Android

How can I turn my Android phone hands free?

Android Auto

Episode 1458

Scott from San Jose, CA

Scott just switched from Windows Phone to Android, the LG G30. Leo says that's a great phone, but Scott wants to know if it has a hands-free driving mode. Leo says it's not in Android itself, but they have an app that will run on the phone to do it. Leo says it's called Android Auto. It'll give him a completely hands-free experience and he can enable auto launch to take over the second he turns on the car.

How can I update my Motorola Moto X to Android Oreo?

Motorola Moto X

Episode 1458

Sherry from Oklahoma City, OK

Sherry still uses an old Nokia flip phone. She bought an older Motorola Moto X, but she's concerned that it won't be updated. Leo says that they are probably not being updated since it's several years old, but it's probably safe to use. She'll want to install any patches that are available for it, but Android Nougat is the end of the line for that phone, which is fine. She just shouldn't download any strange applications for it, and only get apps from Google Play.

Why did my Android app stop working in Bluestacks on Windows?

Android

Episode 1456

Jeff from Wisconsin

Jeff installed Bluestacks on his Windows 7 PC, and then he updated to Windows 10. Bluestacks is a program that lets you run Android apps on Windows. Jeff has an Android app called MovieHD and all of a sudden it's saying he has no connection, and to "please try again." Leo says Bluestacks is far from perfect — it won't run all Android apps. The app may have worked at one time, but Leo says that doesn't mean it will continue to work.

How can my wife unlock her Android phone if she's forgotten the pattern?

Episode 1455

Adrian from Irvine, CA

Adrian's wife did a sliding pattern to lock her mobile phone and now she can't remember it. How can she unlock it? Leo says that in theory, Android doesn't want to give users a way around it, otherwise it would be useless for security. However, it's possible that if she has a Samsung account, she could have it backed up. There's also a way to do it by connecting it to a PC running Android Device Manager. Through that, she could unlock the phone.

Should I force the Oreo update for my Note 8 mobile phone?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Episode 1454

Nathan from Tuscon, AZ

Nathan got a new Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and wants to know if he should update it. Leo says that Samsung is starting to push out the Oreo update to the Galaxy S8, but not the Note 8 just yet. Leo also doesn't recommend forcing an update — he should wait until it's available. He should focus more on the security updates. Patience. Oreo will come soon.

How can I get my Android phone to stop crashing?

LG Aristo Silver

Episode 1453

Michael from Desert Hot Springs, CA

Mike has an LG Aristo mobile phone and it crashes all the time. What can he do? Leo suspects that there's an app that has been corrupted or flawed that causes the phone to crash. Leo suggests backing up the data and then restore the phone to its factory condition. It'll be in Backup and Reset under settings. The phone will wipe the drive and then reinstall Android. Then he'll have to reinstall everything.

How can I enter my password without using my phone's keyboard?

Google Gboard

Episode 1448

Rich from Scranton, PA

Rich is having trouble entering his password on his cellphone screen due to his Parkinson's disease. Leo says that there are plenty of accessibility options including the swiping keyboard. It would let him draw a line from key to key. It may be easier to do that than tapping the keyboard. Leo recommends using the Google Keyboard, GBoard.

What Android phone should I buy?

Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Episode 1448

Scott from Hisperia, CA

Scott owns a Windows Phone, but he's tired of people making fun of them and Microsoft has killed it. So he's ready for a new phone. Should he go with Android or Apple? He doesn't trust Google, but he'd prefer an SD card option. Leo says the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the ideal phone for Scott. It takes an SD card, has a large screen, and has a stylus. If he doesn't want the stylus, the Samsung Galaxy S8+ is very close in size.