The Moto G Stylus 5G is an impressive smartphone that offers many features for a mid-range device. Our Moto G Stylus 5G review found it comparable to the Pixel 5a 5G and Samsung A53 5G, thanks to its 120Hz screen, large battery and solid, sturdy construction. Moreover, the device comes with a well-balanced, albeit Palm Pilot-like, stylus and a bunch of useful features for taking notes, creating art and enjoying a stylus-compatible smartphone experience. As with most top Android smartphones, these interesting edits can get lost in the shuffle.
Here are some tips and tricks for the Moto G Stylus 5G that will help you navigate its quirks and cool features that make using it easy and enjoyable.
1. Perform common tasks with a snap
Gestures have become a common feature of most smartphones, and the Moto G Stylus 5G goes a little overboard with how much you can use to control your phone. From twisting and shaking to twisting and squeezing, you can do a lot with just a few hand movements.
Here are some of our favorite gestures:
- Capture quickly: Quickly twist your wrist twice to open your camera.
- fast flashlight: Double-tap to quickly activate your flashlight.
- Screenshot with three fingers: Place three fingers on the screen to take a screenshot.
- Return for DND: Turn the smartphone over to activate the do not disturb mode.
- Swipe to split: Swipe back and forth quickly to view apps in split screen.
There are a few more, found in the Moto app below Gestures but these are the more convenient options that will speed up your smartphone experience.
2. Take some quick notes without unlocking your phone
Pen-equipped smartphones are often associated with great note-taking apps, but this one takes the cake. Moto Note allows you to create in-app saved notes. It also allows to save typing, handwriting, photos and voice memos in one place.
Best of all, the app opens automatically as soon as you pull out the stylus for quick note taking. You don’t need to unlock your device. Just pick up the stylus and jot down the bright thought that popped into your mind.
3. Grab a coloring book (or phone) when the world is overwhelming
Coloring books became popular during the pandemic, as adults during quarantine needed a calming activity that wasn’t binge eating tiger king for the fifteenth time. The Moto G Stylus 5G is equipped to take this new hobby on the go as it has a fun coloring book app that works with the stylus.
You can use any of the templates to get started. Then browse the artistic options available in the app, including four drawing tools with different colors and sizes.
4. Add stylus compatible shortcuts to your Moto G Stylus home screen
You won’t be using the stylus all the time with the Moto G Stylus 5G, but if you do, you won’t have any trouble finding the best apps for it. Once you undock the pen, a small translucent icon will appear on your device, giving you access to six pen shortcuts, which you can customize.
By default, you have access to Moto Note and Coloring Book, including basics like a GIF maker and a video screen capture tool. However, you can replace all pre-selected apps with apps of your choice, making your pen experience much more complete.
The Moto G Stylus 5G has a large 5000 mAh battery that can last for two days on a single charge. Still, you’ll eventually need to charge it, and the last thing you want is to ruin battery life.
When you enable optimized charging, the device learns your charging habits. It prevents your device from overcharging by quickly charging the first 80% and timing the last 20% according to your schedule. Since the Moto G Stylus 5G comes with a tiny 10W charger that takes 191 minutes to go from 1% to 100%, this feature could improve the device.
6. Get your laptop working with Motorola’s Ready For interface
Samsung DeX is a handy tool from Samsung that shares your screen across PCs and other devices. Motorola is bringing the same technology to its devices, including the Moto G Stylus 5G, in the form of Ready For. This feature makes it easier to cast your smartphone screen to a larger device. You can also operate the screen with a trackpad on the Moto G Stylus 5G. This is aimed at productivity goals. Still, it can provide convenient functionality for any user.
7. Use Peek Display to see your notifications on your Moto Stylus 5G
Unlocking your phone with the Moto G Stylus 5G is easy with the fingerprint sensor on the power button. Still, you might not want to unlock the device to check for a notification, which is where Peek Display comes in handy. You can touch the notification icons on your lock screen without unlocking your device and you’ll see a basic preview of that notification’s subject. You can also respond quickly to messages so you don’t fall behind in your friendly communication.
8. Add some drama and a splash of color to your photos
It’s 2022 and a good smartphone has a lot of camera features. And the Moto G Stylus 5G follows suit with plenty of options for your social media needs. Pro mode is a robust and complex set of stats and features for capturing the perfect shot. The ultra-wide lens gets everyone in the selfie, the macro lens gets those close-up details and the 50MP main camera has optical image stabilisation, so you get a sharp and clear shot every time.
With a dual recording mode, you can shoot videos and photos at the same time with the front and rear camera. You can also use gesture-activated and smile-activated selfies for hands-free photos.
It’s always game time with the Moto G Stylus 5G
Mobile games are becoming more and more popular. If you’re looking for a smartphone with additional gaming features, the Moto G Stylus 5G comes with Moto Gametime. Gametime enhances the gaming experience no matter what you’re playing. The little pop-up appears on the side of any game you choose, allowing you to adjust settings like volume and brightness, take a screenshot, share on social media, and activate Do Not Disturb mode.
Now that you’ve mastered your new Moto G Stylus 5G and have captured tons of Instagram-worthy photos, take a few minutes to organize your favorite photos in Google Photos.