Posted on January 7, 2023
How Equal Rights Advocates Is Advancing Gender Justice Across the Country
Note from the CREDO team: This January, Equal Rights Advocates is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will enable ERA to provide free legal help to more students and workers challenging discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence, as well as fuel bold policy reforms advancing gender, racial and economic justice.
Read this important blog post about the organization’s critical work, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this January.
Equal Rights Advocates fights for gender justice in workplaces and schools. Since 1974, we’ve protected and advanced rights and opportunities for women, girls, and people of all gender identities with free legal services, bold legislation, and community advocacy.
We believe our country’s most pressing challenges — poverty, violence, discrimination — will be solved by transforming our communities into places where every woman and girl can lead. We envision a world where work and school are guaranteed places of safety and promise; where every student can grow to their fullest potential; where everyone has the economic security they need to care for themselves, their families, and their communities.
ERA leverages a unique multi-pronged approach to challenging systemic injustice, with each of our key strategies – from impact litigation to direct legal services to policy advocacy to community research and mobilization – informing and enhancing one another. Here’s how we’re leading change for gender justice and equality in 2023 and beyond:
When it comes to gender justice, we leave no stone unturned. We enforce civil rights laws in court, fight to end sexual assault and sexual harassment in our schools and workplaces, provide free legal counseling and advice to those who need it, and partner with other advocacy organizations to ensure we’re addressing the most pressing social justice issues impacting each of our communities.
Equity in Schools
From gender stereotyping in the classroom, to epidemic levels of sexual assault on college campuses, ERA fights alongside students, providing free legal help to protect their civil rights and access to education. We have students’ backs, and we have for nearly 50 years. Learn more. Our key education equity programs include:
Ending Sexual Violence in Education Initiative: ERA’s Initiative to End Sexual Violence in Education (ESVE) helps students find support and seek justice when sexual assault or harassment threatens to disrupt their education, including through self-help resources that many students are more likely to consult before talking to an adult/school official, such as our first-of-its-kind Student Survivor Toolkit. As part of this initiative, we launched the nation’s first network of pro bono attorneys dedicated to helping college student survivors. We train and support these volunteer lawyers, known as ENOUGH Advocates, to help student survivors learn their legal rights, figure out their school’s complaint and investigation policies, and weigh their options in the wake of sexual assault or harassment.
Workplace & Economic Justice
Everyone deserves access to good jobs and fair treatment at work. When employers break the law, we hold them accountable, providing free legal help and representation to workers who need it most, and taking on big cases that make workplaces fairer and safer for everyone. We also work with high-road employers to develop best practices, creating the standard for entire industries. Learn more. Our key workplace & economic justice programs include:
Family Voices Amplified: We conducted groundbreaking research in 16 cities across the country – asking Black and Latinx mothers about their needs and priorities two years into the COVID-19 crisis. Through surveys and kitchen table conversations, we learned the top priorities Black and Latinx moms need in the years ahead: affordable child care, equitable work, and fair access to generational wealth building assets. Now is the time to deliver on that agenda by leading legislation and policy work and partnering with lawmakers to create significant change. Learn more.
Equal Pay Today Initiative: We have been fighting for equal pay for nearly 50 years at the state and federal levels, and across industries. Our work includes the Equal Pay Today campaign, which we co-founded with partners across the country to close the wage gap that most harms women of color and low-paid working women. Every year, we lead digital awareness raising on Equal Pay Days for women of color: Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, Native Women’s Equal Pay Day, Latina Equal Pay Day, and more. We challenge the legal, policy, and cultural barriers that have allowed the gender wage gap to persist, recognizing that pay discrimination is not a single-issue struggle. That is why we work to also address occupational segregation, pay secrecy, pregnancy and caregiver discrimination, a lack of access to paid leave, wage theft, and an unlivable federal minimum wage.
