5 Reasons to Join Costco & 3 Reasons Not To

5 Reasons to Join Costco & 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Is it worth joining Costco? After spending a year as a Costco member this is why you should spend the money on a Costco membership, and why you may want to skip the $60 to $120 membership fee and look elsewhere.

Buying at least one big-ticket item a year, or a lot of smaller items will help make up for the cost of joining Costco. You need to be a Costco member to shop at the warehouse stores. Yes, there are some loopholes in certain states, but for the most part you need to pay for the privilege to shop at Costco. It’s similar to joining Amazon Prime or Best Buy Gamer’s Club Unlocked, but it’s a requirement not something that simply adds to the ability to shop there.

The basic Costco membership is $60 a year and the Executive membership that includes rewards is $120. You can also choose to get a Costco Visa that adds additional rewards on your Costco purchases.

Here are the reasons to join Costco and reasons you should skip the membership.
Here are the reasons to join Costco and reasons you should skip the membership.

After analyzing our year of membership and talking with other Costco members, here’s a look at why you should join Costco and why you shouldn’t spend the money on another membership.

Reasons to Join Costco

  • Incredible Return Policy
  • Extended Warranties
  • Amazing Deals
  • Cars, Gas & Tires
  • Concierge Service

Reasons Not to Join Costco

  • Stores Are Far Away
  • If You Can Price Match
  • You Don’t Like Lines

We dive deeper into each of these reasons below so you can decide if this is right for you. I saved nearly triple my Costco membership through just two purchases this year and I was able to order those items online so it didn’t matter that the closest warehouse is about 45 minutes away.

Join Costco for the Return Policy

Join Costco for the Return Policy

First off, if you are not satisfied with your Costco membership you can get a full refund of your membership. That's just the start of this awesome return policy in an era where many retailers are shrinking return windows and charging restocking fees. 

You get a 90 day return window with any TVs, major appliances, computers, tablets, cameras, drones, and other electronics. There are even better than average returns on cell phones, though if you buy on a contract or payment plan you may need to deal with any carrier terms. 

Costco used to offer insanely long return windows, but they were abused, so we have the new limited options. This is still a very friendly return window for electronics and it is one of the reasons I like shopping at Costco. 

5 Reasons to Join Costco & 3 Reasons Not To is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

5 Best Apps to Free Up Space on Android

5 Best Apps to Free Up Space on Android is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

In this guide we’ll share a list of the best apps to free up space on Android. While most devices come with a microSD slot to expand storage, running out of space is still a problem for millions of users. However, a few simple steps and helpful apps can clean up your phone and give you some space back.

Whether you download big apps and games or have tons of photos and HD video, storage space can quickly run out. When it does, your phone might start to misbehave or become unresponsive. Or, at the very least, slow down and offer a poor experience.

Read: How to Copy Files from Android to Mac

And while there are a few easy ways to free up space yourself, a lot of people don’t know what to do. If you don’t know what apps to remove or how to clear the cache, we’re here to help. Below we’ve found some safe and effective apps to help free up space on your Android phone.

Best Apps to Free Up Space on Android

Whether you’re running out of storage or you just want to clean out your phone before the new year, this is how. It’s also a good idea to run apps like what we’ve detailed below for big updates like the upcoming Android 8.0 Oreo release. Giving your phone a fresh start and making room for the update files.

It’s important to use apps that actually work, and come from trusted name brands. Otherwise, you could install something that slows down your phone or even give you malware and viruses. Android cleaner apps can be very helpful, and these are some worth trying.

CCleaner for Android

If you’ve ever used CCleaner on your desktop computer or laptop you know exactly what to expect. CCleaner is a trusted brand, and their app serves multiple purposes on Android. From deleting old unwanted files, clearing the cache, removing old WhatsApp files, downloads, browser history, app data and more. Then, it safely monitors your phone and lets you know what’s taking up space, or if anything is acting up.

If there are old files from WhatsApp, Snapchat, or even something you downloaded forever ago and never gets used, CCleaner will delete it. Whenever you update an app or get a software update, residual files get left behind. That’s where CCleaner comes to the rescue. It knows what can and can’t be removed, and does all the heavy lifting for you. Basically, it quickly and easily reclaims your phones storage space.

