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Moto X - Tips and Tricks

The Star Trek Enterprise computer, the Nexus 7 Tablet, and HAL 9000, all sentient computers that are always listening, awaiting your command. The Moto X has them beat. The smart little phone that even puts more powerful, capable siblings and cousins to shame, the Moto X gets it's amazing reputation from two things, it has features we all actually USE, and it does it RIGHT.  The powerful little virtuoso is capable of many things, but some things you may not think of right off the bat. Here are some features and perfect companion apps to help you get the most out of your Moto X. 


 NQ Mobile Security

NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus is a mobile security. And the new Version 7 puts it far ahead of competitors like Lookout Mobile Security. Protect your phone and tablet from viruses, malware, spyware, trojans, and phone hacking. Speed up your device, backup important contacts, and find your lost or stolen phone from NQ website. If stolen, NQ intruder alert can snap a photo to identify who has your missing phone. You can download NQ Mobile Security & Antivirus from the Google Play Store here.

Clean Master

Want to clean up the memory space on your Moto X? Clean Master app allows you to clear cache files, clean brand-new installed files, and use the privacy raiser to protect anyone from seeing what you’re doing on your device. If you forget to clean your cache, Clean Master will remind you when to clean your device. This app is one of the must-haves when it comes to cleaning memory space. You can download Clean Master from the Google Play Store here.



Active DisplayMost people check their phone many times throughout an average day and they have to tap the power/unlock button to do it. With the Moto X there’s an Active Display feature which flashes up the time and an icon for any notifications you have every time you move the phone. If you want to see what the notification is then tap the icon. You’ll see it at the top of the screen and you can swipe up to go straight to it, swipe left or right to put your Moto X back to sleep, or swipe down to unlock your phone.


Activate the Camera -  You can twist your wrist twice while holding the Moto X to bring the camera app up, even if the phone is asleep. You can also swipe from the right on your lock screen to go straight into the camera. Focus and take a shot by tapping anywhere on the screen. That makes it fairly easy to capture spontaneous moments. Swipe from the left and you’ll get a dial of options including your flash, HDR, and everything else. Swipe from the right and you’ll enter the gallery to review your photos and videos. You can pinch to zoom and you can also pinch out to go to a film reel view which allows you to quickly delete photos or videos by swiping them away up or down.

How to use Motorola Assist - 

You can automate some actions on your Moto X using Motorola Assist and you’ll find it’s a neat way to ensure that you aren’t interrupted at an inopportune moment. The feature is accessed via the Assist icon in your app drawer and it’s divided into three sections.

  • Driving: As long as GPS is turned on, your Moto X will detect when you’re in a moving car and automatically default to your driving settings. You can tell it to “Talk to me” so it reads text messages out loud or tells you who is calling. You can also set up a quick text reply to tell people you’re driving. You can take calls by saying “Answer” or reject them by saying “Ignore.” When the Moto X first detects that you are in a car you’ll also get the option to tell it you’re not driving, in case you’re a passenger.
  • Meeting: Any meeting scheduled in your calendar that’s labeled as busy will default to your meeting profile, though you can cancel it when the notification first pops up. This lets you silence your Moto X, and you can choose to leave vibrate on if you like. You can also set up text auto-replies if you want to. There is an option to allow any favorite contacts to get through. You can also allow anyone who calls twice within five minutes to get through, and this is potentially a clever way of ensuring you don’t miss an emergency call.
  • Sleeping: Pick the hours you sleep (11pm to 6am is the default) to ensure that your Moto X remains silent and doesn’t pull you from your slumber. If you’re worried about missing an important call you can allow favorite contacts to get through, or tick the option to allow any caller trying twice within five minutes to get through.


How to use Touchless Control - One of the things that truly makes the Moto X unique is its ability to respond to your voice, even when it’s sleeping. This is achieved through Touchless Control accessed via Menu > Settings. It means you can say OK Google Now to wake the phone and then ask various things. When you first set it up, go to Menu > Settings > Touchless Control > Train launch phrase and you can train your Moto X so it only responds to your voice.


How to Use Motorola Skip to unlock - If you’re lucky, you got a Motorola Skip pack with your new Moto X. If not it will cost you $20. It’s basically a little clip that you can slip onto your shirt cuff or a bag strap and program as a quick way to unlock your Moto X. It uses NFC and you simply tap your Moto X on it to activate it and set your unlock pattern or PIN. It means you can quickly unlock your Moto X without having to input anything. You should also get three stickers that serve the same function.