Stronger California Initiative: The Stronger California Advocates Network is a collaborative campaign of 65+ advocacy groups and coalitions from across California. ERA co-founded and chairs this cross-sector network, and together, we have driven groundbreaking reforms to help Californians combat poverty and build assets, achieve workplace justice and family-friendly workplaces, and expand access to affordable, quality child care. Since 2015, the Stronger California Network has worked with the Legislative Women’s Caucus and lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to pass bills advancing economic and civil rights for women and families across the state. With bills that are being replicated across the country, including the nation’s strongest laws combating sexual harassment and pay discrimination, we are setting the pace for the nation. View our 2022 Stronger California legislative wins, featuring new rights for workers across the state.
Together – working across these strategies – we’re building a world of true gender justice, where everyone has equal opportunity to thrive. Please visit https://www.equalrights.org/ to learn more and join the movement for gender justice.
Posted on January 5, 2023
New Year’s Resolution for 2023: Using your wallet as a force for good
It’s that time of year when we resolve to eat better, workout more, spend more time with family, manage our time more efficiently and a lot more.
But when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions, we here at CREDO believe we can make one of the most positive impacts for ourselves and our planet by using our wallets as a force for good.
More than 35 years ago, we went into business to help consumers spend their hard-earned money with a brand that shared their values — and many companies have since followed.
So how can we spend our money with companies that align with our values? We’ll share a few ways in this week’s tip.
Here’s an incredible statistic: A recent Harris poll found that a stunning 82% of consumers want a brand’s values to align with their own.
We’re not surprised in the least. Back in 1985, we knew then that consumers wanted to spend their money with a company that shared their values as an alternative to big corporations that may be destroying the planet, funding conservative causes, or treating their workers poorly.
Since then, we’ve donated over $94 million to organizations fighting for economic justice, civil rights, climate justice and more — and our model of progressive philanthropy has clearly stood the test of time, thanks to our incredible CREDO members.
Obviously, CREDO isn’t the only brand doing good in the world. Patagonia and Ben & Jerry’s — sure! Fox News, AT&T, Exxon, Koch Industries — not so much. But how can you determine if other companies share your progressive values — and how do you avoid those that don’t?
Here are a few questions you can ask yourself:
- What kind of products or services does the company sell?
- Does the company pay a fair or living wage to its workers? Has the company been accused of unfair labor practices or union busting?
- Does the company make donations to organizations that align with your values? Or does the company donate to conservative causes and politicians that you disagree with?
- Does the company speak out AND take action publicly about important social issues? For example: Has the company taken steps to protect workers in states with anti-abortion laws?
- Does the company use its business practices and revenue to actively combat the climate crisis?
These questions are just the beginning, but you get the idea.
Next, it’s good to conduct some simple research into the companies that you want to do business with, too. Here are some resources to get started:
- OpenSecrets is an incredible clearinghouse that tracks campaign contributions, lobbying data and money in politics. You can look up which industries, corporations, individuals and employees have donated to candidates, political action committees and other political organizations.
- Subscribe to Judd Legum’s Popular Information newsletter. Judd, who we interviewed in 2021 about his work uncovering AT&T’s donations to conservative causes, has been shining a light on corporate bad actors and holding companies accountable that don’t act in our best interests.
- Google News. This may seem obvious, but if a company has recently come under scrutiny for bad business practices — or praised for doing good! — you’ll probably find it in recent news articles. Just be discerning when a company is getting credit for, say, donating a large sum of money to a charity or launching a new sustainability initiative. It could be a public relations stunt.
If you aren’t yet a CREDO Mobile customer — but you want to do good by your cellular provider — check out our history, mission, who we fund, and how you can vote to help us distribute this month’s grant to three non-profit organizations. You can even check out the profile of our now-defunct Super PAC on OpenSecrets which helped take down some of the most conservative members of Congress in 2012. Then, head over to CREDOMobile.com to see which phones and plans work best for you!
Posted on January 3, 2023
How SAGE is improving the lives of LGBTQ+ elders
Note from the CREDO team: This January, SAGE is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will help SAGE to continue to innovate as it fights for LGBTQ+ and age-friendly policies and communities and create ties across generations.
Read this important blog post about the organization’s critical work, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this January.
