Can’t Send Text Messages From Android? 4 Fixes to Try

Text messages are still widely utilized despite the popularity of WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger among other secure instant messaging apps.

When you can’t send text messages on your Android device, you’ll also be worried about whether you’re missing messages people are sending you. Worse still, you may be worried that your device has been hacked, but there’s a very low chance of that being the cause.

We’ll walk you through the steps you need to resolve the problem and restore communication with loved ones and colleagues.

Why Can’t I Send Text Messages on My Android?

Text messaging requires three things: your device, the messaging app, and a cellular network. All three components can fail at different points for several reasons such as:

  • No signal.
  • Insufficient airtime.
  • Wrong settings.
  • The cellular network may not send or receive messages.
  • Network jammed with traffic.
  • The number you’re reaching may be invalid or disconnected.
  • Phone may be damaged.
  • Flight Mode is enabled on the device.
  • The SIM card is not inserted properly.
  • Messaging app may be buggy or malfunction.
  • Invalid message center settings (SMSC).

All these issues may not be easy to diagnose and only reveal themselves once you fix the problem. So, let’s try to get your Android device sending text messages again.

What to Do When You Can’t Send Text Messages From Android

These troubleshooting steps should help you resume text messaging from an Android phone.

Preliminary Checks

  • Check if you have sufficient airtime on your phone plan for sending text messages. You may be trying to send a long message that requires more airtime before it can be sent. 
  • Check your device’s reception as this could interfere with sending or receiving messages and calls from your device. If you’re at home, find a spot with better reception or get a booster to improve reception.
  • Check your cellular provider’s status updates concerning network issues.
  • Confirm the phone number that you’re sending the messages to is correct and valid. You may have entered a few wrong digits or the wrong code that’s sending the message to a non-existent number.
  • Check whether your carrier supports SMS, MMS, or RCS messaging.
  • Verify that Messages is your default text messaging app.
  • Ensure your SIM card is inserted properly into the port. If it is, check your device’s status or notification bar to see whether the mobile network is active. If you get the “No SIM card” message, reinsert the SIM card and try again, but if your phone still won’t detect the SIM card, try it on another phone or contact your network provider.
  • Restart your phone to refresh it in case of endless loops or glitches and install any operating system updates that Messages app needs.
  • Disable Airplane Mode. When Airplane Mode is enabled, it shuts down every form of wireless communication so you can’t make or receive calls, or even send and receive text messages. To disable Airplane Mode, open Settings > Connections > Flight Mode and switch it to Off.
  • Quit and restart Messages app on your device to solve any memory management problems that may be hindering you from sending text messages from your device.
  • Update Android to fix any bugs or repair any issues related to the Messages app and then try sending text messages again. Depending on your Android device model, you can update the operating system by going to Settings > Software Update and install any pending updates or Settings > System > Advanced > System Update.
  • Update the messaging app to resolve any bugs or obscure issues preventing you from sending text messages.

1. Check Blocked Numbers

If you can’t send text messages to one person, it could be that their number is blocked.

  1. To check if it’s blocked, open Contacts, tap on the person’s name and check for the Block icon (circle with a diagonal line) next to the name or number.  
  1. Tap the three dots at the top right side of your screen and then tap Unblock to start sending text messages to the person again.

Note: It could be that the other person has also blocked you, which means you may be able to send but they won’t receive your message. Also, someone might not be responding to you, thus giving you the impression that your messages aren’t going through. 

  1. You can enable Read Receipts to confirm that someone has received your text messages. Open Messages tap the three dots and then tap Settings > More Settings > Text Messages and toggle the Delivery Reports switch to enable Read Receipts.

2. Clear Your Text Message App’s Cache and Data

Clearing the cache helps refresh and remove any glitches in the Messages app.

  1. To clear the cache, open Settings > Apps and tap Messages (or your Messaging app).
  1. Tap Storage.
  1. Next, tap Clear Cache.
  1. To clear the app’s data, tap Clear data and then tap OK to confirm the action.

Restart your device and then try sending the text messages again.

