iPhone

Is it harmful to use an external battery with my iPhone?

Episode 1254

Kenny from Temple, TX
Apple iPhone Battery Case

Leo says it isn't harmful at all, and Apple even sells an external battery for the iPhone 6/6s. In general with these charging cases, when you charge the case it will also charge the phone. On the Mophie cases, there's a switch for when you want to switch to the battery. When it comes to Lithium Ion batteries, though, the best thing to do is keep it charging. The battery will last longer if it stays charged vs charging and discharging. It's definitely not good to let it fully drain.

How can I back up my images from my iPhone?

Episode 1252

Lisa from Cypress, CA
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Lisa has a few hundred pictures on her iPhone. What can she do to prevent running out of space? Leo says that chances are, she has plenty of room right now. But what if she loses her phone? That's why Apple has iCloud. Lisa can turn on and enable iCloud and it will backup the images via Wi-Fi. She'll only get 5GB of storage for free, but an additional 50 GB is only about $20 a year.

Samsung to Introduce Pressure Sensitive Touch Screens at Mobile World Congress

Episode 1249

Samsung Galaxy S6

As if Samsung didn't learn a harsh enough lesson from being sued by Apple a few years back over copied designs of the iPhone, the mobile phone maker may be announcing pressure sensitive screens in the new Galaxy S7. Apple was the first to create this with its '3D Touch' on the iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.

Read more at WSJ.com.

How can I avoid getting compatibility warnings on my third party iPhone charger?

Chuck from San Diego, CA

Episode 1247

Chuck's wife keeps losing her iPhone charger. Since she got a replacement, she gets warnings that the third party charger isn't designed to work with the iPhone. Leo says that's an annoying popup, but if they want to avoid it, they should look for MFI certified accessories. These are accessories that are Made for iPhone. Leo says that the trend is moving towards Type C connectors and he believes that this standard will be adopted industry wide, including on Apple devices.

Why does Apple constantly bug me for my password?

Episode 1247

Steve from Nashville, TN
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Steve has an iPhone 6s Plus and he's being driven crazy by Apple constantly asking for his password. Leo says Apple has decided to be the security company, but what bugs him is that they already have a secure method with the fingerprint reader. Isn't that enough? He talked to an Apple Genius and they say it's a bug. But Steve Gibson says there's probably a method to their madness and it's by design.

Is there a way to put the iPhone into a 'Drive Mode?'

Episode 1244

Dale from Palmdale, CA
Apple iPhone 6s and 6s Plus

Dale wants to know if the iPhone has a special driving mode to keep phone use to handsfree like Motorola's Assist. Leo says it should, but not yet. There are a few websites that promise to do it, but Apple is stingy with access to that metric because of security. There is an app called DriveSafe Mode. But it doesn't prevent it, it just snitches on you. Apple should really address this issue or allow third parties to.

Can I assign a ringtone to my Ring Video Doorbell?

Episode 1244

Greg from Conifer, CO
Ring Video Doorbell

Greg has bought several Ring Video Doorbells for family. Leo says that Ring is a sponsor of the podcast and he really likes them. Greg says that the probolem is that his father is hard of hearing and the tones from the phones are hard to hear. Is there a way to adjust it? Leo says that is a flaw in the current design and he agrees that Ring should allow users to assign a sound they can hear and recognize.