Mobile Phones

How can I backup my music from my phone to my computer?

iPhone

Episode 1593

Clyde from San Diego, California

Clyde ripped all his CDs and has the music on his phone, but he doesn't have any backups anymore. How can he back them up from his phone? Leo says that if you backup your mobile phone, your phone backs it up. But Leo wants Clyde to also make a separate, accessible copy of the music from his phone. Connect your phone back to your computer and then let iTunes back it up and add those phones to the iTunes library.  Here's how. There's a third party program called Senuti that can also work. 

Huawei's reputation for Chinese Spying Causes Google to Suspend business

Huawei

Episode 1593

Recently, after the US banned sales of Huawei cell phones due to spying, Google has suspended all business with the Chinese telephone manufacturer over genuine concerns that Huawei phones have spying issues. Google will not be updating Huaweii phones, give access to the app store, or any other product support. Huawei has also been added to the US Department of Commerce trade blacklist. Leo says it's a shame because Huawei makes some great hardware. 

Can I create a MESH network with mobile phones?

Mesh Network Example

Episode 1591

Nolan from Glendale, CA

Nolan wants to know if a mesh network can be deployed with a mobile app? Leo says that the earliest uses of MESH were through a mesh of internet hotspots with mobile phones.  It talked to other mobile devices and connected them. It was to create a network where there is no internet.  Here's an article about it - https://www.technologyreview.com/s/516571/build-your-own-internet-with-mobile-mesh-networking/

Why am I running out of space on my phone?

SD Card

Episode 1591

Andrew from San Jose, CA

Andrew has an old Razor gaming smartphone and he's updated it to Android 8 Oreo. But he's almost run out of space on his SD card, and he doesn't have any photos or videos on it. He backs up everything to Google Photos. What is going on? Leo says to pop your SD card out and look at it. See if it has a ton of temp files on it. You can even format it. Then put it back in. It's also possible Andrew bought a counterfeit card that says it's a 256GB size. It happens a lot, even buying on Amazon. There's also an app called FILES by Google, which can clean out your SD card for you. 

Can I Stream with my Phone without Getting Phone Calls?

verizon

Episode 1590

Eddy from Finger Lakes, NY

Eddy just wants to listen to music or stream on his phone without being disturbed. How can he turn off his phone without losing internet? Leo says that he can maybe turn it off in phone settings. He could turn on call forwarding. *72. Input another number, and it will forward all calls to that number, like a landline or a Google Voice. Then *73 to turn it off. He can also try turning on airplane mode, and then re-enable WiFi for data only. 

How can I Charge my Phone in the Mountains?

Goal Zero

Episode 1590

Suzanne from Anaheim Hills, CA

Suzanne is going camping in Russia for a week, out in the middle of nowhere. She wants to know how she can charge her phone while out there. Leo says that Suzanne may not be able to use the phone in the mountains. But in the city, she may have a better option. Verizon now has an unlimited data day pass for about $10/day. So when she's in the city, she can turn it on.  For charging them, Leo recommends GOAL ZERO since their solar chargers are really well made.

Can I roll back an Android update?

Android

Episode 1589

Jerry from Mission Viejo, CA

Jerry has an Android mobile phone and after an update, he lost the use of both his cameras. Can he roll it back? Leo says that the upgrade probably didn't go well and failed, so try upgrading it again. You don't really want to go backwards because of security. Leo recommends doing a factory reset to wipe the phone and reinstall the OS. Be warned though that this will wipe the phone of all data apps and photos, so back it up to Google. But in most cases, that fixes the problem. If that doesn't work, the only way to go backwards is to root the phone.