About Kayode Oluwatayo
Kayode's zeal to explore the tech world and help people maximize their smartphones ignited his passion for tech writing in 2019.
Before joining Android Police, he crafted hundreds of articles for writing agencies, covering everything from the hottest tips and tricks to how-to guides, explainer articles, and more. He enjoys exploring new stuff, and he's always likely to jump on beta software to experience the latest features before everyone else.
When he's not scouring for the latest Android stuff to cover, you'll find Kayode immersing himself in the captivating world of Macro Photography with a cheap lens attached to his phone.
Everything you need to know to make sense of tomorrow’s security needs
Authentication has been a part of digital life since MIT set up a password on their shared-access computer in 1961. Today, authentication covers virtually every interaction you can have on the internet. But up until 2010, the security of most online shopping sites and services only required a basic password. Since then, online spending has grown to over $1 trillion annually in the US alone.
No, you are not entitled to $10,500,000 U.S. dollars from the Bank of Burundi
Most people use the internet for anything and everything, from interacting with work colleagues to exploring the world of AI chatbots. And while the internet is a beautiful tool for these reasons and many others, it can also hurt people's security and privacy. For one, large corporations like Amazon and Google find novel ways to squeeze every drop of data out of our online presence in the name of the bottom line. On that note, you can follow these simple steps to improve your digital privacy on Android.
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.
Your friendly neighborhood document organizer
Creating and sharing documents has changed a lot in the last few decades. File cabinets are becoming a thing of the past, but document management is more important than ever. It's helpful to use the tools that let you access your records on your phone and computer, especially if you store documents in the cloud.
Motorola wants your phone to replicate a full-fledged PC, gaming console, and smart TV
Motorola is making good phones worth gaining your attention again. But what value do you get for your money besides the brand's name, clean Android skin, and some solid hardware? Your phone can outperform its current use case, and Motorola thinks you can turn it into a giant computer by connecting to a big-screen TV or display.
Setting up Gmail automatic forwarding is a lot easier
Managing your electronic mail is easy on Gmail, thanks to its robust organization features like sorting important messages into labels. If you frequently forward emails to different accounts, Gmail can help you relieve some stress with its neat automation feature. You can automatically deliver specific or all incoming messages to another email address. Whether you want to combine emails from your work and personal account, let someone manage your messages, or back up to a secondary account, here's how to set up automatic email forwarding in Gmail.
Get your streaming account off Roku in a pinch
Roku makes some of the best streaming devices to watch your favorite movies and TV shows on any budget. The brand ties all your channels to a single Roku account for a seamless experience. But signing out of apps on Roku can sometimes be tricky. If you need to log out of apps on your Roku to use a different account, protect your privacy, or fix an issue, this guide is your user manual.
Chromebooks are more than enough to handle most people's computer needs. Even with its firm reliance on the Google Chrome web browser, you can do much more with the Files app and some solid Android apps. You're never stuck within the scope of a web browser. Whether you need to access files on your inbuilt storage or an external drive, this guide explains how to open files on ChromeOS.
Beautify Google with custom backgrounds and themes
Google Chrome's new tab page is minimal and functional but not fun. However, Chrome gives you several ways to customize your Google background image. You can overhaul the browser using Google Chrome themes, spice up the new tab page with fresh new looks, and use a custom image as your background. If you are tired of staring at an empty white homepage in your Google Chrome browser, use these methods to change your Google background.
Sometimes too much of a good thing can cause distractions
Androids and iPhones are great for keeping in contact with loved ones, watching videos on YouTube, and scrolling through social media feeds. There's a good chance the average person has a smartphone glued to their hand at any given time. Some may call it an addiction, while others mention the fear of missing important notifications. If this is something you're worried about, Android has a tool called Digital Wellbeing, which is meant to help you set limits for your device usage.
Maybe a yellow bubble would suffice
Texting on Android has improved over the years thanks to various security and interactive features brought through RCS chat. Now, your messages are end-to-end encrypted, and you can share high-quality media files, see typing indicators, and react to messages without a third-party app. But what good is it if the text isn't readable or the bubbles look bland? Whether you want to make conversations pop or improve readability on your pocket-friendly Android phone, this guide focuses on how to change the color of the text bubbles on Android.
