The 5 Best Motorola Apps of 2019

Do more with your Moto

Motorola Moto Z smartphone

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Motorola is well known for the high-customization of its smartphones through its Moto Mod accessories, but there are even more useful features found in Moto apps design specifically for Motorola devices. Motorola apps are free and some are even compatible with other Android smartphones.

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Moto Body

Moto Body app
What We Like
  • Users 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.

Instead of viewing fitness tracking details on the small screen, the Moto Body fitness app enables users to view their daily steps, calorie burn, heart rate activity, and walking or running distance from their smartphone.

You can 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 can also connect 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 that enables users to find whatever files and documents they 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
  • Easily picks up local FM channels is most locations.

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

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

  • Requires plugged in headphones, a Bluetooth speaker, or similar listening hardware.

Motorola FM Radio is essentially a stock app exclusive to Moto smartphones. It cuts out all of the bells and whistles that may be found on other radio apps.

Compatible with Motorola devices running Android 6.0 Marshmallow or later, the FM Radio app can find the app in their app drawer upon setting up their Motorola device.

Once 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
  • Users cannot customize their 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 a number of gestures and quick actions.

While the software comes standard on Motorola smartphones, other Android users can also install the app to enable these features.

Moto Actions allows users to do 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 allows users to multitask with the home button. 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 allows users to conserve battery life by limiting the need to log completely into the device to complete certain actions like responding to texts, or viewing notifications from a dark display. 

Lastly, Night Display will transition 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 when using the device.

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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, you can 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 their device. After nudging the device to show your updates, you can swipe left or right to access more notifications.