OnePlus 6 – Best Tips and Tricks [Oxygen OS 5.1]

by Nicole on May 21, 2018

OxygenOS was made for power users and fans of customization, it is built for the enthusiasts who prefer a cleaner Android experience.  In our OnePlus 6 Tips and tricks video above we show you how to get the most out of your smartphone, here is the video script in case you don’t want to see just how sleek the OnePlus 6 is in person!

Usually, if you want to take screenshots, on pretty much any Android Phone, you can press the Power and Volume down button simultaneously to capture a screenshot. With the OnePlus you can just swipe up or down with three fingers and you are good to go. To activate this, just go to Settings, Gestures, Three Finger Screenshot activate it and done. After taking a screenshot, you can also expand it and take a scrollshot, by tapping the third symbol from the left. It will scroll down until the page ends or you touch the screen. The Result: You got yourself a very long screenshot.

In the gestures Menu, you can activate even more. You can long press the fingerprint sensor to take a photo, flip the phone to mute it, double tap to wake up the phone from standby and activate music control, which is pretty cool since you can pause music, or change the song simply by drawing gestures, while the screen is off. This also works with letters you can assign actions to. Draw them to trigger that action. Oh you need a flashlight, there you go.

This Next tipp is something you might be looking for. As you know, the OnePlus 6 comes with a Notch. I like it, you might not. Before you start painting the left and right to black, just go to Settings, Display, Notch Display, to deactivate it. The only thing that will be displayed there now are status symbols.

In the Display settings, we have some more options. There is night mode, which filters blue light emissions and can also be automatically timed. This is something we have on many phones, but more interesting is reading mode. You can either activate it completely or set apps, which should only run in reading mode. Here the display gets black and white with the temperature changing depending on light conditions. This makes reading at night much more pleasant. These last two settings can also be activated over the dropdown menu.

Instead of an always on display, you can set up an ambient display or lift up display. As the name suggests, it only works if you either lift the device, or a notification comes in, showcasing notifications, the clock, date and battery percentage. You can also choose between four clock themes here.

The Theme of the menus can be changed as well. You can choose here between Default, Light and Dark Mode. Under Screen Calibration, you can choose color gamuts like Default mode, sRGB, DCI-P3 or adaptive Mode and even custom temperatures. It´s something I really miss on other phones. Except that, you can also set the font size, LED-Colours and more in the display settings.

Under Settings, Buttons, you can do multiple interesting things. One of which is to invert the buttons of the navigation bar, assign each button a long press or double tap action, activate double tap power button to launch the camera or even change the navigation bar by tapping Navigation Bar & Gestures. Besides the fixed and hidden navigation bar setting, you can also set navigation gestures, where the bar disappears and you can navigate with simple gestures like on the iPhone X. I like this setting since it´s intuitive and gives me more screen.

Another Menu in the Settings is Status bar. Here you can choose the battery icon style and if the network speed should be displayed, but the best thing is the icon manager, where you can hide certain status symbols, you don´t want to see anymore.

Under Settings, Apps, you can manage Apps, settings, permissions and more. The interesting thing here is the Parallel Apps menu allows you to clone certain apps like, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram and more. Multiple accounts are no problem this way.

Let’s navigate to Settings, Security and Lock Screen, where you can set up Face Unlock. Just Scan your face shortly and you can unlock your device with super speed. If you don´t want it that fast, you can set up, that you´d like to swipe first. It also works well in the dark, but for cases where it doesn´t, you can also turn on assistive lighting here.
You don´t want people to access certain apps? Activate the app locker for these apps in the security settings and even hide notifications from these apps.
If you want to lock away files instead, just go to the file manager, Lockbox and set a pin. Afterwards, select the file you want to hide, click the three dots on the upper right and move it to the lockbox.

Another cool feature can be accessed through the status menu. Click on this blue button here and you can set a second space that is separate from yours for guest users, other users and so on. This way multiple people can use the phone, without messing things up for the other. This way you can also hide secret things from others, like your partner for example.

The last tip is about the homescreen menu, which can be accessed by swiping your fingers together, or by a long press on an empty space. Here you can set wallpapers, widgets, but more importantly access settings, where you can change the look of the homescreen, for example with downloadable icon packs. You can activate or deactivate double tap to lock, notification dots, the shelf you can access by swyping right on the homescreen, change the layout and more. Pretty useful menu.