The new OnePlus 7 Pro is a fantastic smartphone with a massive display and incredible performance. You don't have to optimize your smartphone with tips and tricks anymore, do you? Well, there still are a few minor adjustments you can make to take your experience with the OnePlus 7 Pro from amazing to super amazing.
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- Shoot wide-angle videos
- Get longer battery life by changing display settings
- Quick reply while in landscape format
- Do more than unlock your phone with the fingerprint sensor
- Activate Wi-Fi calling
Even though the OnePlus 7 Pro has three cameras with different focal lengths, only standard and telephoto cameras can be used in the video mode of the camera app. The wide-angle camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro cannot be used in video mode unless you are in debugging mode.
How to record videos with the wide angle camera of the OnePlus 7 Pro:
- Open up the dialer as if you're about to make a phone call
- Enter the following: *#*#1597#*#*#*
- Afterward, the camera app will open in debugging mode and you'll see some red text
- Go to Video mode
- Now, flip between the selfie camera and the main camera until the red text says "Lens: BACK (Wide) (3)" as in the far-right screenshot above.
While video recordings can be made with standard or telephoto optics in 4K, you can only record videos in Full HD (1080p) with the wide-angle camera in debugging mode. You should also note that the wide-angle camera does not have an optical image stabilizer.
The display of the OnePlus 7 Pro is something special. The Fluid AMOLED panel developed by Samsung and in cooperation with OnePlus is one of the first high-resolution smartphone displays with a maximum refresh rate of up to 90 Hertz. However, this high frame rate in combination with the high resolution (QHD+) is an energy guzzler. Thus, if you prefer a longer battery life in your normal everyday life, then you should reduce both the resolution and the refresh rate.
So you can save energy with the help of the display:
- Go to Settings > Display
- Select FHD+ instead of QHD+ for the resolution
- Select 60Hz instead of 90Hz for the refresh rate
In our OnePlus 7 Pro review, these changes extended the battery life by approximately 50 minutes.
When enjoying a YouTube video or when playing a game, you'll often find yourself using your smartphone in landscape mode. OnePlus has added a new way for you to reply to notifications while holding your phone sideways.
Instead of answering from the notification line of the respective app, this new way of quickly replying to messages lets you stay in landscape mode by putting the messaging app on the left third of the display, while overlaying the keyboard on the right side.
Unfortunately, there is currently still a large app limitation for this function. Only messages from WeChat, WhatsApp, and Instagram can be answered in landscape format, and you can find the preferences for this in Settings > Utilities > Quick reply in landscape.
With the introduction of the OnePlus 7 Pro, the manufacturer has given the fingerprint sensor an additional function that hardly any users know about. One of the reasons for this is that OnePlus has stored the Quick launch function in the Utilities rather than in Buttons & gestures section of the device settings.
This function is handy if you need to access frequently used apps quickly after unlocking your phone. Write a quick note? The Quick launch is good when you get used to the mechanism. You can also start Google Assistant with the fingerprint sensor instead of holding the power button for 0.5 seconds.
This is how you add apps and shortcuts to OnePlus Quick launch:
- Goes to Settings > Utilities > Quick launch
- Now select Shortcuts settings > Add shortcuts
- Now you can add shortcuts and apps to launch with your fingerprint scanner
For years, OnePlus smartphones lacked a small but mighty feature: Wi-Fi calling. While smartphones from Samsung, Apple and Huawei had been supporting this practical feature for some time, OnePlus were left behind. This is now changing with the OnePlus 7 Pro and the OnePlus 7. Both smartphones finally support calling over Wi-Fi network. If your service provider and rate plan offer this feature, you can now activate it in the settings.
How to activate your WiFi calling with OnePlus 7 Pro:
- Go to Settings > Wi-Fi & internet
- Select SIM & network settings
- Select the active SIM card, either SIM 1 or SIM 2
- Now activate Wi-Fi Calling
Now, you should see VoWIFI in the status bar if WiFi calling is available.
Do you have a OnePlus 7 Pro? Do you have any other tips or tricks? Share with us in the comments!