The 5 Best Motorola Apps of 2020

Do more with these specialized apps optimized for Motorola devices

Motorola Moto Z smartphone

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Motorola is well-known for the customization of its smartphones through its Moto Mod accessories. The company offers even more useful features through its line of Moto apps designed specifically for Motorola devices. Motorola apps are free and some are even compatible with other Android smartphones.

These apps generally require Android 4.3 or higher, and several require Motorola hardware.

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Moto Body

Moto Body app
What We Like
  • Can sync data from other fitness apps, including Fitbit, Strava, Mapmy, Record, and Google Fit.

  • Compatible with a wide range of Android devices.

What We Don't Like
  • Only compatible with Motorola Moto 360 smartwatches and fitness trackers.

  • The app doesn't work independently of the Moto 360 smartwatches.

The Moto Body fitness app displays daily steps, calorie burn, heart rate activity, and walking or running distance—on the smartphone, not on the tiny screen of a Moto 360 smartwatch.

Measure your heart rate on your Moto 360, record fitness trends and track your progress over time, and set reminders to encourage you to maintain your fitness goals. Moto Body also provides fitness tips and articles on how to improve your fitness journey.

Moto Body connects to other popular fitness apps that may have more advanced fitness features, essentially making Moto Body an excellent hub for all of your fitness tracking needs.

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Moto File Manager

Moto File Manager
What We Like
  • A simple layout reveals whatever files and documents you need.

  • Supports the saving and editing of ZIP files.

What We Don't Like
  • Only compatible with Motorola devices.

  • The app must be enabled after setting up a Motorola device.

Motorola created the Moto File Manager for easy navigation of images, documents, and other files on a smartphone. It includes category organization, a recent-files list, and a local directory for different methods of finding files. There's also a meter of your internal and external storage usage within the app.

In addition to the standard file manage tools you'd expect, you can compress and decompress ZIP files, create encrypted ZIP files within the app, and transfer files from your Motorola device's internal storage to external storage. You can also connect your Motorola device to a computer through the app and browse desktop files remotely.

Installing Moto File Manager changes the Files app icon and the app layout to the much easier navigation.

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Motorola FM Radio

Motorola FM Radio
What We Like
  • Easy access to over-the-air radio without streaming content.

  • No fee or subscription is required to listen to radio stations.

What We Don't Like
  • Only available for Motorola devices.

  • Works best with wired headphones.

Motorola FM Radio is essentially a stock app exclusive to Moto smartphones. It cuts all of the bells and whistles often found on other radio apps. It's compatible with Motorola devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

When you open the app, it will find and load all of the radio stations available in your area and update the station list as you move around. You can also move the app dial to scan for stations and make a playlist of your favorites. The app also includes a sleep timer and record function.

Motorola recommends using the FM Radio app with wired headphones for the best experience, as the 3.5mm audio jack acts as an antenna. To listen to audio directly from the speakers on your Motorola smartphone, you'll likely need wired headphones plugged in to pick up a signal.

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Moto App

Motorola Moto App
What We Like
  • Moto Apps are standard on Motorola devices.

  • Gestures are easy to learn.

What We Don't Like
  • You cannot customize your gestures.

  • Gestures can lead to unintended actions on a device.

The Moto App is Motorola's stock app that hosts all of its stand-out features and several additional gestures and quick actions.

While the software comes standard on Motorola smartphones, it'll work just fine on any Android device regardless of the manufacturer.

Moto Actions provide one-handed gestures to execute various actions on a Motorola device, including twisting your wrist to open the camera app and shaking or chopping twice to turn on the flashlight. Some quick actions include setting a device face down to activate Do Not Disturb and picking up a device to silence its ringer. 

One-button navigation supports multitasking: A simple tap will take you to the home screen; swipe left will take you to a previous page; swipe right will take you to the Recents page.

The Moto Display function within Moto Apps conserves battery life by limiting logins into the device to complete certain actions like responding to texts or viewing notifications. 

Night Display transitions the screen from warm tones to cool tones as day transitions into night. At night, more Night Display features are enabled, including a wave-to-wake function and an always-on display.

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Moto Display

Motorola Moto Display
What We Like
  • Easy access to messages and notifications.

  • Unique circle dial for battery percentage.

What We Don't Like
  • Frequent messages and updates can bring in a barrage of notifications chimes at one time.

If you like the features of Moto Display but don't want to install the full Moto App, install only the display features using Moto Display. Much like the functions within the full Moto App, Moto Display provides access to vital information on their device without having to fully wake and log into your device. After nudging the device to show your updates, swipe left or right to access more notifications.