The Moto E is paving the way for budget smartphones that can still provide a comparable Android experience to users at a quarter of the price. While it won’t rank anywhere near current flagship devices, it benefits from a ton of features and within easy reach of many consumers. For lower-end devices, it brings with it some things that could possibly classify it bordering on the mid-range and we love that fact. Here are 10 tips and tricks to make your experience with the Moto E better than it already is.
1. Transferring your data to the Moto E
Instead of having to start from square one when you get your Moto E, you can migrate all your information, including text messages and call history, to the Moto G. In order to do this, first you’ll need to grab the Motorola Migration Assistant from the Google Play Store onto your old Android device. This will work on any device that is running Android 2.2+ above and can even pull information from your iCloud account if you’re coming over from iOS.
2. Alerting for emergencies
Built into the Moto E is an app called Motorola Alert. This app allows you to share your location with contacts and also send out an alert message with a single click if you find yourself in a risky situation. While this might not be the best bet to be used as a safety device for backcountry travel or other regions where cell reception can be spotty, it would be useful for younger kids or other people who might not be able to care for themselves.
3. Customizing your screen
To use the wallpapers provided by Motorola, you can just go to Settings > Display. In this section, you can choose between your own gallery of photos to use as wallpapers and even choose custom and animated wallpapers from Motorola. But of course, there are a ton of options to customize your Moto E in the Google Play Store. One thing to note is that while animated wallpapers are pretty cool, they will increase the battery consumption on your device.
4. Taking a screenshot
As with everything Android, it’s pretty simple to take a screenshot on your Moto E. All you have to do is press and hold the on / off button and the volume down button at the same time. Within a moment, you’ll hear the camera shutter sound which will confirm that the screenshot has been saved. To display the image after you’ve taken it, just head to your Gallery and go to the Screenshots section.
5. Accessing the Quick Settings Menu
If you don’t keep a shortcut on your home screen, there’s a quick method to get to your Settings without having to open up your App Library and browsing around for it. By swiping down from the top of the status bar, the notification pane will open up and you can click on the top right corner of the screen to open up the Quick Settings. From there, you’ll be presented with a bunch of quick options that you can toggle such as Wi-Fi, Brightness, Plane Mode, Bluetooth, and even access your Settings.
6. Google Search from the lock screen
Google Now is built into the Moto E and an integral part of the system. Did you know that you can access it from the lock screen as well? Just slide your finger up from the bottom of the screen which will bring up a circle with Google within. Drag your finger onto the circle and it will fire up the Google Search engine. This is a perfect shortcut for those who are in a hurry.
7. Adding files to test messages
The native messaging app in Moto E offers your some interesting features that allow you to edit your texts. When you click the clip in the upper right corner of the screen, you can enter into your gallery to attach images you’ve already taken or can even fire up the camera to snap a new one as well as adding audio and video files. If you click the three dots next to the clip, it will give you the option to add emojis.
8. Accessing camera options
While the camera on the Moto E leaves much to be desire, the photo quality can definitely be improved if you start to make manual adjustments to the camera app. To access you menu, simply fire up the camera and slide your finger from the left to the right. Options will start to appear in a half-moon menu on the side of the screen. Additionally, the photo gallery is accessed by sliding your singer from the right to left.
- Have a look at our Moto E review for more information on its camera.
9. Opening multiple windows in Chrome
The native browser for Moto E, Chrome, allows you to open multiple tabs simultaneously and you can switch between one and another quickly and easily. To do this, click the windows (or square) icon next to the three dots menu. From there, all the open tabs will be displayed vertically and you can easily swipe between them.
10. Conducting searches by voice
The search function of Google Voice is continually evolving and is providing a quick and easy way for people to search for things using their voice instead of their fingers. For the Moto E, you can either click the microphone displayed in the search bar of the home screen and then just simple say what you want to search for and it should pick it up. Otherwise, if you’ve got the latest version of Google Search downloaded on your Moto E, you should be able to get the same results just from saying “OK Google” and then what you want to search for.
What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for the Moto E? Be sure to share them with us in the comments section.