The OnePlus 3 has been the Chinese startup's biggest surprise yet. Until now, getting one of its devices was a bit tricky due to the notorious invite system, which, luckily, has disappeared with the OnePlus 3. This very powerful device is the envy of the high-end Android market while managing to sell for half the price of other flagships. Come check out these tips and tricks so you can get the most out of it.
1. Dark mode and Night mode
Despite similar-sounding names, these two settings work differently. 'Night mode' dims the blue hue of the screen to avoid disturbing users' sleep, while 'Dark mode' changes the background color from white to black.
'Night mode' can be activated directly from the shortcuts menu by sliding two fingers down from the status bar. From there, the moon symbol can be used to activate it. You can also access it by going to Settings > Display; from here you can also adjust the intensity.
To activate the 'Dark mode' and customize the color of the icons go to Settings > Personalization. From here, you will be able to activate the mode and choose an accent color to contrast with the dark background.
2. Customize the switch
The physical switch on the OnePlus 3 allows you to quickly change between sound and notification profiles without having to wake the device. The positions are: down for all notifications; center for priority notifications; and up for silent. Within Settings, the latter two can be customized. In Priority settings you can check or uncheck alarms, media, reminders, events, messages, calls and repeated calls. In Silent settings you can only toggle alarms and media.
3. Disable capacitive buttons while gaming
When I play games, I inevitably touch one of the capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen accidentally, and always just as the action is picking up. If you are going to plunge into a good game, and do not want to go through my ordeal, it is best to disable these buttons.
Go to Settings > Buttons and touch on the first paragraph where it says Navigation bar on the screen. When you enable this option, capacitive buttons stop working and disappear while you play.
4. Customize button functions
In the same Buttons menu as in the previous tip, you have options to customize the capacitive buttons. The three buttons have extra functions that can be accessed via a long press or double tap.
There are seven actions you can assign to the different buttons for each type of press: search assistant, turn off screen, open camera, voice search, open last used app, or open Shelf.
5. Check the time with the power of the Force and Ambient Display
Oxygen OS has an option much like the Active Display from Motorola, although it's named Ambient Display. With this feature enabled, when a notification arrives, the screen will wake and display it below the clock on the lock screen.
To enable this feature, go to Settings > Display and scroll down to activate the Ambient display. When you toggle the option Proximity wake the screen is activated when your hand passes over the device, like a Jedi.
6. Close all applications in one fell swoop
With Android Lollipop or Marshmallow, closing several or all applications is a demanding task. There is no way to close all applications at once, you have to close them manually, one after the other. But with Oxygen OS that's passe.
When you click the last application or multitasking button, all applications that you've used appear in chronological order. If you pull up from the most recent app at the bottom, three icons appear from left to right: Manage applications, Clear the cache and Close all applications.
7. Customize the Shelf, or just disable it
Oxygen OS has no Google Now cards when you slide your finger from the left edge toward the center on the home screen; instead it has the Shelf. This is a screen in which you can place widgets in a vertical order to quickly access your personal information, the weather forecast, most used applications, quick notes or contacts. To add new shortcuts, you just have to click on the '+' and to eliminate it hold it down and slide it to one side.
If you do not find it very useful and want to turn it off, press and hold on an empty space on the home screen. Now, of the three options listed choose Customize. You should now see an option called Enable Shelf. Simply slide the toggle to the left to disable it.
8. Make LED notifications very colorful
Under Settings > Customization, there is a section called LED Notifications. Here you can change the color for the LED notifications warning you of lower battery. You can also access applications to enable or disable the notification LED on case-by-case basis.
9. Customize the status bar
At the bottom of the Customization menu, you can modify the information shown in the status bar. By default, everything is enabled but you can disable any icons you don't want.
10. Quick Gestures
Oxygen OS comes equipped with a series of gestures to make life easier. To enable these, go to Settings > Gestures and select On before checking the gestures that you want to use. There are four options: Double tap to wake (as on LG devices), draw a circle on the screen to open the camera, a V gesture to turn on the flash and several more gestures to control the music.
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