Mobile Phones

iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry, or feature phones.

Is Apple CarPlay secure in a rental car?

Episode 1747

Ed from Clairmore, OK

Ed rented a car recently and it came with Apple CarPlay. Is that secure? Leo says it is because Apple makes it really difficult to break encryption. You just want to be sure to remove your device after you're done with the car rental. Select "Forget Device." Or don't use the car's internal telematic systems. Just the CarPlay. 

There's also a setting in Apple CarPlay that says "do not copy my contacts" to the car. Make sure you enable that so your contacts won't get transferred to the car's hands-free system. 

Leo Gets the iPhone 12 Pro Max, and It's Heavy!

iPhone 12 Pro Max

Episode 1745

Leo got the iPhone 12 Pro Max and he says it's HEAVY. It also has a larger screen for plenty of room. The pixels are larger, too, so he gets better low light performance with the three-lens camera. Leo also says that the camera "bump" is pretty prominent, as well. Leo also says that could cause the camera lenses to scratch over time because the phone will rest on the bump.

How is 5G? Leo doesn't know because it isn't available everywhere, and where it is, it's likely the low band 5G, which is about as fast as LTE.

How can I get a better cell connection without switching over to VOIP?

TMobile / Sprint

Episode 1744

John from St. Petersberg, FL

John uses VOIP and has a cell phone antenna in his home to actually reach the tower. He gets dropped calls because of his location, even with a microcell.  Leo says that one option is to look at AT&T or Sprint/T-Mobile to see if the coverage where John lives is better. They may have closer towers. He recommends talking to neighbors to see how their service is. Sadly, coverage maps are of little help like this.

Also try a different phone and see if the connection is the same. It could be an antenna issue in your phone.

Where can I get an Android phone with a removable battery?

LG G5

Episode 1744

Michael from Encino, CA

Michael has a Samsung Galaxy S4 and is looking to upgrade. He wants a phone that isn't made in China and doesn't have a lot of junk on it. Leo says that not being made in China is the challenge, although Samsung's phones are made in South Korea. There are many good mid-range phones at the $500 level. Google's Pixel 4a is an excellent, "clean" phone with no extra stuff. But it is made in China. But at $349, you can't beat the price. 

Why can't I get notification sounds on my Android phone?

Android Notifications

Episode 1744

Adam from Ontario, Canada

Adam's father isn't getting the notification sounds on his Android phone. Leo says to make sure the volume rocker is turned up for notifications. It has a separate volume control. Turn it up. Notifications on Samsung Android phones work that way. Press the volume rocker control and hold it down until the volume control settings pop up. Then modify the notification sound settings.  

Is there a remote access app for Android phones?

TeamViewer

Episode 1744

Kevin from Mizzoula, MT

Kevin wants to know if RemotePC (a sponsor of The Tech Guy radio show) works with maintaining his mother's mobile device? It's a Samsung Galaxy 5. Leo says that RemotePC wouldn't work from PC to Android. Samsung has Kies, which could possibly work, but going Android to Android is a difficult proposition.

However, the chatroom says that RemotePC can work, as would Team Viewer, and possibly AirDroid.

Adam from Ontario, Canada, also says that Team Viewer will let you remotely access another person's phone to fix it. He's done that with his mom's phone.