For those that don’t know, cache files are leftovers from apps and software updates. Every time you watch a video on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or browse the web, files get temporarily saved. One of the easiest ways to free up space is by clearing the cache for YouTube or your favorite social media app.

CCleaner will safely speed up your phone and remove junk files. You can even delete call logs or text message history one at a time, or in batches. Give it a try today.

Download – CCleaner for Android

Clean Master

Another great app for taking back control of your Android phone’s storage is Clean Master. In fact, the system maintenance tools on the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy Note 8 use Clean Master, so download this app with confidence.

Clean Master works like CCleaner, but it’s actually more powerful. Now that Cheetah Mobile owns the app, it has some ads and bloatware, so I don’t use it as much as I did a few years ago. However, it’s still one of the best and most effective ways to clean up your phone.

It doesn’t just clean up your device, it also optimizes it for the best possible performance, finds duplicate apps or photos and gives you the option to delete them, and has a built-in antivirus and malware detector. And with over 40 million reviews on the Google Play Store, you know it’s doing something right.

Clean Master will remove junk files, clear the cache, download and browser history, call logs, and manage your photos and videos. We also like the built-in memory and battery manager, which detects apps using too much battery and quickly closes them. It’s a full-featured app we recommend downloading if your phone is running slow.

Download – Clean Master

Google Photos

Thousands of photos and hundreds of 1080p or even 4K video is also a huge reason for storage issues on Android phones and tablets. One of the easiest ways to free up space on your phone is to download and use Google Photos.

Not only does Google Photos offer unlimited photo backup, but it will automatically backup all your images and video too. It’s all safely stored in the cloud, available everywhere, that way you can delete hundreds of photos from your phone. Instantly getting tons of space back. Additionally, Google Photos has a “free up space” option that backs up then removes new photos, or deletes duplicates for you.

Google Photos has amazing editing tools, automatic filters or effects, and much more. Take advantage of everything it has to offer and free up space at the same time.

Download – Google Photos

Avast Cleanup & Boost

Another company you probably know and trust is Avast. They’re one of the leading free anti-virus programs for PC and Mac, but they also have some great apps for Android. Avast Cleanup & Booster is one more we can recommend without hesitation.

Avast is a highly effective junk and file cleaning app for Android. The overall ideas and designs are similar to Clean Master. However, they use their antivirus deep-scan technology to use for scanning storage and intelligently helping users get the most from their phone. The deep analysis also offers tips for keeping your phone clean and cutting down on junk files.

Basically, Avast Cleanup will keep your phone free of junk, alert you when it’s time to run another scan, and does all the heavy lifting for you. If you’ve ever enjoyed Avast on a PC, give this a try.

Download – Avast Cleanup & Boost

Files Go (by Google)

A newcomer to this list is an app from Google called Files Go. It’s unlike anything else on this list but does many of the same things. Files Go has a simple to understand and easy to use interface for keeping your phone clean.

With Files Go you can manage any and all files in one place, sort them by the source or where they came from, then remove anything you don’t need. It will offer suggestions for files, apps, cache, junk, bloatware, and even social media files on your phone.

You’ll love the smart cleaning recommendations, file cloud backup support, and the option to send encrypted files to friends or family. Yeah, there’s a hidden feature that lets you send and receive files almost instantly with other Android devices. It’s like a simplified version of Clean Master without all the ads.

Download – Files Go

Final Thoughts

And finally, it’s always a good idea to manually manage your phone every once in a while. Go through and delete old text messages, clear your call log, and uninstall apps you no longer use. We also recommend booting into recovery mode and clearing the cache for your entire phone.

If that sounds a bit confusing, just use the apps we’ve detailed here to do the work for you. A few honorary mentions go out to apps like Duplicate Contacts & Utilities, History Eraser, or Startup Manager.

Read: How to Check for Updates on Android

In closing, you probably noticed we didn’t include any task killers on this list. While some of those can delete unwanted files after use, most of them just close all running apps on your phone. Yes, this will speed up your phone for a moment, but Android handles all that for you. Task Managers end up wasting more battery life and are counterproductive.