The start of a new year often offers the opportunity for a clean slate. However, as we look at our community, we must remember that some of us don’t have that opportunity. LGBTQ+ elders – the people who have paved the way for the rights and opportunities we have as LGBTQ+ people – are facing an unprecedented moment of crisis.
It’s a crisis caused by the exploding number of older people in our country who are liberated enough to come out and live their lives proudly as LGBTQ+ people. A crisis caused by severe isolation and loneliness made much worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. By much higher poverty levels and health problems than older Americans in general. And a crisis made much worse because our elders face widespread and rising discrimination and racism and anti-Semitism, and often don’t get the support they need.
I’m talking about the older lesbian who called my office during the worst days of COVID to say that the only live human voice she hears each week is when her SAGE volunteer calls to check in on her. I’m talking about the transgender woman of color who is an elder icon to her community but must line up every week at SAGE’s pantry program because without the groceries we offer, she wouldn’t have enough to eat. I’m talking about the elderly gay man who watched all of his friends die during the AIDS epidemic and is growing old alone. And I’m talking about the transgender man in a nursing home in Iowa who repeatedly was disrespected and felt discriminated against until SAGE came in to train the facility’s staff.
Working with our elders to address this crisis is why SAGE exists. And to meet this moment of crisis, SAGE has spent the past year doing everything possible to make a daily difference for our community’s elders.
But we’ve also been doing more. We’ve been forging a bold new direction for our organization’s work that truly meets the moment – big enough and transformative enough to rise to the occasion and overcome this crisis so our elders can live the lives they deserve. No matter who they are, where they live, or what they need.
Under this bold new plan, SAGE will be:
- Evolving to build momentum and scale our impact. That means more programs, more services. More reach.
- Reimagining how SAGE operates and moves through the world to get even more done for our elders.
- Expanding with two new special divisions – one for our NYC programs and another for our cutting-edge social enterprises – with a new model for partnerships, and with a path-breaking new SAGE Center of Excellence.
- Including more LGBTQ+ elders from all communities – more trans elders; more Black, Indigenous, and People of Color elders; and more elders from rural areas – to expand equity and representation.
- Innovating by building sustainable financing for essential SAGE programs to control our destinies and take care of our own.
While these are exciting new strategic directions for our work, our mission remains proudly the same. At the end of the day, SAGE is about making sure that every older member of our community doesn’t just survive but thrives as they age.
I hope SAGE’s bold new direction is as exciting for you as it is for me and the SAGE team. I hope you can see and feel how this will meet the moment for our community’s elders. Because at the end of the day, we must take care of our own so they can age like the heroes they are. They paved the way for the rest of us because of their resilience and determination to live as their authentic selves.
And a community that takes care of its own is who we are and what we do. You can learn more about SAGE’s work at sageusa.org.
Posted on January 2, 2023
Vote for Equal Rights Advocates, SAGE and Women’s Refugee Commission
Every month, CREDO members vote to distribute our monthly grant to three incredible progressive causes – and every vote makes a difference. This January, you can support gender equality, LGBTQ rights, and women and children displaced by crisis by voting to fund Equal Rights Advocates, SAGE and Women’s Refugee Commission.
Equal Rights Advocates
Equal Rights Advocates fights for gender justice in workplaces and schools. Since 1974, we’ve protected and advanced rights and opportunities for women, girls, and gender-expansive people with free legal services, bold legislation, and community advocacy.
Funding from CREDO will enable ERA to provide free legal help to more students and workers challenging discrimination, harassment, and gender-based violence, as well as fuel bold policy reforms advancing gender, racial and economic justice.
Founded in 1978, SAGE has offered programming and direct services to LGBTQ+ elders and their caregivers for nearly 50 years. The organization advocates for impactful policy changes, and provides education, technical assistance, and training for aging providers.
Funding is critical for SAGE to continue to innovate as it fights for LGBTQ+ and age-friendly policies and communities and creates ties across generations. Thank you on behalf of all the LGBTQ+ elders who will be impacted by this generous support.
