Apps

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.

Can I use an external camera with an app on my iPhone?

Be My Eyes app

Episode 1518

Larry from Prescott, AZ

Larry wants to use his camera with Be My Eyes on his iPhone, an app for the vision impaired. Leo says the first thing he'll need is a camera that can connect over Wi-Fi. Then he would need an app to allow him to remotely control it from the iPhone. Leo says that iOS sandboxes each app for security purposes, so one app can't compromise others, so he likely won't be able to use a separate camera with that particular app.

How can I catalog multiple hard drives?

Episode 1517

Jonathan from Pittsburgh, PA

Jonathan wants to know how he can catalog multiple hard drives on a Mac. He uses Super Duper to backup a lot of hard drives and he doesn't want to confuse them. Leo says NeoFinder is a good one, because it can read both NTFS and FAT32 on the Mac.

He also came across a crowd sourced photo editing service called Mendr, which gives you the ability to upload a photo and then Mendr will find a talented photo editor to fix your photo as you need. iOS/Android. Free app, but you pay for the service per photo. Leo says thats a great tip!

How can I make room on my phone without deleting my photos?

Episode 1517

George from Venice, FL

George is running out of room on his iPhone. How can he make space without deleting his photos and videos? Leo says the first thing to do is turn on iCloud to backup your photo storage. Also, use the replace photos with thumbnails option so that the originals aren't left on your phone. You may need to buy extra iCloud space though. So the other option is Google Photos. Download that app and backup your photos and videos to Google Photos. You get 15GB of uncompressed space, or unlimited high resolution space. All for free.

Is WhatsApp secure?

WhatsApp

Episode 1516

Patrick from Palo Alto, CA

Patrick uses WhatsApp, but he's concerned about security on his phone. Leo says that the danger isn't that the app will be malicious. It's a safe app if he gets it from the Google Play or iOS App stores. But it is owned by Facebook, and they will use his data for advertising. It isn't using personal details, but some details such as search data, likes, and keywords.

Patrick is also worried that his old iPad isn't being updated anymore. Leo says that while he won't get the most recent iOS, the security updates will continue. Nothing to worry about there.

How can I download apps from Google Play onto my Amazon Fire tablet?

Amazon Fire TV

Episode 1509

Pete from San Gabriel, CA

Pete has an Amazon Fire tablet and he wants to know how he can get Android apps from Google Play. Leo says that Amazon's fire tablets don't come with Google Play — he'll have to use Amazon's own app store. It's possible to install the Play Store on the Fire tablet, but he'll have to turn off "only download settings in the play store" or "don't allow apps from unknown sources" option. It's in "settings and security" in the carousel.

Why does my iPhone screen go black when using Facebook?

Apple iPhone 7 and 7 Plus

Episode 1505

George from Victor, MT

George has an iPhone 7 Plus and the screen goes black when he's in Facebook. Leo says that it's possible that his case could be squeezing the phone, causing it to shut down. Also, restarting the phone once a week will clear out any code that could cause problems.

Scooter X says that in iOS 9, there was an issue where Facebook would go dark. So George should make sure he's updated. While he's at it, he should just uninstall Facebook and download and reinstall the app. There could be a problem with Facebook. There was something similar happening a few years ago.

Can I run my phone apps on my computer?

Android logo

Episode 1489

Linda from Quincy, IL

Linda wants to know if she can run her Android apps on her Windows machine. Leo says that there is an emulator called BlueStacks which is supposed to give Windows users that functionality. But Leo's experience is that it isn't all that consistent. And Leo says this is something that people are starting to want, and why developers are being encouraged to create Progressive Web Apps that run in the cloud.