Data-Saving Settings on Popular Apps You Should Apply

We love data, don’t we? The invisible glue that connects us to the internet while draining the life out of our wallets as well. Love or hate it, data has become as important as the food we eat. That is why we must learn to manage it efficiently. Many apps we use on our devices contain data-saving settings to help you manage data. The problem is, we just don’t know where to look.

In a previous article, we covered smart ways to save big on mobile data; in this article, we have detailed out data-saving settings on popular apps that you should apply right away if you are looking to browse more data efficiently:

how to save mobile data

Facebook

Video autoplay consumes the most data on Facebook. You can turn-off autoplay by doing the following:

  1. Tap Menu (the three lines buttons) in the top right.
  2. Scroll down and tap Settings & Privacy > Settings.
  3. Scroll down and tap Media and Contacts (for iPhones users, you would select Videos and Photos before you proceed)
  4. Tap Autoplay.
  5. Select Never Autoplay Videos.

You can control how fast Facebook pictures loads by adjusting how many photos you want to see. To do this:

  1. Tap Settings & Privacy at the bottom of the screen.
  2. Tap General.
  3. Tap Edit next to Data Usage.
  4. Choose Less or Normal or More
  5. Click Save.
how to save mobile data

Instagram

By default, Instagram preloads videos so they start faster whenever possible. To use less data on Instagram:

  1. Go to your profile and tap the Menu button (the three-line icon)
  2. Tap Settings below the Menu page.
  3. Tap Account > Cellular Data Use.
  4. Next to Use Less Data (iPhone) or Data Saver (Android), toggle on.

WhatsApp

Videos sent to you on WhatsApp can download automatically even when you don’t want to play it? To disable video autoplay on WhatsApp:

  1. Tap the three vertical dots on the top right > Settings.
  2. Now tap Chat settings > Media auto-download. (You’ll see three options: When using cellular data, When connected on Wi-Fi and When roaming)
  3. Tap each one and disable auto-downloads by unchecking all three options – Images, Audio, and Video.

For iPhone users:

  1. Open WhatsApp and tap the Settings button at the bottom-right, and tap on Data and Storage Usage.
  2. In this menu, you will see the Media Auto-Download option on the top.
  3. For Photos, Audio, Videos, and Documents, select the Never option.

Twitter

Like Facebook, Twitter also has an autoplay feature embedded in the app. You can disable this by following these steps:

  1. Go to your Twitter profile icon
  2. Click on Settings and Privacy
  3. Select Data Usage
  4. Set video autoplay to Never
how to save mobile data

YouTube

The video king app consumes a lot more data than most apps. To limit data usage on YouTube:

  1. Tap on your profile icon on the option right corner
  2. Select Settings
  3. Click on General
  4. Turn on Limit Mobile Data Usage

Google PlayStore

Apps auto-updates over mobile data are the main data drainer when it comes to PlayStore. You can choose to auto-update only over Wi-Fi or never auto-update. To disable mobile data auto-updates, do the following:

  1. Open PlayStore
  2. Click on Menu > Settings
  3. Click on Auto-update Apps
  4. Select Auto-update Apps over Wi-Fi Only (or you can choose Do Not Auto-Update Apps)

iPhone AppStore

Similar to PlayStore, apps on iPhone would auto-update by default unless you disable this feature or set it to Wi-Fi only. To do this:

  1. Go to Settings on your iPhone
  2. Click on iTunes and App Store
  3. Turn off the apps you do not want to update
  4. Turn off auto-update over mobile data below the menu

Manage your Sync Settings

While this is not an app, it is important to know that Google on Andriod and Apple on iPhone regularly sync with your phone data such as videos and pictures automatically. This is to provide backing and retrieval of data in case you lost your device, but it equally consumes a lot of data.

