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Test Your Smartphone Smarts #3

Here is the third in our series of Review Questions from our “What Does This Button Do?” show.  These can’t be graded, but if you want to see the discussion of our answers to these questions, you can click the link provided. The link will take you to the time in the specific episode where we start the discussion of review questions. Since we have produced 68 episodes so far, this “Test Your Smartphone Smarts” will be an ongoing series of posts here.

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Episode #9: Camera Basics Show Notes

  • How do you get an iPhone/iPad to take a video?
  • How do you turn on or off the setting for geotagging your photos?
Episode #10: Google Calendar Show Notes

  • How do you use Google Calendar on an iPhone or iPad when there is no App available?
  • True or False: Using Google calendar 2 or more people can add and edit events to the same calendar
Episode #11: Siri and Google Now Show Notes

  • How do you start Siri on iPhone/iPad?
  • How do you start Google Now on an Android device?
Episode #12: If phone is lost or stolen Show Notes

  • Where do you find the Apple setting to turn on “Find my iPhone”
  • If your iPad or iPhone is missing, what website do you use to find it?
  • Where do you find the Android setting to turn on the locator service?

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Talk to your Navigating Device: Android or iPhone

GoogleMap2.pngFor quite a while now, we’ve had navigation devices that will talk to us.  Did you know that now you can talk to them?  I’ve heard a lot of people complaining with the latest version of Google Maps that there are too many steps to get it to start navigating.  If you simply talk to your phone or tablet and tell it to “Navigate to _____________”  That’s all you have to do!


If you have an Android phone or tablet with Google Maps, you can long-press on the Search button and a microphone should appear.  At that point you can either tap the microphone, or just say “Google” and your phone/tablet will be in listening mode.  This is called Google Now.  If you just say “Navigate to _________” it will get the ball rolling – no typing required.  It may offer you some choices that you can tap, or if you do nothing, it will pick the first choice and start navigating.


If you have an iPhone or iPad, then you talk to Siri.  To start Siri, press and hold on your Home button – the circular indented button below your device’s screen.  It should be obvious when she’s ready to listen and you can say the same words, “Navigate to ___________” Siri may ask for further clarification, but then she’ll start the navigation going.

What maps are used?

On an Android device it will be Google Maps that is accessed by your voice commands.  On an iPhone or iPad, it will be Apple Maps.

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If it doesn’t work

Your device may not have the necessary hardware or software installed.  You will need a device equipped with a GPS – most all phones will have this, but it may be missing on some tablets. You also need an Internet connection – once again, phones should have this (if you’re in range of a cell tower) but you may need a Wi-Fi connection for your tablet.  Siri requires a 4S or later iPhone, and iPad 3 or later.  Google Now requires Android ‘Jelly Bean’ 4.1 or higher.

Tutorial Video for Geeks on Tour Members

If you are a Member, you can go to www.GeeksonTour.tv, click on the Learning Library and the Smartphone section, then play video mobl19.Talk to Navigate; Android or iPhone/iPad.