With that all said, try some of the apps above to take back control of your phone. Reclaim your storage space and improve performance and battery life at the same time.

5 Best Apps to Free Up Space on Android is a post by Cory Gunther from Gotta Be Mobile.

Best Apple TV 4K Accessories

Best Apple TV 4K Accessories is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Here are the best Apple TV 4K accessories you can buy to upgrade your experience. These will help you fix the Apple TV 4K remote frustrations, provide better gaming and offer you a cleaner looking setup.

I’ve been using the Apple TV 4, which is the same size and comes with the same remote for over a year, and are in the process of finally upgrading to the 4K version. You won’t need all of these accessories, but we think you’ll enjoy the Apple TV 4K better with a few of them.

Here are the best Apple TV 4K accessories that you can buy to upgrade your experience. You’ll need to buy at least one of these, and we think everyone should splurge on the $7 remote case that solves one of the biggest frustrations with the Apple TV 4K.

  1. Remote Case
  2. HDMI Cable
  3. Optical Audio Adapter
  4. Apple TV Mount
  5. Universal Remote
  6. Gaming Controller
  7. Bluetooth Headphones

We think everyone will want to spend at least $15 on Apple TV 4K accessories, and if you are looking for a bigger upgrade or to do some serious gaming on your Apple TV 4K, you will want to invest in some of the more expensive options. Here’s what the Apple TV 4K can do.

Apple TV Remote Case

Apple TV Remote Case

The Apple TV 4K Remote is slippery and it is very hard to figure out which end is the touchpad and which is the base when you pick it up. This makes pausing mid-program really annoying if the phone rings or you need to grab the door. 

It was an issue with the Apple TV 4, and it is still an issue with the Apple TV 4K. The remote is also fragile. If you have hardwood floors you don't want to drop it without a case unless you like shattered glass. 

The Akwox Apple TV 4K remote cover is the perfect solution to this problem, and it's under $7. This cover slops on so you can feel which end of the remote is up, easily use the buttons and it will keep the remote from sliding off the edge of your couch or chair. As an added bonus, the cover adds some drop protection if you do happen to drop it.  

$6.79 at Amazon in multiple colors with Prime Shipping

Best Apple TV 4K Accessories is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Should You Buy the 32GB or 64GB Apple TV 4K?

Should You Buy the 32GB or 64GB Apple TV 4K? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

The Apple TV 4K storage size is the only real choice you have when it comes to buying the new Apple TV device. Apple sells the Apple TV 4K in 32GB and 64GB versions, similar to how iPhone storage works, but somehow storage is magically more affordable on the Apple TV. That’s good news for you, but it’s still tough to decide if you should buy the 32GB or 64GB Apple TV 4K.

Here’s what you need to know about buying the Apple TV 4K in 32GB or 64GB, which will help you decide which is the best option for you. Once you decide, here’s everything you can do with your Apple TV.

Apple TV 4K Price: 32GB vs 64GB

Which Apple TV 4K storage size should you buy?
Which Apple TV 4K storage size should you buy?

Apple offers a very good overall price for the Apple TV 4K storage options. If you want more storage, you only need to pay $20 more to double your storage. While the 32GB Apple TV 4K is the cheapest option, the 64GB Apple TV 4K is actually a better overall value when you look at the price you pay for storage.

  • Apple TV 4K 32GB – $179
  • Apple TV 4K 64GB – $199

For $20 you can double your Apple TV 4K storage, which is much more affordable than upgrading your iPhone storage or storage on almost any other Apple device. We’ve even seen a few deals that knock $10 off the Apple TV 4K 64GB, dropping the price to $189.

Ultimately you need to decide if you want to spend $20 more on storage, or if you would rather use that to buy some movies and games.

How Apple TV 4K Storage Works

In most cases you will be streaming movies to your Apple TV, and if you play games they will be stored locally until you stop using them regularly.

