Motorola’s Moto X 2014 is among the best Android smartphones released last calendar year. Hardware wise, there are a lot of reasons to get the Moto X 2014 instead of a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Apple iPhone. Sensors allow you to wave away annoying phone calls or check on notifications without having to press the power button. Software changes like the always listening and customizable Moto Voice, make it easy to place phone calls and perform other tasks without much interaction.
All of that stuff is great, but there are things you’re going to want to turn on or change the moment you get your Moto X 2014. Here are the top 10 settings to change on the Moto X 2014.
Before we begin, it’s important to note that out Moto X 2014 is running Android Lollipop, the latest version of Android to be released by Google. As such, it might have features available on it that aren’t available on your Moto X 2014 yet. If so, you’ll need to wait for the Android 5.0 update to be released by your carrier.
Change Font Size on the Moto X 2014
The Moto X 2014 has a spacious and nice looking 5-inch high-definition display. Every line, every graphic is crisp and clear. Still, there are some people who are going to find the writing on its screen too small. For those people, there’s a way to change the font settings in Android 5.0.
Go to the Settings app inside the app browser. Then tap Display. Now look for and tap on the Fonts option. There are four different sizes to choose from: Small, which is the default, Normal, Large and Huge.
Turn On Battery Saver Automatically for the Moto X 2014
Google made a lot of changes in Android 5.0 behind-the-scenes to boost battery life and performance. Unfortunately, battery life always comes down to how big and bright your screen is and how large of a battery you have. Despite the changes, there are going to be times when you’re away from a charger and need more power.
Android 5.0 has a built-in battery utility that you can configure to turn itself on when you’re running low on power and not near a power outlet. Go to the Settings app and look for and tap on Battery. Now tap on the three dots in the top-right corner and hit Battery saver. Tap on the selector just below the Off switch.
Change Default Messaging app on the Moto X 2014
Google’s slowly rolling messaging functions into its Hangouts app. Sometimes there are other apps you want to use, other utilities that handle messaging to phones better. You can set a new default messaging app.
To do so, go the Settings app and tap More. Then Tap Default SMS app. In app that’s capable of receiving SMS messages is available in the pop menu. Choose the one that best suits your needs. For example, we’ve chosen the Messenger app that includes a visual upgrade to match Android 5.0.
Turn on Attentive Display’s Battery Saver Mode on the Moto X 2014
The Moto X uses different kinds of software to get better battery life. One of those tricks is called Battery saver mode and it’s available through the Attentive Display option in the Moto X 2014’s settings.
Tap on Display, then Attentive Display. Now tap the Battery Saver mode option. When your Moto X 2014 doesn’t see your face, it’ll now turn off its display faster. The boosts battery life.
Turn on and Customize Moto Voice on the Moto X 2014
Open the Settings app, and tap on Moto. Then tap Voice in the bottom-left corner of your screen. From here you can customize the launch phrase of your Moto X 2014, turn on voice pin to unlock in case you give your phone a command it can’t do from behind the lock screen and more. Moto Voice is one of the unique features only the Motorola offers Android users, even though it’s built on top of Google Now.
Turn On NFC for the Moto X 2014
The Moto X 2014 includes something called NFC or Near Field Communications support. NFC is really a quick way for two devices to exchange short bursts of data wirelessly. Some people use it to pay for items at vending machines. Others like to be able to share pictures and other content with users. Before you can do anything with it you need to turn your Moto X 2014’s NFC capabilities on.
To do that, go to the Settings app and open More. Now tap the switch beside NFC. That’s all you need to do to get going with NFC file transfers. You’ll need to set up Google Wallet if you’d like to make payments with it.
Customize Moto Assist Auto Reply for the Moto X 2014
Moto Assist is probably the great software feature included on your Moto X 2014 smartphone. Its part gatekeeper and assistant. Moto X 2014 will hold calls and notifications if you’re in a meeting, and silence incoming messages until it’s convenient to answer them.
Go to the Settings app and then tap Moto. Now tap on the Assist icon in the top left corner. Now look for the Meeting option. Once you’ve turned on Meeting blocking tap Auto Reply and add a customized message. Anytime your Moto X 2014 gets a missed call because you’re in a meeting and can’t be disturbed it’ll send out the customized text message.
Change The Default Music app on the Moto X 2014
Moto Assist’s best feature is its automatic driving settings. The app uses your Bluetooth connection or GPS to determine how fast you’re moving. If you’re moving so fast that you must be driving, or if you’ve already paired it with your Bluetooth stereo, the Moto X 2014 will automatically play music for you. The trick is to set it up with your favorite music app.
Go to the Moto app. Then tap the Settings cog in the top-right corner. Now tap on Assist. Tap on the Play music option, then tap on the arrow to choose which music app you’d like to play by default. Some video apps show up here too.
Turn on Smart Lock for the Moto X 2014
Go back to the Settings app and tap Security. The Smart Lock option allows you to unlock your phone based on your real-life location, what your face looks like and what devices it detects over Bluetooth. It’s great if you don’t necessarily need your device unlocked when you’re at home or in a car.
Turn Off Emergency Broadcasts on the Moto X 2014
Every smartphone operating system includes Emergency Broadcasting on their devices. These alerts come in many forms. Sometimes they’re about the weather. Other times they’re about lost children. Regardless of what they’re alerting you off, they are ridiculously loud.
You can turn them off by going into the Settings app, then tapping More. Look for the Setting labeled Emergency Broadcasts.
Good look with your Moto X 2014. We hope some of these settings changes helps you with your new device.