Women’s Refugee Commission
WRC is proud to partner with displaced women, children, LGBTQI+, and people with disabilities to catalyze gender-transformative change, by ensuring their voices are heard – and heeded – by local, national, and global decision-makers.
A general support grant from CREDO Mobile will allow WRC to be more flexible, responsive, and relevant, especially in new and emerging crises where our expertise can help shape a gender-transformative response in real-time.
Your vote this month will determine how we divide our monthly donations among these three progressive groups. Be sure to cast your vote to support one, two or all three by January 31.
CREDO members who use our products and services everyday are the reason we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile and join our movement.
Posted on January 2, 2023
Our December grantees thank you for your support
Each month, CREDO members vote on how we distribute funding to three incredible nonprofits. Those small actions add up – with one click, you can help fund groups working to support disaster relief, protect wildlife and promote the “people’s history” in education. In December, CREDO members voted to distribute our monthly donation among All Hands and Hearts, Defenders of Wildlife and Zinn Education Project.
These donations are made possible by CREDO customers and the revenue they generate by using our services. The distribution depends entirely on the votes of CREDO members like you. And for that, our December grant recipients thank you.
All Hands and Hearts
“The amount of impact our teams are able to make on the ground is driven by the donations our donors gift to us. We are grateful for the CREDO members and voters, as your support means staying longer to help disaster impacted communities.” – Jess Thompson. Chief Executive Officer of All Hands and Hearts
To learn more, visit www.allhandsandhearts.org.
Defenders of Wildlife
“On behalf of Defenders, and the animals with no voice of their own, thank you CREDO members for being a hero to wildlife! Wherever wolves, polar bears, orcas, manatees or other vulnerable species are in danger, we’ll be fighting to keep them safe!” – Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife
To learn more, visit www.defenders.org.
Zinn Education Project
“Thanks to CREDO members support, we can continue to offer free people’s history lessons to “teach outside the textbook.” More than 150,000 teachers have signed up for lessons and to join our Teaching for Black Lives study groups across the United States.” – Jesse Hagopian, Rethinking Schools editor, teacher, ZEP Teaching for Black Lives campaign lead
To learn more, visit www.zinnedproject.org.
Now check out the three groups we are funding in January, and cast your vote to help distribute our donations.
CREDO members who use our products are the reason why we are able to make these donations each month. Learn more about CREDO Mobile, the carrier with a conscience.
Posted on December 30, 2022
CREDO in 2022: Year in Review — thanks to you!
What a year we had in 2022!
Thanks to amazing CREDO members like you, we helped our partners fight back against the attacks on reproductive freedom and LGBTQ rights with donations to groups like Planned Parenthood, National LGBTQ Task Force, Abortion Care Network, and the Transgender Law Center.
We worked to combat the climate crisis with grants to 350.org, Earthjustice, Sunrise Movement and Rainforest Action Network.
We helped keep our communities and schools safe from gun violence by funding Brady: United Against Gun Violence and March for Our Lives. We stood with civil rights and voting rights activists with donations to the American Civil Liberties Union, Fair Fight Action and the Zinn Education Project.
And CREDO members like you helped us donate 400,000 meals to families in need over the holidays through a partnership with Feeding America.
We can’t thank you enough for an incredible year — and we’re looking forward to even more in 2023. Here’s a quick recap of everything you helped make possible in 2022.
Posted on December 22, 2022
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.
Posted on December 15, 2022
CREDO’s 2022 Grantee Gift Guide
Still looking for that perfect gift for a loved one this holiday season? Look no further!
We’re pleased to share with you our 2022 Grantee Gift Guide, with an array of gift ideas straight from the nonprofit organizations CREDO members have supported throughout the years.
Share great gifts with your friends and family over the holidays while supporting the groups that share your values!
For over 25 years, Amazon Watch has protected the rainforest and advanced the rights of Indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin.
Check out these beautiful Amazon rainforest-inspired t-shirts. Proceeds from your purchase directly support Amazon Watch’s work to defend the rainforest in solidarity with Indigenous peoples.
ZINN EDUCATION PROJECT
The Zinn Education Project provides lessons, study groups, and campaigns for teaching people’s history. In the face of anti-history education legislation, they also defend teachers’ right to teach truthfully.
