About Zach Gray-Traverso
Zach has been a How-to Writer at Android Police since January 2022. He specializes in Chromebooks, Android smartphones, Android apps, Google hardware, and Google software products. You'll usually find him writing how-to guides on these topics, but you may see him dabble in other content areas from time to time.
Zach loves unique and fun hardware and software features as well as products with a sustainability focus. He holds a Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering and a Master's in Energy Engineering, giving him unique insight into the sustainability side of the industry.
Zach's first Android phone was a Motorola Droid Turbo 2 he got in 2016 after switching from an iPhone 5S. Even though the rest of his family has switched to iPhones, he could never do it. His current daily driver is a Pixel 7, and he writes on an HP Chromebook x2 12.
When he's not writing, Zach works as an energy consultant. In his free time, he loves being outside and spending time with his family. He is one of the few people who used Google Stadia, which he misses dearly. He also is a fan of Magic the Gathering and soccer.
Make sure the right people see your hot takes
People share many things on Facebook, from life updates to random thoughts. Whether you have an Android phone or an amazing Chromebook, Facebook makes it easy to share whatever you like. Even though Facebook is made to help you share, you may not want to share everything with all of your friends.
Google's MVNO isn't for everyone, but it can offer substantial savings
Having reliable cellular service is almost as important as having electricity and heat in your home. Many people use one of the big three carriers (Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile). They offer solid coverage and network priority, but that coverage often comes with a high price tag. Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MNVOs) are an alternative to the big three, providing similar coverage for a reduced price. You may have heard of some like Mint Mobile or Ting, but Google also has its own MNVO, Google Fi.
Kind of like AirDrop, but Google
We all take photos and videos or download PDFs that we want to share with our other devices or those around us. Usually, you'd send an email or a text to share those items, but there's a better way. Google's AirDrop-like Nearby Share feature allows you to send any type of file to other people or your other devices cleanly and seamlessly. This works great for sharing items between phones but is better if you want to share an item with one of our favorite Chromebooks. This guide shows you everything you need to know about Nearby Share and how to use it with your Chromebook.
To err is human, but Google wants you to be better
Gmail is among the most popular email platforms in the world. It's free and easy to set up, making it the go-to for personal accounts. As a key Google Workspace app, Gmail is also used by businesses of all sizes. And since there's a Gmail app for Android and iOS, you can easily keep track of your email messages on the go.
An offline Chromebook can still use many of its cloud-based apps
Everything we use these days is connected to the internet. Whether it's your fridge, clock, or smartphone, we are constantly online. However, sometimes we're in a situation where we don't have internet. This could be on a road trip, in the middle of nowhere, or visiting a building with intermittent service. Many devices would be useless without an internet connection, but many devices, such as Chromebooks, can do a lot when not connected to the internet.
Who needs a smartwatch when you have a smartphone?
Being healthy is a constant goal of many people, but it's often easier said than done. Whether you're trying to eat better, be more active, or have another goal, everyone is striving for something. One common agreed-upon way to be healthier is to walk more, but there's no easy way to track it. There are some great fitness trackers, but they cost money and are not the best step-tracking solution for everyone. Most people have a smartphone in their pocket, which is a free way to track your steps and build a new habit. This guide discusses how to use your Android phone to track your steps.
There are several popular ride-share and food delivery services available, such as Lyft or Doordash, but Uber started it all. Uber is well known for their ride-share services, but they have other offerings. On your Android phone, you can order a ride or your favorite food through Uber Eats from the comfort of your couch. Another little-known offering from Uber is Uber Connect, which is a same-day delivery service. Here's a look at what Uber Connect is and how to use it.
Google's ecosystem connectivity is getting better and better
Android users have been watching Apple's ecosystem get better and tighter for decades. iPhone owners can send text messages from iPads and Macs, share files and photos across Apple devices, and seamlessly pass their AirPods connection from one product to another. However, Apple finally has some competition.
There are some great photo and video editing tools available on Chromebooks
For a long time, Chromebooks were seen as little more than a glorified web browser, but times have changed. Chromebooks can do many of the things a traditional Windows or Mac laptops can do, including resource-intensive tasks like photo and video editing. Whether you buy one of the best Chromebooks on the market, or you opt for a budget model, you'll have no problem finding photo and video editing apps.
