Setting up your PIN, your Google account and choosing your system language, everyone knows how to do it. But after configuring basic settings on your Android smartphone, there are still some very useful features and settings that you might not know about. That’s where this article comes in, as I’m going to list down some pretty essential OxygenOS tips to optimize your experience on your new OnePlus handset.
Copy your data with Phone Clone
This is the most basic step in this guide. You can actually do this right from the initial setup steps of your OnePlus smartphone. A little like Samsung’s Smart Switch, Clone Phone’s purpose is to transfer data from your old phone to your new OnePlus. Please do not confuse this app with Huawei’s Phone Clone app.
- Install clone phone on your old android smartphone or iPhone.
- On your new OnePlus deviceChoose This is the new device.
- Choose to migrate the data from the following three choices: Oppo, Realme or OnePlus, Other Android or iPhone.
- On your old smart phoneChoose This is the old device.
- With your old smart phone, scan QR code displayed on your new OnePlus handset.
- On your old smart phoneto select Start the migration.
Now all you have to do is manually select the files, apps, and contacts you want to transfer to your new OnePlus smartphone. Migration via Clone Phone is done over Wi-Fi, so make sure that both smartphones stay connected to the same network.
Note that on Android, Clone Phone exists in two copies. These are simply the Oppo and OnePlus versions. Both are interchangeable. On iOS, the Clone Phone app cannot be found online, you will need to scan a QR code with your iPhone on your new OnePlus to be redirected to the corresponding App Store page. Both apps support other languages such as French.
Configure your OnePlus screen
Personally, this is the first thing I do when I receive a new smartphone to test: configure the screen. I will focus here on 4 key elements: the refresh rate, the definition, the dark mode and the colorimetry.
Choice of the color mode of the Cinematic screen
OnePlus smartphone screens are known to be very well calibrated and offer several color modes to customize the colorimetry. For a natural look different from vivid mode, I often prefer to opt for Natural color mode. But OnePlus also offers a Pro Cinematic Mode that is supposed to cover the DCI-P3 color spectrum as broadly as possible in order to have a wider palette while having more faithful color reproduction.
- Go to Settingsand then Display and brightness.
- Go to Screen color mode.
- Activate it Pro Mode slider and choose Cinematographic.
Setting screen refresh rate to 120Hz
The refresh rate of current OnePlus smartphones usually ranges from 90Hz to 120Hz. On the OnePlus 10 Pro, the LTPO 2.0 screen allows this frequency to be varied from 1 to 120 Hz versus the standard 10 to 120 Hz. I have not yet seen a scenario where the frame rate drops to 1 Hz. varying the refresh rate supposedly helps preserve the battery life of your OnePlus smartphone.
- Go to Settings and then Display and Brightness.
- Go to Screen refresh rate (on some handsets, it may be buried under the Advanced submenu)
- To select High.
Set screen resolution to Full HD+
OnePlus’ flagships offer AMOLED screens with a definition of up to QHD+. Personally, I prefer to stick with Full HD+, which is more than enough for the 1080p video content I consume and above all, is more energy efficient.
- Go to Settings so Display and brightness.
- Go to Screen resolution.
- Choose FHD+.
Configuring dark mode levels
Like ColorOS, OxygenOS offers three intensity levels for its dark mode: Enhanced, Medium, and Soft. I normally have the enhanced level enabled by default, but I also enable the adaptive contrast option. This allows you to adjust the intensity of dark mode based on the lighting conditions in your environment, so you don’t have to crank the brightness level all the way up whenever you’re in direct sunlight.
- Go to Settings so Display and brightness.
- Go to Dark mode settings.
- Select the Improved radio button.
- Activate it Adaptive contrast slide.
Activate and customize your OnePlus shelf
OnePlus Shelf is kind of like an all-in-one menu with shortcuts to your favorite apps, weather widgets, notes, calendar, step counter, and more. In short, it’s a shutter that provides quick access to a range of applications and functions that are frequently used.
Personally, I find the OnePlus Shelf menu very useful and recommend that you customize it to your liking. You can add new widgets, display your Spotify Player, and more.
- From your home screen, swipe down from the top right corner to open OnePlus shelf.
- Top right, tap the gear icon to access Settings.
Assign the “Swipe down” gesture from the home screen
OnePlus smartphones are not compact smartphones, but the manufacturer is working to make its OxygenOS interface more usable with one hand. Instead of having to stretch your thumb to swipe up and down to bring up the notifications drawer, for example, you can just swipe up from the bottom of the screen. No need to hold your fingers here!
This setting is usually enabled by default on your OnePlus handset, but if not, it might be useful to know where this option is.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Home screen and lock screen.
- Faucet Swipe down on the home screen.
- Select the Notification drawer radio button.
OnePlus offers several gestures that you can perform through the idle screen of your OnePlus smartphone. Basically, when your phone is locked, you can draw a series of symbols to launch specific apps or actions. It’s pretty fancy, but one of these shortcuts turned out to be particularly useful for me.
For example, by drawing a V on the locked screen of your OnePlus, you can turn on/off the flashlight. Usually, if I need my smartphone flashlight, it’s because I lost something under my bed or my chair at the cinema. Another case is when the light automatically turns off in the stairwell of my building.
In short, these aren’t situations where I want to waste precious time unlocking my smartphone, swiping down, and looking for the flashlight icon. As a result, drawing a simple V on my screen feels much more intuitive.
- Go to Settings followed by Special features.
- Go to Gestures and movements.
- To select Hide gestures.
- Activate it Draw a V to turn on/off the flashlight alert slider.
Battery life has always been a big issue for smartphone manufacturers and users. OnePlus is generally known to be quite strong in this department. With the advances of Android, manufacturers like OnePlus offer optimization modes for your battery, but also for charging.
For example, OnePlus offers an optimized nightly charging function. Basically, your smartphone learns how you use your smartphone every day and adapts the charging speed at night when you leave it plugged in. The idea is to slowly charge the phone overnight when you’re least likely to use it, in order to preserve battery longevity.
I always activate this option when I start my smartphone for the first time so that it has enough time to know my mode of use.
- Go to Settings.
- Go to Battery.
- To select Advanced settings.
- Activate it Optimized overnight charging alert slider.
That’s it for this getting started guide to setting up your new OnePlus smartphone. I hope you found these tips useful. If you have a OnePlus device, let me know what settings you do first on your new smartphone.