3. Reset SMS Settings to Default

If you swapped SIM cards before the problem started, it’s possible that the default SMS settings changed. This poses a challenge when sending text messages because every service provider has different/unique preferences that allows them to send messages properly.

  1. To reset SMS settings back to default, open Messages app on your phone and tap Settings.
  1. Reset all the options to default, restart your device and try to send a text message again.

4. Check SMSC

The SMSC or Message Center Number is akin to the Access Point Names (APN) that you need for mobile internet connections. SMSC is unique to each network operator and helps you send text messages.

  1. To check the SMSC on your device, open Messages app and then tap the three dots on the right side of your screen to open the Settings.
  2. Tap More Settings.
  1. Next, tap Text Messages.
  1. Check the Message Centre at the bottom to see your carrier’s message centre phone number.

Note: You can also check the operator’s website to compare with the message center number on your phone. If yours is different or missing, enter it in the Message Centre field and then tap OK to save it.

If you still can’t send text messages from Android after trying the previous fixes, contact your service provider for assistance.

Restore Communication with Your Contacts

If you’ve tried all the above checks and fixes and your Android device still won’t send text messages, take it for repair or check with your mobile carrier for further assistance. Know of any other tricks to fix the inability to send text messages from Android? Share with us in the comments.

How to Block a YouTube Channel

YouTube is the most visited site and the most popular search engine after Google. With over 500 hours of video uploaded every minute and more than 1 billion hours of video content watched, it’s easy to see why.

The sheer amount of content is enough to overwhelm you when you’re searching for videos in your topic of interest. YouTube helps you with this by displaying recommendations to help you discover channels or videos you might otherwise miss.

However, it can get annoying if there’s a channel you’re not interested in and it keeps showing up.

For content creators who upload videos on YouTube every day, the challenge lies in preventing trolls from interacting with their channel.

Whether you’re on YouTube to watch other people’s videos or upload your own, you can resolve such challenges by blocking YouTube channels for good.

How to Block a YouTube Channel

You may have subscribed to a channel knowingly or accidentally, and you no longer want to see any video content from it. In such cases, you can block the YouTube channel by unsubscribing from it. 

  1. To unsubscribe from a YouTube channel, go to the channel’s home page and select or tap Subscribed
  1. Select or tap Unsubscribe to confirm your action.

Note: Once you unsubscribe from a YouTube channel, your subscription will end and you won’t get any notifications for the channel in your feed. However, you may continue to receive video recommendations from the channel from time to time, but you can block them using the steps in the next section.

To block videos from a particular channel that YouTube still suggests to you, get rid of them for good using these steps.

Note: The steps below are similar whether you’re using a computer or mobile device.

  1. To do this, go to YouTube and tap on the ellipsis next to the video title.
  1. Next, select Not interested, Don’t recommend channel or Report
  • If you select Not interested, you’re telling YouTube to stop recommending the video and similar videos to you regardless of which channel the videos are from.
  • If you select the Don’t recommend channel option, YouTube won’t show you videos of any topic from that channel. This option is ideal when you want to exclude videos from a specific account around your area of interest.
  • The Report option comes handy when you find a video dangerous, offensive or misleading and you want YouTube to know about it. If you choose this option, YouTube will no longer show you the video, and it tells them they need to investigate and possibly delete it from the platform.

If you’re a parent and want to protect your kids from receiving or viewing inappropriate content, you can block a YouTube channel or use Restricted Mode.

Restricted Mode allows you to screen out potentially mature and/or inappropriate content that you prefer not to see or others using your device to see. You can enable Restricted Mode by selecting or tapping your profile picture, selecting Restricted Mode and then toggle it to On.

There are other YouTube alternatives for kids including YouTube Kids, ABCMouse and SproutOnline, all of which offer curated kid-friendly, free-to-watch videos. YouTube Kids in particular filters all the content and only allows safe content while preventing any kind of cyber bullying-related issues or commenting on the platform.

How to Block a Channel on YouTube Kids

YouTube Kids is a dedicated video service with all the content curated and designed for kids. The platform offers family-friendly, education and fun videos with colorful large images and icons from different channels surrounding kids’ liking.

Plus, YouTube Kids filters all content and provides parental control features so you can monitor what your child is watching and prevent commenting or issues related to cyber bullying.

