Android

How can I move my iTunes music to an Android phone?

William from Virginia

Episode 1300

William uses an iPhone 3GS and an iPod and wants to upgrade to maybe an Android phone. Leo says that if you want to move from an iPod to an iPhone, that's really easy via iTunes. But if the music you bought from the iTunes store a while ago, you can't play it on an Android device. You can strip all the DRM out by paying $25 for iTunes Match. Then you can download all the music back from Match with versions that are stripped out, and with better quality sound.Backup your music and then delete it. Then restore it from iTunes Match and you can move on to the next step.

What should I get for my first smartphone?

Terri from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1299

Terri has an old Razor flip phone and she's about to have it disabled by AT&T. Leo says that if AT&T is doing that for network reasons, then they should give her a free phone to replace it. And you should be able to get another flip phone if you want. But if you want a smart phone, then you'll have to remember it will cost a lot more, with the data plan. If you're ready for that, then how exciting! There's a lot more you can do with it. What Leo recommends is having your son's take you to the AT&T store and see what you're options are.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Episode 1293

Dick DeBartolo

Dick's gadget this week is the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB 3.0 Drive. If you push the lever in one direction, you'll get the MicroUSB end that you can plug into your phone and it will show up as an additional drive. Then when you get back to the computer, if you push the lever in the other direction, you'll get a standard USB 3.0 end. For 32GB, it is $9.97. The 64GB version is $17.

This is a great solution for Android phones that don't have SD card slots. It does require that the phone be OTG-enabled.

Can I store apps on my miniSD card on my LG phone?

Episode 1294

William from Anaheim, CA
LG G5

William's old 8GB LG G5 has filled up and he wants to add a miniSD card for storage. Can he add apps to the card as well as storage? Leo says that this is a common problem with Android and it largely depends on what flavor of Android he's using. For William, it's Lollipop. But even then, ideally, it gets confusing with the app and the phone. It could be different from app to app. So he'll need to go into the app settings and see if it supports it. There should be an option to move the app to the SD card.