If you hanker after a little more control over what your Moto G does when you’re taking photos, then your wish is about to be granted thanks to the most simple of hacks.

These days more than ever, our smartphones are our also our cameras. It’s true what they say about the best camera being the one that you always have with you, and the chances are that when something awesome is happening, you’ll have your smartphone in your pocket.

Depending on the phone you have though, the manual controls that it offers when taking photographs may be less than ideal and, if you’re really unlucky, simply non-existent.

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If you’re carrying a Moto G in your pocket or bag though, you’re in for a treat after an XDA Developers forum-goer wrote a handy tutorial on how to unlock a handful of advanced camera settings that could give your shots the extra helping hand they need. They’re not going to turn you into a pro photographer overnight, but every little helps.

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In order to activate these new settings, you simply need to edit a build.prop file and then reboot your phone, which isn’t the most involved hack we’ve ever seen but we have to admit it’s nice to see one that doesn’t need tools and wires to make work! It also means that this thing should be completely reversible, which may or may not be a consideration for some of you.

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Once you’ve jumped through the handful of hoops required, you’ll have access to things like UI settings, feature settings and calibration data which should keep some of you entertained for a short while at least.

The steps are outlined below:

Step 1: Make sure you device is rooted and download or use any File Explorer that has root access.

Step 2 :navigate to: Root>System>build.prop

edit the build.prop file (MAKE A BACKUP FIRST) and search for this line:

ro.build.tags=release-keys

and change it to

ro.build.tags=test-keys

and save the file.

Step 3: Finally reboot your Device and you’re done.

The steps aren’t really that hard to follow, and if for some reason you’re stuck in front of a brick wall then do hit the source link below for more details on how to go about the whole process. And also, there’s a simple APK you can install directly to make the whole magic happen, in case you’re not rooted, and that too can be found at the source link below.

(Source: XDA-Developers)

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