Android

How can I pair my phone with my car?

Episode 1358

Terry from Orange, CA
Android Auto

Terry wants to pair his car with his Android phone, but he's wondering how he can unlock his phone when he's driving. Leo says that starting with version 5, Android will automatically pair with the car as a trusted device and unlock the phone, putting it into "Auto Mode." What if it doesn't recognize it as a trusted device? Leo says he should be able to add it in settings under "Smart Lock." He'll need to be paired to do it.

How can I get notification badges on Android similar to iOS?

Episode 1356

Nate from Diamond Bar, CA
TeslaUnread

Nate wants to know if there's a better notification system for messages in Android that can put notifications on apps like the iPhone. Leo says that there are third party launchers that can do that and one of the benefits of Android is that he can change his launcher if he doesn't like it. Leo recommends Nova Launcher. He'll also need TeslaUnread, which is a plugin that will add the notification badges.

How can I get updates for my Note 4 if I moved to T-Mobile?

Episode 1352

Sundar from Maryland
Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Sundar recently switched to T-Mobile with his Samsung Galaxy Note 4. He's worried that he isn't get the security updates since the phone was from another service. Leo says he'll need to go into his phone settings and change the APN settings. T-Mobile has directions on how to do that here. He should understand that a Note 4 is an older phone and he may not get them anyway.

Where can I find a manual for my phone?

Episode 1350

Debbie from Calabasas, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Debbie has a Samsung Galaxy S7 phone and she wants to view the manual, but they don't have it in English. Leo says that Samsung makes different phones for different regions and it sounds like Debbie's is for a different region. The only real difference is the radios that are in it. She can download a PDF version of the manual, that's not a big deal, but she'll want to be sure it's compatible with the carrier she uses and the data bands she'll want.

What's a good alternative for the Samsung Note 7?

Episode 1349

Stuart from Chino, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7

Stuart wants to know about the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 and why it was taken off the market. Leo says it was taken off the market because of exploding batteries and Samsung is pushing out an update this week that will render any remaining Note 7s useless unless they are plugged in. The Samsung Galaxy S7 is just as good, and the S8 is coming out this Spring. Sadly, the Note brand is so damaged, it's unlikely we'll see another one. But that doesn't mean Samsung won't make another phone with that size screen. They just won't call it a Note. The OnePlus 3T is 5 1/2".

Do I need to buy a new phone?

Episode 1348

Doug from Santa Barbara, CA
Samsung Galaxy S5

Doug's contract for the Samsung Galaxy S5 is up and he's being pushed by his carrier to get a new phone. Leo says if he's happy with his phone, it keeps being updated, and it still works, then there's really no need to get a new one. Having said that, phones are more powerful and with LTE, they are much more powerful. Leo says that he'll want to be on the most recent version of Android, at least version 6 Marshmallow. Then he can take his time to get the phone he wants. Even then, he shouldn't jump on it. He should wait until he really wants one or is unhappy with the one he has.