About Steven Winkelman
Steven is the Evergreen and Features Editor at Android Police. Before joining AP, he was a mobile analyst at PCMag, where he reviewed hundreds of smartphones and tablets, explored the growth of assistive technologies, and covered Apple and Google’s privacy initiatives. He also worked as a mobile and wearables reporter at Digital Trends.
Steven hold a BA in English and an MA in journalism and new media. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
When Steven is not writing or editing, you’ll find him scouring bookstores and working alongside socially engaged artists throughout the United States.
Using a password manager makes this easier
If you're like most people, you probably kept the random password on the bottom of your home router. While that random password is pretty safe, it's probably pretty hard to remember. If you already have your login details on your Android phone or tablet, there's no need dust off and flip over your gateway.
Google's custom silicon goes big on AI features
Tensor is Google's custom processors for its Pixel phone and tablet lineup. The original Tensor chipset made its debut on the Pixel 6 series in 2021. The company followed up a year later with the much-improved Tensor G2 that still powers big chunks of the company's lineup, including the Google Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet.
It's probably time we moved on from the old SMS standard
The RCS messaging protocol has been a long time coming. While iPhone owners have had interactive iMessages for years, Android users had to use third-party messaging apps for years, as carriers were slow to warm up to RCS. Google Messages' adoption of the RCS standard has made the app even better, as it lets you enjoy secure and interactive texting on your Android phone.
There's more to it than you might think
Android comes with a handy mode called Do Not Disturb built into the software. This allows you to turn off all notifications or only some notifications for a set amount of time. You can also let Android System Intelligence handle turning Do Not Disturb on or off by setting a schedule. It's one of our favorite parts of Android.
The Apple Watch is designed to work exclusively with iPhone, but with a few life hacks, you can use it with Android
The Apple Watch is probably one of, if not the best, smartwatches on the market. The best Android-compatible smartwatches aren't far behind, and now more than ever, give the Apple Watch a run for its money. But the polished design and seamless connectivity between the Apple Watch and Apple's ecosystem make it stand out. The only caveat is that you are locked into the Apple ecosystem if you use an Apple Watch. However, you can use your Apple Watch with your Android smartphone. The experience may not be great, but it's a possibility. In this guide, we show you how you can use your Apple Watch with an Android phone.
It's possible, but you'll have to do a little work
Roblox is an incredibly popular game, especially with a younger audience, that's been around since 2006. It's showing no signs of slowing down, with more than 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store alone and countless others across all the compatible platforms. It's a great place for children to express their creativity, and it gives them an outlet to create their own games within the game. Roblox can be enjoyed on an Android or Apple phone, Windows or Mac computer, some consoles, and even on the Amazon Fire OS. But can you play Roblox on a Chromebook? Let's take a look at how to get the smash hit running on ChromeOS.
Need a break from Apple Maps? Make Google Maps the first app you see when you need directions
For a long time, most Google apps on Android phones have been available on iOS, but not vice versa. A few years ago, with the release of iOS 14, Apple opened its walled garden slightly, allowing iPhone users to swap out Safari for Google Chrome and the Mail app for Gmail. And while you can install the Google Maps app from the App Store, you can't make it the default navigation app.
Find out if you've been blocked or you simply aren't able to get ahold of the other party
There are many reasons why a person may want to permanently prevent you from contacting them. The best way to know if it has happened to you and why is to ask them in person. But that's an awkward confrontation no one looks forward to having. Even the best Android smartphones on the market don't provide features for detecting those reasons. Still, you'll see signs showing that someone cut you off completely. While you can't unblock your phone number from someone else's phone, you can get closure.
Setting up a WhatsApp account on multiple phones only takes a few minutes
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, with plenty of options to stay connected with family and friends. In 2021, WhatsApp added support for linked devices, letting you use the app across multiple devices. But the downside was that you could only connect one phone to a single WhatsApp account.