To manage your sync settings on Andriod:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Click on Account Option
  3. Click on the App whose sync settings you want to adjust
  4. Turn off sync on apps you don’t need synchronizing

For iPhone users:

  1. Open iTunes
  2. Connect your device to a computer
  3. Select your connected device from the Top device button
  4. Go to Options in Summary Sections
  5. Disable Automatic sync when this iPhone is connected
  6. Close iTunes for change to take effect
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Conclusion

Hopefully, these details save you more data for efficient browsing. Don’t forget that these settings apply to all mobile networks: MTN, Airtel, 9mobile, and Glo. If you are using a Wi-Fi connection such as Smile, you might need to go through the Wi-Fi settings to see how to manage data or reach out to Smile support.

6 Ways to Save BIG on Your Mobile Data

You know that odd feeling you get when you’re two weeks into your one-month mobile data plan and your network provider sends you that heart-breaking message; “Dear Customer…”? Ahhh!

That thing dey pain eh! You start wondering how the data finished so fast, what you did with it and why it just can’t last for 30 days as provided by your network. I know how that feels, we’ve all been there.

In this age of increased internet activities, video streaming, social networking, pop-up ads, music streaming, and tons of data-hungry apps fighting for attention on our mobile phones, data has become a vital commodity and should be managed like scare goods. If not, you might find your data bills punching huge holes in your pocket every month.

So here are 6 overall ways you can save big on monthly mobile data. Be sure to see detailed data-saving settings on popular apps you should apply:

how to save mobile data

1. Delete Data-hungry Apps you don’t Need

When you go through some people’s phones, you would start wondering whether they are selling apps. Most apps update themselves or run in the background using data. Others are notification-enabled and would send you notifications every now and then. Learn to keep only apps that you NEED. If you don’t use an app for months, what is it doing on your phone?

2. Monitor your data usage

Most smartphones are contain data usage monitor and settings so that you can monitor and limit the amount of data you use over a period of time. Been aware of the activities or applications that drain your mobile data is the first step to learning how to save mobile data. Once you know your enemy apps, easily set up data limits and alerts to tell when you exceed data limits in Settings menu.

3. Restrict Apps from running in background

You see all those apps you use daily but consumes data even when you are not using them, their medicine is to simply disable them from running in the background through Settings. However, these background feature allows apps to update themselves and complete tasks even when you move to another app. So be sure to know if you need an app to run in the background before you disable this feature. Stopping apps from running in the background helps reduce data consumption and also preserves your device’s battery life.

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4. Curtail online video streaming

Perhaps this one should have come first. We simply love those funny videos, highlights and other video content that consume most of your mobile data. Excessive streaming of videos, music, high quality images or GIF files, are data pits. You need to entertain yourself responsibly to save data. If you can’t avoid the entertainment your smartphone brings, you can set the image quality or resolutions at lower rates in your Settings menu.

5. Use Wi-Fi Only for Updates or Downloading Heavy Files

A big way to save mobile data is by setting your smartphone to auto-updates only when on Wi-Fi connection. We know we haven’t gotten to the stage of unlimited Wi-Fi connection in Nigeria yet, still there are certain locations you can count on for free Wi-Fi. This way, you get to save some significant volume of the data that goes into oblivion from auto-updates. Furthermore, you can set downloads of heavy contents such as videos, high-resolution images and music files on Wi-Fi Only too.

6. Caching and preload data

Caching enables you enjoy preloaded content at any time, without using further mobile data. A cache is a hardware or software component that stores data so future requests for that data can be served faster. The data stored in a cache might be the result of an earlier computation or the duplicate of data stored elsewhere. Certain apps allow you to store data temporarily so you can cache as much content as possible. You don’t need further data to access cached data while they are available.

Hopefully, this changes someone’s data story. You shouldn’t miss data-saving settings on popular apps you should apply now.

To buy data instantly from your mobile phone at no extra cost, simply visit www.vtpass.com, select your network provider, and buy data you. No matter your network provider: MTN, Airtel, Glo, 9mobile or Smile data, VTpass got you covered.

SMILE Data: All subscription plans & where to subscribe.

So we are checking out Smile data today to see what data plans you might enjoy. Smile communication prides itself as one of Africa’s biggest 4G LTE mobile broadband network.

Launched in 2013 in the Tanzanian headquarters Dar es Salam, the company has since then extended its operation to over 7 regions establishing itself as West Africa’s premier 4G LTE broadband network with over 8 cities covered in Nigeria.