If you’re not sure about a particular channel and the kind of content it serves your child, you can block YouTube channels or videos and your child will no longer see it when you sign in to YouTube Kids.

How to Block a Channel on YouTube Kids

You can block a channel on YouTube Kids from the channel’s watch page.

  1. To do this, go to the watch page and tap More (three dots) at the top right side of the video.
  1. Next, tap Block.
  1. Select Block entire channel in the dialog box that appears to block the channel associated with the video and then tap Block.
  1. Enter your custom passcode or complete the sum on your screen.

Note: If you want to unblock the YouTube channel you’ve just blocked, sign in to the app again, go to Settings (gear icon) and tap Unblock videos > Yes, unblock. If you’re using the app with Family Link, go to the Family Link settings and unblock the videos.

If you don’t want to block a whole channel on YouTube Kids, you can block a particular video from the channel instead.

  1. To do this, sign in to the app, tap More next to the video whose channel you want to block and select Block this video.
  1. Enter your custom passcode or complete the sum on your screen.
  2. You’ll get a notification in a green bar at the bottom of your screen confirming that the channel has been blocked, along with the option to undo if you want to unblock it immediately after.

How to Block a YouTube Channel from Search Results

There’s no direct YouTube method that you can use to block a YouTube channel from search results. Instead, you can use a Chrome extension like Channel Blocker to do this for you. 

The extension allows you to block YouTube comments and videos by using regular expressions and/or blacklisting users. You can use it to block users, separate videos or whole channels from search results and it won’t collect your user data.

Put the YouTube Block Button to Good Use

We hope this guide helped you block a YouTube channel or video on your device or browser. Go ahead and enjoy your YouTube experience without the annoying video recommendations that pop up every so often while you’re browsing the platform.

What tricks do you use to block YouTube channels? Share with us in a comment.

How to Forward Outlook Emails to Gmail

If you have Outlook and Gmail accounts, you can set up your inbox so that it will automatically redirect your messages to the preferred email account. This is particularly useful when you want to read and respond to email messages and you don’t have Outlook on your device.

Plus, you can forward your emails when you want to read and reply from a different email address, or you want someone else to receive on your behalf and reply while you’re away.

Whatever your reasons, we’ll show you how to forward Outlook emails to Gmail so you can send and receive mail wherever you want.

How to Forward Outlook Email to Gmail

Whether you just set up a new email account or you don’t want to miss an important email while on the go, here are the steps you need to take to forward Outlook to Gmail. 

Note: Instructions in this guide apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Desktop.

How  to Forward Outlook to Gmail Automatically

You can configure Outlook on the web to forward your emails automatically to your Gmail address.

  1. To do this, go to Outlook.com toolbar and select Settings.
  1. Next, select View all Outlook settings.
  1. Select Mail > Forwarding in the Settings dialog box.
  1. Check the box next to Enable forwarding.

Note: If you don’t want Outlook to forward more messages, clear the checkbox instead.

  1. Next, enter the Gmail address to which the emails forwarded from Outlook will be sent. You can select the box next to Keep a copy of forwarded messages to keep the copies in your Outlook account otherwise the forwarded mail will be deleted from Outlook.
  1. Select Save to complete the process.

How to Use Message Rules to Forward Outlook to Gmail

Message rules ensure that Outlook forwards only the messages that match a certain criteria to your Gmail address. For this guide, we’ll use Outlook on the web.

  1. To do this, select Settings > View all Outlook settings > Mail > Rules and then select Add a new rule.
  1. Give the rule a descriptive name that you can remember and then choose how to forward the emails. You can do this by going to the Add a condition dropdown and selecting:
  • Choose Has attachment
  • Choose From 
  • Choose Importance

If you pick Choose Has attachment, Outlook will forward only messages with email attachments. Choose From and Choose Importance will forward emails from specific senders or those marked as highly important respectively.

Note: The message cannot be forwarded until it has met all conditions.