Unlike your iPhone, which you need to manually delete apps if you run out of space, the Apple TV assumes it has a constant Internet connection. If you don’t use an app and you need the space it is using to download a new app or for a movie, the Apple TV will remove the old app and download the new without you having to think or take action. When you want to play the older app, it will download again. If you have a good Internet connection where you don’t pay for use, this may allow you to get by with 32GB of storage.

The same goes for music and photos on your Apple TV 4K. The Apple TV will keep your latest and music from iCloud available, but it will pull the songs or music to your Apple TV when you need them. This works the same with most other photo and music apps on the Apple TV.

Stream Vs Store

The more storage you have, the less you need to download again and again. If you pay for your Internet based on usage or you have a limit on how much data you can use, you likely want to get more storage. This will allow the Apple TV to store more data locally so that you don’t need to re-download. This is also a good option if your Internet is slower or less reliable and you want to be able to keep something stored locally for a longer time.

If you have a very good Internet connection and you don’t need to worry about data caps or usage, the cheaper Apple TV 4K 32GB version is likely a better choice, even though it’s only $20 less.

Who Should Buy the 32GB Apple TV 4K?

Here's which Apple TV 4K you should buy.
Here’s which Apple TV 4K you should buy.

Users with a good Internet connection, who don’t need to use dozens of apps every day should save $20 and buy the Apple TV 4K 32GB model. Count on your Apple TV to download what you need when you need it and 32GB is going to be more than enough for your needs.

Apple doesn’t let you actually download a 4K movie to watch offline, so don’t buy more storage thinking it will let you stockpile a few 4K movies to watch offline on the Apple TV 4K.

Who Should Buy the 64GB Apple TV 4K?

If you plan to use the Apple TV 4K as the hub for gaming, photos, music and for movies and TV, you may want to get the 64GB version. Although the Apple TV 4K can manage storage without the need for you to take action, if you use a lot of apps regularly and plan to do a lot of gaming on the Apple TV, the bigger storage option is likely a better fit.

The 64GB Apple TV is also better if you don’t want the device frequently re-downloading the same apps or content that counts against your metered Internet usage.

What Apple TV 4K Storage Option Will I Buy?

I bought the 64GB Apple TV 4, and am using very little storage. We mainly use the Apple TV 4 to stream TV on Hulu, watch Netflix and stream movies on iTunes. We have a dozen games, which are the biggest use of space. Our games take up between 100MB and 450MB. The streaming apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Fox Sports Go and others take up very little space. If I buy the Apple TV 4K, I will buy the 32GB version unless I find another deal to get the 64GB version for just $10 more.

If you are torn, the $20 difference is not that much for buyers who are already buying one of the most expensive streaming boxes on the market.

17 Exciting Things You Can Do With the Apple TV

Rent Movies & TV Shows

Rent Movies & TV Shows

The Apple TV is the center of your home entertainment system. You can stream movies and TV shows from a wide range of services. 

This includes watching new releases from iTunes or watching your favorite TV shows on Hulu Plus. You can use Netflix and other streaming services so that you are covered when it comes to watching old, new, odd and super popular.  

You'll also find CBS News, The Weather Channel, Vimeo, YouTuibe, Facebook Videos, VEVO, PBS and many other apps that allow you to stream videos and movies to your TV with a purchase or with a subscription.   

Should You Buy the 32GB or 64GB Apple TV 4K? is a post by Josh Smith from Gotta Be Mobile.

Destiny 2 Expansion 2: Release, Details & Price

Destiny 2 Expansion 2: Release, Details & Price is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.

If you love Destiny 2, it’s time to get excited about Destiny 2 Expansion 2. It’s your next big chance for more story content and planets to explore.

Bungie, Destiny 2’s developer, confirmed the existence of this upgrade before the game launched. At the time, Curse of Osiris, the first major upgrade to the game, hadn’t launched and become notorious for its short story mission and relatively small play area. Many games give new levels and areas free to keep players together. Destiny 2 gets free updates, but uses paid expansions to add areas to explore and new story content.

And that’s why Destiny 2 fans need to know all about Destiny 2 Expansion 2. As the last upgrade included in the game’s expansion pass, it’s your only hope for a big content upgrade that can get the game on the right track again.