They recommend The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks: Young Readers Edition for teenagers and adults. Author Jeanne Theoharis introduces the story of Rosa Parks as a lifelong activist, starting as a small child sitting with her grandfather as he protected their home from the Klan. The book includes Parks’ decades as an organizer in Detroit after she and her husband fled due to violent threats in Montgomery.
This history of racism and resistance is exactly what the right does not want taught. Defy the “anti-CRT” bills. Get the young reader’s book (adapted with Brandy Colbert) as a gift for yourself and all the young people they know. They’ll come back asking — why didn’t I know this before? Where can I learn more history like this? Why are these stories banned in many school districts?
Learn about the book and order here. Check out The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks documentary film and a free teaching guide.
FEMINIST – FIERCE – FUTURE
That says it all. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing intersectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists & organizers to engage in their local communities through trainings, outreach programs and events.
Women’s March’s products are ethically sourced and WRAP-certified to ensure safe, legal, and ethical manufacturing processes with 100% of proceeds supporting the organization’s work.
Visit the Women’s March store here: https://www.womensmarch.com/store
MARCH FOR OUR LIVES:
You can support March for Our Lives’ national efforts to end America’s gun violence epidemic by purchasing this sticker pack this holiday season. Your support enables MFOL to organize young people in their communities to demand lawmakers do more than send thoughts and prayers in the wake of senseless gun tragedies.
Visit the link here to purchase the MFOL sticker pack.
WIN WITHOUT WAR:
At Win Without War, we’re proud to be antiwar as f***!
Celebrate your antiwar values all year long by wearing this t-shirt — or check out our other gift ideas like mugs, baby clothing, yard signs, stickers and more.
Visit Win Without War’s store here: https://www.cafepress.com/winwithoutwar
Want another way to support our amazing grantees?
Cast your vote at CREDODonations.com for one, two or all three of our December grantees to help us determine how we will distribute this month’s donation. You can support disaster relief, protect wildlife habitats and promote the “people’s history” in education by voting to fund All Hands and Hearts, Defenders of Wildlife and Zinn Education Project. Click here to vote today!
Posted on December 10, 2022
How All Hands and Hearts provides disaster relief to underserved communities
Note from the CREDO team: This December, All Hands and Hearts is among three amazing groups that will receive a share of our monthly grant. Funding from the CREDO community will will help All Hands and Hearts to provide community-inspired, volunteer-powered disaster relief and continue making commitments to disaster survivors who may not receive help elsewhere, and it would help the group build capacity, so it can deploy services efficiently.
Read this important blog post about the organization’s critical work, then click here to visit CREDODonations.com to cast your vote to help determine how we distribute our monthly grant to this organization and our other amazing grantees this December.
All Hands and Hearts provides community-inspired, volunteer-powered disaster relief. Our work has spanned 24 countries across the world and has supported recovery efforts with the help of over 63,000 volunteers. We have built schools, repaired fishing boats, constructed WASH facilities, and rebuilt homes, impacting the lives of over one million people. These households and communities have been afflicted by hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, tsunamis, and even the terror of war. The All Hands and Hearts model allows the organization to arrive early and stay late, working alongside the community throughout the entire process.
The accomplishments of All Hands and Hearts throughout the years are a testament to its unique Smart Response model, a volunteer-powered approach.
So what does it mean to be volunteer powered? It means volunteers from around the world can come together with one goal in mind and get things done. All Hands and Hearts welcomes those from all walks of life into our community. Volunteers can make a difference and warm the hearts of families whose lives and homes have been torn apart. Every day new volunteers arrive, nervous and uncertain, only to walk away with their lives changed.
Through community and volunteer engagement, we focus on helping families recover faster after disasters using our Smart Response model, which is highlighted through Response, Recovery, Resilience and Renewal.
We immediately respond to communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging volunteers, partners, and local communities to help families rebuild homes and schools. We carry out activities such as “mucking and gutting,” “rubbling” after an earthquake, or safe demolition of dangerous structures. We begin by carefully listening to the community to identify its greatest needs, and only then, create a long-term action plan, executed with speed and real-time problem-solving.