Smile has the objective of providing millions of Africans with access to high-quality internet at affordable prices. Smile Nigeria broadly divides its customers into corporate and personal plans.

Before we delve into the different plans, let’s see the cities that Smile covers in Nigeria. You don’t want to buy a data plan you can’t use, right? To fully enjoy Smile data service, you would need to live in any of these cities;

  1. Lagos
  2. Abuja
  3. Port Harcourt
  4. Benin City
  5. Ibadan
  6. Kaduna
  7. Onitsha
  8. Asaba

Different Smile Data Plans

Smile FlexiDaily: 1GB for N350 valid for 24 hours

If you use a lot of data daily or looking to upload/download heavy data files in one day, the FlexiDaily says hi.

Smile FlexiWeekly: 2GB for N1020 valid for 7 days

Ok, so you need up to 2GB of data but 1-3 days are not enough to use it all? Use of FlexiWeekly instead.

Smile Midnite: 3GB at N1,530 for 7 days

This plan allows you to use data from midnight until 6AM in the morning within a period of seven days.

Smile Weekend Only: 3GB at N1530 from 9PM Friday night to Sunday Midnight

If you’re online only on weekends, this data plan is designed for you. Note that it expires by Sunday midnight.

Smile VaulePlus:

This category of Smile data plan allows you to make use of 50% of your data during the day and 50% at night. Great plan if you shuffle your data between night and day. You make your choice depending on the volume of data you need at a period. The ValuePlus plans include:

Smile VaulePlus 1.5GB at N1,020 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 5GB at N3,070 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus7GB at N4,090 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 11GB at N5,110 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 15GB at N6,140 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 21GB at N8,190 valid for 30 days

Smile ValuePlus 31GB at N11,260 valid for 30 days

Smile BumpaValue:

BumpaValue data group is designed for heavy data users over a medium period of time. If you want plans that go over the 30 days benchmark, try out the BumpaValue plans. The Smile BumpaValue includes:

BumpaValue 30GB at N15,350 valid for 60 days

BumpaValue 60GB at N30,700 valid for 90 days

BumpaValue 80GB at N40,950 valid for 120 days

Smile Anytime:

Another group of data plans. Smile Anytime is specifically designed for users who use fewer data over a lengthy period or as the case may be. We are talking about 12 whole months’ validity! Check out the plans:

Anytime 10GB at N8,190 valid for 12 months

Anytime 20GB for N16,380 valid for 12 months

Anytime 50GB at N36,850 valid for 12 months

Anytime 100GB at N71,650 valid for 12 months

Anytime 200GB at N138,200 valid for 12 months

There you have it! All Smile data plans in their updated year 2020 prices. All the information is verified by Smile. However, if you want to go Unlimited and wondering what Smile Unlimited plans look like, click right here.

With all these data plans and options, you can see that Smile is a fantastic service provider. Now you don’t need any hassle or stress to subscribe for any of Smile data plans. Simply visit www.vtpass.com/smile to buy right from your mobile phone.

Catch you on the fun side of life!

5 Benefits of Third-party Auto Insurance

Third party car insurance is a compulsory policy required for all car owners in Nigeria and is backed by law.

Third party car insurance cover or liability cover is a policy which protects the car owner or driver of the vehicle against any legal liability, accidental liability, financial loss or property damage, medical expense cover in the event of an injury to or even death of any third party arising out of their vehicle.

Asides from being a mandatory requirement for using the road for drivers, below are other benefits of having third-party auto insurance:


Provides Legal Cover and Financial Assistance:

Third-party auto insurance covers the insured person’s legal liability in case of death or disability to any third party, and any loss or damage to a third party property.


Ensures Peace of Mind:

Third-party auto insurance brings peace of mind when dealing with any traumatic situation that hinges on financial payments. Hence, instead of worrying further about such unforeseen expenses, the focus is just on the immediate relief from stress and coping up with the incident.


Security:

Third-party auto insurance gives you confidence when you get into a road accident and also covers you against violent reactions in cases of accident/loss.


