The Moto G (2015) hasn't quite lived up to the reputation forged by the 2014 Moto G and may have disappointed some of those who bought it. But, if you're one of those people, all is not lost. These tips and tricks will help you squeeze every last drop out of your device.
For the third generation of the Moto G, Motorola increased the battery capacity from 2070 maH up to 2470, theoretically extending how long the phone lasted. Unfortunately the accompanying Moto-Info feature, which meant the display was activated almost constantly, was a constant drain on the battery, negating any savings. Luckily there are several ways to conserve energy that apply to all smartphones and we've packaged them up for you below.
Motorola have traditionally been pretty good when it comes to bloatware, so there generally isn't too muuch housekeeping to be done on a new device. But over time most people will find that one app or another is constantly nibbling away at the battery - Facebook is often the biggest culprit.
One way to avoid the Facebook-drain is to uninstall the app and log in through the website or via Facebook Lite. Another app to strongly consider removing is the Moto-Info feature, which can be completely disabled.
Moto G (2015): Use the power saving mode
Unlike many other phones, Motorola employs only one power saving mode on the Moto G (2015) but it can make a significant difference. When activated, this marginally slows the processor and forces the display to move in to idle mode earlier. Location services are also disabled, there are less vibration alerts and background activities (such as the synchronization of emails) are limited.
Moto G (2015): Optimize display
Smartphones have been able to adjust to ambient light for some time now but installing the Lux app will put you in control of the changes. With Lux, brightness, contrast and color temperature can be controlled manually, especially useful for when you don't want a blinding white light in the bedroom late at night.
The extra control may not help your battery levels but it can certainly improve user experience - so give it a whirl.
Moto G (2015): transfer your contacts, messages and images
Motorola Migrate has proved to be one of the manufacturer's most useful apps, making it possible to transfer contacts, messages, pictures and music from an old Android smartphone on the Moto G (2015).
In order to use it, you need Migrate downloaded on both phones. First open the app in the new device and select 'Send out data from this unit' (or similar). Then in the old device, select 'Send data from this unit'. Both phones must be logged on to the same wi fi network to complete the migration.
Moto G (3rd generation): Start the camera with a gesture
Sometimes you need to start your camera up right away to catch that perfect action shot and unlocking the phone, finding the app and starting it just won't cut it. Luckily Motorola has a solution. Using the Moto App, a user can set up the Moto G (2015) so that two quick rotations of the device opens the camera. The feature isn't automatically activated but can easily be changed in settings.
Moto G (2015): Start the flashlight with a gesture
One of Motorola's strengths has always been its employment of smart control features activated by gestures, movements and language. The flashlight is another example of this and can be turned on with a two quick shakes of the phone. Again, this one isn't auto-activated but can be switched on in settings.
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