The Motorola Moto G has taken the place of the Nexus 4 as the best cheapest phone around, making it the perfect phone for beginner users or even those who just hate bloatware and want a phone they can easily root. Though the Moto G wasn’t jam packed full of pre-installed software, there are some features that beginners or newbies to the Motorola line might still not know about. Here are our top 5 tips and tricks for new Moto G owners.
How to set up a cool live wallpaper
Motorola comes with a bunch of nifty looking live wallpapers that were built right into the phone. By accessing the Settings menu, which can be located either in your Quick Settings or via the app drawer, simply scroll down under the subcategory 'Device', tap on Display and select Wallpaper. You have the choice of choosing from the phone’s gallery, normal wallpapers or live wallpapers. Some of the Moto G’s live wallpapers are also found on other smartphone devices, like the Galaxy S3, such as Bubbles and Phase Beam. My personal favorite is Nexus.
How to set up Daydream Mode on your lock screen
Daydream Mode was first introduced with Android 4.3 in July and is a software feature that not only looks cool but also saves battery life. Daydream now has four different settings: clock, colors, photo frame and photo table. Your phone can daydream either while docked or charging or both, which you can select in the menu (aka action overflow button). Photo frame and photo table will draw either screenshots or pictures from the camera gallery (or both). To preview, choose “start now” to see how it will look. Clock comes in digital and analog as well as night mode to dim the display for dark rooms so as to not disturb you while sleeping.
How to turn on the Battery Saver
Unlike the Samsung series, where the power saver is found in the notification bar, you need to access the battery option by tapping on the battery status icon in your Quick Settings, which is accessed by two-finger swiping from the top to the bottom of your display. Here you can turn on the battery saver toggle. If you want a realistic look at what is draining your battery, it will show you the percentages underneath.
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Program your phone to act like your assistant
Thanks to another super helpful app, called Motorola Assist, you can set up the phone to behave how you would like it to when you are sleeping, in a meeting or driving. To get a good night’s rest, you can set up times during which notifications or calls won't ring. You can however create a few exceptions to the rule, like with incoming favorite calls or when someone rings twice within 5 minutes.
There’s also the option of setting up your device for meetings to avoid interruptions. You can set up silent mode or auto-replay with, again, the same exceptions. The settings within Assist allow you to either activate and deactivate these various situational modes and choose whether activity is displayed in the status bar.
How to find your Moto G if lost
Thanks to your Google account, Motorola services will be able to provide you with Moto Care tips for your Moto G, as well as locate your lost phone. In the Settings, under Motorola Device ID, you can choose which account will be used for your Motorola Device ID. Using the action overflow button on the top right corner, you can unlink the account if you change your mind.
How to make the font bigger
If the text on the Moto G is too small for you to easily read, you might want to consider making it larger. This can be done by going through the Settings again but this time you’re looking for Accessibility, found under the subcategory 'System'. In the menu, you will find 'Large text': simply tick the box!
How to copy stuff from your old phone to the Moto G
Instead of starting from square one, you can migrate all of your information, text messages, call history, SIM contacts and media to the Moto G from your old phone. To do this, you first need to install the Motorola Migrate app onto the other, older phone; this can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and is free. It comes preinstalled on the Moto G. After Migrate is open on both phones, hit Start and scan the code found on the screen when prompted to do so.
How to create and edit Microsoft Office files on your Moto G
Motorola installed Quickoffice onto the Moto G, which works hand-in-hand with Google Drive and your Google account. Thanks to 15 GB of free storage space that you are given for Google Drive, you can save your work online and save precious space on your phone. There you can access other docs you have on the Cloud service, create new word, spreadsheets and presentations and perform Drive-wide search, among other features.
What other advice could you offer a new Moto G owner? Is there anything we missed?