Apps

How can I update my GPS radar device?

Escort Passport IQ

Episode 1410

Lee from Rapid City, SD

Lee has an Escort radar detector/GPS device and he can't update the maps. Leo says that many GPS companies are getting out of the business because every smartphone has GPS and a maps app. The phone is constantly up to date, while the GPS device isn't. Escort has also joined the iPhone generation by making their own app that has crowd sourced radar data like GPS. So GPS devices are rapidly becoming obsolete. There may be a software/maps update at the Escort Radar Forums.

How can I get my maps app to show my preferred routes?

Waze for iOS

Episode 1404

Jim from Huntington Beach, CA

Jim is annoyed with Waze because it always redirects him away from his preferred route just to save a few seconds. He only wants a new route if the time savings is substantial. Leo says that it would be great if he could set a preferred route, but most just allow users to choose fastest routes or shortest routes. He can select "don't allow dirt roads or difficult intersections." Leo says he usually just ignores an odd route and Waze will simply recalculate.

Should I buy a Chromebook?

Samsung Chromebook Plus

Episode 1399

James from San Francisco, CA

James is looking to get a Chromebook, but he's thinking that as a musician, he may need a Windows machine. Are there online ways around it? Leo says that there are online resources to record audio. Leo says that Chromebooks are great for most people, but it may not be for everything he does. Leo says that before he buys, he should try using nothing but the Chrome browser exclusively for a few days and see if there's extensions that can do what he wants. Leo's guessing that for recording music, the Chromebook may be lacking and he would need a full OS like Windows.

Can I move my phone apps to the phone's SD card?

SD Card

Episode 1392

Richard from Los Angeles, CA

Richard wants to know if moving apps to the SD card will save space. Leo says it can, if he knows how to do it. It's not really easy. Google does have a workaround, through adopted memory, but Leo says it doesn't work very well, depending on what phone he uses. Even if he can do it to save space, he's not saving that much space. The biggest storage hog is data. So why not move the data to the SD card and then keep the app on the phone's internal memory? It's one of the reasons why Apple and Google don't use SD cards.

How can I save text messages from an old Windows Phone?

Transfer My Data for Windows Phone

Episode 1390

Todd from Detroit, MI

Todd needs an app that will allow him to backup text messages from his girlfriend's old Windows phone. Leo says that there's an app in the Windows Phone Store called Transfer My Data that will allow her to export those messages to the SD card slot on the phone. There's also an app called Message Backup. Then she can import them to an Android phone using apps in the Google Play Store.

Change the Default Apps on Android

On Android, if you have more than one app installed that does the same thing, you'll be given an option of which app to launch whenever you try to perform that task. For instance, if you want to ask Google Assistant to navigate you somewhere, by default it will open Google Maps. If you have Waze installed, it may ask you what maps app to use first. Once you tap "always" when opening one of those apps, however, it will use that app and won't ask you in the future. But that doesn't mean you're stuck using that app as the default forever — there is a way to change this later.

How can I get Google Now to open Waze instead of Google Maps?

Waze

Episode 1388

Mike from Orange, CA

If Mike goes into the app settings, he can make Waze his default navigation app. He'll also want to get rid of Google Maps, or at least disable it. He may need to go into the Google Now settings as well. If he goes into the Waze settings, he can tap on "Open supported links" and select "Open in this app."

This worked for Leo, but Mike is on a Samsung Galaxy S8, so it's conceivable that Samsung has done something to prevent him from being able to change that default.