Updates are a big deal in the Android world. Apple controls the iPhone update process, but Google does not have that power over Android. How are you supposed to know how long your Android phone will get updates? We’ll help yo…
While screen savers may not be as useful on a phone as they are on a PC, Android phones have had them for a very long time. You can use this to turn your phone into a Google Photos digital photo frame….
There are plenty of services that will let you consume as many TV shows, movies, and music as you want for a monthly fee. But what about books? Is there a streaming service for books? Meet “Kindle Unlimited.”…
People think of TikTok as an “anything goes” platform, but that’s far from true. There are some very mild words that will get you in trouble if used. You may be surprised by just how innocent some of them are….
With everything that phones can do, it’s easy to forget they are phones at the core. On Android, you have the choice to swap your phone (dialer) apps with something else from the Play Store. We’ll show you how to do it….
Android 13 is the latest version of Google’s operating system and it’s scheduled for an official release in late 2022. Until then, you can try it out with the Android 13 Beta program. We’ll show you how easy it is….
The “Contacts” app is probably one of the most neglected apps on your Android phone. Email, SMS, and phone apps use your contacts, so it’s important to routinely clean them up. We’ll show you how to combine duplicates….
Chrome hit the big 100 in March 2022, but the celebration is over now. We’re back already with another release on April 26, 2022. Chrome 101 includes more improvements to the new download UI, saving Tab Groups, and the passwo…
Sometimes the physical power buttons on Android phones and iPhones stop working. The longer you use a device, the more likely that moving parts will fail. Can you restart a phone without the power button? There are options….
Ever since Apple removed the headphone jack with the iPhone 7 in 2016, other smartphone manufacturers have been dropping it as well. You should know you don’t have to ditch your wired headphones just because your phone did….
If you use two-factor authentication—and you should—you probably get plenty of one-time password (OTP) text messages. It’s a little annoying to have to delete these manually, so why not let Google’s Messages app do it for…
Phones today come at a wide variety of price points. On the upper end, there are devices that push close to $2,000. That may seem steep, but there have been much more expensive phones.
Smartphones have ended the days of slamming your phone down to end a call. If you have an Android phone, you can flip your phone to do the same thing. It’s not quite as satisfying—but still convenient….
Kindle eReaders are not limited to books from the Amazon Store. When you get eBooks from other sources, a common file format is EPUB. We’ll show you a few methods to get these files onto your Kindle.
Wireless charging is one of those smartphone features that’s not essential, but it’s super convenient if you have it. You may think if your phone doesn’t have wireless charging there’s no way to retroactively add it. You’d be…
So many truly wireless earbuds simply mimic the Apple AirPods. They don’t bring any new ideas to the table. The Sony LinkBuds feature a wildly unique design and approach to wireless earbuds. Thankfully, the risk paid off….
Google introduced Android 12L in late 2021 and after a short beta period it’s rolling out to Pixel phones. Well, some Pixel phones. If you don’t have Android 12L on your Pixel yet, we’ll show you how to get it….
It’s easy to take a physical object into a paint store and get the color matched. But what if you like a color in an Instagram photo? That’s trickier, but we’ll show you how to match paint colors to digital images….
In the Android world, one app store is king—the Google Play Store. This is the “official” place to download apps and games. However, there are a few alternatives. F-Droid is one of the most interesting options out there….
Google’s Messages app—which is the default SMS app on many Android devices—has “Categories” across the top to organize your text messages. Thankfully, this email-like feature can be turned off if it’s not your cup of tea….
Did you know your iPhone or Android phone is one of the dirtiest things you touch every day? You probably wash your hands after touching something dirty, but then grab your dirty phone. It’s time to do something about that….
Voice notes are a great way to quickly record your thoughts. It’s easier than spending time typing and worrying about punctuation. Let’s make it as fast as possible to take voice notes with your Android phone….
GrapheneOS is a privacy and security-hardened version of the Android OS you know and love. If you’d like to try out this custom ROM, it’s probably easier than you think. Here’s what you’ll need to get started….
Windows PCs allow you to adjust the volume for specific apps, but that’s not really a thing on smartphones. That is unless you have a Samsung Galaxy device and you know where to look. We’ll show you how….
Your Android phone has a lot of sensors doing a bunch of different things. If you’re concerned about privacy, location tracking is one you may be concerned about. Thankfully, Android makes it easy to disable GPS and other loc…