Google Calendar tops our list of favorite calendar apps for Android because it offers excellent features to keep track of your schedule and stay organized. When you have everything sketched, sharing your calendar is a convenient way to inform your coworkers or family members about upcoming meetings, events, and appointments or show them when you're busy or free. Depending on why you want to share a Google calendar and who you're bringing in, you can make it public or restricted to selected people. You'll need at least an inexpensive Chromebook or a desktop browser to share a Google calendar and manage permissions accordingly, but the process is straightforward.
Don't let spammers reach your inbox
Signing up for web services with your primary email address is never a good idea. Some sketchy services may jam your Gmail inbox with dozens of weekly emails. Instead of blocking email addresses, using Gmail labels, or setting up advanced search filters to find relevant emails, use temporary email addresses while signing up. This way, you can sign up and avoid the onslaught of junk that follows. While the top Chromebooks, Android phones, and Windows desktops require third-party services, Apple offers Hide My Email, a service that creates fake email aliases on iOS, iPadOS, and macOS.
Make sure you don't get lost when your internet connection does
As the world becomes increasingly dependent on internet connectivity, it's inconvenient to travel without a connection. While you'll probably survive a short trip out of town without your favorite Spotify playlist, the same can't be said for navigation. Getting lost in a strange place, surrounded by unfamiliar landmarks and people — or worse, being surrounded by nothing and nobody — can be scary. It's even worse if you're in a foreign country where you don't speak the language and can't ask for directions.
Google Maps helps you make several stops in a single trip
Google Maps knows the fastest route to almost anywhere on Earth. But what if you have more than one place to visit? Perhaps you're a delivery driver who must cover several locations on a single ride. Organizing your road trips with multiple stops in Google Maps can help you save time and energy. So, instead of choosing a new destination at every stop, the app automatically reroutes to your next destination.
A handful of ways to text better on your Galaxy phone
The latest Samsung smartphones ship with Samsung and Google Messages preinstalled. The Samsung Galaxy S22 series stands apart from many of its siblings. It has Google Messages set as the primary messaging app because of its Rich Communication Services (RCS) protocol support. On the surface, both apps work similarly. You can view your messages, filter through them with a search button, and create a text message on one screen. But there are other unique features you may not know about on Samsung Messages.
YouTube is more than a video-sharing platform. Still, the freedom for anyone to upload videos means you may come across something you don't want to see. But that's where blocking a YouTube channel comes in. Whether a channel usually shares contrary views, posts offensive content, or is simply unamusing, you can block it to remove its videos from your recommendations. The process is swift, and you can do it on your smartphone, a desktop browser, or YouTube Kids running on your child's sturdy tablet.
Google Contacts is the go-to phone book app for most people. It's preinstalled on many Android phones and offers a straightforward way to sync your contacts across devices or switch to a new phone. However, it's not free of the problem plaguing most contact apps: duplicate entries. If you're worried about the repetition in your phone book, we put together this guide for you. Here's how to remove duplicates from Google Contacts on your Android phone, tried-and-true Chromebook, or any browser.
Know your options
Most premium phones are still costly, and screens haven't stopped breaking. If you're afraid of repair costs or misplacing pricey devices, carriers and smartphone manufacturers offer protection plans that help you get a quick replacement or repair without draining your funds. Choosing the right one depends on how much coverage you need and your budget. This guide covers the available options so that you can choose the best insurance plan for your phone.
From scouring for new job opportunities to enlarging your professional network online, LinkedIn can get the job done. The platform offers handy tools to showcase your professional experience, make relevant connections, skill up for a career, and put yourself in the face of potential hiring managers regardless of your platform, whether you're using a browser or have the app installed on a budget Android phone. While that looks like a great way to ditch traditional documents and CVs, you might want to take a break or erase your presence for security/privacy concerns. Regardless of your reason, we'll show you how to delete your LinkedIn account below.