, meaning you can talk for as long as you want at no cost whatsoever!

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 call!

If you have a Google Voice account you can also receive calls through Hangouts, text through the app and more.

Follow along with the GIFs below and start saving even more on your monthly bill.

Use an iPhone? We have a step-by-step article on how to make a call through Hangouts with iPhone as well.

call through Hangouts