Where needed, we make a long-term commitment and engage our trained volunteers to work with the community to rebuild disaster-resilient homes, schools, daycare facilities and community centers – the hubs of every community. By providing a free and open door for every volunteer around the globe, (as well as cutting-edge training), we transform the good hearts and willing hands of our volunteers into a powerful team that can jump in and create an immediate impact in disaster-affected areas.
We bring our hard-won expertise and experience to help communities put the pieces back together, rising even stronger in the face of devastation. By laying out and constructing disaster-resilient buildings to code, we ensure they are stronger and more resilient in the face of future disasters, in turn preserving the future which we are rebuilding for the community.
We live in the communities where we serve and become a part of them. As we do, our volunteers uncover new ways to help, which invariably brings new ideas and creative solutions. Projects have included everything from weekly movie nights for kids in Malawi, English tutoring sessions in the Philippines, entrepreneurial and financial classes for secondary school girls in Peru, and Thanksgiving dinners for hundreds of flood victims in Detroit.
As a nonprofit, disaster relief organization, All Hands and Hearts effectively and efficiently addresses the immediate and long-term needs of underserved communities impacted by disasters around the world. Communicating directly with local leaders and community members, we then deploy our unique model of engaging volunteers to enable direct impact, helping to build safer, more resilient schools, homes and infrastructure. The communities we serve are not only vulnerable in terms of disasters, but also financially. By building in a disaster resilient way, we better prepare them for future events.
Posted on December 8, 2022
The 12 Best Ways to Reduce Your Data Usage and Save Money
If you’re like us, you’re always trying to save a little money, especially these days.
Here’s one way: Switching your data plan from unlimited to a metered plan, especially if you’re not a heavy data user.
Over the course of a year, it could save you hundreds — but you’ll need to make sure you’re monitoring and conserving your data every month, just in case you get close to going over your monthly limit.
But we’ve got you covered! There are many ways you can reduce and manage your data usage to save on your bills every month on a metered data plan. Here are 12 easy tips.
Connect to WiFi — at home
Did you know that streaming high quality audio uses over 100MB per hour while HD quality video can use anywhere between 1GB to 3GB per hour? If you have a metered data plan, you could easily hit your cap in no time!
So, if you use your smartphone primarily at home, make sure you connect to your home’s WiFi network. It’s the easiest way to save data on your cellular plan.
Connecting to WiFi networks consistently can surely reduce the amount of cellular data you use, and this is always our first recommendation for our members. Sadly, we’ve seen situations where customers thought they were connected to their home WiFi network while watching Netflix, but were using cellular data instead.
To avoid mishap, make sure your WiFi settings are turned on, and you are connected to an available and safe WiFi network — at home or away.
Connect to WiFi away from home — friends and family
Likewise, if you are visiting friends and family, make sure to ask for their WiFi passwords and connect to their local networks.
Many home routers have guest networks already built in to make sharing WiFi easy for visitors. You’ll save a ton of cellular data on those weekend family getaways.
Be wary of public WiFi networks
Not all WiFi networks are built the same, so be careful of public WiFi networks, like at coffee shops, shopping areas, or airports, as you may put your personal information at risk. Many times these networks are not secure and other users may be able to see your internet traffic, including your personal information, logins and passwords.
If you are going to use a public WiFi network to reduce your cellular data usage, make sure you are connecting to secure networks and connecting to secure websites and apps. Consider using a Virtual Private Network (VPN) app to encrypt your internet activity (here’s our tip on how to get a VPN for your phone). And make sure not to access personal or financial information on public WiFi.
Here are some more tips from the Federal Trade Commission on how to use public WiFi networks safely.
Enable Data Saver / Low Data Mode
Data Saver (Android) and Low Data Mode (Apple) are built-in features that allow people with limited data plans to conserve data by pausing background data refresh, data syncs and more while using mobile data.
