About Haroun Adamu
Haroun joined Android Police in 2021, reporting on the latest stories in the tech world. Since then, he’s gleefully covered everything from the most mundane Google Docs features to more mainstream Android and Chrome OS experiences, but he can’t seem to get enough. His curiosity is only limited by the gadgets he has to play with at any given time. How did it all start, though? The story of his affinity for tech takes us back to a time long ago. When Haroun was younger, he wanted to be a doctor — he still wants to be one — but the tech bug also bit him. He started following the industry for his pleasure around 2014 before eventually taking up a writing role with Android Police. He’s also written several buyer guides (and features) for How-To Geek, recommending the best smartphone and laptop gadgets. Before his foray into tech writing, Haroun crafted several sales articles and landing pages for copywriting agencies. He also tapped into his inner gearhead energy to write for automotive sites like HotCars and Vehicle History. His passion for medicine is still strong, and he’s currently studying for an MBBS degree. Haroun clearly likes to wear many hats, though his favorite is sometimes a mystery.
You may not want to see everything that pops up when you disable SafeSearch
The internet is a vast and seemingly endless network of information, entertainment, and communication. However, not all content on the web is suitable for everyone, especially children. That's where SafeSearch comes in. It's a feature built into many search engines to filter out potentially inappropriate content.
All the avenues to block unwanted calls and spam on your Galaxy phone
While phone calls can be a lifeline in cases of emergency or routine check-ins with friends and family, they can also be a source of annoyance and intrusion. Receiving calls from unknown numbers or unwanted contacts can disrupt your daily routine and even make you feel uneasy in the case of scam calls. This is where call blocking comes in handy.
Samsung's custom browser is better than you think
Samsung phones provide a unique user experience thanks to their One UI interface overlaid on top of the stock Android operating system. However, Samsung goes beyond the software and offers its own set of apps that come preloaded on their phones. These apps include an app store, a gallery, a file manager, and a web browser called Samsung Internet.
There are some subtle and not-so-subtle differences
As smartphones have become an indispensable part of our lives, the way we make payments has also evolved. The introduction of NFC (Near Field Communication) technology to Android phones in 2011 marked a turning point in the world of mobile payments. Many carriers tried to stick their noses in NFC payments when the technology rolled out, but they failed. Today, making contactless payments using your Android phone is not only possible but also easy, regardless of your carrier or the price of your phone.
Report a missing package for items sold by Amazon or third-party retailers
Amazon is one of the largest retailers in the world, and mistakes are bound to occur when you deal with consumers and goods of such magnitude as the company does. With over a million products shipped daily, it's no surprise that packages are delayed occasionally or go missing entirely. When this happens, the online shopping giant has a system to help you deal with the situation.
When you realize that number you blocked was your long-lost cousin and not a telemarketer
Blocking a phone number is the simplest way to prevent the person on the other end of the line from contacting you. It comes in handy for preventing scammers, telemarketers, and other unwanted calls. But how do you unblock a contact or phone number? You can easily unblock them if you blocked someone by mistake or changed your mind about a connection you deliberately blocked. This tutorial shows how to remove someone's phone number from the blocked list on Google Pixel phones and other Android phones.
As smartphone and internet usage continue to grow, so do the annoying spam calls that come with it. There are several effective ways to stop them. Your phone's dialer app likely has a built-in spam filter you can easily enable. Android devices that use Google Phone as the default dialer app can filter spam calls within the app's settings. However, manufacturers like Samsung bundle their own default phone apps, and the process of enabling spam filters could be different.
Learn the two different methods of sorting by date in Google Sheets
Data is only as valuable as its ability to convey insights and patterns, and nothing does that better than a well-organized spreadsheet. Whether you track deadlines, monitor progress over time, or need to make sense of a sea of information, sorting your data makes it more understandable. There are several ways to sort data. You can sort by name, size, date, and more.
