Android

Why is my phone deleting my images?

Episode 1311

Chip from Philadelphia, PA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Chip has a Samsung Galaxy S5 & S3 and his images are disappearing, in lieu of so called "no media" files. Leo says that usually indicates that the internal storage is failing. Leo says he's not supposed to see the no media files at all. So if they're appearing, there's definitely an issue. He could try clearing the phone's cache. He should also make sure he accepts the updates. Leo's also suspecting that there's an app on the phones that is causing bad behavior. Bringing the OS up to date can often fix issues like this.

How can I control my TV with my phone?

Episode 1311

Mark from Redlands, CA
Blumoo Smart Control

Mark just upgraded to the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge. He likes it, but he misses the infrared features. Is there any alternative to that? Leo says Samsung probably took the feature out because there are third party devices that do a much better job.

Usually you would connect to an IR blaster via Bluetooth and it then translates the instructions to the TV. The device is called Blumoo Smart Control Device. It connects to a phone via Bluetooth, but it can also support the Amazon Echo, so Mark can have it talk to his TV.

How can I copy my iTunes music to Android?

Scott from Fountain Valley, CA

Episode 1308

Scott is using iTunes on his iMac and he's trying to move his music to his new Samsung device. Leo says that if the music is copy protected, he'll have an issue. If it isn't, then he can easily use a product like DoubleTwist to get his music on it. For copy protected music, Leo advises getting an iTunes Match subscription. It's $25 and it will replace the copy protected music with DRM free music.

How can I recover deleted files from my Android phone?

Lori from San Diego, CA

Episode 1308

Lori wound up deleting all the audio files she had when she got rid of an audio recorder app. Leo says it won't be recoverable on the phone, but if she had a cloud backup, it may be. Since this just happened, it's possible to connect it via USB to a PC. She should make sure it shows up as a storage device. Then she can run a program like Recuva to recover the lost data. There's also EasyPhoneRecovery.com.

How can I get my Nexus 9 to reboot?

Episode 1306

Richard from Sonoma, CA
Google Nexus 9

Richard has a Google Nexus 9 and signed up for the beta program for Google N, but he can't get past Google. Has be bricked it? Leo says no, he can't really brick it that way. Leo says to go into recovery mode and back out of it. He'll also have to wipe his data and cache. Richard will have to download the drivers, do an ADB, and then download and install the Nexus 9 image. He can also try reinstalling the N Dev again, since maybe it was a bad download.

What can I put on my Android phone's SD card?

Episode 1303

Scott from Jasper, GA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Scott was an iPhone user, then moved to Android, and now he's back on iPhone because he's blind and the iPhone has better accessibility features. He really likes his Galaxy S7, though, so he's going to end up with two phones. He's going to be using his S7 for photos and such, and he's put a 128GB microSD card in it. How does he move stuff from the internal memory to it? Leo says that he can move pictures, movies, and other media to the SD and he can set his camera to save to it. Apps are more complicated and many apps simply can't use the SD storage.

How much storage does my mobile phone really have?

Mark from Tustin, CA

Episode 1303

Mark's son has an 8GB Samsung Android phone. How can he make more room on it? Leo says to do a factory reset. That will wipe the entire phone and leave just the operating system. From there, he'll have a good idea of how much room that phone really has on it. It won't be much. Apple doesn't sell 8GB phones anymore, neither do most of the Android makers. They're about to dump 16GB models as well.