Android

Why Won't My Mac Calendar Sync to My Android Phone?

S9+

Episode 1804

Jody from LA, CA

Jody has a Mac and a Samsung Galaxy Android Phone. He used to be able to sync the calendar on both with no problem. But lately, he's been having issues with the built-in Mac calendar and the Android Calendar program. Leo says it's possible that Jody's Calendar hasn't been syncing to iCloud, which is what Apple does before syncing to other devices. Apple may have logged him out before an update. Also, make sure it's not requiring 2-factor authentication now. Look into the iCloud settings and make sure that the Calendar is syncing. 

Why Won't My Phone Use WiFi Calling?

Galaxy S21 Ultra

Episode 1802

Dan from Atascadero, CA

Dan's Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra keeps defaulting to cellular preferred, instead of WiFi preferred. But instead, he's missing calls and texts as a result. He uses T-Mobile. The cellular is a bit sketchy in his area, so he'd rather use WiFi Calling. But the phone won't let him. Leo says that if he gets out of range of the WiFi, it'll immediately go to cellular. Dan says it stays that way, though, when he's back home. Try rebooting the phone. Often that fixes the problem. 

Why Does My Phone Reboot When I Go to the Grocery Store?

G7 

Episode 1791

John from Orange County, CA

John upgraded to a Moto G7 recently, and now it reboots when he goes to the supermarket and ONLY the supermarket. What gives? Leo guesses that there's a signal that the phone is receiving that it gets confused with. Try putting it in airplane mode first and see if it reboots. If it doesn't, then there's some sort of signal.  ScooterX says there's a Google TechNote to reboot your phone. The way to fix it is to turn off Bluetooth.

What's a Good Android Phone With a Large Screen?

Motorola G9

Episode 1785

Mark from Grand Rapids, MI

Mark has a Google Pixel XL where there are no more updates, and the battery is dying. Is the Pixel 4a a good economical alternative? What about a larger screen? Leo says the Motorola Moto G9 offers a pure Android experience at an affordable Mid-Range price. It also has a great battery. But it's taller than it is wide. There's also a new Moto G Power that has a 6 1/2 inch screen.  And the Motorola One.

Reducing Those Overwhelming Ads on Youtube

Youtube has been overwhelmed with plenty of advertisements during videos these days. They've increased it so badly, they're likely trying to annoy users into subscribing to Youtube Premium, a $12/mo subscription service that also comes with Youtube Music. It's up to you whether you want to bite their lure, but you can also block ads at the DNS level via NextDNS. If you have an Android phone, Firefox Focus works as an ad blocker and can possibly filter out Youtube commercials. Give it a try!

Can I Install Another Operating System on My Android Phone?

Samsung S20

Episode 1763

Vincent from New Orleans, LA

Vincent has a bunch of Samsung S20 phones for his business and would like to move away from Android. Is there an operating system that he can install over it? Leo says that Samsung has taken Android and modified it greatly. There are other flavors of Android you can put on it by rooting the device, but they are still Android. But you can "De-Google" it. Leo recommends going to XDA-Developers. Search for the model number of your phone and see what ROMs are available and how to put them on your phone.

How can I avoid using products by Big Tech?

PinePhone

Episode 1763

Brian from Nashua, NH

Brian has an iPad that's ten years old, and he would like to replace it with a non-Google, non-Amazon, or non-Apple model. Leo says good luck. One journalist tried to do that and wrote a story about it. She concluded that she couldn't do anything online. It's an interesting conundrum. If you're unhappy with Big Tech and don't want to patronize them, can you actually go online and boycott those major services? Well, no, you can't. And most websites are run on Amazon Web Services. So you're kind of stuck.