Easy Round the Clock Availability of Third Party Car Insurance:  

Unlike other insurance policies that are limited to only the offline method of renewal or application, VTpass third-party auto insurance is easily available online round-the-clock i.e 24/7, and 365 days a year from any location.


The shift of burden:

With third-party insurance, you do not need to worry over the third-party loss as the Insurer supports you in such instance.

Now that you understand why it is so important to invest in a third party car insurance, always remember that this is the best way to gain comprehensive coverage against losses that you might incur if your car gets damaged, stolen or causes injury, death, and damage to third-party or third party property.


How To Purchase Third-Party Auto Insurance Policy


Steps ;

1) Visit www.vtpass.com

2) Select the Auto Insurance icon

3) Enter full information and payment details

4) Click Submit


What & How Can You Invoke The Third-Party Insurance Policy?

Anytime you get involved in any of the scenarios mentioned in the previous paragraphs (and covered in the insurance contract); all you need to do is file a claim. You can file a claim directly via the Insurance Company or the agent that underwrote the insurance policy for you. Make sure you have clear photo evidence, and receipts (in case you paid for part or the full claims already).

Third-Party Auto Insurance Now Available on VTpass

Third-party auto insurance now available on VTpass

Introducing its latest feature and the cheapest third-party auto insurance deal into the Nigeria market, VTpass now offers third-party car insurance for as low as #3,000 naira only.

Third-party insurance generally, is an insurance policy purchased for protection against the claims of another i.e it is meant for the protection of other road users while you use our car.

For instance, if you insure your car on third party only insurance (the premium is N3,000 naira), and you get involved in a road accident where you are at fault, the insurance company will be liable for the repair of the other person’s car while you repair your own car. Also, if you damage somebody’s property like a building’s fence in an accident, the fence will be repaired by the insurance company. However, you should take note that there is a certain limit to what the insurance company will pay for motor third party property damage. The maximum is N1,000,000.00, but some can pay as high as N2,000,000.00.

Protect your car with VTpass third-party auto insurance service.

A lot of Nigerian drivers have wrong perceptions about auto insurance policies and only subscribe to it because it is among the vehicle license documents legally required for them to use the road. In fact, only 1 in 100 car owners understand that third party car insurance is not just a document for road usage, but a savior in times of unexpected occurrences. When you run into Police or other agency roadblocks, and your car particulars are checked, if you do not possess third-party insurance, you would be arrested.


Regardless, check out how to Purchase third-party Auto Insurance policy:

Steps:

1) Visit www.vtpass.com

2) Select the Auto Insurance icon

3) Enter full information and payment details

4) Click Submit

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5 Secrets To Staying Motivated At Work

black man feeling tired and uninspired at work
black man feeling tired and uninspired at work

Nearly everyone has been through that phase/episode where you just lack the motivation to work and it starts to feel and as though nothing works.

Most times the lack of motivation at work could make you feel terrible, bored and frustrated about your business or career. However, we’ve got great news for you as we have compiled a short list to help you stay motivated while completing your daily tasks.

1. Don’t Think About it as Hard Work

Never think of your job as hard work.

Studies have shown that when a project you’re faced with isn’t viewed as drudgery, but rather as a piece of the puzzle that’s helping you along your career path, then perhaps the energy required to do it will be easier to come by.

Here’s how Marie Stein deals with feeling uninspired”at work;

I try not to think so much about how difficult or frustrating or impossible that might be; I just think about how good it must feel to be that, or how proud I might be to have done that. Make hard look easy.

2. Task Identity

Checklist for work done.

Work is most motivating when it’s clear what, exactly, you’re accomplishing. On the other hand, nothing is worse than working all day and thinking “What did I even do today?!”

To stay motivated at the end of each day or week, make a “Got Done” list (the opposite of to the to-do list!), where you outline all of the tasks you’ve completed. For extra motivation, keep it somewhere you can see.

3. Evaluate Task Significance


Always set your tasks in order of priority.

Another key to staying motivated is knowing that the work you’re doing makes a difference in some way—recognizing the impact you’re making on your clients, company, or the world.

