A Guide to Motorola Apps and Software

How these features can improve your Motorola experience

Motorola offers an array of apps and software for its mobile devices, including the Moto Z smartphone series. Moto Display gives you quick access to your notifications, while Moto Voice lets you control your phone without touching it. Moto Actions provides you with gesture controls to get to your favorite apps and key settings, and the Moto Camera helps you take your best shot. These are a few of the useful apps available for your Moto device.

Moto Display

Moto Display app on Motorola phone showing notifications

The Moto Display app offers a preview of your notifications without unlocking or even touching your smartphone. It's a great way to see text messages, Twitter alerts, and calendar reminders without getting distracted when you're busy with something else. Notification previews don't display while you're on a call or if the phone is face down or in a pocket or purse.

To open or respond to a notification, tap and hold on it. Then, slide your finger up to open the app. Slide your finger down to the lock icon to unlock your phone. Swipe left or right to dismiss the notification.

You can choose which apps push notifications to the Moto Display app and how much information shows up on your screen: All, Hide Sensitive Content, or None.

To enable and disable the Moto Display app, tap the Menu icon > Moto > Display > Moto Display. Move the toggle to the right to enable and to the left to disable.

Moto Voice for Alexa

Moto Voice app showing the Alexa setup

Moto Voice is Motorola's voice command software, similar to Siri or Google Assistant. You can create a launch phrase, such as "Hey Moto Z" or whatever you like to call your phone. Then, use your voice to add appointments to your calendar, respond to text messages, check the weather, and more. You can also say "what's up" to get a readout of your latest notifications.

To disable the Moto Voice for Alexa app, go to Settings and uncheck the box next to Launch Phrase.

Moto Actions

Moto Actions app showing gesture options

Moto Actions let you use gestures or actions to launch apps or complete functions, including: 

  • Chop twice for flashlight
  • Flip for Do Not Disturb
  • Pick up to stop ringing
  • Swipe to shrink the screen
  • Twist for Quick Capture (launches camera)

Some, like the "chop twice" command, require some practice. There are animations of the movements you need to make in the Action settings section for extra help. 

The remaining actions are:

  • Approach for Moto Display triggers Moto Display when you reach for your phone.
  • Attentive Display keeps your screen on when you're looking at it, so you don't have to worry about your phone going into standby mode while you're reading a long article, for example.

To enable or disable Moto Actions, go to Menu > Moto > Actions, and then check the actions you want to use and uncheck the ones you don't.

Moto Camera 3

Moto Camera app showing various options

The Moto Camera app is the default app for capturing photos on Moto smartphones, and it's not very different from other smartphone cameras. It takes still images, panorama shots, video, and slow-motion video.

Moto Camera 3 is compatible with select devices launched in 2020 and later. For other phones, there's Moto Camera 2 or the original Moto app. The features differ slightly. All three apps are available at the Google Play store.

In Moto Camera 3, there's a Quick Capture mode, Portrait mode, and Pro mode, and you can assign a spot color to appear on black and white images. Moto Camera integrates with Google Photos, so you can store and share your pictures.

Moto File Manager

Moto File Manager app

Use the Moto File Manager app to handle your files efficiently, whether they are stored on your device or a microSD card. The app's home screen makes it easy to browse files by category. You can move, rename, copy, delete, create, share and create encrypted ZIP files right in the app.

Particularly useful is the one-key transfer feature for transferring all the music, video, and picture files from the phone's storage to the external SD card. Just as handy is the remote management feature for browsing your phone's files from your computer.

Moto Widget

Moto Widget app

The Moto Widget app does one thing, but it does it really well. It displays the date, time, weather, dual time, and steps recorded in Google Fit at a glance. Available in three designs, Moto Widget gets you the information you need when you need it.

If you didn't find what you are looking for in this collection of Moto apps, check out the Best Moto Apps for 2021 for even more ways to personalize your phone.

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