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Here’s how to transfer texts from iPhone to Android messages

iPhone to Android messagesPlanning on switching from iPhone to Android? No need to jump the gun and purchase expensive recovery software like TransPhone or iPhone Data Recovery. Manually transferring all of your text messages to your new Android device is completely free and easier than you’d expect.

Transferring texts from iPhone to Android messages does involve a few steps, but it’s nothing complicated. If you have the know-how to navigate through your computer’s file system (such as Finder or Windows Explorer), you should be good to go.

Note: You do not have to own both devices at the same time. Just complete step 1 and (most of) 2 while you still have your iPhone, and the last part of step 2, along with steps 3 and 4 once you’ve picked up your Android device.

Use Snapchat Memories to save your mobile data

If you’re a regular user of Snapchat, you know how easy it is to use a lot of mobile data without even realizing it. Even just sharing a couple videos when you’re out and about can rack up 50-100 MB of cellular data usage.

While Snapchat has added Travel Mode to help lower your mobile data usage when viewing Snaps from friends and family, there hasn’t been an easy way to reduce your data usage when sending them, until now!

Snapchat’s new Memories feature allows you to save your pictures and videos for later, letting you share them once you’re back on a Wi-Fi connection. While it may not be a “up-to-the-minute” Snap, it’s a small price to pay to significantly reduce your mobile data usage, and lower your phone bill if you’re with a pay-for-what-you-use provider like Ting.

Plug more storage into your Android phone with USB OTG

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Running out of space on your Android phone, with no option for expandable storage? Whether you’d like to watch a movie on your phone without wasting a GB of space or keep a library of music available at your fingertips, today’s Ting tip has you covered.

s7_usb_250pxWith a USB OTG cable, you can plug a USB drive directly into your device and access the content without having to transfer anything to your smartphone.

Smartphones running Android 5.0 (Lollipop) and higher should be USB OTG compatible from the get-go, just plug your USB stick into a USB OTG cable or adapter (shown at right) and instantly see all your files.

If you’re running an older version of Android it’s possible your phone may still work with USB OTG, just Google: “is (my phone model) USB OTG compatible” and see what comes up.

Keep in mind that if you own an Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P or any other devices that have the new USB-C charging port, you’ll need to purchase a “USB-C OTG” cable instead of the standard USB OTG cable.

How to limit Facebook data usage in the Facebook app

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Here’s how to limit Facebook data usage

What seems to be last major app to implement a data saving feature, Facebook is finally rolling out a way to help reduce the amount of mobile data used when browsing Facebook on your smartphone. In this Ting Tip, we’re going to show you how to limit Facebook data usage in the updated Facebook app.

Enabling “Data Saver” in the settings menu will lower the resolution of photos you’ll see in your Facebook feed as well as disabling autoplay videos inside the app. (It looks like the older auto-play setting has merged with this data saving update to simplify things.)
How to limit Facebook data usage
According to Android Police
 this feature is currently only available to some Android users. Wondering if you’re in luck? Make sure the Facebook app is updated and have a look through the Menu section.

While Data Saver isn’t currently available on iOS, it’s safe to assume it’ll be rolled out to everyone on both platforms at some point in the near future. We’ll update this article when the feature arrives!

Android instructions are listed directly below.

Minimize mobile data usage in the Netflix app

If you’re planning on streaming Netflix over a cellular data connection, make to take advantage of the video quality settings inside the Netflix app.

Streaming video over a mobile data connection will use a considerable amount of data, even for just a 30 minute show. Fortunately, Netflix has added cellular data controls to its Android and iOS apps, letting you choose between a variety of video quality settings. According to Netflix, selecting the “Low” setting for 30 minutes of video will use approximately 125 megabytes of data (~4 MB a minute).

Keep in mind that Netflix now allows TV shows and movies to be downloaded for offline use, so with a bit of forethought you can watch all the content you want without spending a cent on mobile data.

Simple instructions are listed below.

Minimize mobile data usage in the YouTube app

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If you like to watch YouTube when you’re on the go, there’s an easy way to reduce the amount of cellular data YouTube can use.

Streaming video in high definition uses much more mobile data than watching in standard quality, and it’s not like you need to watch a cute cat video in 1080p to get hit right in the feels.

Take advantage of the “Limit mobile data usage” setting inside the app which forces YouTube to only stream HD video when you’re connected to Wi-Fi. If you’re using cellular data, videos will automatically stream in standard quality, saving you big time on data usage. Even if you typically remember to switch to standard when using the YouTube app, we’d suggest turning on the toggle just in case.

If you have a YouTube Red subscription, go one step further and download full videos and playlists to avoid using mobile data altogether.

Get the run-down in our quick two-step tutorial below.