If you’re not totally seeing this connection, try to dig deep. You could map your weekly sales reports to the increase in your company’s bottom lines or sales unit, Or make a list of the tasks you do that reduce this cost for your company and find ways to focus on those aspects of your job more often.

4. Focus on things that really matter

Did you know that doing things that don’t mean anything costs(us) a ton of mental energy?

FOCUS

Take a minute to go through your list and take off anything that’s both truly demotivating and unnecessary for you to do. It’s not always best to finish what you started if, down the line, you can’t even remember the reason you started something in the first place. 

5. Celebrate Wins

Celebrating your wins

An acknowledgment of how good you are doing, no matter how small or big is a great step to boosting your motivation.

You may forget how crucial all the little wins are if you’re constantly waiting for a long-term payoff. So ensure to treat yourself and never underestimate how gratifying it can feel to recognize tiny advancements.

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5 Ways Highly Successful People Start The Week


How do you plan to start your week off?

While Monday may not be everyone’s favorite day, with the struggle to get out of bed, get to classes/offices and to make it throughout the day, it is often the best day to strategically plan for the new week.

Mondays don’t always have to be dreaded instead, you can try one or a few of the tips listed below to help start your week off on a positive note.

  1. Pick A Positive Note For The Week

Select a positive affirmation that will help you with any challenges you may face this week. Set it as your lock screen on your phone so you will see it repeatedly throughout the week or write it down and hang it somewhere like on your refrigerator.

2. Plan Your Week Out 

Although planning may sound like a lot of work, try to think about all the exciting and enjoyable things you have coming up this week and list them.

Remember to focus on the chores and work-related activities while also highlighting the other exciting events you are looking forward, this way, you are not just focused on the not-so-fun things you have going on this week

3. Eat A Nice/Healthy Breakfast

Medical practitioners have always advised on the importance of having breakfast.

It does not have to be something super complicated and take forever to make. You also do not have to make some fancy spread for the whole neighborhood but try to make yourself something a little extra special to kick off your week.

4. Set A Goal For The New Week

A new week is another opportunity for you to re-strategize and set new goals.

Don’t go too crazy and set a goal that is unattainable. Pick something that still presents you with a challenge, but won’t overwhelm you or is too big. It is advisable to choose something that you want to improve on in a short-term.

5. Create A ‘Monday’ Music Playlist

This may sound unnecessary, but listening to the right songs have the power to completely change your mood. Take some time to create the perfect playlist for that will make you want to jump out of bed in the morning.

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Smile 4G Data Plan & Starter Pack Prices On VTpass

We are indeed very excited to announce the launch of a new service on our platform, VTpass.

Smile data now available on VTpass

VTpass, a leading bills payment platform in Nigeria now offers the purchase of Smile 4G LTE data service on its platform.

Unlike other network providers, Smile mobile broadband provides an unbeatable 4G LTE network and also allows for flexibility with its data plan coupled with its guaranteed SuperFast, reliable broadband.

Below is a breakdown of the Smile network data plan & prices or simply click on this to redirect you to the VTpass website;

SMILE DATA PLANS

  • Recharge 30GBBumpaValueIncudes:
    • 30GB BumpaValue plan
    • 60 days validityPrice:₦ 15,000Recharge
  • 60GBBumpaValueIncludes:
    • 60GB BumpaValue plan
    • 90 days validityPrice:₦ 30,000Recharge
  • 80GBBumpaValueIncludes:
    • 80GB BumpaValue plan
    • 120 days validityPrice:₦ 50,000Recharge
  • 15GBAnytimeIncludes:
    • 15GB Anytime data
    • 30 days validityPrice:₦ 10,000Recharge
  • 1GBSmileLiteIncludes:
    • 1GB SmileLite with data speed up to 2Mbps
    • 30 days validityPrice:₦ 1,000Recharge
  • 7GBMORE VALUE!Includes:
    • 7GB Anytime data offering more value
    • 30 days validityPrice:₦ 5,000Recharge
  • 5GBAnytimeIncludes:
    • 5GB Anytime data
    • 30 days validityPrice:₦ 4,000Recharge

Click this to view full Smile data plan listing

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Renew Your Smile Data On VTpass

With a list of numerous services like airtime recharge, internet data purchase, TV subscription, electricity bills payment, and lots more, VTpass has just launched the Smile 4G LTE network on its platform.