The internet is filled with scams. Fake ads, phishing emails, spam calls, and text messages are some of the ways you can lose your data and money. Nowadays, many scams are created by bots powered by advanced algorithms. Phishing texts are another type of scam, and they're growing in popularity. You can still be vulnerable even if you use one of our favorite Android phones. Let's look at what these so-called "phishing texts" are and how you can protect yourself against them.
Parental controls will help you steer your children away from the internet's many dark corners
Chromebooks are inexpensive and easy-to-use devices that many people turned to during the pandemic. Some bought one of our favorite Chromebooks as a remote work device, and others purchased or were provided a more affordable and durable Chromebook for their child's remote learning. While these devices are useful for learning, there are some things that parents may not want their kids to see or have access to.
Change your Chromebook login ingo with ease
While Google is transitioning from passwords to passkeys, you can't forget your login details just yet. Passwords are still popular and provide solid security for most people— especially if you use a password manager to create and store them — but they're also easy to forget and vulnerable to data breaches. Even the best Chromebooks, often with biometric login features, can have password issues. Fortunately, it's easy to update your password on devices that run Google's ChromeOS web-based operating system
Get your new device up and running in no time
Chromebooks are great devices for most people due to their low cost and ease of use. The best Chromebooks have premium features, such as built-in fingerprint sensors or 4k displays. Before you can use these features, you must sign in and get your device going. Fortunately, you can complete the process in minutes.
The screenshot tool has some pretty slick tricks
Whether you use your phone or computer, screenshots are a great tool that helps with a number of tasks. Screenshots can make these tasks easier, whether you're showing someone how to fix their device or saving information for later. All operating systems have screenshot tools that differ in functionality, and Google's ChromeOS operating system used to have one of the worst tools. However, Google has been improving the ChromeOS user experience, and now the best Chromebooks have a robust Screen Capture tool. Here's how to use the Screen Capture tool to take screenshots or record your screen.
To truly understand what a Chromebook is, it helps to take a closer look at everything a Chromebook can (and can’t) do
There are four main computer operating systems: Windows, macOS, ChromeOS, and Linux. Many of these have been around since the invention of the computer, but ChromeOS is a relative newcomer. ChromeOS is the operating system that powers all Chromebooks, including the best Chromebooks. Since Chromebooks are newer than Windows or macOS devices, many people are unsure what they do. This article looks at what a Chromebook is, what it can do, and its limitations.
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.
Become a Chromebook power user with these handy keyboard shortcuts
Chromebooks are some of the most cost-effective and exciting computers on the market. They have great hardware and useful software for users at all price points and are simpler and more user-friendly than Windows or Mac computers. Chromebooks come in all shapes and sizes, but for those who want a little more out of Chromebooks, Google introduced the Chromebook Plus program in October 2023, which has several minimum standards Chromebooks must follow.
Pairing up your shiny new Google Pixel Watch with your Android takes seconds
It took years of waiting, but Google finally released its own smartwatch in the fall of 2022. Google's first Pixel Watch quickly rose among the ranks of other wearables to become one of the best smartwatches you can buy. The first one was sleek. Its compact design and innovative band mechanism impressed us, even though there was plenty of room for improvement, which was fixed in the Pixel Watch 2.
Use these tips to become a Chromebook power user
Computers should be simple and easy to use for everyone. Windows and macOS devices are okay in this regard but have some complexities that sometimes make them difficult to use. Chromebooks have a streamlined user experience that is almost as easy as using the Google Chrome browser. This is because the operating system used on Chromebooks, called ChromeOS, is based on Google Chrome.
There's no dedicated button, but you can still right-click on a Chromebook
Chromebooks are becoming increasingly popular as they've evolved from a glorified browser into a full-fledged computer. And Premium Chromebooks offer plenty of advanced hardware like beautiful screens and fingerprint scanners that bring the user experience to a new level. No matter which Chromebook they have, most new Chromebook users will notice that there isn't a right-click button built into their device. Even though it's not obvious, there is still a way to right-click on a Chromebook.