  1. Next, select Add an action and then select Forward to (an email) or Forward as attachment (complete emails forwarded as unmodified attachments).
  1. Enter your Gmail address to which all the forwarded messages matching the set criteria or message rules should be sent.  Here you can specify more than one address if you want the email to be forwarded to multiple recipients.
  2. Next, add exceptions that will exclude all emails that match certain criteria from being forwarded. You can do this by selecting:
  • Add an exception
  • Select one dropdown to choose a condition like Sensitivity
  • Select an option dropdown and choose an option like Private
  1. Once done, select Save to complete the process.

How to Forward Outlook Emails to Gmail on Desktop

We’ve looked at how to forward Outlook email to Gmail using Outlook for the web, but you can do the same using Outlook’s desktop version.

To get started, create a rule using the following steps:

  1. Open Outlook desktop on your PC and find the Rules under Home.
  1. Next, select Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts > Create New rule.
  1.  Select Advanced options.
  1. Next, set the criteria for the forwarded messages or leave it blank if you want every email to be forwarded to your Gmail account and then select Next.
  1. Confirm the prompt if you see a dialog box warning that the changes will apply to all messages. 
  1. Select Forward it to people or public group and then click the people or public group link text.
  1. Enter your Gmail address in the To box at the bottom and then select the criteria for the emails you want excluded from the rule. If you want, you can also filter emails from particular senders or that contain certain words or phrases.
  1. Give your rule a descriptive name that you can remember in future and check the box next to Turn on this rule.
  1. Select Finish. From here on, every email that’s forwarded will go to the email address you specified and matches the criteria you set.

Note: If you want to stop forwarding Outlook emails to Gmail using the desktop version, go back to Home, and then select Rules > Manage Rules & Alerts. Uncheck the box next to the rule you want to disable.

Send Your Mail Wherever You Want

Whether you plan to switch email clients or you just want to move a few important emails, it’s easy to forward emails from your Outlook account to Gmail using the steps in this guide.

If you have two Gmail accounts, our guide on how to transfer emails between two Gmail accounts offers quick ways to do so within minutes. See also how to forward multiple emails in Gmail and how to automatically save your email attachments to cloud storage and free up valuable storage space on your device.

6 Best Animated Weather Apps for Android or iPhone

Whether you’re on vacation, enjoying a road trip, or your daily evening jog around the neighborhood, many things can ruin your day, but unexpected weather is right up the top of the list.

Heavy rain can leave you soaked for hours, sudden cold snaps make traveling miserable, and excessive heat makes exploring new towns a chore.

While there isn’t much you can do to change or prevent bad weather outside your home, knowing when it’s coming helps you know what Mother Nature will throw at you.

Here are the best animated weather apps for Android or iPhone to help you prepare for certain conditions and avoid cruddy weather.

1. AccuWeather (Android, iOS)

AccuWeather offers detailed information in a pleasing and well laid out user interface. The app delivers thorough weather reports in graphs, charts and video forecasts with spot on accuracy.

You also get timely updates and alerts that let you know conditions, dew points and wind speeds by the hour for your location, and a RealFeel index that considers humidity and wind. The index gives you a feel of what the weather will look like compared to the numbers you find on a thermometer.

If you already have a good compass app, AccuWeather is a handy companion as it helps you plan what to wear for walks, spur-of-the-moment hikes or upcoming trips.

The app’s animated radar map also lets you track looming severe weather, and you can check out local or global forecasts for a specific period of time. Plus, there’s a feature that predicts precipitation so you can carry your protective rain gear.

2. NOAA Weather Radar Live (Android, iOS)

If you like tracking multiple locations at once to track weather conditions where you are and how loved ones are doing the NOAA Weather Radar Live is worth considering.

The app allows you to highlight key places using bookmarks, look up a particular location by name or pinpoint the location on a map to find more details about it.

On top of that, the free version of the app uses real-time animated radar images, showing precipitation, rain and cloud cover while the premium version adds lightning and hurricane trackers. You also get basic numbers about the weather forecast such as visibility, wind speed, humidity, pressure, dew point, sunset and sunrise.

The app sends notifications whenever a weather alert is issued for snow storms, tornadoes, harsh weather and flood warnings for your current location. This way, you’re never caught unaware by such dangerous conditions.