You can now renew your Smile data on VTpass with its superfast internet to meet both your personal and business needs.

What more are you waiting for?

Get on the fast wave, and join the Smile community to get high-quality internet access for business, social media, music, movies and video streaming, online gaming, downloads, and mobile internet browsing.

Follow the simple steps below to renew your Smile data on VTpass.

Steps to renew Smile data:

  1. Visit www.vtpass.com
  2. Click on the Smile Icon
  3. Select data plan
  4. Enter phone & payment details
  5. Confirm payment and get instant service delivery.

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VTpass Commission Rates For ALL Partners

If you’re starting out as a VTpass agent or thinking of joining our network of entrepreneurs and curious about our commission rates; you’ve come to the right page!

Earning on VTpass is super easy; all you have to do is to create an account and activate an agent feature on your account (Terminal agent, Widget partner, Referal program or API) and start earning. Here’s how to become a become an agent:

  • Visit www.vtpass.com
  • Click “Register” to register on the website, fill in the details (email, phone number, etc).
  • After this, log in with your email and password.
  • Once you are logged in, click “My Earning”. You will see buttons to activate different types of agencies.
  • Choose the type of agency you want to activate and activate it.
  • Start marketing your services and start earning.

To become an API agent, simply call 08161675187 or send a mail to ibukun.f@broadshift.com

vtpass commission rates

As compared to other bills-payment platforms, VTpass allows you to earn on every transaction carried out as a partner with different commission rates attached to each service.

You equally get to enjoy other benefits attached to being a VTpass agent. For instance, as a terminal agent, you would not be charged the usual convenience rate of N100 for most services. Also, you would be eligible to participate in VTpass loyalty giveaways among other benefits.

Detailed below are VTpass commission rates for all agents. Now you can calculate how much you would earn for every transaction performed:

VTpass Agents Commission Rates

ServiceTerminal AgentWidgetAffiliateRefer a FriendAPI
Airtel Airtime VTU3.00%1.00%1.00%1.00%4.00%
MTN Airtime VTU3.00%0.70%0.70%0.70%3.00%
GLO Airtime VTU3.00%1.00%1.00%1.00%4.00%
9mobile Airtime VTU2.00%1.00%1.00%1.00%4.00%
DStv Subscription1.20%0.50%0.50%0.50%1.50%
Airtel Data3.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%4.00%
MTN Data3.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%3.00%
GLO Data3.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%4.00%
9mobile Data3.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%4.00%
GOtv Payment1.50%0.50%0.50%0.50%1.50%
Startimes Subscription1.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%2.50%
Ikeja Electric Payment – IKEDC1.50%0.50%0.50%0.50%2.00%
Eko Electric Payment – EKEDC0.50%0.30%0.30%0.30%0.80%
WAEC Result Checker PIN₦50.00₦20.00₦20.00₦20.00₦130.00
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company- AEDC1.20%1.00%1.00%1.00%1.30%
KEDCO – Kano Electric1.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%1.00%
PHED – Port Harcourt Electric0.50%0.50%0.50%0.50%2.00%
Website Design Deal – Hostparker
Smile Payment4.00%1.00%1.00%1.00%5.00%
Bank Deposit₦0.00₦0.00₦0.00₦0.00
Jos Electric – JED0.50%0.30%0.30%0.30%0.90%
SMSclone.com3.00%2.00%2.00%2.00%3.00%
Kaduna Electric – KAEDCO1.00%0.30%0.30%0.30%1.50%
9Mobile Airtime Pin3.00%1.00%1.00%1.00%4.00%
Third-Party Motor Insurance – Universal Insurance₦500.00₦200.00₦200.00₦200.00₦800.00
Smile Network Payment4.00%1.00%1.00%1.00%5.00%
IBEDC – Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company1.00%0.50%0.50%0.50%1.00%

Voila! There you have it. Now you know; so what are you waiting for? Sign-up now and activate an agent feature on your account to start earning.

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