About Steven Winkelman
Steven is the Evergreen and Features Editor at Android Police. Before joining AP, he was a mobile analyst at PCMag, where he reviewed hundreds of smartphones and tablets, explored the growth of assistive technologies, and covered Apple and Google’s privacy initiatives. He also worked as a mobile and wearables reporter at Digital Trends.
Steven hold a BA in English and an MA in journalism and new media. He is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE).
When Steven is not writing or editing, you’ll find him scouring bookstores and working alongside socially engaged artists throughout the United States.
So easy to make, you’ll be oversharing in three taps or less
WhatsApp has been quietly adding collaborative features to its arsenal, including multi-platform messaging and screen sharing during video calls. WhatsApp call link is another handy feature, which takes on Google Meet and other video chat apps. These links can transform your WhatsApp calls into long-term links that anyone can join. Setting up a call link is easy, and it can be done in a few taps on any smartphone, PC, or budget tablet. Want to know how? You've come to the right place.
These handy shortcuts can make your life easier
Your phone's home screen may not be something you think much about after you set it, but it's a core part of your overall user experience. The Google Pixel 8, along with other recent Pixel handsets, offers exclusive features you won't find on other Android phones or tablets. If you're upgrading to a Pixel from a different Android brand, you may not be aware of some home screen shortcuts on your phone. The Settings app, for example, provides a shortcut widget that gives you quick one-tap access to the numerous system settings.
Get to work on time and avoid rush hour with Google Maps's commute feature
Google Maps is found on everything, from our favorite budget phones to iPads. It's an essential app that helps people get from point A to point B, thanks to its robust abilities to set commutes and avoid traffic.
It's time to bid farewell to your Disney+ subscription
It may be time to say goodbye to your Disney Plus content. The popular streaming service had another price increase on October 12, 2023, with its upcoming ad-free plans. The ad-free subscription used to cost $3 per month. It's being raised to $14 per month (previously $11 per month since the November 2022 price hike). Like Netflix's pricing scheme, Disney+ has been looking for ways to extract dollars from faithful customers.
Two easy ways to stream from the big screen
Watching streaming services from a big screen is convenient when you're with friends or tired of using the mobile app. So it's no surprise that there's a Roku app for Disney Plus. It's easy to install on a Roku, a phone, or a computer. Keep reading to learn how it's done.
Cancel or pause your Hulu subscription to save money
Whether you're unhappy because of a hike in membership price or you no longer enjoy the content, you easily cancel your Hulu subscription. Although canceling your Hulu subscription is pretty straightforward, you'll have to do so on your desktop or mobile browser. The process is also different if you signed up through Hulu versus a third-party platform like the Google Play Store or App Store.
Protect your Outlook account from unauthorized access
Microsoft Outlook is an email app used by businesses and people around the globe. It's included in Microsoft 365, Google Workplace's main competitor. Like most email services, Outlook is password-protected. While Microsoft doesn't make it mandatory to change your account password periodically, consider updating it at regular intervals for security purposes. You can access your Microsoft account on Windows, Mac, or top Chromebook and change the Outlook email password.
Make sure you don't get lost when your internet connection does
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. Luckily, the Google Maps app for Android and iOS is a perfect travel companion that rarely gets lost.
A Google app that transforms papers into PDFs in a snap
Gone are the days when you relied on big, bulky machines to scan documents. Now, thanks to smartphones, you can use their cameras to scan and keep important documents, such as tax forms, bills, and contracts, on the go. When you use a camera smartphone to scan documents, they are scanned at the highest quality, and you can access those important documents from your pocket. If you don't own (or want) a multifunction printer, this guide is for you.
Using a password manager makes this easier
If you're like most people, you probably kept the random password on the bottom of your home router. While that random password is pretty safe, it's probably pretty hard to remember. If you already have your login details on your Android phone or tablet, there's no need dust off and flip over your gateway.
Google's custom silicon goes big on AI features
Tensor is Google's custom processors for its Pixel phone and tablet lineup. The original Tensor chipset made its debut on the Pixel 6 series in 2021. The company followed up a year later with the much-improved Tensor G2 that still powers big chunks of the company's lineup, including the Google Pixel Fold and Pixel Tablet.
It's probably time we moved on from the old SMS standard
The RCS messaging protocol has been a long time coming. While iPhone owners have had interactive iMessages for years, Android users had to use third-party messaging apps for years, as carriers were slow to warm up to RCS. Google Messages' adoption of the RCS standard has made the app even better, as it lets you enjoy secure and interactive texting on your Android phone.
There's more to it than you might think
Android comes with a handy mode called Do Not Disturb built into the software. This allows you to turn off all notifications or only some notifications for a set amount of time. You can also let Android System Intelligence handle turning Do Not Disturb on or off by setting a schedule. It's one of our favorite parts of Android.
The Apple Watch is designed to work exclusively with iPhone, but with a few life hacks, you can use it with Android
The Apple Watch is probably one of, if not the best, smartwatches on the market. The best Android-compatible smartwatches aren't far behind, and now more than ever, give the Apple Watch a run for its money. But the polished design and seamless connectivity between the Apple Watch and Apple's ecosystem make it stand out. The only caveat is that you are locked into the Apple ecosystem if you use an Apple Watch. However, you can use your Apple Watch with your Android smartphone. The experience may not be great, but it's a possibility. In this guide, we show you how you can use your Apple Watch with an Android phone.
It's possible, but you'll have to do a little work
Roblox is an incredibly popular game, especially with a younger audience, that's been around since 2006. It's showing no signs of slowing down, with more than 500 million downloads on the Google Play Store alone and countless others across all the compatible platforms. It's a great place for children to express their creativity, and it gives them an outlet to create their own games within the game. Roblox can be enjoyed on an Android or Apple phone, Windows or Mac computer, some consoles, and even on the Amazon Fire OS. But can you play Roblox on a Chromebook? Let's take a look at how to get the smash hit running on ChromeOS.
Need a break from Apple Maps? Make Google Maps the first app you see when you need directions
For a long time, most Google apps on Android phones have been available on iOS, but not vice versa. A few years ago, with the release of iOS 14, Apple opened its walled garden slightly, allowing iPhone users to swap out Safari for Google Chrome and the Mail app for Gmail. And while you can install the Google Maps app from the App Store, you can't make it the default navigation app.
Find out if you've been blocked or you simply aren't able to get ahold of the other party
There are many reasons why a person may want to permanently prevent you from contacting them. The best way to know if it has happened to you and why is to ask them in person. But that's an awkward confrontation no one looks forward to having. Even the best Android smartphones on the market don't provide features for detecting those reasons. Still, you'll see signs showing that someone cut you off completely. While you can't unblock your phone number from someone else's phone, you can get closure.
Setting up a WhatsApp account on multiple phones only takes a few minutes
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, with plenty of options to stay connected with family and friends. In 2021, WhatsApp added support for linked devices, letting you use the app across multiple devices. But the downside was that you could only connect one phone to a single WhatsApp account.
It's more than blue checkmarks
With more than 540 million active users, X, formerly known as Twitter, is one of the most popular social media platforms in the world. Whether you're a fan of the site or can't stand it, it's hard to deny X's cultural impact.
Ready to jump ship from the X social media app? Grab your personal data first
The commotion around Elon Musk's Twitter acquisition has yet to stop. In July 2023, the social media platform was officially rebranded as X. And while many people, businesses, and advertisers jumped ship, Twitter still ranks among the most popular social media platforms.