OxygenOS is an interface relatively close to Android Stock. The most recent version is 9.0.4 (at the time of writing this article) and is based on Android Pie, but do you know how to use it completely?
The Gaming Mode
Many users use their smartphones with automatic devices. They configure the device as they want it to be, and then they always use the same applications and shortcuts. Probably, many people do not know that in the shortcuts proposed at the top, when you pull the notification bar, there is a game mode.
This mode is very interesting if you like to play from time to time. Its activation blocks the display of notifications, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the game. Its use is not just a simple “do not disturb” function, but it also adapts the configuration of the network so that you have an optimal connection, as well as a brightness management system.
You can configure this menu manually in Settings> Utilities> Game mode, or by long-pressing the shortcut in the notification bar menu. Then, you can indicate what to do in each situation: optimization of the network (as explained above), automatic brightness, notifications, answering calls through the loudspeaker and adding applications for automatic launch.
Navigation Gestures Instead of Virtual Keys
Google wants to offer a new navigation system on Android: no more virtual keys, no more gestural commands. Unfortunately, it will take a while before Android Q is enabled by default in Android, fortunately some manufacturers such as OnePlus or OPPO (to name just two) already offer this feature.
You simply have to go to Settings> Navigation Bar> Navigation Actions to activate them. The controls are very simple: a slight slide from the bottom up on the side replaces the return key, a short slide from the bottom up replaces the start button and a long slide from the bottom up allows you to start multitasking.
By default, OnePlus offers a protection system for your applications: in this way you will need a code to open them. This can be useful, for example, for parents who want to prevent their children from accessing certain applications.
Go to Settings> Utilities> Encrypt applications and enter the applications you want to block. Keep in mind that in this same menu you can also choose to hide the content of the notifications of the selected applications.
The Shelf Menu
For several generations of smartphones, OnePlus has placed a menu to the left of the home screen by default. It is called Shelf and is intended to provide a quick overview of various information (storage, battery, weather, etc.), as well as some quick accesses, including recent applications and contacts. It is useful for some, totally useless for others. If you are in the second category, you will be glad to know that you can deactivate it.
Just press a little while on the home screen, and then enter “Home Settings” in the lower right. Deactivate Shelf, and then it’s done. Since you are here, you can take a look at the other options in this menu, for example, customize the application drawer.
OnePlus understands that smartphone users like to use their device just to read. A news website, an electronic book in the Kindle application … If you want to read on your smartphone, you can do it comfortably, right?
Therefore, OnePlus offers a mode dedicated to this type of use from your OnePlus 5. You can enable it in the quick shortcuts at the top and you will see the nuance of the screen change for a more pleasant reading. You can also find the function in the settings (click the icon in the quick access buttons at the top) and set it to be activated automatically with some applications or to block notifications.