05.06.2016Personal Tech

Streamline your mobile life with the Moto 360 2nd Gen

By: Albert Aydin
Moto 360 2nd Gen

You just got a fancy new Moto 360 2nd Gen. Now what? Here are some things to get you started and familiarized with the watch.

With wireless syncing capabilities, the Moto 360 2nd Gen sends information that you need the most, like calendar alerts, weather forecasts and traffic updates, straight to the wrist to help you stay in the moment but still up-to-date.

Custom notifications

One of the main benefits of having a smartwatch is so you don’t need to take out your smartphone every few seconds to check notifications. At the same time, it’s important to avoid information overload and checking your wrist every time it vibrates.

Customizing the notifications on the smartwatch means you select which notifications get sent to the watch. Here’s how, after pairing the Moto 360 to a compatible smartphone:

  • Open the Android Wear app
  • Tap the Settings button
  • Tap Block App Notifications
  • Tap the “+” symbol and then add the apps you wish to block

Now, when glancing at your wrist, you’ll only see what you want to see.

Responds to your voice

Thanks to Android Wear, you can say the phrase “Ok Google” and the smartwatch is ready to provide information or complete a task. Here are some common phrases you can try after saying “Ok Google”:

  • "What’s my next appointment?”
  • “Text ” and then say your message
  • “Where’s the nearest coffee shop?”
  • “Remind me in one hour to take my clothes out of the dryer” (or any other reminder you may need!)
  • “Go to

The apps you love

Apps you download from the Google Play Store like Spotify, Fly Delta, Trip Advisor, Shazam and Evernote may also be compatible with the smartwatch. Once you download them, the notifications and alerts can be sent to your wrist.

You can also use voice commands with downloaded apps. For example you can say “Ok Google, Shazam this song.”

Throughout the month of May, get $50 off any Moto 360 2nd Gen or Moto 360 Sport smartwatch. The discounted pricing will be available for the month of May as part of Verizon’s accessory of the month promotion.

For more information on the Moto 360 2nd Gen visit your local Verizon store or the Verizon accessories page.

Albert Aydin is a Verizon Wireless analyst for Corporate Communications focusing on the latest and greatest wireless devices. He writes about smartphones, tablets, mobile hotspots and all the cool things you can do using 4G LTE. He also writes about those upcoming devices en Español. He was a Verizon Wireless summer intern throughout his college years before joining the team full time in 2010.