OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro are here, along with OxygenOS 10.5, the latest version of OnePlus’s custom version of Android 10.
Between the software tweaks in Oxygen OS, the new hardware features on OnePlus 8 phones, and some classic OnePlus specials, there are actually a lot of features for the 8 and 8 Pro that many users can miss out on if they don’t know where to look.
With that in mind, here are our top tips and tricks for new OnePlus 8 owners. And if you don’t own any of the phones and you’re close, be sure to read our OnePlus 8 and OnePlus 8 Pro reviews to find out what we think of them. , or our roundup of the best OnePlus 8 cases to help keep your new phone safe in style.
Change the refresh rate and resolution
The 120Hz refresh rate is one of the 8 Pro’s most exciting features, and while the regular 8 doesn’t have that, it still has a 90Hz display that you’ll definitely want to take advantage of.
Both phones are set to the highest refresh rate by default, but if you want to decrease the refresh rate to save battery power, you can. Just head to Settings, then Display, and then Advanced. There you will find a “Refresh Rate” section with the option to deploy at 60Hz that saves battery power.
If you have an 8 Pro, you also have the option to change the resolution. This is set to FHD + (2376×1080) by default, but if you go back to the Advanced menu and choose Resolution, you can upload it to QHD + (3168×1440), albeit at a cost of battery life. Check “Auto Power Save” to lose resolution when appropriate and keep the battery running a little longer, and note that luckily it can run on both QHD + and 120Hz simultaneously for the best viewing experience.
Enable motion graphics smoothing
This is for 8 Pro users only unfortunately. You’ll find motion graphics smoothing within the Display settings and there is a simple toggle to activate it.
Essentially, this is a mode that increases the video frame rate within YouTube, Netflix, and other compatible apps, so that it matches the screen refresh rate, reducing motion blur.
It will make the video look smoother, but with a slight loss of accuracy and fidelity, so give it a try both to activate and to decide which one you prefer.
Live Motion Wallpapers
Live Motion wallpapers are one of the few new software additions in OxygenOS 10.5, which is a rather modest update otherwise. However, you may already be used to them from other phones – they are just moving wallpapers with simple animation.
There will be one enabled by default when you turn on the phone, but if you tap and hold a blank area on the home screen, you’ll have the option to change your wallpaper. There should be five Live Motion options available by default, identifiable by the little icon on the top right, so just select one and press the tick on the top right to activate it, or take the opportunity to configure a static image if you prefer that one.
Turn on and enhance dark mode
Dark mode isn’t new in OnePlus 8, but it’s been improved a bit, though that hasn’t made it easier to find.
Unlike most phones, you won’t find Dark Mode in the display settings or phone shortcuts. Instead, you will have to open Settings and then go to Personalization. Halfway you should see “Tone” – tap this and you will get some options including “Dark” – this is Dark Mode.
Annoying, there’s no way to program Dark Mode, or turn it on or off without exploring those menus, so it’s really designed to stay on all the time, instead of switching from one side to the other.
OxygenOS 10.5 improves compatibility with third-party applications, so more of them will turn off when you turn it on, but you can improve this even more. Go back to Settings, then select Utilities.
Here you will see OnePlus Laboratory, and within that there is an option to “Enable dark tone in more apps”. This is an experimental feature that at the time of writing adds the dark mode to Hangouts, Messages, Google Translate and WhatsApp. There may be a few bugs, but we’ve found that it works fine so far, and we hope OnePlus will work to add more important apps to the mix soon.
Reverse wireless charging
This is another Pro-only feature. The 8 Pro features 30W wireless charging, and along with much slower 3W reverse wireless charging, so you can use the phone to charge other Qi-compatible devices, like true wireless headphones.
There are two ways to get to the settings for this. You can go to Settings, then Battery, then you will find a section for Reverse Charge where you can activate it. Alternately, swipe down from the top of the screen to access setup shortcuts, then press the pencil icon; This will show you additional shortcuts that you can drag to the tray, including one for reverse loading.
Once it’s turned on, simply place your other charging device on the back of the phone, but be sure to hit the right spot, which is just below the camera module. It will turn off if a minute passes without charging the device, or if the phone has less than 15 percent battery.
Customize the user interface
Personalization is one of the best aspects of OxygenOS, and it can modify many elements of the phone’s design.
Head to Settings and you will see a menu called Personalization. From here you can change your wallpaper and clock style, the animation for your fingerprint sensor, and the color of your “horizon light” notifications.
Below are options to adjust the font, icon style, tone and color of buttons and accents on the interface, so feel free to freak out and make your phone really yours.
Change the power button
By default, when you press and hold the power button, the Google Assistant appears, useful for those who want to use it, but annoying for those accustomed to using that button to turn off their phone.
To change this, go to Settings and then Buttons and gestures. The bottom option is to hold down the power button and tap there to change it and activate the power menu.
As a side note, if you are an Amazon Alexa user, you can also change the button to activate Alexa instead of the Google Assistant. To do so, first make sure you’ve downloaded the Alexa app from the Play Store, and then tap the Voice Assistant option here, which will allow you to change your default assistant to Amazon.
Turn on optimized charging
An excellent feature that is disabled by default is Optimized Charging. You will find it in the battery settings, where there is a simple switch to turn it on.
This essentially means that when you charge the phone at night or for other extended periods, it won’t recharge up to 100 percent right away, and instead will learn from its use and only charge the battery shortly before the phone can be disconnected.
That may sound annoying, but it’s actually a great feature for battery life: Keeping your phone full is a bad way of damaging battery health in the long term, so turning it on should keep OnePlus 8 running for longer. weather.
Hide apps in hidden space
Hidden Space is a useful and old OnePlus feature that lets you hide some apps from view; we will not judge you for what they are or why you want to hide them.
You can access it by swiping directly from the app drawer or by pinching the home screen. Tap the plus symbol to choose which apps to hide, and go to the settings at the top right to add your fingerprint or PIN code as an access requirement, to prevent anyone else from mistakenly finding your hidden apps.
Use the photochromic camera
This final tip is another Pro-only. The 8 Pro has a fourth camera lens, a 5Mp photochromic shutter, but it’s hard to find in the camera app.
To get there, open the camera and tap the filter option in the upper right corner; This will look like circles with a line running through them. Some filters will appear, so swipe right to find Photochrom mode.
This will remove the color from your images, while reversing the shades of green, for a very haunting look. We still don’t get it, but maybe you will be a fan?