The Top CREDO Tips of 2022 (part 2): Stop robocalls, protect your data and so much more

As we say a fond farewell to 2022, it’s that time again to revisit the most popular phone and tech tips from the year!

From stopping annoying robocalls, protecting your personal data from the prying eyes of your favorite apps, or extending your smartphone’s battery life, here are the top 5 most popular tips since June — in case you missed them the first time around.

Enjoy these great tips with your friends and family — and we hope you are having a happy and safe holiday season!

#1: How to protect yourself from annoying spam and robocalls calls

This year, Americans will receive roughly 52 billion spam and robocalls. These calls are not only annoying — they’re dangerous, too. Last year alone, scammers swindled a whopping $39.5 billion from unsuspecting Americans with increasingly sophisticated techniques.

We’re sick and tired of these aggravating calls, and we know you are too. Here are some ways you can protect yourself and reduce the number of spam calls you get.


#2: How to stop smartphone apps from collecting your personal data

Smartphone apps can collect a whole lot of data about you — because your personal data is worth money. While Apple and Google are working to crack down, these app companies may share and sell your data to third-parties, usually without you even knowing.

If you’re concerned about your privacy, here are a few steps you can take to further protect your data on your smartphone.


#3: How to extend the life of your smartphone

Buying a new smartphone is a big investment — so it makes sense that you want it to last as long as possible.

In addition to purchasing an insurance plan to protect your phone from accidental damage, there are some tricks you can easily do to extend the life of your smartphone.

Here are 7 tips to keep your phone running for the long haul.


#4: Here’s what to do if your smartphone gets wet

We all dread the day when it happens: you’ve dropped your smartphone in a puddle or pool, or even worse, a toilet. 

So what now? You rush to wipe it off and throw it in a bowl of rice, right?

Not so fast, and don’t panic. Here are some quick tips and tricks to dry your phone and save it from certain doom — the right way.


#5: Turn off this one setting to save your smartphone battery

If you’ve noticed your smartphone’s battery draining faster than usual, you’re not alone. It happens to all of us — and we make sure our charger is always close by.

So what can you do to save the charge in your battery day after day?

We have a super simple solution: Turn off background app refresh — and we’ll show you how.