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Replace your Android homescreen with the Wiser app

The Wiser app

Know a family member or friend who would benefit from a simpler smartphone experience? Check out today’s App of the Week, Wiser!

The Wiser app replaces your Android homescreen with an easy to use, straightforward launcher. While you’re still able to complete regular smartphone tasks like texting friends, checking your email or browsing Facebook, it makes the navigation experience so much easier! With large, colorful buttons and simplified screens, it’s an excellent app for anyone who has difficulty with Android’s original environment.

Find out more in our video below!

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App of the Week: Alarm Clock Plus

Why we love Alarm Clock Plus:

Alarm Clock Plus is an app that will help you spring out of bed, bright eyed and bushy tailed. Either that or it’s the type of app that’ll make you throw your phone at the wall after the fourth time you fail to answer the math question that’s required to turn off the alarm.

Either way, you’re awake and ready to face the day. Whether it’s an expensive morning or not? Well, that’s determined by your arithmetical abilities… and perhaps your personal rage quotient (PRQ).

Alarm Clock Plus

Free
Download from Google Play
Set an alarm to wake you up in the morning. Turn on nightstand mode to dim the display. At the appointed time, your alarm will sound. No biggie, right? Well, there’s more to it.

Alarm Clock Plus lets you completely customize your alarms and take control of myriad options to create the perfect wakeup call. Most notable: Require a correct answer to a mathematical question (difficulty determined by you) before the alarm will turn off. Or, if you’re feeling particularly masochistic, before the alarm will even let you snooze.

Earn money by answering surveys with Google Opinion Rewards

Google Opinion Rewards is an easy way to pick up free Google Play credit for Android and cash direct to your PayPal for iOS users.

Here’s how it works. Download the app for free to your Android or iPhone.

The app sends occasional surveys to your phone and ask you to respond to simple multiple choice questions like, “which color do you prefer?” or “where have you shopped recently?”

If you have a few seconds here and there and don’t mind answering a quick question, Google Opinion Rewards is definitely worth an install.

Browse Reddit offline without using mobile data on your phone

Reddit Offlinereddit offline lets you browse reddit on your smartphone without having to consume mobile data.

You can schedule Reddit Offline to automatically download content when you have Wi-Fi access, so you can browse your favorite subreddits without having to connect to the Internet. Pictures, gifs, Imgur albums, text posts and comments can all be saved in the subreddits of your choosing.

Keep in mind that the app stores all this content on your device, so if you find yourself running out of space, make sure to clear the cache inside the Settings menu.

Scroll down and let Kyra tell you more about this awesome Android app!

 

If you’re looking for more ways to save on cellular data usage, here’s how you can do more with your smartphone without paying more for data.

Take control of how your Android apps use data with NetGuard

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Complete control over how your apps use data

NetGuard (for Android) lets you selectively block apps from accessing your cellular data, Wi-Fi connection, or both, without requiring root access. This can be useful in a number of circumstances.

For example, you could block cellular data access for Twitter, Facebook or Instagram if you want to check your cached feeds without the app auto-refreshing and using your mobile data connection.

Or, if you notice an app using mobile data when it shouldn’t be, NetGuard can block it from ever being able to access the cellular network again. This is especially useful for streaming services like Spotify which may use a minimal amount of data even after downloading your music for offline use.

It’s also great for apps that don’t play well when handing-off from the cellular network to a Wi-Fi connection (and vice versa), letting you choose one permanent option.

It is super easy to set up and use – just grab it from Google Play and keep data-hungry apps from driving up your cell phone bill.

Opera Max can reduce your cellular data usage by up to 50%

opera max
The latest Ting Download helps you save on your cell phone bill without requiring any sort of effort.

Opera Max is a free app that automatically reduces your cellular data usage up to 50% by compressing data downloaded over the mobile network. It works with the majority of popular apps, including Instagram, Google Chrome, Spotify, Pandora, YouTube and Netflix. We’ve also tested Pokemon Go and noticed some savings – it’s minimal (18.8 MB used with 0.7 MB in savings), but it all adds up!

You can also manage your apps’ mobile data access (like restricting foreground or background data), monitor your data consumption within each app and much more.

Opera Max is currently only available for Android smartphones. For a similar app on iOS, check out Onavo Extend.

 

You might also be interested in learning how to do more with your smartphone without paying more for data. And if you’re looking for even more ways to save money on your next bill, check out our complete guide on ways to lower mobile data usage.

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