1. powerwindow's Avatar
    Just activated a Moto Z Play (Verizon) and trying to set it up similar to my old phone. Coming from a HTC M7. On the M7 I had a shortcut that would directly take me to the message app to text a specific contact. Likewise, I had shortcuts to directly call a work or mobile number.

    I cannot figure out how to do this on the Z Play and surely there must be a method. I see I can go to the Contacts, and select a particular contact and add them to the Homescreen, but this is not what I'm trying to do. That just pulls up all of their contact info. I want a shortcut that will directly text or call a specific contact.

    When I try and search the net for a guide I see some hits saying you can add shortcuts to contacts by holding the screen, then dragging the app to the window, but I still cannot figure out how to accomplish what I'm doing and I cannot recall how I did it on my M7, and I'm sure it couldn't have been an HTC specific feature.

    Please help!
    10-21-2017 04:38 PM
  2. Javier P's Avatar
    You could try this. Long press an empty spot on your home screen - widgets - scroll down until you find 'Contacts' - drag 'direct dial' or 'direct message' to your screen - select contact.
    Laura Knotek likes this.
    10-21-2017 04:52 PM
  3. powerwindow's Avatar
    Javier,
    Brilliant! I'm officially an ***** and had serious refrigerator blindness. When I long tapped the home screen, widgets, and saw Contacts I thought they were all just different icon sizes, or 1x1, etc. I didn't even notice the "direct dial," "direct message" widgets. Duh!

    Thanks. Problem solved.

    I'm still laughing at myself.
    Javier P likes this.
    10-21-2017 05:33 PM
  4. Javier P's Avatar
    Javier,
    Brilliant! I'm officially an ***** and had serious refrigerator blindness. When I long tapped the home screen, widgets, and saw Contacts I thought they were all just different icon sizes, or 1x1, etc. I didn't even notice the "direct dial," "direct message" widgets. Duh!

    Thanks. Problem solved.

    I'm still laughing at myself.
    Hahaha! Glad it helped and thanks for the follow up! See you around the forums.
    10-21-2017 05:36 PM

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