The shiny new Motorola Moto G6 sports a clean, vanilla version of Android Oreo, yet Motorola has stuffed some great bonus features in there for you to find. Here’s our pick of the best features in our Moto G6 tips and tricks guide.
Shrink the screen
The Moto G6 is a bit of a handful at 5.7-inches, of course. So thankfully you can make it easier to use with one hand thanks to the ‘swipe to shrink screen’ feature. This is hidden away inside of the Moto app, in the Moto Actions section.
With that enabled, simply swipe from the centre of the screen to one of the bottom corners. The display with then reduce, so it’s much easier to use.
One button navigation
Now, one of the reasons that Motorola stuck the Moto G6’s fingerprint sensor beneath the screen is so you can use the new navigation gestures. This replaces that on-screen navigation bar with a series of pokes and swipes, using that scanner.
Head to the Moto app and then dive into the Moto Actions section and you’ll find the One Button Nav setup. Motorola has included a handy tutorial to guide you through the different gestures.
Display tips and tricks
That 5.7-inch IPS display can be tweaked to your liking in a couple of different ways.
Head to the display settings and you can toggle between the standard mode and vibrant mode – the latter is activated by default and makes your images a bit more vivid, so those colours really pop.
Head to the Moto app and then tap Moto Display and you’ll also find the Night Display mode. This can be scheduled to automatically produce warmer visuals between dusk and dawn, which is more comfortable on your peepers when the light is low.
Unlock the Moto G6 with your beautiful face
To turn on face unlock, just head to the Security & Location section of the Moto G6’s settings menu, followed by Face Unlock. After a brief setup process, you’ll be able to unlock your phone without tapping the fingerprint sensor. Simply gaze adoringly into the front-facing camera and hit that power button. It’s a good alternative to the fingerprint scanner when your hands are sticky or covered up.
Save time – and brain power – with Moto Key
Moto Key allows you to use your fingerprint to sign into various online accounts and devices, instead of your usual passwords.
Head to the Moto Key section of the Moto app to get started. You’ll need to sign up for a Lenovo account if you haven’t already, then you’re ready to begin.
Head to the logins section and you can assign your print to services such as Netflix, Twitter and Facebook. Meanwhile the Devices section pairs your Moto G6 with any compatible Windows hardware. So you can once again bypass typing in your super-complex passcode.
Some camera tips
First up, you can open the camera at any time – even when the phone is hibernating – by quickly twisting your wrist twice. Handy if you want to take an impromptu shot.
Once you’re into the app, you can take a quick snap by tapping that on-screen button, or alternatively, tap the volume rocker. And if you want to manually tweak how your photo looks before you take it, you can dive into the manual settings by tapping the icon at the top left corner. This opens up a fulls et of controls for you to play around with.
The Moto G6 camera also includes object recognition. Just tap that box icon at the bottom of the screen and whatever you’re looking at will be analysed. You’ll then be provided with any relevant information, as well as shopping links when appropriate.
Don’t forget that by flicking up the screen you can also access some snazzy bonus features, such as the Colour Spot mode.
Check out all of these tips and tricks in action in the full video below.