Mobile Phones

When should I replace my mobile phone?

Samsung Galaxy S5

Episode 1686

Richard from Grand Rapids MI

Richard has a Samsung Galaxy 5 and wants to know when he should replace it. He's gone through two batteries. Leo says that a smartphone will become good as new when you put a new battery in it. So that really isn't an issue. The real issue is when the updates stop. When the phone OS is no longer supported because of age, that may be the time to get a new phone. But if you're not installing anything new, you're probably fine for as long as you want. 

Can I record my iPhone calls?

iPhone XR

Episode 1684

Bob from Garden City, MI

Bob wants to know to record his phone calls on his iPhone. Leo says you can't directly. Apple doesn't give you access to the phone app. Plus, there are larger legal issues that may be in play in your state that would require you to secure permission for recording. However, you can use a third-party app calls Record a Call, What's App, and others. There are plenty that requires merging the call. On Android, it's a lot easier. Call Recorder is one.

Did I lose my notes after iOS backup?

iPhone XR

Episode 1682

Sharon from Roseberg, OR

Sharon has an iPhone XR with a mess of reminders in it, along with notes. But when she updated the phone, her lists all disappeared. Leo says that there are a whole bunch of lists in reminders. So Sharon may have overlooked them. If they are missing, they might be on iCloud. How can she find them? She has no idea. Leo says to go to iCloud.com and log in with your Apple ID. You can find that info in your phone settings. Once you log in, you can snoop around until you find it. It may be in notes.

How Can I Airplay Videos From Phone to TV?

Apple TV

Episode 1681

Mike from Portland, OR

Mike wants to know how to stream workout videos from his iPhone to his TV. Leo says that using Airplay is great, but he will need an Apple TV to do it. He can connect a phone to the TV directly by using a lightning adapter. But Apple Airplay with Apple TV is the ideal method. Android can also do it if the TV is compatible with it. Samsung, though, tends to only work well with Samsung TVs. 

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Scott Wilkinson and the Hip Dac

Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1681

Scott joins Leo to talk about digital-analog converters in mobile phones. Leo says some phones have good DACs, like LG, while others don't, like the iPhone. But Scott says a company called iFi has a new DAC called the HipDac, which also works as an amp. You plug it into the lightning port of an iPhone or USB-C for Android. Scott says the audio quality of the iFi is fantastic. Very liquidy smooth sound. It also has it's own 2200 mAh battery so it doesn't drain your phone. You can also plug it straight into your computer for power.

How can I start a podcast?

Podcast on Apple

Episode 1680

Brian from Nashville, TN

Brian has a couple of friends that want to start a podcast. Leo says it's a great time to start one, and you can get started with just a smartphone thanks to Anchor.FM. There's also Twisted Wave, an app. In fact, a smartphone has everything you need to do a professional-sounding podcast. But if you want to expand, Leo says an Emotiv mic will plug into your phone and give you a little better audio. Anchor.FM can then be the publisher. They will also bring it up to iTunes and other podcasting aggregators. You also get a web page. And they don't charge you either.

Why Can't I Edit iPhone Pics?

iPhone

Episode 1679

Tom from Warren, OH

Tom wants to know what Apple has done with the iPhone 11 camera. He's having issues with editing the software. Leo says that's likely because Apple has adopted the HEIC image codec, which is a new standard that not every program supports. He can change the format in camera settings, but he can also export it as RAW or JPG when sharing.  Leo says that Apple saves full-res versions on iCloud, while caching lower-res versions on the iPhone. So when users open it in the photo editor, they have to wait for the phone to download the full-res version before the app can open it.