Read: Destiny 2 DLC Release: What to Expect

Destiny 2 Expansion 2 Release Date

We don’t know the Destiny 2 Expansion 2 release date yet. Bungie and Activision aren’t expected to reveal it until roughly a month before launch.

However, we do have an idea of when gamers can expect the update. Following the launch of Curse of Osiris, Bungie updated the artwork for the Expansion Pass to include a Destiny 2 Expansion 2 release window. The game upgrade arrives at the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store and on PCs in the Spring of 2018. So, expect the update sometime between the end of March 2018 and the end of June 2018.

Destiny 2 Expansion 2 Price

Thanks to Curse of Osiris, we also know the Destiny 2 Expansion 2 price. It will cost $20 on its own, just like the first expansion for Destiny 2 and every major expansion to the original Destiny. Only plan on paying this price if you don’t own the Expansion Pass or already own Expansion 1.

Read: Destiny 2 Expansion Pass: 3 Reasons to Buy, 2 Reasons to Wait

You save $5 when you buy the Destiny 2 Expansion Pass. That’s the add-on pack that unlocks both upgrades for $34.99. It’s available in the Xbox Store, PlayStation Store and Blizzard Battlenet Store now. If you haven’t purchased a copy of Destiny 2 yet, the Destiny 2 Expansion Pass Bundle includes the expansions and the base game for $89.99.

All the new Content Destiny 2 Expansion 2 Adds

What Destiny 2 Expansion 2 unlocks for gamers couldn’t be any less clear than it is today. We only have a short description and the first expansion to base our expectations on.

GameStop’s description of the Expansion Pass says that players can expect “new destinations, story missions, and adventures.” It also says that both Expansion 1 and Expansion 2 unlock new cooperative activities, multiplayer arenas and gear.

Curse of Osiris added Mercury to the list of planets that gamers could visit. They were there to help stop the Vex and save the planet. Besides the new play area, the game upgrade added a new Raid Liar and two new Raids based on locations in the game’s main story.

It’s safe to assume we’ll get another new planet or play area in Destiny 2 Expansion 2, with new multiplayer maps and gear. It’s also safe to expect a story expansion. Unfortunately, the length of that story expansion remains unclear. Bungie may change its formula after the rough launch of Expansion 1.

What Comes After Destiny 2 Expansion 2

What happens after the Destiny 2 Expansion 2 release is anyone’s guess.

If they follow the same cycle as they did with Destiny, the game will transition from a paid expansion model to free update model. That is, anyone that purchases Expansion 2 will get free content updates for another year or two. Expect new patrol zones and social spaces, but don’t expect very much story-driven content. Bungie could increase the maximum power level and character level that each Guardian can achieve to give longtime players a reason to stick around.

Read: Destiny 2 Problems & Fixes

What to Expect More Destiny 2 Expansion 2 News

Look for more Destiny 2 Expansion 2 news by March 2018. That’s the earliest the upgrade can launch, so Bungie should have more to share about it by then.

Destiny 2 Expansion Pass: 3 Reasons to Buy, 2 Reasons to Wait

Buy The Destiny 2 Expansion Pass If You Play With Friends

Buy The Destiny 2 Expansion Pass If You Play With Friends

If you like to play Destiny 2 online with your friends, buy the Destiny 2 Expansion Pass today. Finding people to play with will go much easier if you do.

When online games like Destiny 2 add new maps and modes, hardcore players rush out to buy the upgrade. Developers then move many of the game’s online modes to the maps included in the expansions. This leaves fewer people around to enjoy the original maps, and that makes it harder to find people to play with, including your friends.

This is exactly what happened with the original Destiny. As new expansions arrived more and more gamers in The Crucible played on the new maps. Gamers attempted to join up with friends, only to discover that they couldn’t because they didn’t have the maps that everyone else in the squad had. Everyone focused on the newer Strikes instead of the existing ones that everyone had access to.

Destiny 2 Expansion 2: Release, Details & Price is a post by Travis Pope from Gotta Be Mobile.