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Motorola Adds “Chop Twice for Flashlight” Action in Android 5.1 on Moto X

Hold on tight, Moto X (2nd gen) owners, you are about to chop your way into quick flashlight action with Android 5.1. Through the most recent Lollipop update that started rolling out to the “Pure Edition” at the end of last week, Motorola tossed in a new “chop twice for flashlight” option in Moto Actions. We a ctually thought this feature was being added to the Android 5.0 update for the Moto X that came out back in November – at least Verizon said it was included – but it is now official in the 5.1 update that is rolling out as of Friday. 

The action is pretty simple once enabled – you whack your phone twice in a chopping motion and the flashlight kicks on. To turn it back off, chop twice again. That’s it!

In order to access the feature, head into your Moto app, then choose “Actions,” and you should see it listed. If you aren’t running the new 5.1 build, you likely won’t see this option. With that said, I wouldn’t be surprised if Motorola pushes an update to the Moto app that adds it in on all of their phones from the last couple of years, like the original Moto X, Ultra, Maxx, Mini, and Turbo.

Again, hold on tight.

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  • Tom Jahn

    The moto x 2014 had the twist twice for camera already even in kit Kat. It works the same in lollipop. So, I don’t know what the big deal is?

  • HP

    Cool, much more useful than advanced calling…

  • Steve

    Or just pull your flashlight out of your pocket. Phones are for calling, flashlights are for illuminating. Besides, my edc flashlight blows away any phone light for way cheaper than the cheapest phone 🙂

    • Jake Lamotta

      Not everyone wants to carry a phone, flashlight, and camera for that matter everywhere they go. Its about convenience. Bland argument.

  • LivingInKaos

    Ha ha ha….. Clap On, Clap Off….. The Clapper…..

    ( I know, shows my age)….

    • an0nim0

      Not really, they’re still making that thing; the commercials actually sell it against “smart” devices for its simplicity… can’t say that I disagree with them.

  • JohnnyAvis

    Whats with all the choppin’ dude?!

  • Boomdizzle

    Don’t have an X but that’s a pretty convenient feature

  • Trevor

    This brings back memories of the whole Wii-mote fiasco.

  • Dr. Steve

    Kinda lame how people in the soak test are leaking info. It will probably ruin it for those that did not leak info.

  • Me

    I see a lot of dropped phones in the near future

  • Mark Aaron Collado

    This is how everyone with a moto x will look like.https://youtu.be/t1JOhuuaYpg

  • cns2007

    I doubt it will require enough force to split a log, so I don’t think Moto Xs will be flying out of peoples hands.

  • LRoca

    I love my Moto X. I Just wish they improve the camera

    • Pootis Man

      This update does improve the camera.

      • LRoca

        But Motorola needs to keep updating and improving it more. The camera is really bad 🙁

      • Mike Aurin

        Do you know off hand if the update changes the phone icon? I know this may sound silly but on my Verizon Moto X, the phone application is the lollipop version but the icon is still the JellyBean icon and it drives me up a wall when I use a launcher that doesn’t allow for customizing icons (i.e. the GEL launcher).

        • Pootis Man

          I don’t know about that. I guess you will have to wait on that one.

  • OneForTheGoodDays

    Cue the “Broke via Chop” warranty claims.

  • Mike B
  • Cory S

    I predict a lot of warm glowing pockets from Moto X owners in the future.

  • EP_2012

    I can’t imagine how annoying this would be if you keep your phone in your pants and walk regularly… 😮 I prefer the “volume up button” method to enable the flashlight on my phone.

    • Higher_Ground

      moto x ambient sensors ought to take care of that.

      • EP_2012

        How so? It’ll be dark in your pocket, so the sensor wouldn’t know. If you mean proximity sensor, that could work, but won’t that just lead to excessive battery use when the phone is in your pocket?

        • Higher_Ground

          In a moto x, the sensors are always on anyway. If you have ambient/moto display on that is.

          • EP_2012

            That’s interesting. Perhaps this won’t be an issue then 🙂

  • reyalP

    Atlanta Braves fans will be ecstatic!

    • Duane Westerhaus

      … and Kansas City Chiefs fans!

  • BoFiS

    UGH, STOP MAKING US SHAKE OUR PHONES AROUND. No one wants this, and it’s not useful…it’ll just cause people to throw their phones onto the ground. My phone has the much smarter option where if I press both volume up and down at the same time, the flashlight toggles (when the screen is off and phone is locked). That’s a superior option imo, and in no way causes me to fling my phone across the room.

    • Bionic_Pags

      I disagree completely… i always use the “double twist” action to activate my camera immediately on my Turbo… and i always use a flashlight app that automatically turns on with a double shake… I’ve also never flung my phone across the room…

    • Jon Edge

      I like the sound of it. I use the wrist twist to activate my camera all the time. Looking forward to more added value from Moto. I guess that means at least one person wants this.

    • Régis Knechtel

      These movement actions are optional, you’re not being forced to use them.

    • Ivo Shandor

      “No one wants this, and it’s not useful”? Disagree. You don’t have to fling your arm as hard as you can to activate it like you’re trying to break a stack of bricks in half. It’s just a gesture. I use the double twist for camera on my Moto X all the time and it’s really handy and works very well. Your opinion is your opinion, but I believe that many people who actually own a Moto phone like the gestures. My wife and I both have Moto X’s (2nd gen) and we like them. Same with our half dozen other friends who own Moto phones. I’m sure that some people don’t like the gestures, but if that’s not your cup of tea then you certainly don’t have to use them. Just turn them off.

