text messages

Why Am I Having Trouble Texting With Google Voice?

Google Voice.

Episode 1735

Bonnie from California

Bonnie is having issues sending texts via Google Voice. It's been intermittent lately. Leo says that Google Voice is an internet-based text messaging service. That requires a gateway, usually provided by carriers to send out the actual text. Not every company will pass Google Voice texts along consistently. It depends on who is supporting it and who isn't. Since Bonnie is a teacher, it may be that new parents are using a service that doesn't support it.

How Can I Back Up Texts and Print Them?

iPhone

Episode 1693

Linda from Los Angeles, CA

Linda wants to know how to backup her iPhone text messages and print them out? Leo says to go into the settings on the iPhone and look to see that messages are being stored on iCloud. She can email messages, saved by conversation. Tap and hold, copy and then paste into an email message. She can also print messages directly from a Mac.  Leo also recommends eCamm Phone View.

How can I send group text messages with BCC option?

Blind Carbon Copy (BCC)

Episode 1690

Rick from Glendale, CA

Rick wants to do a text message mass mailing with a BCC (blind carbon copy). Is there a way to do it? Leo says there isn't using iOS because of privacy reasons. But Android messages may have a BCC option. But Android changes features all the time, so if you can do it this month, you may not be able to the next time it gets updated. There are third-party apps that can do it. The challenge though, is everyone would need to use the same app. Apps include TextPlus, Textra, Telegram (that's the one Leo likes). One way to do it would be with the group text message option.

How can I get a text message when my solar power system goes down?

Solar Power System

Episode 1660

Scott from Laguna Hills, California

Scott has solar power and occasionally, the system will pop a breaker and go off. But he won't get notified that it's happened, even though he has an IP based system. How can he set up a text message that can notify him when it happens?  Leo says if it was public, you could use a service like If This, Then That, to send you a text. But since it's private, then you may have to create your system using an old computer or raspberry pi to run a process that would ping your system to see if it's up and running. 

SatPaq Turns Your Phone Into a Satellite Text Messenger

SATPAQ

Episode 1642

SATPAQ is a cool accessory for your cellphone that will give you the ability to send text messages via Satellite.  Check out Rich's story on it here - https://ktla.com/2019/11/08/satpaq-satellite-text-messaging-smartphone-accessory-review/. But it's not cheap, at $250 plus.30 cents per text, sold in $100 packages. As long as you can see the southern sky though, it can keep you connected. Uses Bluetooth and supports both Android and iOS.

How can I monitor my son's text messages?

Verizon Smart Family

Episode 1633

Rich from Riverside, CA

Rich needs to monitor his son's text messages. Is there an app for that? Leo says that there are circumstances when this is critical. For Android, it's easy to do. But if he's tech-savvy, he can probably find out pretty easily that he is being monitored. Rich may want to check with the phone company and see if they can help. Ideally, if you can do it without an app on his phone, that would be a better idea. Check out Verizon's Smart Family: they have monitoring tools that may be of help.