The latest OnePlus flagship, the OnePlus 6, is a tremendous smartphone coming with a beautiful display, much-improved camera and new glass body.
And, even if the new phone shares a lot of features with its predecessors, it still manages to squeeze in a few new tricks. So, if you just picked up your OnePlus 6 or have had it since launch day, here are some OxygenOS tricks you might want to try out on your brand new device.
Notch, be gone!
Many fans were quite disappointed that the OnePlus 6 has a notch. For a company that has built its reputation by going against the grain, OnePlus seemed all-too-willing to jump on board the notch design trend.
Indeed, the notch is a love-it-or-hate-it kind of thing for Android users. If you fall in the latter category, then you’ll be glad to know that OnePlus gives you the option to hide the notch.
Simply go to Settings > Display > Notch Display. Tap on Hide the notch area to activate a Compatibility mode which won’t allow fullscreen apps to use the notch area.
Enable gesture navigation
At the beginning of the year, OnePlus introduced the option to replace the standard on-screen nav buttons with gestures in a 5T beta. The company has kept these around and they are available on the OnePlus 6.
To enable gesture navigation, you need to jump to the phone’s Settings > Buttons > Navigation bar and gestures. You’ll get three options to choose from, from which you need to select Navigation gestures.
After tapping on it, you’ll be all set to start using gestures, as follows:
- Home: swipe straight up from the middle of the bottom of the screen. This should take you to the home screen from any app or menu.
- Back: swipe straight up from the left or right third of the bottom of the screen. This will take you back with one step.
- Recent apps: Swipe straight up from the middle of the bottom of the screen and hold for a second. You should see the app switcher showing a list of the apps you previously opened.
Control your phone with gestures
Not to be confused with gesture navigation, the OnePlus 6 has a separate category for Gestures that let you do all sorts of things. For example:
- Long press to take a photo – from the viewfinder screen, long press the fingerprint sensor to take a pic.
- Music control – draw two vertical lines on the screen with two fingers to play or pause music. Draw “<” or “>” for previous or next track.
- Three-finger screenshot – swipe with three fingers on the display to take a screenshot.
There’s even a list of gestures such as drawing a simple O to which you can assign an action to like opening the camera or a certain app.
Get Face Unlock under control
Face unlock on the OnePlus 6 is super-fast. Which is great, for the most part. But what if you just wanted to take a quick glimpse at the lock screen notifications without being promptly sent to the home screen?
Well, fortunately, you can. Navigate to Settings>Security & lock screen>Face unlock and toggle off the option “Auto unlock after the screen in on”.
Now when you unlock the phone, it will land you on the lock screen instead of the home screen. So you can quickly check out your notifications and lock the phone again.
Access Hidden Space for apps
The OnePlus 6 has a hidden space where you can hide apps. To access it, open the App Drawer and drag the hidden space from the sidebar on the left.
Then select the apps you want to move into the secret space. Changed your mind? You can unhide them by long pressing on the app icon.
Where are the camera settings?
The camera settings on the OnePlus 6 are a bit hard to find at first. Once inside the camera app, you’ll need to swipe up from the bottom. This will reveal a set of additional options including Pro Mode, Portrait mode and Slow motion.
But if you look in the top-right corner, you’ll notice there’s a gear-shaped icon. Tap on that to reveal the camera’s settings.
From here you can enable/disable a bunch of options including:
- Quick capture – take a photo after launching the camera by double-tap on the power button
- Shot on OnePlus Watermark – watermark will be applied to photos taken with the rear Camera, Portrait and Pro Mode.
- Smile Capture – automatically take photos when smiles are detected.