It's more than blue checkmarks
With more than 540 million active users, X, formerly known as Twitter, is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Whether you're a fan of the site or can't stand it, it's hard to deny X's cultural impact.
Ready to jump ship from the X social media app? Grab your personal data first
The commotion around Elon Musk's Twitter acquisition has yet to stop. In July 2023, the social media platform was officially rebranded as X. And while many people, businesses, and advertisers jumped ship, Twitter still ranks among the most popular social media platforms.
Voice calls are coming to 5G. Here's everything you need to know
No matter how unique your smartphone is, it's still a phone, first and foremost. And even if you've replaced traditional phone calls with audio messages or video calls, being able to call friends and families, businesses, and more is essential. Still, as cell networks have evolved to meet modern data speeds, voice calls haven't been left behind. And with 5G NR now widespread throughout the United States, you can be sure carriers are working to adapt to the latest technology.
Late orders, missing packages, or tricky returns are a few reasons it's better to talk with Amazon's customer service team in person.
Amazon's customer service and support teams are among the best in the world. They can help you resolve missing orders, fix payment issues, and walk you through common problems with products like its Amazon Echo smart display, and more. Amazon has several ways to contact its customer service team, but you'll want to use the correct contact method based on your issue.
Add some pep to the Google Pixel 7's step
While Google is only months from announcing its next-generation flagships, the Google Pixel 8 and Pixel 8 Pro, its current 7-series devices are no slouches. The Pixel 7, Pixel 7 Pro, and budget-friendly Pixel 7a sport incredible hardware, get years of OS updates, and have exclusive features that make them stand out from the competition.
Personalize the OxygenOS experience with these simple tweaks
The OnePlus 11 isn't a perfect phone. But its few compromises and reasonable price, and awesome battery life earn it a spot on our top Android smartphones list. If you're the proud owner of a OnePlus 11, there are a few OxygenOS settings you'll want to change as soon as possible. Our editors' suggested changes will make app notifications more reliable, enhance your privacy, and help you get more out of your phone. This guide will walk you through the seven settings tweaks we believe OnePlus 11 owners should deal with on day one.
The rarely used Google Docs feature that's actually useful
For most of us, our writing is composed of numbers and letters interspersed with a dash of simple formatting to convey some semblance of meaning. On the other hand, if you're writing about math or science, you'll need more than the standard toolbox of bold, italic, and underline formatting tools most word processors provide on their default toolbars.
And a bunch of other questions you didn't think to ask
Discord, the current king of non-professional chat room apps, has seen an explosion of users over the past two years. When the social distancing mandates were at a peak, millions of people flocked to Discord to keep their D&D campaign running or practice the new language they were learning on lockdown. But despite the ease of setting up and using Discord, some aspects, like those little colored circles next to your name, can be confusing for new users.
Turn your boring group chats into a productivity powerhouse with Google Spaces
Spaces is Google's latest move to win over small teams, startups, and organizations. Spaces is Google's collaboration and project management platform that's tightly integrated with other Workspace apps. Spaces is accessible via Gmail and Google Chat mobile and desktop apps. Since it's platform-agnostic and works in most modern web browsers, it's a good fit for teams and businesses that invest in high-end Chromebooks. You can create a group of people, share files, assign tasks, and collaborate seamlessly with others to get the job done. Let's set up a space and check it in action.
Watch your favorite videos on your phone or laptop without an internet connection
If you're in for a long flight or headed somewhere without an internet connection, you may want to download a few videos. And while it's easier to download Netflix videos than ones on YouTube, the process isn't terribly complex. There are two ways to download videos: through the YouTube app or with a third-party tool. Downloading through the YouTube app requires a YouTube Premium subscription, while using third-party tools is free, it comes with the cost of convenience and reliability.
Your phone is more than capable, and we've got the best app for the job
Scanning a document is an easy way to share and edit documents digitally. You don't need anything more than your Android phone and its camera. Even if you're rocking one of our favorite budget Android phones, you can scan clear images of documents for professional or private use.