3. Weather Live° (iOS)

Apple’s native animated weather app is a great option with nice animations, graphics and hourly forecasting. If the built-in weather app on your iPhone doesn’t give you the data or simplicity you need, you can use the Weather Live° app to plan your day-to-day activities.

The free app is designed to display local forecast and rain alerts, but you can select the layout and weather parameters you want to track, and view your customized forecast. In addition, the app displays breathtaking weather backgrounds that look and feel as visual as nature itself.

Weather Live° provides animated weather scenes that reflect weather conditions, and accurate 24-hour and 7-day forecasts for multiple locations across the globe. Plus, it displays local time and sends you bad weather alerts and warnings to give you a heads up about severe weather in your locality.

You also get insightful details such as pressure, precipitation, humidity, wind speed and direction, UV and visibility, wind chill, and temperature levels. The app also displays details about sunrise or sunset and moonrise or moonset, which is especially helpful if you like capturing moon shots at night.

Weather Live° is compatible with Apple Watch so you can view weather conditions and forecasts right on your watch face and be prepared for any weather. 

The premium version offers advanced features and details including lightning and hurricane tracker, air quality, and an ad-free experience.

4. Weather Underground (Android, iOS)

Weather Underground displays accurate local weather forecasts with interactive satellite and radar maps.

The app aggregates crowdsourced data about your specific location from a network of 250,000+ weather stations to deliver severe weather alerts and hourly updates for up to 10 days. Each of these stations has instruments that gauge data on pressure, humidity, rainfall, temperature, wind speed and direction.

You can receive hyper-accurate statistics about your location, and you can confirm weather conditions or post your own updates on the app.

If you’re an outdoor enthusiast, the app displays details about sunrise and sunset but also notifications for first and last light. This information helps you know if you’ll have enough visibility for bike riding or hiking.

5. Animated 3D Weather (Android)

If the Google weather app keeps disappearing off of your phone or you need something more detailed and animated, you can try Animated 3D Weather app.

Whether it’s snowing, raining, hail or sleet, the app displays weather conditions in animated format including trees shaking by wind strength. You can also see the sun and moon positions in real time.

The app also displays multiple locations for weather, hour by hour forecasts, five- or seven-day weather forecasts, customizable graphic features such as widgets, more than 10 different weather and notification icons.

6. WeatherBug (Android, iOS)

WeatherBug is a free and easy to use animated weather app that delivers reliable real-time forecasts using localized GPS data.

The app can help you track developing weather situations including spark lightning alerts and hurricane forecasts. On top of the typical weather fare, you get pollen count data, heat index, barometric pressure, UV index and air quality information.

WeatherBug relies on data from satellites, weather services and tracking stations to display data that’ll help you plan your trips accordingly. The app also provides hyperlocal real-time conditions with 10-day, hourly or current forecasts.

There are 18 different interactive maps to help you visualize the weather including lightning, Doppler radar, temperature, humidity, pressure and even traffic information. 

If you live in an area affected by lightning, severe winter or hurricanes, WeatherBug will send storm alerts in real-time, and inform you how the weather may influence your workouts, sports, pain or allergies.

Check the Weather With a Glance

While most smartphones come with a built-in weather app, it’s always worth checking out third-party apps to see if they offer better information for your needs.

The best animated weather apps not only display interactive weather information, but they also deliver everything you need including the latest forecasts and severe weather warnings any time of year.

Having one of these six animated weather apps can tip you off to the conditions outdoors. Play around with any of them to get an idea of what kind of weather information you need and which of the apps best provides it.

What’s your go to animated weather app? Tell us about it in the comments.

16 Best Smartphone Accessories for Traveling

Smartphones have changed how we communicate, meet, and explore our world.

Today, you can book a hotel or flight, navigate virtual maps and take beautiful sunset photos easily from your phone wherever you’re traveling to.

Knowing which accessories are truly useful while on the go isn’t always easy. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of accessories for traveling that will make your phone even better.

Best Smartphone Accessories for Traveling

From protective cases and screen protectors, to add-on camera lenses for wide-angle shots and virtual meetings, make sure you pack the following best smartphone accessories for your next travels.