    • Walter Partlo

      No one wants this, except all of the people that do.

    • MKader17

      I really hope you are just trolling, as I would rather be baited into responding to a troll than an idiot. In the dark it would be MUCH easier to shake the phone than to position it the right way so I can press both volume buttons correctly. Moto is not FORCING you to do anything. In fact, you can turn it off completely! Whoa!?!?! Revolutionary!

      Also, who made you the voice of the free world?

    • Higher_Ground

      it’s an inferior option because it’s not easy to press both buttons at the same time. If it works like the camera twist, even a slow chop will activate it.

  • Dustin Miller

    I’ve been activating my (flash)light with a double-tap on my homescreen thanks to Nova and TeslaLED (Droid Turbo, KitKat). I wonder if it’ll have that shortcut too? The double-twist to get to camera is pretty nice.

  • jerflash

    This is a pretty cool addition. I know my girl will enjoy this addition for sure!

  • SL

    Gotta love moto x

  • fireproof1905

    Can you get moto action for nexus 6 ?

  • Paul

    I need this on my Droid Turbo!

  • Arty McBert

    Pretty nice.

  • billybob

    Ron: … and my next phone will be an iPhone…. But check out this amazing Moto X Chop To Launch Flashlight Feature!

    /Am I too late?

  • Kyle Cole

    My Nexus 6 is kinda jelly of these moto x features… Wish I could just install the Moto X app, camera and gallery…

    • Matthew Merrick

      Kinda wish the Nexus 6 wasn’t a Nexus.

      • Kyle Cole

        Not what I said. I’m glad it’s a Nexus, that’s why I bought it.

        It is essentially the moto x’s big brother, am I not allowed to wish that Motorola would make it’s awesome apps installable on the Nexus 6 also?

        • Matthew Merrick

          Well, Motorola’s special features are all that separate the “Moto Skin” from pure Android. And the vast majority, if not all, of them have to be integrated at the system level, built into the ROM, to function.

          So yes, I think you and I both would like the Nexus 6 a lot better off it wasn’t a Nexus.

          • Kyle Cole

            Hmmm, now that I think about it, you’re right! Like you say, Moto’s devices are essentially pure Android, if this Nexus 6 was instead a Moto X+ or something, I would probably like it better. Seeing as I’m still sitting on 5.0.1 and my wife’s Moto X might get 5.1 before me!!!

          • Drew Galyen

            You should have no reason to be, as 5.1 is already released for Nexus 6.

          • Tyler

            If you really need to win the race, push the OTA (over the air) file manually to the device using adb. Literally the same thing as waiting for Google to push the update to you just without the waiting. Search the site for 5.1 OTA and there is a link at the bottom with the ota file and at the very bottom with the instructions on how to do it. No reason not to since you don’t need an unlocked bootloader or lose any of your data.

          • Kyle Cole

            Part of me wants to see how long it actually takes to get 5.1 without intervening, but the other part of me can’t find the ota build “e” to save my life! Factory image, yes. Ota? Not so much… I’m on Verizon and I’m thinking that’s the build I should get. But what build will I get if I wait for Goog to push it? The curiosity is killing me!!! Lol

        • michael arazan

          Or offer it to any Motorola built devices

      • Ralph Bretz

        Kinda wish I stuck with Moto X instead of Nexus 6. Moto Display 100x better than Ambient Display.
        Moto Nexus 6 is great but overall I think the Moto X is a better phone.

    • Stephen D

      I want the gallery. I hate hate hate the stock Photos app.

      I would also like Samsung’s camera app. That’s the one thing from Touchwiz that I miss(well, that and multi-window). There is nothing wrong with the stock camera, but it doesn’t have a lot of features and the menu system kinda sucks.

      Overall, very happy with it and I love the stock apps otherwise. If we could install Moto apps, it would make it that much better.

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  • Brett Crowley

    Hopefully this feature will be added to the droid turbo.

    • Andrew

      One day my friend.. one day..

  • Mark

    Love it, this is very helpful


    This should come with a Wii-like wrist tether bracelet

  • Tony B

    I see many Moto X’s being thrown to the ground…

    • r0l

      Other considered app tittles includes: Moto Drop Test Flashlight

  • Dlongb13

    “Baxter is that you?!?! Bark twice if you’re in Milwaukee!”

    That’s what comes to mind for me.

  • Bryan Kolb

    Why can’t this be added through a Play Store update?

    • Guessing it will be.

      • Bryan Kolb

        Then why does it need to be a feature that only gets added after the update to 5.1? Weird.

        • 4n1m4L

          They likely shipped the 5.1 update with the as of yet unreleased version of the app that has this feature. Once published it will be available for everyone

          • Bryan Kolb

            That makes sense.

  • Walter Partlo

    Great, something else that will turn on when I drop my phone. :^)

    • Col_Angus

      At the very least, it makes it easier to find.

      • Walter Partlo

        Heh, it does with the camera too.

  • Chop chop

    Everybody was kung fu fighting!

    • msonic

      Those phones were Bright as Lightning!

      • Guest

        Haha well done

      • Matt Virus

        It was a little bit blinding….

        • ali jawad

          but they chopped with expert timing…

          • EC8CH

            moh oh oh toe……. moh oh oh toe!

          • aligamz

            Niiiiiice. Kudos to you all!!!

          • c.tucker

            Haha! That was funny. Is there any other added features aside from the flashlight that is truly amazing. Even with the upgrade, the Moto X won’t still stand a chance to those really good phone on the market. /c.tucker fro, http://www.reviewrun.org/phones/

    • Ryan N

      Hopefully everyone’s got accident protection.