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Moto G (2014) tips and tricks: make your G pop

The second generation of the Moto G (2014) comes packed with a bunch of features that were present in the original Moto G and also brings with it a few tricks up its sleeves. We’ve selected some of our most interesting tips, most frequently asked questions, and more that will help you adapt to your brand new Moto G. Here are the best Moto G (2014) tips and tricks.

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Tips for new Moto G (2014). / © ANDROIDPIT

Transfer your data with Motorola Migration

This app comes natively on the Moto G but can also be downloaded directly from the Google Play Store. Through it you can transfer contacts, call history, SMS messages, among other settings and preferences.

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The Motorola Migration assistant in action. © ANDROIDPIT
Motorola Migrate Install on Google Play

Replace the back cover without frustration

The new Moto G has a back cover that can be swapped out with different colors to help customize your smartphone to your liking. However, this isn’t the most easy thing to do because the only opening in the frame is in the micro USB port at the bottom of the device.

Use your thumb and rest it on the center of the back of the device to gain some support and then pull up from the opening in the micro USB port with your fingernail. This will pop the back cover off easily and without worry.

Save battery

Motorola has a feature that will save you on average about 30% more on your battery life. You can enable this feature by heading to Settings > Battery. Once activated, the option will optimize the use of 3G data as well as adjust the display brightness and temporarily disable location services and GPS.

As well, disabling the light sensor will help save a bit of battery as well since it will turn of the sensor from always scanning for light conditions. Heading to Settings > Display > Brightness and uncheck Automatic Brightness.

Change the wallpaper

Sure, the wallpaper on your smartphone can say a lot about you and so you should definitely make sure to customize your Moto G with someone that screams “you!”

We recommend two of the best wallpaper applications on the Play Store which showcase some extremely stunning wallpapers available for your device.


One of the best (if not the best) apps has several categories of static and dynamic images. One of the nice things about Zedge is that is also has free ringtones that can be used for actual ringtones as well as notification sounds for events and applications.

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Zedge and a ton of selection of options for wallpapers.  / © ANDROIDPIT


Looking to give yourself a little bit of a more vintage look? Pattrn features wallpapers based on different prints and designs, ranging from lines and modern shapes to flowery prints in pastels. From retro, vintage, and more.

Pattrn Install on Google Play
Wallpaper selection by Pattrn / © ANDROIDPIT

Improve the sound on headphones

The Moto G comes with a sound equalizer to improve the playback of music and videos. By default, the 3D stereo audio option isn’t enabled which gives a greater amount of echoes and treble.

To turn it on, head to Settings > Sound> Audio Options and then you can disable or customize sound effects within the headphones option.

What are some of your favorite tips and tricks for the new Moto G? Be sure to share them with us in the comments below. 

(originally by Bruno Salutes of


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  • Vijay Raj Dec 29, 2014 Link to comment

    great content

  • Moto G2 had it comes with a restart or reboot option or button and a vibrate notification whenever someone picks up the call at the other end would have added more to its already, being a good stock android phone.

  • Any body can tell me how records the call ( both way )/ which apps is to be used in MOTO G XT1033

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    Yanwyn Oct 7, 2014 Link to comment

    What you say here is also true for my Moto G 4G Lte. You forgot to mention if a person wishes to truly make their phone their own, you can use a screen launcher such as Apex. Although there are plenty more to choose from, but they are a wonderful way to enjoy your device, and to make your phone more you.

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