1. Screen Protector

A screen protector is a defense barrier between your smartphone’s glass touch screen and the surrounding environment that ensures your device is crack and scratch free. When choosing a screen protector, find one that’s compatible with your phone and durable.

However, the screen protector only covers the front of your phone’s screen, which is why you’ll need a durable protective case to secure the back from water, shock, dings and other types of damage.

Check out our guide on the best screen protectors for Android and iPhone.

2. Smartphone Case

Few things are worse than dropping your smartphone and picking it up only to find that the screen is cracked. 

A sturdy protective case for your Android smartphone or iPhone can prevent any drops, dents, scratches or bumps on your phone without being overly bulky in your pocket. If you spend a lot of time at the beach or by the pool, look for a case that’s water-resistant so your phone won’t get wet.

3. Waterproof Case

Dropping your phone in the pool or muddy puddles while on vacation is a next-level tragedy. Fortunately, you can prevent disaster and take the anxiety off your shoulders with a waterproof case or bag for your phone and keep it safe wherever you go.

Many waterproof case designs allow you to submerge your smartphone under water and capture great videos or photos. Plus, the case keeps your phone dry, safe, and has more space to stash other things on there like your credit cards or cash.

4. Cable Charger (Android, iOS)

Cable chargers are the most essential smartphone accessories on this list as they’ll ensure your smartphone never runs out of juice. Whether you’re using an Android or iPhone, you need to pick a cable charger that’s durable and compatible with your device.

The materials these chargers come in include braided nylon, stainless steel or gold plating. If you have an iPhone and need a third-party cable charger, find one that’s compatible and certified like the SyncWire iPhone charger Lightning cable, so that it works as expected with your device.

If you need a fancy charging cable for Android phones, try the iSeeker nylon-braided tangle-free cable with extra charge and sync, higher durability and increased flexibility.

Check our guide to USB cables and how they work before snagging up one for your smartphone.

5. Power Bank

While traveling, your smartphone may quickly run out of juice and you’ve barely started your vacation. One of the reasons for this is taking endless videos or photos, or streaming movies and music on the go.

With a portable power bank, you can keep your phone topped off while on the go or at your Airbnb. This way, you can fully capture more memories and not have to deal with a dead phone battery.

6. Wall Charger

If you’re traveling by air, it’s not always easy to find a power outlet because more often than not, they’re all taken. With a multiport USB charger (with both USB type-A and type-C), you can juice up your smartphone in no time before boarding your flight.

Look for a wall charger with fast-charging, versatility and compact form factor, which is necessary when traveling. Multiple ports also ensure that you can charge two things at once without spending too much time at the airport charging station.

Make sure you carry the charging cable that came with your smartphone or invest in one of the USB cable chargers we’ve mentioned. And, don’t forget that if traveling to Europe, you may need a power adapter, too.

7. Selfie Stick

Selfie sticks have evolved over the years thanks to their growing popularity, especially with the social media selfie craze that started a few years ago.

Today, selfie sticks come in compact sizes for easy portability, with various add-ons, waterproof or Bluetooth so you can make breathtaking travel photos. They’re also good to have when you want to capture large groups or when there’s no one else around to snap pictures for you.

Some selfie sticks can extend up to 30 inches long and come with a wrist strap, which makes it easy to capture your entire surroundings with extra safety and security.

8. Handheld Video Stabilizer

If you take lots of videos to document your travels, a handheld video stabilizer is a good smartphone travel accessory. This gadget offers steady and smooth filming so that you never post a shaky video again.

The video stabilizer comes with a magnetic ring holder and phone clamp that allow you to attach your phone to the stabilizer for perfect filming on the go.

Plus, it comes with a creative dynamic zoom shot that delivers a Hollywood feel, gesture control for snapping pics or starting videos with just a gesture, and it’s compatible with most smartphones.

9. Smartphone Camera Lens

Most smartphones today can take beautiful photos and videos thanks to the multiple lenses that allow you to change perspective on the fly.

However, if yours doesn’t have such a great camera or has only one lens, you can use an external smartphone camera lens to amp up your smartphone photos and videos.

