About Me

My name is Doug Lynch and this is Explaining Android.

I create content about Android smartphones and tablets to help you learn the ins and outs of your devices. This includes everything from the basics like show you how to boot a smartphone into Recovery Mode. All the way to the more complex tasks such as installing a uniquely customized firmware (a.k.a a custom ROM).

The ultimate goal is for you to get familiar with your device and to show you a way that you can make it your own.

I aim to explain things as simply as I can. Because I usually see people using complex terms and phrases that many people don’t understand. So while it the steps may seem to be described too simply, please remember there are an estimated 4.88 billion people who own one. Everyone from your grandmother to your little niece or nephew. Understanding this will help to see why everything is broken down into step by step instructions.


My first Android smartphone was actually a Nexus 4. Which means that I was really late to the game when it comes to many of you within the community. I did start out getting the iPhone 3GS before buying the iPhone 4. But those were the last iOS devices I ever bought as I’ve never even thought to look back after switching to Android.

For years I tinkered with phones and tablets. Installing custom ROMs and custom kernels, gaining root access with SuperSU (and now Magisk) and even began creating content for the community. I have written for major Android news publications including XDA-Developers and Phandroid before branching out to do my own thing. I enjoy making websites so having this site as a central hub for all of my work is ideal.

You’ll also find me on YouTube creating companion videos for the tutorials I create.

This began after I came across multiple written tutorials that claimed to be legit. . .only to find out they were copy and pasting the guide from last year’s model. I won’t go into details about the websites I’ve seen doing this, but it made me think that having everything in plain view, on video, would garner the most trust among viewers. I felt that if you were going to do something that could wipe all of the data from my phone, being able to see it working in a video helps to ease that trepidation.