280 articles published since December 30, 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.
How to add and remove credit cards to Google Wallet
Add or remove credit cards in seconds
Google's digital wallet, called Google Wallet, can store transit passes, loyalty cards, and gift cards, just like its competitor Samsung Pay. It can be an adequate replacement for your physical cards, but you'll need to know how to add and remove them to use the app effectively.
How to connect Discord voice chat with your Xbox
Chat with your Discord friends from your Xbox console
Using Discord on your Xbox console is easier than you think. While your Xbox has everything you need to voice chat, sometimes you'll want to enjoy a cross-platform game with friends or chat with people who aren't using an Xbox. Connecting your accounts is quick and easy; you only need the Discord and Xbox apps.
Google Pixel 7a: News, leaks, rumored price, and release window
Google's budget lineup is set to expand on May 10
The Google Pixel 6a made its mark as one of the best budget Android phones in 2022, thanks to its powerful hardware, great cameras, and premium construction. Anyone who wants an affordable phone with power that rivals flagships can't go wrong with Google's latest offering — especially considering the steep discounts we've seen at retailers across the web.
What is Apple Arcade?
Is it worth subscribing to Apple Arcade?
Even if you've never owned an iOS device, you may be aware of Apple Arcade, Apple's games subscription service on the App Store. While it's not as good a value as Play Pass on Android, Apple Arcade is still a worthwhile subscription for any iOS user.
Why am I getting a "Google Drive blocked by administrator" message?
Can't access Google Drive at work or school? Here's why
If you’re attempting to use Google Drive on a Google Workspace account, you may encounter a message informing you that your administrator has blocked Google Drive. This can be a frustrating message, especially if you’re trying to share Drive files or collaborate. If you’ve just picked up a budget Chromebook for work on the go, you’ll want to get this sorted immediately so you can use your new device!
Cooler Master Storm Controller review: You get what you pay for
This gaming controller cuts numerous corners to hit its price point
Cooler Master’s Storm Controller is an Android and Windows gaming controller that aims to offer the essentials at a great value. I spent the last few weeks testing the Storm Controller to see how it stacks up against the best Android controllers on the market. While its massive battery sets it apart from many of its competitors, cheap construction and mushy buttons make it hard to recommend.
Pokémon TCG Live launches worldwide in June alongside the latest expansion
Its predecessor will shut down at the same time
Pokémon TCG Live, the latest digital adaption of the tabletop card game, will leave beta later this year and launch internationally for all platforms. The full release will coincide with the sunsetting of the previous digital version of the card game, Pokémon TCG Online.
Our favorite Android game mods in 2023
Add extra content to your favorite games
Game mods on Android are relatively uncommon, but there are still plenty of great mods for our favorite Android games. Most of these are for PC ports, as many PC games are designed with modding in mind. However, not every PC port on Android supports mods.
Android 13: The top 8 features you don't want to miss
The most significant features added in Android 13
Since the first Developer Build of Android 13, Android Police's staff has thoroughly tested and reviewed Android 13. The Google Pixel 7 series, as well as Pixel 4 and later models, were the first to get the Android 13 treatment on August 15, 2022. Many of the best Android phones, however, have already received the update.
Laya's Horizon is a stunning adventure from the developers of Alto's Adventure, out now
Glide through beautiful landscapes in this open-world game
Netflix knows a good developer when it sees one and has so far snapped up two of Snowman's games as exclusive titles for its gaming service. Lucky Luna, an atmospheric platformer inspired by Japanese folklore, launched to excellent reviews last September, and now the studio's latest title, Laya's Horizon, looks to be another hit from the developers of Alto's Adventure and Alto's Odyssey, offering much of the same charm, this time in 3D.
Turtle Beach Atom review: Comfortable Bluetooth gaming meets innovative design
You can't go wrong with this stellar Bluetooth controller
Snap-on controllers like those produced by Gamevice and Razer are some of the best mobile controllers around, but Turtle Beach’s Atom is an excellent device that can go toe to toe with any existing model. Thanks to its innovative design and massive battery, this is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a mobile controller, assuming they can stomach the price.
New Android games released April 2023 — from Honkai Star Rail to Pocket City 2
The Play Store's April releases include some of the best games of the year
Every month, we see fantastic Android games released on the Play Store, but April has blessed us with an exceptionally high amount of brilliant titles across all genres. From the old but challenging Sid Meier's Railroads to the spectacular turn-based combat of Honkai: Star Rail, there's a fantastic game for everyone this month. We've seen a particularly large amount of releases that offer impressive visuals, perfect for pushing the greatest gaming phones to their limit.
How to activate an eSIM on every major US carrier
Here's how to enter the world of digital SIM cards
eSIMs are becoming more popular, but activating them isn't straightforward. Since Apple made the iPhone 14 eSIM exclusive, everyone is wondering when their phone manufacturer will follow suit. However, these steps are still in the early stages, and there isn't a standard way to activate eSIMs on each carrier or device yet.
11 best Apple Arcade games and their equally awesome Android alternatives
Try these brilliant games available on Apple Arcade
While Apple Arcade's selection of games is less than Google Play Pass', you don't have to worry about digging through junk to find the perfect game. However, this can make finding the game you want harder when everything looks great.
How to download and install Terraria mods
Change your Terraria experience to fit your needs
Terraria's near-endless content and opportunities for creativity make it one of the best sandbox games on Android, but what about if you want more? This is where mods come into play. Mods can change how Terraria works, making it an entirely new experience. However, installing mods on Terraria for Android isn't a straightforward process.
What is Flourish?
An easier way to create amazing data visualizations
Flourish is a data visualization tool that lets users import and view data in various formats. Anyone can use it for personal use, such as viewing health data collected by any Android smartwatch, but larger organizations can also use it to manage large data sets.
How to install mods for Stardew Valley
Explore beyond the vanilla game with some unique mods
Stardew Valley is one of the best RPGs on the Play Store, and mods can significantly improve your experience. Mods make it easy to change or add features, so if you're tired of playing the same farm over and over again, it's probably time to install a mod or two. Even if you're new to Stardew Valley, mods can fix some of the more frustrating parts of the game, improving your overall experience.
Omega Strikers brings competitive anime air-hockey to your phone, out now
Ex-Riot developers are behind this fast-paced PvP game
Omega Strikers is the first game from Odyssey Interactive, a company started by ex-Riot developers who led teams for League of Legends and Teamfight Tactics. Omega Strikers is basically the result of this experience, offering free-to-play, fast-paced, competitive multiplayer gameplay on mobile, PC, and consoles, and it's officially out today.
Honkai Star Rail hands-on: A spectacular digital casino with stunning graphics
Our gameplay video highlights Honkai Star Rail's improvements over Genshin Impact
Honkai: Star Rail, the sci-fi follow-up from the creators of Genshin Impact, is out now. While it's not technically a sequel, it borrows so many features from the popular 2020 gacha game it feels like one. However, there's a new cast of characters (with some returning from previous Honkai games), new gameplay mechanics, and of course, a space train. Choo choo, let's get this hands-on rolling!
10 best Marvel Snap decks for all players
These decks will help you out whether you're a beginner or honing your competitive edge
Marvel Snap has fewer cards than other collectible card games for Android, but its innovative deck-building mechanics make it harder for players to construct the best deck. Regular updates shake up the meta, but the relatively few numbers of cards mean that some decks remain popular in every season.