- On iPhone, go to Settings > Cellular > Cellular Data Options > Data Mode > Select Low Data Mode
- On Android, go to Settings app > Tap Network and Internet And then Data Saver > Turn Data Saver on or off.
Disable background app refresh
Some of your apps will continue to gather data in the background while you’re not using your phone if you do not enable one of the features above, so here’s how to disable background app refresh manually:
- To turn this feature off for your apps on iOS, go to Settings > General > Background App Refresh. Here, you can choose whether you want this feature on or off completely, or just WiFi only. You can also toggle this on and off for individual apps.
- On Android, go to Settings > Data Usage to see which apps are using the most data. Tap on the app you’d like to restrict and disable background data.
Prevent photos and videos from backing up over cellular network
Cloud backup services, like iCloud and Google One, are great for backing up your photos and other important data, but they can really eat into your data plan if they are syncing over a cellular network. It’s a good idea to turn that setting off to conserve data.
- On an iPhone, go to Settings > Photos > Cellular Data > then toggle off Cellular Data
- On an Android, open Google Photos > Tap the Account icon > Settings > Backup & sync > Cell data usage > Select None.
Turn off Wi-Fi Assist or Smart Network Switch
WiFi Assist (iOS) and Smart Network Switch (some Android models) are built-in settings that try to boost a spotty or slow WiFi connection by using your cellular connection. But, these settings can also use a lot of data, too.
- To turn this setting on or off on your Apple device, go to Settings > Cellular or Settings > Mobile Data. Then scroll down and tap the slider for WiFi Assist.
- On your Android device, go to Settings > Connections > WiFi. Tap the three dots, select Advanced, and tap the slider for “Switch to mobile data.”
Turn off cellular data for specific apps
Some apps are data hogs, and you might not know which ones are eating up your monthly cellular data until it’s too late. Thankfully, you have some control to limit which specific apps can be used on a cellular network for both Apple and Android devices.
- On iOS, go to Settings > Cellular. Scroll down to see which apps are using cellular data and toggle them on or off. You will also be able to view which apps are using the most data and consider limiting their use only to when you’re on a WiFi network.
- For Android, the process may vary depending on the device model. Open the Settings app > Wireless & networks > Data usage > Network access > Selectively uncheck which apps you would like to prevent from using cellular data.
Limit monthly data usage (Android)
Keeping an eye on your monthly data usage will really go a long way to prevent unexpected overages.
Android makes it very easy to limit your monthly data usage with a built-in feature allowing you to set up a warning when you’re reaching your data limit — or by actually limiting your cellular data to a set amount based on your billing cycle. Here’s how to set that up (note: these instructions may vary depending on your device):
- Go to Settings > Network & internet > Data usage > Data warning & limit (or Data limit & billing cycle) to set your maximum amount of data you want to use for the month. Or, tap “App data usage cycle” to set the first day of your billing cycle.
Watch your monthly data (iOS)
Apple devices don’t include the same built-in feature to physically restrict your data usage, so you’ll need to keep an eye on your data use in your device’s settings.
- To see how much cellular data you’ve used, go to Settings > Cellular > Scroll down to Cellular data.
- Alternatively, you can log into your CREDO account periodically to keep an eye on your data usage, too!
Update apps over WiFi only
If you have your apps set to update automatically, they may be draining your data over a cellular network. You can set your device to update apps over WiFi only to save your monthly data.
- On iOS, go to Settings > App Store > scroll to “Cellular Data” and toggle “Automatic Downloads” to the off position.
- On Android, go to the Play Store and tap Menu > Settings > Auto-update apps, then select “Auto-update apps over Wi-Fi only.”
Save on your data plan
If you want to save on your wireless bill and switch to a service that shares your values, check out our plans at CREDO Mobile.
CREDO offers great savings on metered plans for those who don’t want to pay for data they don’t need. Even better, when you switch to CREDO Mobile, you help support donations to amazing non-profit groups helping to make the world a better place. Since 1985, CREDO Mobile has donated over $94 million dollars to groups like 350.org, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and Vote.org.
Learn more about all the plans we offer and find the right one for your data needs.