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With July being nationally known as Savings Month, this means a time for many of us to take a retrospective look at our finances and where we can save a buck or two for those rainy days. But this is should also be a time where you look at saving more than just your Randela’s, lately finances aren’t the only thing to consider as we become increasingly codependent on our mobile devices – saving battery life and storage should the least of your worries on your mobile device.

Michelle Wynne from HMD shares a few ideas on how you can save a little extra when it comes to your finances and more by using your beloved mobile.

Avoid loans, save, and pay cash

Let’s start with the basics, as we all know, borrowing money can land one in serious trouble – like savings can accumulate interest, so can debt.  Avoid creating bad debt as far as you can, rather save up for that drum-set or a decent deposit for a new car, rather than borrowing thousands of cash that will make it hard for you to pay it back.

To be hacked, or not be hacked

Save yourself the drama of potentially losing your personal information. The Nokia 3.2 launched with Android 9 Pie out of the box. It joins the comprehensive line-up of Nokia smartphones in the Android One family, which means it delivers the latest Android innovations and software experiences. Nokia smartphones with Android One offer great storage and battery life right out of the box and come with three years of monthly security patches and two major OS updates. Ensuring you have the latest Android software always.

Adaptive battery

Have you ever been stuck with 1% battery life and you’re nowhere near a charger? Well that makes many of us. One trick to curb this is to switch your device into lower battery mode after charging it before you head out. At HMD we believe that your phone should adapt to you. Adaptive Battery learns how you use your device and prioritizes battery power for apps and services you care about, minimizing battery consumption, whether in your palm or your pocket. This is part of how we deliver two-day battery life across a range of our Nokia smartphones.

Your own personal assistant

Save valuable time by getting help on the go or at home, with just your voice. The Google Assistant is your own personal Google, always ready to help to get things done and stay on top of plans. It learns and adapts the more you use it, and on a smartphone, that just keeps getting better. Ask Google Assist for the best savings apps to get you started.

We need some space

No this is not about a break up but that notification that keeps popping up on your phone constantly reminding you that you need more space or you may have to delete your birthday pictures. Before you start getting rid of your precious moments, you can quickly clear out hundreds of megabytes or even a gig or two by sweeping up stale downloads, rooting out offline maps and documents, clearing caches, and wiping unneeded music and video files. 

Save data, save money

Finally, the most trending topic in South Africa right now, data. Our mobile devices are basically useless without data, unless you have a feature phone.  Your device measures the data usage shown in your device’s settings app, to make sure that you’re not using too much data, constantly monitor your data usage. Only ever update your apps when connected to WiFi and make sure you’re logged off apps that you aren’t using to ensure they aren’t running in the background.

“By simply adopting the above tips, you may notice a slight shift in your lifestyle. The more you follow them the more you will always be on the lookout for ways to save in every aspect of your life, “concludes Michelle at HMD.