GPS

Why doesn't my maps app work?

Episode 1520

Charity from Anaheim, CA

Charity is wondering why she can't use GPS in Google Maps. She's on Android. Leo says to make sure your GPS is enabled. You also want to be sure your data is turned on. Leo also recommends using Google's other maps app ... WAZE. It's very popular and if that works, then you know that your GPS and Data is working and the maps app has corrupted. Easy to fix. Uninstall, then reinstall. The chatroom says that there is a legitimate blue dot issue that is related to a weak location. If there's also an error that says "cannot update maps," then that means you're not getting data.

Why can't I cast my phone's map app to my car's LCD screen?

Ford Fusion Energi

Episode 1507

Richard (The Old Chef Guy) from California

Richard bought a new 2015 Ford Fusion Energi car and he's trying to use his Google Pixel 2 with it. It's having issues showing up in the dash. Leo says that Android Auto is what many of the new cars use. His Ford with SYNC2 may not support that, however. The Pixel 2 has a Type-C port and he can use audio out. But Video may be an issue. It wouldn't be an unusual thing for the manufacturer to omit video from the Type-C connector.

How can I keep track of a loved one with dementia?

Pocketfinder

Episode 1464

Andy from Westminster, CA

Andy has a loved one with dementia that tends to walk off. He wants to know if there's a tracker that is hidden in a necklace or something that he can have her wear so he can track her. Leo says that this category is popular for parents wanting to keep track of their kids. He should check out the Pocketfinder outdoor personal GPS tracker. He can also get a list of the ten best wearable GPS devices at safewise.com.

Is the GPS on my Android phone broken?

LG Stylo 2

Episode 1459

Steve from Missouri

Steve has an LG Stylo 2 and he's starting to lose his GPS lock. His Bluetooth also comes and goes. Leo says the Stylo has a weak antenna. That could mean a failing antenna or faulty GPS chip. This could be caused by heat too. That's the likely culprit because when the phone overheats, it's going to protect everything by shutting it off. Leo also thinks that the phone has just worn out and it's time to get a new one.

How can I keep track of my pets?

Whistle 3 GPS Pet Tracker

Episode 1445

Paul from Ohio

Paul wants to know how he can also keep track of his pets. Can he put a Trackr on the collar? Leo says that most trackers use Bluetooth and are designed to help find lost objects. But that would be a great idea that Leo thinks will eventually happen as a GPS device gets smaller and smaller. Then you'll be able to find a runaway dog that has been chipped. In the meantime, The Wirecutter has a great article on the best GPS pet trackers.

(Disclaimer: TrackR is a sponsor)

Why doesn't Uber know where I'm at?

Uber for iOS

Episode 1417

George from Santa Monica, CA

George uses his iPad to call Uber, but they don't know where to pick him up. Leo says that's because the iPad doesn't have GPS. The app just has to ask for the address of where he is in order to find him. With a mobile phone, they would have his coordinates in the app. Without GPS, the app has to use other means to find his general location, usually it uses "WiFi triangulation," and that's not always very accurate. The app puts a pin where he is, and if it's using WiFi triangulation, the pin just goes close to where he is. The good news is he can move the pin in the app.