Android

Create a "Kids Mode" on Your Android Device

One of the great things about Android is the ability to customize it for kids to use more safely. But if your Android device doesn't support a kids mode natively, there's a simple way you can still add that functionality -- a free launcher called "Kids Place - Parental Control."

This launcher provides parental controls and a child lock to protect your personal data. It restricts kids from using any app that you haven't approved, and there's a timer to limit the amount of time kids can spend on the device. It will also put restrictions on making phone calls and texting, and more.

How can I put my Android phone into Kid Mode?

Episode 1135

Alan from Los Angeles, CA
Kid's Place

Alan has been locking down his mobile phone so his kids can only launch an app that he approves. But it's only limiting the number of apps he can add. He's updated the Note 3 and wants an app that will put his phone into "Kid Mode."

Leo says that there are third parties that offer the kid mode. It's an off the record download though, and could be illegal. There's also Kids Place. That's going to be safer and will let him do a lot more.

What's a good tablet for viewing SolidWorks 3D models?

Episode 1134

Tim from Upland, CA
Samsung Galaxy TabPro 12"

Tim wants a viewer for his Android phone that allows him to view SolidWorks 3D models. He uses one but it keeps crashing. He's moving to the iPad. Leo says it may be a memory issue, not a processor power issue. The crashing is happening when the model is too big for the model to load.

eDrawings is a good app for both Android and iOS that will do it.

Does Windows Phone have the apps that iPhone and Android have?

Nan from Los Angeles, CA

Episode 1133

Nan has a Droid Incredible but she's looking to change to a Windows phone. She's worried about apps not being available. Leo says that Microsoft has done a great job with Windows Phone 8, and the hardware is great with the Nokia Lumia (it has a great camera). But the issue is that Microsoft is late to the app game and developers have been slow coming to the Windows platform, especially Google.

Back to Android, the Motorola Moto X is really good, but the battery life can be a challenge if she's a heavy user. The Motorola Droid Turbo has a much larger battery.

How do I backup my Android phone and my old iPhone to a new iPhone 6 Plus?

Episode 1132

Doug from Sacramento, CA
iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Doug ordered a new iPhone 6 Plus. He has his old iPhone 4 backed up. He also has his Samsung phone backed up. He wants to restore the apps he had from his old iPhone, and his calendars and contacts from the Samsung, to the new iPhone 6 Plus.

Leo says backup the iPhone 4 to iTunes and restore it to his new iPhone. Then sync the contacts to Google and log into his Google account on the iPhone 6 Plus. It'll sync and his contacts and calendars will be there.