401 articles published since April 13, 2019
About Jon Gilbert
Jon has been a freelance writer at Android Police since 2021. He primarily writes how-to guides and round-ups, but occasionally covers news. His favorite Android device was the Pixel 2 XL, and he regards the three-month period where he owned an iPhone as a time of the utmost shame. Jon graduated with a History degree in 2018, but quickly realized his writing skills were better put to use writing about tech rather than essays. He started writing and editing for startups shortly after graduating, where he did everything from writing website copy to managing and editing for a group of writers. In his free time, you can find him fiddling with computers and spending his entire paycheck on vinyl records.
Don't waste time entering multiple addresses
Creating a Gmail distribution list lets you email multiple recipients using a single address. It's a useful technique if you frequently send emails to the same group, as it reduces the time you spend sending emails. While Microsoft Outlook has a built-in tool for creating distribution lists, you must perform a workaround for Gmail. We're here to walk you through the process.
Google Assistant is a quick way to make your life a little easier
If you've used an Android phone for any time, you've probably encountered Google Assistant at some point. While some manufacturers prioritize their smart assistants (for example, Samsung's Bixby), you can install and use Google Assistant on any Android smartphone. It's also accessible through compatible smart speakers and displays.
Casual Android games are the perfect way to kick back after a long day at work. From atmospheric puzzle games like Monument Valley to creative sandboxes like Townscaper, these games offer relaxing and satisfying experiences. There's a considerable amount of variety, too, so you don't need to worry about playing the same game repeatedly.
It just works...or does it?
Sharing your Wi-Fi password is a vital part of welcoming a guest, but don't direct them to the back of your router. There are easier ways to share your Wi-Fi password, even between iPhone and Android. Wi-Fi sharing between the two device families isn't as straightforward as sharing within their ecosystems, but we're here to walk you through it.
Don't lose your settings and data when updating your Pixel Watch
Backing up your Google Pixel Watch might not seem important, but it's the best way to transfer your Pixel Watch's settings to a new smartwatch. Whether you're replacing your Pixel Watch or upgrading to the Pixel Watch 2, a backup should be the first thing you do.
You don't need to go further than your phone for some Halloween fun
Halloween means ghosts, strangely dressed children, and of course, video games. There are a lot of scary games on the Play Store, many of which are perfect for those chilly October evenings. So when you've finished threatening strangers for candy, why not relax in front of the fireplace with a spooky Android game?
Forget about the future of wireless charging
The Pixel 8 Pro might pack some notable hardware improvements over the 7 Pro, but support for Qi2 wireless charging is not one of them, leaving the 8 Pro stuck with traditional wireless charging.
Here's the difference between Apple and Google help you to protect your data
Digital threats are becoming more common and sophisticated, and big tech companies are responding by implementing tighter security measures. In December 2022, Apple announced three security features to protect user data. These features safeguard your iMessage, Apple ID, and iCloud data against external threats. Apple's security program comes nearly three years after Google launched its Advanced Protection Program, which provides similar protections to even your budget Android phone or tablet.
Get your friends together and try out a new party game
The right party game can make or break an evening, but you don't need to rely on your dusty collection of board games. The Play Store is filled with party games that are the perfect fit whether you're partying with two or twenty people. Best of all, you don't need controllers, just your phone.
Stay up all night with these ghastly horror games
Whether you're gearing up for Halloween or just fancy playing a new horror game, the Play Store has everything you need. The best horror games are just a few taps away, and there's a massive amount of variety for all kinds of people. From haunting narratives to pulse-pounding jump scares, we've made sure that whatever your flavor of horror game is, you'll find it on this list.
Converse in other languages with ease with a recent Google Pixel phone
The Live Translate feature on recent Pixel devices is a fantastic addition to Google's suite of translation features. Live Translate is exclusive to recent Pixel devices, including the Google Pixel 6, Pixel 7, and Pixel 8 series, as well as the Pixel Fold. It goes above and beyond Google Translate's functionality, adding useful translation features that help with real-time translation.
Watch movies on Netflix without an active internet connection!
The ability to stream content online is a convenient digital innovation, and Netflix is one of the best value streaming services. But the downside of streaming is that it requires a stable internet connection that can't be guaranteed throughout a flight, train commute, or bus trip.
Play with your friends on different platforms with these great games
While there are plenty of fantastic multiplayer games on mobile, some lack crossplay, meaning matchmaking can be inconsistent. But you don't need to settle for long wait times; a large variety of games on the Play Store offer crossplay across multiple platforms.
Don't let these issues spoil your Pixel 8 experience
The Google Pixel 8 is here with a stylish but ergonomic design and powerful AI features. But it's not all good news. While our review praised the feature-packed flagship, there are a few issues you should be aware of, whether you're considering picking one up or are trying to solve problems you encountered.
When you become a pro at the essential Gmail tips, you're ready to add some hyperlinks to your emails. Inserting a hyperlink in Gmail is an easy way to keep your message neat and professional while making life easier for the receiver.
The past, present, and future of SIMs
Every smartphone needs a SIM card that assigns you a phone number and lets you call, text, and use the best data plans. But, there's more than one type of SIM card, and the user experience varies between each.
These games are perfectly suited for the big screen
The Play Store is home to many fantastic Android games, but some are better suited to certain devices. Unfortunately, the store listings don't always give you the information you need, so if you've just picked up one of the top Android tablets, it's hard to find games suited to your device's large screen.
An extreme yet effective option
If you own a Google Pixel, you'll likely perform a factory reset at some point. While factory resetting a Pixel is similar to most Android devices, some unique steps may catch you unaware. Even if you recently bought a flagship Pixel 8 or a new Pixel 7a, it's a good idea to learn how to perform a factory reset safely. This guide explains what happens when you complete a factory reset and shows you how to perform one without issue.
An ongoing changelog
Google's Pixel phones are the best place to experience the latest Android features thanks to the quarterly Pixel Feature Drops, which occasionally include updates for the rest of the Pixel lineup, including the Pixel Watch 2.
Keep your browsing habits a secret
Whether you forgot to use Incognito mode or fancy clearing out old data, deleting your Google Search history is a straightforward process. Google saves all your activity in Search to your Google account, giving you access to everything you searched.