Mobile Phones

How can I use my phone to track my things?

Scott from Hisperia, CA

Episode 1344

Scott uses a Windows phone and he can't use a device tracker. So he's looking to get an Android phone to use for it. Would that work without a cell network? Leo says that since it uses bluetooth, it wouldn't need one. Any bluetooth device that runs iOS or Android software will work, but it's limited to about 100 feet. Check out Gear Eye - http://www.doddlenews.com/blogs/kickstarter-geareye-makes-easier-indies-...

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Should I buy a Lenovo laptop?

Episode 1344

Dave from Escondido, CA
Google Pixel

Dave has been Christmas shopping online and he found a great deal on a laptop with 16GB of RAM and dual drives with an SSD and a spinning drive. Leo says it's similar to the Mac Fusion drive, where it has the performance of an SSD and the storage space of a spinning drive. Dave is worried that Lenovo has put malware on it, though. Leo says that it was the Superfish adware, and Lenovo got caught doing that -- twice. They have since learned their lesson. Leo likes the Ideapad and at $749, it's a great deal.

How can I back up GoPro photos to iCloud and Google?

Episode 1344

Carlos from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
iCloud Photo Library

Carlos has an iPhone 6 and a GoPro camera. He wants to be able to upload photos from both devices to his iCloud Photo Library and his Google Photos library. Leo says that's easy with the GoPro app on the iPhone. Then he can save them to his camera roll and upload it to iCloud. Then he can use the Google Photos app to upload all of them. The other option is to plug the microSD card into his computer and upload them that way.

Why doesn't my iPhone work with my car?

Episode 1343

Mike from Maine
Apple iPhone Family

Mike has an iPhone that he connects to his Subaru. It used to read his text messages, but now it doesn't work. Leo says it's likely been disabled while driving. It could be that the latest version of iOS doesn't support that function by design. The chatroom says that the car software may not have been updated. Leo's more of the mind that Apple disabled those features to guard against distracted driving.

What's a good low budget Android phone?

Episode 1341

Dwayne from Las Vegas, NV
OnePlus 3T

Dwayne is a taxi driver and he uses his Samsung Galaxy Note 4 phone all the time for multi tasking on his job, but he's starting to have issues with it. Leo says that it's probably time to get a new phone, but he doesn't have to spend $800. There are some great lower cost Android phones that can do just as well. Should Samsung sell refurbished Note 7s with smaller batteries that won't catch fire, then Dwayne should be able to get it at a bargain basement price. So Dwayne should keep his eyes peeled.

How can I forward text messages from India to the US?

Arvin from Austin, TX

Episode 1342

Arvin wants to know how he can get the phone he bought in India to work in the United States for text messaging. Leo says he would need to get the number forwarded to an American carrier, or find a service that will forward text messages to an American number. Google Voice may work, if it's available in India. Anveo is another that Leo uses. He could buy a number from them, use that, and they will forward the text messages to a phone here in the US.

Why does my phone say it's connected via USB when it isn't?

Episode 1339

Mike from Rancho Cucamonga, CA
Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge

Mike's Galaxy S7 Edge keeps pinging that it's connected to a USB even when it isn't. Leo says that could be a ghost issue. He should turn off USB debugging in the developer settings. He needs to go to into Settings > About Phone, and tap the build number 10 times. Then he'll get into the developer's menu. He should check his phone's USB port for fuzz. He can also try resetting the phone. Then before he reinstalls his apps, he should make sure it isn't happening. If it does still happen, then he does have a hardware problem. If it doesn't, then an app is likely the culprit.