353 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.
Something for everyone this July
From the beautiful puzzle game, Lost in Play to the innovative bullet-hell action of Roto Force, there was a game for everyone this July. We also saw interesting experiments with games like Space Invaders: World Defense which, while unlikely to make it to our frequently updated list of the best games on Android, attempted to try something new with our phones' capabilities.
WhatsApp is one of the best encrypted messaging apps, and sharing your QR code helps you grow your contact list. While someone can manually type in your details, scanning your QR code is quicker and easier. This can be done in person or remotely.
No need to search through your emails
Amazon is one of the most popular online shopping sites, making it your go-to option when you want to buy something. The more orders you place, the more likely you'll want to review your past purchases. There may be various reasons to check out your past orders, including buying something again, downloading an invoice, or returning an item.
It's SimCity time, baby!
If you want to play DOS games on your Android phone or Chromebook, you'll need to jump through a few more hoops than with GBA or PS2 games (both of which can be easily played through one of our top Android game emulators). However, this doesn't mean it's impossible, and once you're done, you can play your favorite DOS games on Android devices.
Like a text message on Android and send message reactions!
Anyone with an iPhone knows that liking a text message is easy, but it's not so simple on Android. While reacting to messages on the top-end-to-end encrypted messaging apps is commonplace, reacting to messages on Android requires you to activate RCS messaging. The Rich Chatting Service (RCS) standard is a significant improvement over SMS/MMS messaging. It introduced features like read receipts, typing indicators, and message reactions.
The sequel to one of the best adventure games of all time is out now on your phone
The venerable Monkey Island series has had a rough time on mobile. The App Store briefly hosted the first two Monkey Island games before they were removed, but Android users were left in the cold, even with Telltale Game's Tales of Monkey Island. But this has all changed with the simultaneous launch of Return to Monkey Island on Android and iOS.
My time spent with Pokémon Sleep was eye-opening
Pokémon Sleep arrived last week, combining the joys of collecting small furry animals with the necessity of sleep. But how does it compare to a dedicated sleep tracker?
PayPal is a quick and easy method to make online payments, but sometimes, purchases don't go to plan. You'll want to cancel your payment if you made a purchase by accident or realize you're subject to a scam.
Changing your Zoom background lets you add a splash of personality or remove background distractions. There are plenty of other features packed into this star among the free video calling apps, but if you're new to the service, you may want to make changing your background a priority.
Relive the Netflix show as you hone your chess skills
There are almost too many chess games on the Play Store to count, and while many of these are undeniably fantastic, most are aimed toward the competitive player. Netflix Games' newest release is a chess game targeted toward newcomers to the board game, set in the world of its mini-series, The Queen's Gambit. Unlike most branded titles on the Play Store, The Queen's Gambit Chess is a quality release any Netflix subscriber can enjoy.
Reward your subscribers with exclusive and unique emotes
Anyone can use global Twitch emotes, but creating your own emotes is a great way to make a unique statement in the chat or promote and grow your channel. Custom emotes can be traced back to the creator's channel.
Struggling to make it above Gold rank? Here's how to improve your game
Thanks to its fast-paced and strategic gameplay, Marvel Snap is one of our top collectible card games on Android. It's easy for beginners to pick up and play, but reaching the highest competitive ranks requires much skill and practice.
This stellar smartphone struggles to spy its space
While we’re used to seeing companies market phones with a variety of models and price points, few market them like Nubia. The Redmagic 8S Pro is undoubtedly an improvement over the Redmagic 8 Pro, but the upgrades are barely noticeable in what is essentially the same phone launching again six months later.
Track your sleep while catching Pokémon; what more could you want?
The long-awaited Pokémon Sleep is out now on iOS and Android, four years after its announcement. It aims to gamify your sleep, combining the irresistible addiction of catching Pokémon with the basic human need for a good night's rest. Pokémon Sleep arrives alongside the Pokémon GO Plus + accessory (yes, that's pronounced "plus plus"), which works with Pokémon Sleep and Pokémon Go.
Annoyed because you can't watch certain videos? YouTube allows you to turn off Restricted Mode
Turning off Restricted Mode on YouTube lets you access everything on the platform, from gaming streams to news bulletins. While Restricted Mode is an essential part of activating suitable parental controls on Google Assistant, for example, at some point, you may want to deactivate it.
Don't panic, you can still keep your data secure
The best way to prevent a phishing attack is to avoid clicking those links. However, as the attacks become more intelligent, they become harder to avoid. If you click a link, don't panic, there are a few steps you can take to ensure you minimize the chance of having your personal data or, worse, stolen.
View content in various video codecs with these handy Android video players
While plenty of fantastic streaming services exist, everyone knows the pain of your favorite movie suddenly becoming unavailable. Owning your media solves this problem, but you'll need to choose a platform to play your videos. While you can play videos through your phone's inbuilt media player, third-party apps offer significantly greater functionality.
Google Calendar and Microsoft Outlook are fantastic internet calendars that work seamlessly with their respective email apps (Gmail and Outlook, respectively). However, adding your Google Calendar to Microsoft Outlook is easy if it's time for a new calendar. Regardless of your reason, if you don't find Google Calendar's advanced features helpful, use this guide to switch to Outlook Calendar seamlessly.
Temporarily deactivating your Facebook account lets you take a break from the social media platform without deleting any information. It's an ideal way to spend less time online, but if your Facebook experience is toxic, thanks to other users, you can block them instead of deactivating your account.
Game away with your PlayStation controller
Many of our favorite Android games offer controller support, letting you bypass finicky touchscreen controls with the reliability of physical joysticks and triggers. However, while there are many fantastic Android-compatible controllers available, you may want to use a controller you already have.