Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD tips and tricks

User guides Stephen Tenerowicz 16:44, Jun 20 2013

Here are some tips and a bunch of tricks for your all-new Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Verizon's Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a beast of a smartphone. With a 4.7-inch HD screen and a 3,300 mAh battery, the RAZR MAXX leaves little to be desired. The RAZR MAXX HD even comes powered by Android 4.1. Now Android 4.1 provides a fantastic, complete experience from the get go, but we want to show you 30 tips and tricks to get the most out of your RAZR MAXX HD.

After taking a look at our list you'll turn into a smartphone pro. For the full breakdown and all our tips and tricks, read on for more. This list will have you rocking and rolling in no time.

Why would you want the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD? Well, we really thought the 30+ hour battery life makes a huge difference and it helps this handset stand apart from the crow. Now that it has Android Jelly Bean, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is on par with nearly any device on the market.

In our full review, we said:

"The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a great Android phone that will make you almost never have to worry about battery life ever again. It's basically the same size as the RAZR HD and other leading smartphones, so if you don't mind paying a bit of a premium to get it, the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is a fantastic choice."

How to create app folders

To organize apps on your Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, just long press on an app and then drop it on top of another. This will then create a folder that you can rename, as well as add more apps to.

How to resize widgets

One of the cool things about the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is the ability to utilize widgets, but these don't always come at the size you want. With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, you'll be able to resize your widgets easily. 

Add a widget to your home screen and then long press on it. Once that's done, you can stretch the widget out to be as big as you'd like.

How to get even better battery life

The Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD already has some of the best battery life we've ever seen from a smartphone but you can eek out even more juice with a few tips. 

First of all, turn your email to manual checking instead of it constantly looking for new messages. While this means messages won't come the instant they hit your inbox, I've also found that having to check the device also helps me concentrate because I'm not always looking and responding to emails. 

Another easy way to save battery life is by turning off the Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS when you're not using it. Additionally, if you're in a location that you know doesn't get reception (like you're going on a hike in remote areas), be sure to switch your phone into airplane mode. The phone constantly looking for a signal can have a massive hit on your battery.

How to update your Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD to Android Jelly Bean

If you want to get the latest firmware on your Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD, it's easy.

There are two ways you can update your device: automatically or manually using the settings menu.

To update automatically, when you get a notification that Jelly Bean is available, tap the Download option to begin and the update will be downloaded to your device. Android Jelly Bean is a late update, so you may want to use Wi-Fi to download it rather than your data.

Once the download completes, tap Install now. You Motorola DROID RAZR HD will turn off and back on, show a progress bar and an installing icon. Once installation is complete the device will power off and back on again. Do not touch your phone while the update is installing, as this could "brick" your phone, making it completely useless.

To manually update your DROID RAZR MAXX HD, head to the settings menu, then select About phone > System updates > Download.

Now follow the instructions above as for the automatic download.

How to factory reset the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Learning how to reset your Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD is something you really should know. Hopefully, you won't ever have to do it, but just in case you should definitely know how. To hard reset your RAZR MAXX HD go to Settings, tap Privacy, then hit Factory Data Reset. Next selet Reset phone, then Erase everything. Your RAZR MAXX HD should now reset.

If you choose to do this, be sure that you've backed up your phone's data on a computer or in the cloud. Google does a nice job of backing up your photos through the Google+ app but you can also get that service from Facebook, Dropbox and others.

How to take a screenshot on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Snapping a screenshot is easy on the Motorola RAZR MAXX HD. Hold down the power button and volume down rocker for about two seconds. The screen will flash and the screenshot will be saved to your gallery app. To see more check out this guide.

How to multitask the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

To multitask on your RAZR MAXX HD, hold down the software button with the square on it. It should be farthest to the right. This should bring up several windows, which represent apps. To close any of the apps, swipe the window away.

How to set data limits the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

The RAZR MAXX HD is a killer handset, great for surfing, but don't forget you have a data cap. To set up limit notifications, go into Settings, tap Data usage and then check the box that says "Set mobile data limit." Here you have full control over your data.

This can come in handy if you're on the Share Everything plans, which let you pool your data across various devices. The 4G LTE data is very fast too, and while that's good, it also means you can quickly burn through your allotment.

How to switch on Wi-Fi Direct the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Wi-Fi Direct lets you send pictures, images, and really any file to to other Wi-Fi Direct devices without Wi-Fi. The feature is really pretty awesome. To turn on Wi-Fi direct on the RAZR MAXX HD go into Settings, more Settings, scroll down to the Wi-Fi Direct column and then slide it on.

How to use Android Beam the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

The RAZR MAXX HD is an NFC-enable smartphone that lets you quickly transfer content to other NFC Android devices with Android Beam. To turn on NFC, go into Settings, more Settings and then tap Android Beam. You'll be given instructions on how to use it and it will be active once you slide it to on.

How to switch your ringtone on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

If you're a bit bored with your default ringtone on the RAZR MAXX HD, this tip is for you. To change your ringtone, tap Settings, Sound, then Phone ringtone. Scroll to the ringtone you want and tap Ok. That's it.

How to set up Microsoft Exchange email on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Microsoft Exchange is an email client that is sold by Microsoft. It is mainly used by companies and businesses, and can be configured to work on the RAZR MAXX HD with ease. Read our guide for more!

How to add widgets to your home screen on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

While adding widgets hasn't always been easy, with Android 4.1 users are now able to add them quickly. To add widgets to your RAZR MAXX HD home screen, follow this guide.

How to turn on Wi-Fi on the the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

Wi-Fi is one of those things you just have to have in this day and age. It can speed up downloads and maybe even save you money. To turn on Wi-Fi on your DROID RAZR MAXX, head to Settings, Wi-Fi, then turn the Wi-Fi switch to on. You will now be able to search for and log-in to your favorite network.

How to access easy setting access on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

To easily access the settings on your RAZR MAXX HD simply swipe to the left home screen and you'll be able to adjust your ringtone, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and data connection. All it takes is a gesture. It's easy and fast.

How to activate Google Now on the Motorola DROID RAZR MAXX HD

If you're not familiar with Google Now, you should know that it came with the Android Jelly Bean update and it tries to deliver information to you before you need to search for it. It utilizes the data you've given it to make context and location-centric alerts.

For example, it knows where you live and work, so you may receive a Google Now update about what time you have to leave your house to avoid a traffic jam. If you tie in your email, it can know when your flights are going to take off and it will send an alert. Google Now is still a bit rough around the edges but when it works correctly, it's an amazing example of how these devices are improving our lives.

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