10. Selfie Flash Light

Selfie flash lights ensure that you take good lighting with you everywhere. Most of these portable smartphone flash lights are easy to use and attach to your device easily.

Plus, the light comes with LED bulbs for adequate lighting so you can take great selfies especially in low light scenes. The lights are rechargeable and you can select the intensity of the light that you like the most.

The light also comes with a clamp that holds well and is designed with scratch-resistant and anti-slip sponge to prevent it from falling off and protect your phone from scratches. You can also use it as a great emergency light for dark circumstances.

A good alternative to buying a selfie flash light is installing a front flash camera app. The app provides simulated  camera flashes if your phone doesn’t come with a built-in front camera, so you can better light your selfies.

If you’re using an Android smartphone, you can download the Selfie Master front flash camera app or Selfshot if you use an iPhone.

11. Bluetooth Speaker

A Bluetooth speaker is good to have when you’re biking, hiking, swimming in the pool or lazing at the beach. These speakers are better than smart speakers especially where there’s unstable or no WiFi at all, and they’re great for the outdoors.

There are many Bluetooth speakers that deliver good or even better audio quality than smart speakers and work with any smartphone. Some Bluetooth speakers are waterproof, double as a speakerphone, and come in multiple colors with great battery life between charges.

Check out our list of the best Bluetooth speakers for more of the best options worth considering, or pick a pair of the best Bluetooth earbuds.

12. Car Mounts

A car mount is a great smartphone accessory to have, especially if you’ll be doing road trips. The mount holds and secures your phone safely while you drive for a smooth and hassle-free trip.

Not only that, but you can also use your phone and look at directions hands-free while driving. You can choose a magnetic car mount or a non-magnetic one that wirelessly charges your device while securing your phone in place.

13. Activity Tracker

If you want to keep track of your health while you’re traveling, a smartwatch is the perfect wrist companion to your smartphone. You can view activity tracking, fitness information, and get a second screen for notifications.

Plus, smartwatches come with various connectivity options, sensors, and track your sleep, activity, steps and general fitness. Some smartwatches support measurements like stress tracking, blood oxygen levels, and are fully waterproof allowing you to use your watch while swimming or underwater.

More advanced smartwatches include GPS and LTE so you can leave your phone in your car or hotel and track your runs or listen to your favorite music on the go.

Take a look at our customized list of smartwatches and fitness trackers to carry with you.

14. Picture Keeper Connect

It’s easy to take photos and videos while traveling, but you’ll need to find space to hold all your memories and remember to keep them backed up if you’re using cloud storage.

With Picture Keeper Connect, you don’t have to worry about how much space you have or keeping them backed up. The little gadget plugs into your phone and has an accompanying app that backs up your files automatically to the built-in storage.

You can also copy your files to other devices that have the app installed, or send photos to and from your laptop. The device doesn’t need mobile data or WiFi to back up or share your photos with outers, making it ideal if you’re in a place with slow, expensive or no internet access.

15. Portable Safe

A portable safe is a little bag that you can fill with valuables including your smartphone and keep them safe. The safe comes with a stainless steel wire mesh embedded in cut-resistant poly canvas fabric, which you can pull to shut and lock your belongings for maximum security.

On top of that, you can lock the safe securely with its TSA accepted three-dial combination lock and cable the bag to fixtures such as furniture in your hotel room, a beach chair or tree to prevent theft where items need to be left unattended.

The bag can carry your credit cards, money, wallet, passport, IDs, and smartphone among other valuables. Plus, it’s water resistant and has a slash safe vault for peace of mind and carry handles and convenience.

16. Foldable Keyboard

A foldable keyboard is an essential smartphone accessory if you don’t want to travel with your laptop. This way, you can send simple emails, quickly edit a document without awkward auto-correct mixups.

Smartphone Travel Accessories

Whether you’re going on a month-long adventure or a quick weekend trip, your smartphone is already a hub for all your trips. 

You can watch your favorite movies with friends on Netflix, carry your hotel reservations or boarding passes, read free books, and even organize photo albums on social media.

Our list of must have smartphone accessories is by no means exhaustive, but they’re worth adding to your carry-on bag so you can travel more easily with your device.