mobile devices

How can someone keep track of me without a smartphone?

iPhoneX Max

Episode 1623

Clinton from North Carolina

Clinton wants to know if there's a way to report his location when traveling without the use of a smartphone? Leo says that there are Personal Location Beacon (PLB) and Satellite Messengers. Satellite Messengers do require a subscription though. They connect via satellite, and you can set it up to contact anyone in the event of an emergency. But if you have an iPhone or an Android device with vs. 11, you can send an emergency call by pressing the on/off switch five times in quick succession.

How can I back up my text messages from an old phone?

SMS Backup & Restore

Episode 1558

Jeanine from Santa Barbara, CA

Jeanine wants to know how to retrieve text messages from an old phone. Leo says that there are several ways to do it. Sometimes they are stored up in the cloud with the carrier. She can ask the technician at the phone store to transfer all the data over. There are also apps that will enable her to do it, including Android apps like SMS Backup and Restore. She can put it on the old phone and it will back up all the messages to the cloud.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

Dick DeBartolo

Episode 1408

The Kids Connect Phone is a parent's "all-in-one security solution". It is the best way for parents to obtain peace of mind while their children are away from home.

The Kids Connect Phone is GPS equipped, which allows real-time tracking of the phone via the Android or iOS app, or on any web enabled device. Parents can also see where their children have been with the location history feature.

Dick DeBartolo, The Giz Wiz

The Giz Wiz

Episode 1053

Dickie D is back with the Anker Astro Pro (2nd Generation) backup battery. This is a 15000mAh battery pack, which holds enough power to charge smartphones 4 to 7 times and tablets 1 to 2 times before it needs to be recharged itself. The Astro Pro identifies what device you want charged and enables the best charging configuration for it thanks to a built-in chip. You can charge up to three devices at the same time.