The best Amazon tips to supercharge your online shopping game
Amazon is the go-to platform for millions of online shoppers, and for a good reason. The internet behemoth has an unbelievable selection of products in almost any category you can think of. And thanks to its size and popularity, you can expect your most preferred manufacturers and brands to list their products on it. But it gets even better for those who know the ropes of the platform. Whether you love to shop on your phone or prefer your top-of-the-line Chromebook, here are 10 tips and tricks that will save you money and overhaul how you use Amazon.
When you don't want to be on Telegram any longer, remove your account
With more people than ever before on the internet and a rise in data breaches, privacy and security have become the focus of almost every company with an online presence. Chat apps have incorporated popular privacy features like encryption, two-factor authentication, and disappearing messages, where conversations automatically delete after a set time limit.
Complete steps to disable Google Assistant on your phone, Chromebook, or smart speaker
Google Assistant is an integral part of the Android experience. It's bundled with the preinstalled Google app on most mid-range and high-end Android phones. It allows you to schedule and automate tasks with routines, launch apps, make calls, send text messages, set reminders, control your smart home devices, and more with simple voice commands. It can even answer your questions and hold intelligent conversations.
Get rid of those embarrassing shots once and for all
Google Photos may no longer come with free infinite storage, but the service is still one of the best cloud storage options if you want a central place for your pictures that also takes care of the organizational overhead. With that change in mind, you may want to delete photos permanently to free up space or to get rid of embarrassing shots without any way to recover them.
One UI is one of the most interesting Android skins around
Samsung One UI is a custom Android skin for Samsung smartphones and tablets. It is one of the most popular software skins, primarily due to the Korean tech giant being the second-best-selling smartphone brand in the world. If you own a midrange or flagship Samsung device like the recently released Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra, you've likely used One UI. But what is it exactly, and how does it differ from stock Android? This article takes a closer look at One UI, how it has evolved, and why it'll be sticking around for a long time.
Whether you forgot your password or email address, it shouldn't take too long to recover your Google account
In today's digital age, your Google account is an essential part of your online identity. Aside from checking emails, it acts as a gateway for accessing Google's apps and services, including Google Drive, Google Docs, and Google Photos. It's one of the first things you input when setting up a new Android phone or one of the best Chromebooks.
Apps worth using over the built-in Android recorder
Voice recorders have quickly become a must-have tool for personal and professional use. They come in handy for making quick memos, recording lectures and meetings, and even listening to your band practice.
Should you forget your passwords? Well, probably not, but password managers help
There's a reason password managers have become ubiquitous. Social media, banking, work-related apps, and almost every software as a service (SaaS) product require unique passwords with eight or more characters consisting of at least one symbol, one capital letter, one number, and so on.
Use these tips to get the most out of your Pixel 6a
The Google Pixel 6 and Google Pixel 6 Pro marked a major milestone in Google's smartphone journey. Bolstered by a new and refreshed design alongside an in-house Tensor chip, they brought users the best of Google's software capabilities.
Just a couple of minutes and two ADB commands
Android 13 is the latest version of Google's operating system, and it's rolling out to many of the best Android phones and tablets. It refines many features that came with Android 12, such as Material You, dynamic themes, and privacy and security enhancements. While most of these Android 12 features were highly welcomed by users, some changes were not well received. One such tweak was the replacement of the Wi-Fi and mobile data toggles with the Internet panel.
Get your WhatsApp data across the Android-iOS divide with the Move to iOS app
Moving from Android to iOS and vice versa used to be a complicated task that often meant sacrificing large chunks of data or starting fresh. Things have changed for the most part, with Google, Apple, and other OEMs developing tools for transferring user data between devices.
There are many ways to insert your signature—not just your typed name—in Google Docs
Signing a physical document is straightforward. You take a pen and scribble what could be described as a work of art on a piece of paper. However, it's different for online documents since you're restricted to your mobile or desktop keyboard and the fonts included with your word processor. A popular and acceptable solution is to type your name in online signature fields. But nothing beats the classiness and professionalism of a practice-honed annotation that even the best calligraphers would struggle to replicate.